After 6 years my novel is ready to be queried. I am redoing my website to include showing me as an author in addition to the other ways I'm known in the world before querying it so that my platform looks professional and thought through.
If I'm querying a novel, is it a no-no if I present it, talk about it, post images that reflect it, say I am currently querying it, offer excerpts, read excerpts or in other ways make it look it juicy and fun on my website? Or should I keep it under wraps until an agent decides they would like to work with it/me. Is it OK to show or record, for example, a few short stories I've written that haven't been published or articles that have been published, etc. I would like to create a sense of intrigue or excitement around it without giving away the goods.
You misunderstand why an agent would be looking at your website.
It's not to find out more about the book.
Everything I need to know about the book should be in the query; the pages with the query; and/or, the requested full.
In other words the LAST thing you want to post is writing that might not be as fluid and stylish as your novel.
The reason I prowl around your website is to know more about you.
Are you nuts?
Are you really nuts?
Are you only creatively nutso?
Thus post pictures of you doing fun things like hanging out with your backyard chickens.
or of your handsome dog
or of places you've been
or of books you've read and loved
Leave off anything about the querying process, your frustrations with publishing, and things that makes you sound cranky.
I like to work with people who love books. And aren't asshats. All you need to do with your website is demonstrate what you are, and what you are not. It's easier said than done of course for rodent wheel running writers, but it can be done.