DauntlessWriting.com Announcement

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about my readership and what they want out of my Author Page. Do the care about the craft of writing or do they just want to know about the stories?

How do I approach author sites? I realized that I generally don’t, because they tend to be boring and advertise-y.  I’ve looked at authors I follow on Twitter and Facebook and what they get up to on there. It’s a real mixed bag. Some tend to talk about whatever interest them, and that makes them interesting, such as Neil Gaiman’s Twitter feed and Anne Rice’s Facebook page. Others, who will remain nameless, focus on trying to sell their work. I unsub those pretty quickly.

What do I want from my page? I want what I can’t get from those other pages; I want an interesting author page that’s not all about me (the irony is not lost on me). I want to provide information that my readers will want to read whilst giving readers the opportunity to maybe pick up advance copies of my work or links to where they can be found.

So this is what I’m going to do about it. I’m going to split my page into two separate websites. First, is the Author Page, RichardTWheeler.com. Here I will focus on what’s happening in my genre, what’s happening with my career, and posting reviews of fiction that I’ve consumed.

The second site, DauntlessWriting.com is going to be all about the details of crafting fiction and being an author-entrepreneur. Here I will write about the organization, craft, and marketing of fiction, and reviewing books that fall into those categories.

Of course, the pages will be cross linked, so if you are interested in both facets, then by all means, subscribe to both. I’ll keep the content separate, so no “Heeeey my new short-story has been published by Granta Literary Magazine” on the DauntlessWriting mailing list and no “Greatest Techniques for Creating Compelling Antagonist’s Aunt’s Pets: Specifically Homicidal Mantis Shrimp and Sundry” on the author page side of things. (I kind of want to write that guide now).

This does mean that some of my previous posts will now disappear from the Author Page, in order to deliver on this plan. But Noli desperare fili, they will be back online at their new home at Dauntless.

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