Blog or Portfolio?

by Dan Lovatt
17th February 2021

Hello everybody,

I am a writer currently working on various projects and want to elevate my status to looking more professional for potential audiences/ literary agent. I am struggling to know whether a blog or portfolio via my own website is a more suitable option. I mainly want to provide references for the different publications I've had, plus perhaps showcasing snippets of my own work. Could anybody give me guidance on this? thanks.

 

Replies

Hi Dan,

Jonathan is absolutely right that blogs do need to be maintained in order to build up a following. The same goes for websites as well, although you definitely don't need to spend much on author websites. A simple WordPress site could be a good option to start with, if you intend to use it simply to showcase your work.

Depending on what you're writing, it can be useful for literary agents to see previously published work, accolades etc. This sort of information would definitely be beneficial in including in a covering letter to agents when you start to submit your work.

This can be useful for fiction and non-fiction, although I'd argue that the latter is the sort of area that agents might want to see previous work in. Obviously depending on what you're writing. For example, if you were writing a narrative non-fiction book about politics, it would strengthen your submission to include links to articles you may have written for various outlets - both online and print.

A little while ago, I believe some agencies/agents asked for Writing CVs (which would obviously detail all of your previous work) but my understanding is that is no longer necessary and the standard documents as outlined on agency submission pages are all that's required.

Clare

Profile picture for user Clare ADMIN
Clare
ADMIN
200 points
Ready to publish
Fiction
Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Gothic and Horror
Middle Grade (Children's)
Young Adult (YA)
Adventure
Speculative Fiction
Clare ADMIN
22/02/2021

Thanks Jonathan, the prospect of regular updating can be quite challenging to navigate amongst other projects/ daily life grindings. I will consider further which one I wish to pursue, I'm gearing towards a website at the mo but like everything in this life, it's precarious. I hope you're well.

Profile picture for user dan.lovatt96
Dan
Lovatt
240 points
Developing your craft
Fiction
Adventure
Poetry
Short stories
Competitions, opportunities and groups
The publishing process
Autobiography, Biography and Memoir
Creative Writing and Publishing
Media and Journalism
Politics, Economics and Current affairs
Philosophy and Religion
Film, Music, Theatre, TV and Radio
Sports
Writing and Editing
Developing your idea
Writing dialogue
Editing
Dedicated Genre Advice
How publishers work
Literary agents
Beyond the book
Audiobooks
Proof reading
Structural edit
Promotional materials
Author websites
Marketing campaigns (incl. social media)
Preparing Your Portfolio
Seeking inspiration
Synopsis
Dan Lovatt
19/02/2021

I've used both a website and blog in the past. The site's handy for posting excerpts and anything a potential reader might find handy as references (I had a page of cavalry-related terminology) while I used the blog for posting more regular things - short articles relating to the period of my stories, links to other articles or content readers might find useful, that sort of stuff.
The problem with blogs is you need to post fairly regularly to build up a following, which I found difficult to do amongst everything else that's a normal part of life. And websites need regular updating, too, another time-consumer.

Profile picture for user oldchesn_4270
Jonathan
Hopkins
330 points
Practical publishing
Fiction
Historical
Adventure
The writing process
The publishing process
Self-Publishing
Jonathan Hopkins
17/02/2021