• Encouragment

    Overcoming Fear: A Note of Encouragement

    ‘ello. Krista here attempting to share a note of encouragement. I admit, that I have done several searches on the internet for “Encouragement for Writers” and what I mostly find are quotes about writing. These are not necessarily encouraging. What I want is the kind of thing that says: “Yes, the writing life is hard, but here is a little something you should remember to get you through.” I have come to the conclusion that I must make my own. (Or at least get better and googling). So here it goes: There are many fears that a writer faces. One of those fears is what others will think of us…

  • Indie Author Spotlight

    Introducing Shauna E. Black

    I am happy no announce this month’s Indie Spotlight: Shauna E. Black smiles a lot. But her appearance can be deceiving. Like the legendary sirens of old, she enjoys luring innocent readers into the stories she creates and trapping them there. As a child, Shauna’s parents recognized her persuasive tendencies and moved her from the coast of Panama to the landlocked safety of Utah to protect innocent sailors. But she found other ways to beguile the unwary. Her home is sprinkled with enchanted wind chimes, spontaneous singing, and the enticing smells of fresh baked bread and cookies. By far her most cherished ploy lies in her passion for writing. From…

  • Month Review

    May Review and What’s Coming Next

    May In Review Here is an overview of what happened on the blog in May, just in case you missed anything or want a handy way to reference all of it. Indie Spotlight: Anna Del C Dye (Post, Interview) I talked about some things to include on your author website. Gave you some tips on designing the layout of your website. And I introduced my An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps series and went over Step 1: Name It S.T. Sanchez shared her thoughts on Self-Publishing (check out her latest book) Coming Up in June I’m going to continue my An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps series in June. Here…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps,  Websites

    Step 1: Name It

    The first step in setting up your author website is to pick a name. You will then register this domain name as the address to your website (we’ll cover that in step 2). Note: Some hosting options (which we will discuss in step 3) have a free option that does not allow you to use your own domain name. You still need to pick a name and make sure it is available. And I highly recommend registering your domain anyway, so it is yours when you are ready to use it. You can get one year of domain registration for less than $20 USD. Tips for Picking a Name Use…

  • 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…

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