What Not To Do Wednesday on Livening up a Dead Website

I don’t have much time here, but it being Wednesday, I thought I’d share a quick What-Not-To-Do on links and websites and such. To wit, I’m on the agent quest right now and it occurred to me that an agent might take a peek at my online presence. And what will he or she see?

Ooooh, grasshopper. That’s a scary thought. Because I’ve recently scanned a few articles on what a great website for a writer/author should be and I’m a wee bit concerned.

I’m concerned that I might have a few horror-type links out there. Take the vampire link, for instance. That’s the link that was doing its thing, hanging out peacefully, buried as it were, in the website. But suddenly, when I click on it…it’s not there! Maybe it’ll come back, maybe it won’t. But I can’t take that chance. So I’ll dump that link.

Then there’s the mummy link. That’s the one that’s so old and tattered, the one I’ve dragged around from one website update to the next. Perhaps it’s time to put that dated link out of its misery.

Of course, there’s also the zombie link. It may not be on your website, but it’s out there, following you around FOREVER. No matter what else you write, this link always seems to pop up around your name. WHY WON’T YOU DIE, YOU STINKING LINK???

Well. There’s not much I can do about the zombie link. But I really need to send a few queries out today, so don’t do what I did, grasshopper, and wait till five minutes before you hit the send button. Stay on top of those horrible links and keep your website and online presence alive and well.

(As for the zombie links, it’s every woman for herself.)

What Not To Do on Putting off Till Tomorrow…and Tomorrow…and Tomorrow


To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

Oh, my little grasshopper, you would think after a few years in the writing business, I’d run out of What Not To Do’s. And yet, I still manage my fair share of blunders, mishaps, boo-boos and abject failures.

I’m not sure where procrastination falls in that list. It seems more than a boo-boo, but perhaps not quite as bad as abject failure. I mean, putting off blog and website maintenance won’t cause the fall of the Cathy C. Hall writing empire. Or will it?

What if an editor wandered in and found links that were no longer active? Out-of-date clips? Or headings that made no sense because a certain writer started making changes then got sidetracked? Would that editor think a. Cathy C. Hall is terribly busy? Or b. Cathy C. Hall is terribly lazy?

And when I think that I’ve had a note on my bulletin board since MARCH, reminding me to stay on top of website and blog maintenance, I have to accept that what was just a boo-boo in May is kinda ridiculously HUGE in December. Which is why I’ve finally fixed a few things around the old Hall of Fame. Actually, if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s a work in progress. But at least I’m progressing.

So, don’t put off till tomorrow…and tomorrow…and tomorrow what you can do in May. And then again in August, and again in December. Update your clips, check links, and stay on top of your writing career. You want folks to notice your brilliance-not your boo-boos.