October 23, 2009

Obsession of the moment: David Eric Tomlinson

David Eric Tomlinson

David Eric Tomlinson

It goes without saying, of course, that in order for a contemporary writer to have any shot of a commercial career anymore, they must be willing to embrace such self-promotional activities as blogging, Facebook, YouTube videos and the like; but recently I came across an author who I think is doing an especially good job of corralling and distributing this information, and whose website deserves to be pointed out for other writers having a hard time dealing with their own. His name is David Eric Tomlinson, a copywriter in Dallas who is currently finishing up both his first novel and first story collection, as well as regularly penning nonfiction articles on the actual craft of creative writing; his website takes all of this output and more (including not only his stories and articles, but also his blog, Twitter stream, and even a tag cloud), and lays it out in a clean, easy-to-follow Euclidean grid, with nice big bold headings to help make sense of it all, and even a series of eye-catching illustrations to help break up the text-heavy space. In effect it makes the front page of David's site a virtual warehouse for his myriad projects, but without making this information a jumbled mess, a lesson that most contemporary writers could really stand to learn when it comes to their own personal websites; and as a result, it encourages random visitors to stick around and actually read the things that David is proffering, versus the mere vanity locations that so many self-publishing authors' sites seem to sometimes be. I encourage you to stop by whenever you have a chance, and hopefully pick up some hints on how to improve your own artistic website.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:59 AM, October 23, 2009. Filed under: Design | Literature | Profiles |