• An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 5: Design It

    You have your hosting all set up and you are ready to jump into building your site, right? Well, yes, but… there is one step you should do first. Take a little time to design your website. I have already discussed what to include on your author website and how to organize your website content. Putting these two things together will create the design for your website. What? First, you need to decide what you want to include. In the beginning, you will want to keep it simple. Don’t go overboard yet. You can always add more features and details to your site later. For inspiration or ideas look to other authors…

  • Encouragment

    On Your Bad Days: A Note of Encouragement

    Writing is not all glamour and perfection. It is hard work, exhausting, soul draining work that takes from us as much as it gives to our readers? So why do we do it? Each of us will answer differently but for me the answer is this: writing is part of my being. Yes, it exhausts and drains me, but then when I am finished it energizes and refills my cup. I write because I need to breathe. So, for your bad days, write yourself a note about why you write. It can be a simple phrase, an inside joke, or even an image. Put in your writing space, or on…

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    Questions about Social Media Anyone?

    ‘ello, how are you? Social Media can be daunting. there are so many different platforms and each is different. So, do you have any questions about social media? Is there a certain platform you have heard about but aren’t sure what to do on it? If so leave a comment below, or contact me.

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    Introducing Lisa Swinton

    I am happy no announce this month’s Indie Spotlight:  Award-Winning Author Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theater to good use via community theater and church choir. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves to travel, Jane Austen, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer. Website ~ Amazon ~ Facebook ~…

  • Month Review

    June Review and What’s Coming Next

    June In Review Here is an overview of what happened on the blog in June, just in case you missed anything or want a handy way to reference all of it. Indie Spotlight: Shauna E. Black (Post) We went over the next few steps of the “An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps” series: Step 2: Claim It Step 3: Pick It Step 4: Host It Shauna E. Black talked about what cancer taught her about dreams Lauraine Henderson shared her experience with CreateSpace and their professional services Coming Up in July I’m going to continue my An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps series in June. Here is a sneak…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 4: Host It

    Now that you have decided if you are going with Weebly, Wix, Squarespace, or WordPress (and BlueHost or SiteGround), it is time to set up your account. And get your site hosted. I’ve decided to break this down into two sections. First, if you went with something like Weebly (a website builder), and second if you went with WordPress. The steps are essentially the same. But there will be minor differences.  Website Builders On Wix look for the “Get Started” button. Weebly asks if you want to do a store or a website. Click on the “Website” button. (Or online store, if you want to do that. It’s a little more…

  • Self Publishing,  What I Learned

    What Cancer Taught Me About Dreams by Shauna E. Black

    I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Probably like you, I love books, and I’m fascinated with stories. I remember when I was about 10 years old smugly telling my little sister that someday I would write a NYT bestseller. Well. It hasn’t happened … yet. 😉 I’ve taken a lot of detours on my way to a writing career. Not only have I dabbled in various professions (film editor, graphic artist, voice teacher, office manager, teacher’s aide), but raising my family always takes priority for me—which made it hard to do any writing at all when my kids were little. Still, after every…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 3: Pick It

    You’ve picked a name for your site, and claimed it (unless you’re waiting to see if you can get free registration with hosting). Now it is time to pick a home for your website. You will have to make a few decisions before you can actually host your website (which we will cover in step 4). First, do you want to go with a “drag and drop” solution? Or do you want a “content management” platform such as WordPress? Here is a simple way for you to choose: Do you want to have a blog on your site? If the answer is yes, then I recommend you go with WordPress.…

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