Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Web Development and Promotion

Writers should know the importance of promoting their work online. Usually it's easy, quick and free (or relatively cheap). A personal website or blog is effective--especially ones with RSS feeds--so long as you give people a reason to come back: frequent updates, useful content, blah blah blah. For example, D.L. Snell's Market Scoops is my main traffic generator.

(By the way, writers, I have several requests out for new scoops. Just waiting for a response from the editors.)

If you're technologically inclined--or if you know (or pay) the right people--you can develop a lot of cool marketing tools. Like a book trailer.

Of course, to do this yourself you'll have to learn Flash. And then build the game. Which wastes a bunch of time, according to some writers. It really depends on how one-dimensional you want to be.

Tell you what though: specialize in one thing, you're gonna die when that thing dries up. Not smart. And unless the power goes out, the web ain't quitting anytime soon, so... might be worth your time to learn at least basic HTML.

How? Google it. Or take a class. Here are some links to get you started (search terms bolded):

If you know of any great resources, comment below.

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