I love it when writers link to their blogs when they’re querying me. I know not all agents agree, but if I’m interested in a query or a project I’ll definitely be looking you up. So what do agents look for when we’re going through writers’ blogs (which are different than author websites)? Here’s a glimpse into my thought process.
How To: 7 Steps to a Great Writer Blog
My biggest pet peeve is writers who set up a blog but don’t keep it up. I know things get in the way (life, marriage, kids, day job, etc) but the most important thing is some sort of schedule. I’m not saying you have to blog everyday, because you certainly don’t! What I am saying is try to create a pattern: once a week, twice a month, twice a week–whatever you can manage.
What querying writers shouldn’t be blogging about is the process. I know this seems strange because it’s the biggest part of your writing life right now, but trust me on this. Agents and editors don’t want to know how long you’ve been writing/querying/submitting this novel for.
When agents are signing writers from the slush the most important thing to us is usually voice. Plot we can revise, voice we can’t teach. So if we are intrigued by your writing and we want to know more we find our way to your blog and voila! We see if we like the voice more or less now that we’ve seen it in a different context.
4. FOLLOWING AND INTERACTION
You don’t need a big following on your blog for an agent to take notice. For fiction the writing always stands alone. However, it’s really great to see writers who blog interacting with the people who visit their site. Because if you have a following of 10 or 1,000 those are people that understand you, like you, and will support you when the time comes. That’s better than 500 empty hits.
5. CONTACT INFORMATION
Always have contact information on your blog. Link to your Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram (if you are open to sharing this with the public) so that people can engage on the platform they like best. Don’t forget an email address!
6. AUTHOR BIO
A succinct author bio lets me know this writer is serious and wants to be taken seriously.
My top writer blogs:
- Have you checked out Chuck Wendig? He does blog about writing, but also funny inspirational (with some NSFW language!) posts.
- Sarah Dessen is also great. She mixes media and blogs about her Twitter posts too.
Further Reading: The Big Mistake of Author Blogs by Jane Friedman