This is a first… and a question for all of youse guys

I am at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE and I am updating my LJ. (Never did this before!) The way the schedule worked out, I have a long break right now, and Jamie the Nice Librarian was kind enough to get me on the Net. Having a blast here (awesome auditorium which makes the speaking part easy – voice is still raw from last week). Waiting for the pizza to arrive to I can eat and talk to some of the high school kids about Speak. Tough life.

Weird experience of the day: their substitute librarian, Kristine, babysat for me when I was a kid in Syracuse. She was a student at the university where my dad was a chaplain. It has been fascinating to hear her talk about how those years (we’re talking life on a college campus in the late ’60s and early ’70s) felt to her. I’m going to get her in touch with Dad – he will be stoked.

Max wrote and suggested that I put some deleted scenes from my novels on the website.

That’s actually in my long-term plan, Max. (Brilliant minds think alike, eh?) I don’t think I’ll get to it until later this summer, though. Depending on how the writing goes, it might be the fall before I can give major attention to the website again.

Which brings me to my question:

What would youse guys like to see on my website that is not there right now? Theo is working on a non-flash version for those of you with slower dial-up connections. There are a few minor tweaking things to do, but before he gets going on someone else’s projects (or his own), I want to make sure I have a rock-solid web foundation that we can add to as new books come out. What information is missing? What pages do you think are the most important? Should we add a site map?

15 Replies to “This is a first… and a question for all of youse guys”

    1. I have scenes from early drafts of my books that didn’t make the final version, usually because they took the plot off on a tangent. (Note – it was always my decision to cut these scenes.) I’ve toyed with the idea of posting some of them – sort of a literary director’s cut of a DVD. It wouldn’t change the way readers look at or understand my books, but if you enjoyed a character, you might like reading a little extra.

  1. I have scenes from early drafts of my books that didn’t make the final version, usually because they took the plot off on a tangent. (Note – it was always my decision to cut these scenes.) I’ve toyed with the idea of posting some of them – sort of a literary director’s cut of a DVD. It wouldn’t change the way readers look at or understand my books, but if you enjoyed a character, you might like reading a little extra.

  2. I have scenes from early drafts of my books that didn’t make the final version, usually because they took the plot off on a tangent. (Note – it was always my decision to cut these scenes.) I’ve toyed with the idea of posting some of them – sort of a literary director’s cut of a DVD. It wouldn’t change the way readers look at or understand my books, but if you enjoyed a character, you might like reading a little extra.

  3. A small suggestion…

    Hmm, I’m afraid max took my only good suggestion.LoL. But if I were to suggest anything else, I might say that it would be nice to have a sneak peak of some of your other books. (For those who’ve read catalyst but not speak…Not sure if those people are out there, but they could be.)

    As for important pages, I like the “college pressures” page. (This might be because I will be facing such in a few years…so it was an interesting read.) But I’m not sure if it needed emphisising.(a.k.a. It seemed fine the way it was.)

    Hmmm, pizza sounds good right about now. Hope your voice survived the talk! 🙂

  4. A small suggestion…

    Hmm, I’m afraid max took my only good suggestion.LoL. But if I were to suggest anything else, I might say that it would be nice to have a sneak peak of some of your other books. (For those who’ve read catalyst but not speak…Not sure if those people are out there, but they could be.)

    As for important pages, I like the “college pressures” page. (This might be because I will be facing such in a few years…so it was an interesting read.) But I’m not sure if it needed emphisising.(a.k.a. It seemed fine the way it was.)

    Hmmm, pizza sounds good right about now. Hope your voice survived the talk! 🙂

  5. A small suggestion…

    Hmm, I’m afraid max took my only good suggestion.LoL. But if I were to suggest anything else, I might say that it would be nice to have a sneak peak of some of your other books. (For those who’ve read catalyst but not speak…Not sure if those people are out there, but they could be.)

    As for important pages, I like the “college pressures” page. (This might be because I will be facing such in a few years…so it was an interesting read.) But I’m not sure if it needed emphisising.(a.k.a. It seemed fine the way it was.)

    Hmmm, pizza sounds good right about now. Hope your voice survived the talk! 🙂

  6. Hmm, it’s been awhile since I’ve last been to your site ::goes::. OK, what I’d think be cool would be some “easter eggs”–some secret pages that appear when you click on some random thing- a picture for instance, or a space somewhere. Also, to get even more readers, I think that you should post a short but interesting excerpt from the book to attract them.
    That’s all I have for now. I’ll of some more when I start procrastinating again.

  7. Hmm, it’s been awhile since I’ve last been to your site ::goes::. OK, what I’d think be cool would be some “easter eggs”–some secret pages that appear when you click on some random thing- a picture for instance, or a space somewhere. Also, to get even more readers, I think that you should post a short but interesting excerpt from the book to attract them.
    That’s all I have for now. I’ll of some more when I start procrastinating again.

  8. Hmm, it’s been awhile since I’ve last been to your site ::goes::. OK, what I’d think be cool would be some “easter eggs”–some secret pages that appear when you click on some random thing- a picture for instance, or a space somewhere. Also, to get even more readers, I think that you should post a short but interesting excerpt from the book to attract them.
    That’s all I have for now. I’ll of some more when I start procrastinating again.

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