I'm bombarded with the advice that an author must have a website. I understand the need for a web presence, of course, but what I don't understand is why a writer who has a blog needs to have a separate website. Isn't a blog a website?
I've looked at several writers' sites and most are quite basic, with some variation of the following:
- Their bibliography
- A synopsis of each book, sometimes with excerpts or sample chapters
- An author bio
- Contact information
- Some had a photo gallery
- An itinerary if the writer is doing tours and signings
- Links: to Amazon or wherever the books are sold, to the blog, and random others of the author's choosing
I'm a stubborn PITA when I can't see the logic behind something that everyone insists is necessary. So I'm throwing this out there: Someone, anyone, please, please convince me why it is necessary for me to duplicate all the stuff I have on this blog onto a website.
[And it's not about the money. My son's job is building websites.]