I do not understand why so many writers have websites and/or blogs, but do not have their email address or a “contact me” link easily visible.
It’s a frequent source of frustration for me. Why would you even bother putting yourself out there without giving people a way to contact you?
There are two circumstances in which I come up against this:
(1) I’m following links to various websites/blogs, find something I like and become interested in talking to the writer about whether they’d ever like to be published, whether they have an agent, etc… and there’s no email address. I’m supposed to leave a comment on your blog? Not exactly professional.
(2) I want to respond privately to a comment someone has left on my blog, rather than put it out there for all the world to see. I’m interested in engaging in conversation. Yet when I follow the link to their blog or website, again, no way to contact them.
Listen, there’s a lot of dialogue going on out here on the web, and real connections are being made. If you don’t include a way for people to contact you directly, it says you’re not interested in making connections. Maybe you’re just interested in being heard but not interested in hearing from others. It doesn’t look good.
You’re here to network, to learn, to communicate, and to create relationships. It’s not just about putting your blog or website up and commenting on others’ blogs. Let people know how to reach you, too. Just in case.
And by the way, the excuse that you want to avoid spambots getting your email address is so
five years ago. You can encrypt or obscure
your email address so that people can see it but spambots can’t. If you want, you can also create a separate gmail or yahoo address for public use. It’s free and takes 30 seconds.
So, if you have a website or blog, and if you’re leaving comments on others’ blogs, make sure you have your email address or “contact me” plainly visible.
Q4U: If you’re one of those without contact info on your site – why not? Are you going to add it today?
© 2011 Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent