Daniel Hatadi has done something very cool. Which is to be expected, since Daniel is the Australian embodiment of cool.
Before I explain, let me say I can’t stress enough the importance of authors having a website, or a webpresence. For crying out loud, it’s free to set up a blog, and you don’t have to run it like a blog. You can run it like a website, with pages for bio, books, other works and then use the “blog” feature for news updates. It’s a pet peeve of mine when authors don’t have some web presence – when I’m doing background for interviews for Spinetingler if I can’t find information about the authors online it makes it nearly impossible. Plus, when you’re moderating a panel at a convention and there’s no author information, how do you introduce them?
Anyway, yesterday I had another experience that reminded me of just how important a web presence is, when someone contacted me and asked if I knew a certain author. The author in question has no web presence whatsoever… And the reason for wanting to make contact was a good one: A conference committee was considering asking this author to teach a workshop. The problem? Nobody in the local writing community knew him and there was no obvious way to contact the guy.
Now, you can get a blog for free. You can also get on MySpace for free. I’ve had a dismissive attitude toward MySpace. Seemed to me like a central hub for pedophiles and teenagers, and I find most of the MySpace pages I’ve ever looked at incredibly frustrating. I know ‘everybody’s doing it’ but I just couldn’t be bothered.
Which is, quite possibly, why I didn’t know about the Ning thing and the central hub system…
But Daniel Hatadi did and he has set up Crimespace, a central hub for authors and fans of crime fiction, a virtual bar. Such a thing hasn’t existed online since the Mystery Circus was shut down.
I always thought something like this was a good idea, and Anne Frasier and I had been discussing doing something like this for a while. Now we don’t need to. Daniel’s gone and done it already.
I hope people will check it out and give it a chance. If I can figure out how to feed my own blog to the mypage blog I have there now, I’ll be all set.
In Other News
This is just a matter of clarification. As I am no longer in Killer Year I am officially stating, for the record, that I will not be participating in their anthology.
And I’m still working on updating and fixing my links. I’m making a list…