• Websites

    I’m Overwhelmed with this Website Thing. What Now?

    Building your own author website can be overwhelming. Especially with how important a website can be. Breathe. You can figure this out. If you don’t feel ready to take the plunge into making your own website, I have two encouraging thoughts for you (Well, I hope they are encouraging.): 1. I will be putting together some video tutorials that will take you step-by-step through the process of creating your author website on WordPress, Weebly, and Wix. You can follow along using your own information and hopefully have a good author website by the end. 2. There are people that can do the website for you. For a cost of course.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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