What Your Personal Website Says About You

Professional-website-articleWhen’s the last time you checked in on your personal website and examined it from the perspective of an editor who has landed there after receiving your emailed pitch query? Since your page will define who you are as a writer, whether by design or default, it may be time to put some work into it.

We’ve culled advice from experts on what makes for an effective site, from must-have pages to the fancy add-ons you don’t really need. But before you get caught up in the design process, don’t forget the tedious but necessary process of checking your links:

[Freelancer Susan Barnes] puts all of her clips on her site over the past two years, and makes it a practice of always asking for PDFs of print pieces. [Carol Ticefounder of several web resources for writers] also emphasizes the importance of keeping your clips organized. “Once a year, I have somebody go through and make sure the links [to my work] are valid. If you have stuff you love, get PDFs or physical copies. Magazines go under, websites fold, and you’re going to lose that work.”

For more tips, read: How to Create a Writer’s Website That Gets You Work.

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