• 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…

  • Random Thoughts

    What Draws on Our Time: A Semi-Random Thought

    I’ve been very busy lately. There are so many things in the wings for me to work I often find myself up late and night, tired, and feeling overwhelmed. In the midst of all this work to launch this blog, start my own business, and survive my life in general–I haven’t had time to write. The final book in my series is languishing away while I attend to all the other things drawing on my time. Slowly I’m learning to limit the demands on my time so that I can focus on what is most important to me. Not everyone can have writing be their full-time profession. I certainly wanted…

  • Websites

    Do I Need an Author Website?

    The short answer is: yes. In today’s digital age, having a website is a mark of legitimacy and proficiency. Go are the days of phone books and paper directories. Here are some of the main reasons why you need a website: Connectability What do you think your readers do (especially the up and coming generations) when they want more information about you? Yep. They look for your website. A website is the central location readers can use to connect with and learn about you and your books. Readers can: Follow you on Social Media Contact you See all your books and where they can buy them Subscribe to your mailing…

  • Websites

    About Me and Why I Know So Much About Websites

    ‘ello, I’m Krista and I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and tell announce the first topic I will be covering: Author Websites.   About Me For over a decade I worked as a website developer. What that really boils down to is that for more than ten years I went to work every day and built websites. Most of the websites I worked on were far more complex than your average author website, but many of the concepts were the same. The most important thing is that I know the language of websites: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP (among others). I consider myself a website guru. After…

  • Encouragment

    The Best Writing Advice I’ve Read: A Note of Encouragement

    There is a lot of writing advice out there. Some of it is good, some of it is bad. And every once in a while I find something that is a gem. While I was researching inspiration for my “A Note of Encouragement” series, I stumbled upon an article by Jeff Elkins on TheWritePractice.com. And it was unlike any other writing advice I had ever heard before. I meant to just skim the article and file it away to be read in detail later. But I finished the whole thing. When I was finished, I took a deep breath and said to myself: I can do this. You can do…

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