I’m looking ahead to the day that I will have a published novel. I know that you recommend having a website. My name as I plan on using when I publish is already taken as a website. I’ve thought of using my middle name, something that doesn’t have my name in it, etc. What is your thought on what is best for naming a website? I would think using your name would be the best, but if it’s not available, what are some other ideas to think of?
Wait until your book has been accepted and then talk to your agent/publisher about it. That may sound like a lame answer, but really, it’s the best one. When you’re ready to publish, your publisher and/or agent will do some checking on your name. If it’s the same as someone else who writes in your genre, they will suggest other options—using a middle name, maiden name, initials, pen name. If you do need to use a pen name, they can help you choose one that will give you some marketability or exposure.
Also, website ownerships come and go all the time. Even if it’s taken now, it may be available in a year or two. In the meantime, I suggest doing something free, simple and professional, like a blog. If you don’t want to post to a blog, you can adapt that format to make a more “static” site that you don’t have to post to. You can also join a free social networking site and create a profile that looks very nice. There are lots of options out there other than a traditional website.