I love making websites. It reminds me of a playing a computer game called Fine Artist when I was younger. Click and drag with weebly is much more fun, for a dimwit like me, than coding is. So I’ve gone and done it again, but this time, writersanctuary.net
is for keeps.
When I started writing books, I was unfortunate enough not to know how to find any external support online. When it came to writing query letters, it was a rather dreadful affair.
To the Agency of New Zealand:
I have written a book which I would very much like to publish. I desire your consideration; however, if you deem my work unappealing, I understand.
I will include an excerpt below. My name is (Miss) Yvette Willemse, and I live in ________. Of all my interests in life, I am most passionate about writing.
Yvette Kate Willemse.
Some of you may instantly understand that there are numerous errors in this excerpt from a query letter that I actually wrote. The agency I contacted was not the only agency in New Zealand, and I did not go to the trouble of finding out the name of the person to whom I was writing. I made it sound like the agency was a publishing company; and I did not include information of previous writing experience. My plot summary, which I have omitted, contained a number of grammatical mistakes and perhaps all the tropes that exist in creation.
I often wished that there was a place I could go to that would offer some personalised advice on how to research agents, how to write query letters, how to edit your work for a potential agent or publisher, etc. There are actually surprisingly few sites that offer all of that in one package.
When I was younger and I discovered that there wasn’t a book out there exactly like the one I wanted to read, I started writing one. Likewise, in this situation, I’m endeavouring to create a website and slowly, slowly launch something that will help beginning writers in the way that I desired sometime ago. If you have any ideas for things that you would like to see in a Writer Support website, please let me know in comments below. I’m looking for ways to better this site and make it a great place for other beginning authors. Now that I’m on my second writing contract, I’d like to help others get their own.
Please do take some time to visit writersanctuary.net
; and if you’re keen to guest post, I’m open to that as well. I’ll also blog a little bit on my own writing journey, directly on the site.
Let the writing go on.