| FIND AN AUTHOR
With today's Internet it's easy
to find an author; that is of course if they want to
be found. With this Global Village of ours now, it is vitally
important for any author, whether famous or newly published,
to promote on the World Wide Web.
Unless the Internet user knows the exact address they want to
visit, then usually the first port of call is of course the
famous search engines: Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. This is a successful
strategy should you know the name of the author in question
as it's a safe bet that Google will give you what you want.
Genre specific search
Want to find an author of a specific genre? Once again this
is very possible using the search engines and the huge amount
of dedicated genre websites out there. There are websites for
crime fiction, thriller fiction, science fiction, Nonfiction;
in fact generally there are sites for whatever genre you possibly
Using the scenario of a fan of Historical fiction, they've read
the complete catalogue of a particular author - say for example
Bernard Cornwell. Who else is out there he or she wonders? Well
a quick visit to the local library might provide the answer
to that by simply looking at the shelf marked Historical Fiction.
This might be ideal, but in practice they would have to read
the book of this new discovery to see if they shared the same
ethos and literary views.
Authors on the Internet
So what advantage do authors on the Internet have over having
their books on the library shelf? The advantages are not only
obvious to the author, but to the reader as well. >Article: Good Author Websites
Firstly, let's take a look at the advantages to the writer:
Most author sites have discovered that it is an opportunity
not only to showcase published works but to interact with potential
and existing readers.
Websites give space not always possible
in books to let visitors know more detail about the host. There
are biographies, detailed interviews, web blogs, question and
answer pages, writing tips and explanations of inspirations
just to name a few.
So how do author sites this benefit the reader? For fans of
the author in question it undoubtedly puts them in direct touch
with their favourite; even the most famous writers have a section
where they answer questions on a regular basis. Most authors
even answer direct emails from fans as this contact or feedback
generally proves invaluable.
The major benefits in my opinion are to the new reader trying
to find an author of a specific genre. Just looking at the bookshelf
in a local library or bookstore wouldn't give you the background
you require to choose whether this author seems right for you.
Even a brief look at a well designed website would give you
a feeling for the writer in question. Delving further into a
site, and either by the design used or the good descriptive
content, it is possible to feel empathy with what the author
is trying to promote.
Most good sites allow you to read an
extract of any published works to give a 'taster'. By this time
your intuition should be letting you know whether or not to
explore further and maybe even treat yourself at your local
bookstore, or whether to move on to another site.
So how is findmeanauthor.com different to other genre
specific Internet searches? The answer is quite simply
that the identity or past history of any author listed on the
site is kept hidden. At this point you may be thinking: "why
is that then?"
The idea behind this hidden identity is to make the search for
an author more fun to do. Most people including myself like
to think that we have an inner voice or intuition that we use
on a regular basis to navigate through life's up's and down's.
On this website the first choice is to select your chosen genre.
We are then faced with a selection of images to choose from.
By holding the mouse over the image a clue as to the ethos of
the writer is given in the form of a personal statement or quote.
The real fun to find an author on this site is to look at all
the images on the page concerned for a short while, then listen
to your 'inner voice' and follow this direction to the face
that you find most interesting. By visiting the website of your
chosen author you will soon be able to see if your inner voice
was right to trust all along; my guess is that most times you
would be wise to trust this intuition.
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