• Month Review

    July Review and What’s Coming Next

    July In Review Here is an overview of what happened on the blog in July, just in case you missed anything or want a handy way to reference all of it. Indie Spotlight: Lisa Swinton (Post, Guest Post) We went over the next few steps of the “An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps” series: Step 5: Design It Step 6: Build It Step 7: Fill It Coming Up In August I’ll be finishing up my “An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps” series in August. Here is a sneak peak of what I have planned. Indie Spotlight: Jason Stanley The last 3 steps of the “An Author Website in 10 Easy…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 7: Fill It

    By now you should have the structure of your website laid out. You have a holder for each page, the navigation in, and widgets and such. Now you need to go through each page and add the content. Take your time with this step. You want to make sure each page looks nice and works in different sized browsers. If you have a smartphone, make sure you pull your site on it to make sure it looks good on smaller screens too. Most platforms have what is called a “responsive layout” or “responsive theme” this means it will automatically handle different devices and screen sizes. But it is still best…

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    Bonus Randomness from Krista

    What has been on my mind lately? A lot actually. But how does it relate to writing? Or websites? Or anything really? Life can get in the way. I know that is an odd way to see it. Our life should, after all, be our primary focus in life. Family, work, cooking, cleaning, hobbies, friends, other commitments. Doesn’t it feel like there are so many things pulling us away from what we want to be doing? This kind of leads into balance. Life is a balancing act. I feel like the elements of my life are a house of cards stacked on a shaky table. One wrong move brings the…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 6: Build It

    Now it’s time to talk all the work you have done an put it into your website. Using your design and the information you have compiled to include in your site–put it all together. If this seems overwhelming at first, don’t worry. I’ve broken down this process into two steps. For now, you can just focus on getting the structure of your site together. Create each page, get the theme and colors just the way you want it. You can worry about adding the content later. Because each platform is different, the steps for actually building your website will be different. Down the road, I hope to create some tutorials…

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    Dare to be Indie by Lisa Swinton

    I got into writing on an accident/dare. Some friends formed a critique group and invited me to join in 2009. I’d never had aspirations to be a writer, but went to the first meeting with an idea and agreed to write a first chapter with the caveat that if I wasn’t any good, then they let me know and I’d leave them to write in peace without me. I didn’t want to waste their time or mine. The word came back that the writing was good, and they encouraged me to continue. The rest is history. The decision to go Indie came several years and conferences later. I’d watched author friends…

  • 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 ~…

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