(from the National Library of Australia. When I asked Flickr to give me a picture of the internet, this is what showed up. Maybe it’s a metaphor?)
If you’re an aspiring writer/illustrator/graphic novelist, why should you have a website?
The answer basically boils down to: you want people to be looking you up.
When you’re starting out as a writer or artist, the best possible thing that can happen to you is that people see your work and want to see more. In this day and age, what happens at this point is not that a reader (or editor) gets out their rolodex to call all their friends to ask if they’ve ever heard of this New Artist and get their friends’ opinion on this New Artist’s work (if they’ve seen it). Instead, a reader or editor consults the internet.
“Internet,” they say, “show me more of this person’s work.”
If you don’t have a website (and here I note that ideally this website should have your professional portfolio and a bio), what shows up? Various discourses on exploits you got into in college? Stuff from your Facebook page?
Or — worst of all — nothing?
If you’re an aspiring writer/illustrator/graphic novelist and you don’t have an easily accessible online presence, you just make it that much harder for readers to be fans of your work, and for industry professionals to get in touch with you about possible work.