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What features must a good author website have?

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diamondlil
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Post by diamondlil » Sat October 25th, 2008, 8:55 am

You know, I've been thinking about this, and I have decided I really can live with it if an author doesn't have contact information or a blog, because at the end of the day I would rather they spend their time writing the next book, than spending all their time blogging or responding to emails.

My main beef with the original website was that it looked totally basic and unprofessional.

I totally agree on the no blog is better than a blog that hasn't been updated for months and months statement.

However, I do think that if an author should have at least one avenue for their fans to contact them, whether it be email/blog/forums and should be active. One of my favourite authors has a forum that is run by an administrator and a team of mods, but she doesn't post more than once or twice a year. The new fans in particular finds this a bit frustrating as I think they come to the board expecting some kind of interaction!
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