• Author Interview

    Interview with Anna Del C Dye

    ‘ello, today I am going to interview the lovely Anna Del C Dye, our Indie Spot Light for May. When I first talked to Anna about spotlighting her, I asked if she would tell me a bit about how she decided to self-publish. She replied that her husband does most of the work outside of writing. I wanted to learn more about this amazing husband-wife duo, and so, I asked her some questions about how that all worked for them. Was it your husband’s idea for you to publish? Yes, one day he said: “I have looked at our options and this is what I found.” He presented me with…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps,  Websites

    An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps: Overview

    ‘ello, and welcome to An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps.We’ll start with a brief overview and then in following weeks I’ll discuss each step individually. After that I will be adding supplemental posts to further explain parts of some of the steps, and give you more tools to complete them. Goal At the end of the 10 step series you will have a functional author website. Up and running and ready for readers and fans to visit. Why 10 Easy Steps? I have heard so many authors say that they can’t afford to pay someone to build a website for them. And that they can’t do it on their…

  • Websites

    Laying Out Your Website

    ‘ello, last week I talked about what you should have on your author website. Now I would like to say a few things about the layout. Have you ever been on, for example, a restaurant’s website? And no matter how hard you look you cannot find the location, hours, or menu? When you are about to give up you find them buried in some corner of the site? You don’t want your readers to experience that. You need a clean, simple layout with easy to use navigation. A rule of thumb I like to use is that you should be able to get to any page from any page. This is accomplished by…

  • Encouragment

    Wisdom from Neil Gaiman: A Note of Encouragement

    This is one of my favorite quote/memes that I see floating around the web-i-sphere. Why do I like it so much? Because of the many layers of truth that there is to it. What I find very encouraging about it is the comparison that Gaimon makes. Being an adult is hard, but usually not all that rewarding. Writing, and self-publishing, are also hard. Sometimes we don’t get the money we hoped, or the fans we thought we would get. Our work is not always well received. It’s still worth it. For me, the act of writing, and work of self-publishing are reward enough for me. Of course, we all want to have…

  • Uncategorized

    Questions about Author Websites

    It’s that time again to ask you a question about questions. So, since we’ve been talking about author websites lately here is your chance to ask me anything you want to on that subject. What Questions do you have about Author Websites? If you have any questions just leave a comment here. Or, you can contact me at any time with questions on any self-publishing or author-ly type subject. (Oh, and if you would like to debate with me who the best Star Trek captain is, or gush over a Garth Nix novel, I’m game for that too!) I’m happy to help the best I can. I have a unique insight being…

  • Self Publishing,  Websites

    What Should I Include on My Author Website?

    ‘ello! One of the questions you have probably asked yourself several times is what exactly your author website should have on it. Let me compare choosing what to have on your site to packing for a vacation. Have you ever been packing for a trip and had half your closet laid out on your bed trying to decide what to bring? And then when you finally have the perfect configurations of outfits they don’t fit in the suitcase. You want to avoid this type of scenario when decided what content to include on your site. After packing for many, many trips with small children, I finally learned a formula that…

  • Indie Author Spotlight

    Introducting Anna del C. Dye

    I am proud to announce this month’s Indie Spotlight: Anna del C. Dye was born in the extreme South (Chile) along some famous beaches. She moved to the USA to marry Rodney and has resided in Utah since then. They are the parents of three princes and a princess. She is a hybrid author and has earned many awards on her Elf Serie and now her Royal Romance Series. Visit her blog. Check her out on Facebook. Anna del C. Dye’s Books                 And many more…

  • Month Review

    April Review and What’s Coming Next

    April In Review Here is an overview of what happened on the blog in April, just in case you missed anything or want a handy way to reference all of it. Indie Spotlight: Marsha Ward (Post, Interview) I introduced myself and gave a little background about why I know so much about websites. We discussed whether or not you need an author website. Lauraine Henderson talked about her journey to becoming an indie. (Her newest book releases tomorrow!) I showed you some great examples of author websites. (Don’t forget the resource page with even more examples.) Coming Up in May I’m going to continue on the subject of author websites in…

  • Websites

    Examples of Author Websites

    When I sat down to build my first author website in preparation for my series launching I was completely lost. Not because I didn’t know how to build a website (I’d been doing that for years) but because I did not know what one should put on an author website. So I googled a few of my favorite authors and pulled up the sites of the ones I regularly visited–and took some notes. I didn’t do everything I saw or liked. But I tried out several things and found what worked for me. I also built a site for my series (DragonsTrust.com if you want to see what I did…

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