Recently I was skulking around the contact page of an author.
I was looking for the name of the author's agent.
It was nowhere to be found.
No problem. Most readers aren't looking for that info and not listing it might be the agent's choice.
But, what was a problem was how prickly the tone of the "Contact me" page was.
It was overtly hostile to any writer wanting to make contact.
It was ice cold to any reader.
And everyone else could just go to hell.
Take a look at your contact page.
(You have one, right?)
Does it have the words "thank you" anywhere?
Does it have the phrase "I'm glad to hear from readers" or some approximation thereof?
If you're not able to blurb other author's books, do you phrase it with any kind of apology or regret (even if you aren't apologetic or regretful?)
I purposely did not buy the book this author wrote because I was so put off by the tone of this page.
I realize that many writers get blurb requests or personal favor requests they can't or don't want to agree to. I know that eye roll of annoyance when those requests roll in. (Let's all remember I see queries from people who wouldn't know a submission guideline if it arrived gift wrapped.)
That's the cost of doing business these days.
Have a form letter ready to deal with those requests, or at least observe the social niceties by saying "I'm sorry I can't blurb any books right now."
I like to support writers, even those I don't represent.
I'll be damned if I'll give hard earned money to someone who seems to
disdain reader contact as an annoyance one must put up with.
If you want an example of a contact page that does it right, look no further than blog reader Donnaeve.