Aaron A. Wright

Writer of Speculative Fiction. Web Developer.

Horses and Carts
04/08/2016 05:25 PM

I listen to a lot of podcasts on my drive to work. Several are writing-related, and one piece of advice I kept hearing is that if you truly want to break into the writing world you need an online presence. Mainly a social media presence, but a personal site helps too.

The question then, was am I currently far enough along in my writing career to warrant a whole damned site? I've sold a few pieces of short fiction, no novels though--I've got a couple in the trunk, but I've never had anything traditionally published. And yet if I were to send out another piece, I'm told one of the things agents check for when you query, is whether you already have an online presence. And if so they may feel you'll be an easier client to market, and maybe move your submission to the top of the pile

I have no idea if any of that is true. What I do know, is that as a web developer the barrier to entry for me in creating a website is much smaller than most people. So I went ahead and did it. I've got my cart and my horse; maybe I've got one in front where it shouldn't be, but at least I know where both of them are.

There's even a blog, because of course you need that too. And every blog needs a first post.

Speaking of podcasts, I recently listened to an episode of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History for the first time, after hearing Mike Duncan recommend it. I have to say it's pretty great. If you like history you could do worse, and the episode on the Anabaptist takeover of Munster was terrific. Give Mike Duncan a listen too if you haven't before, his History of Rome podcast is seminal.