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    Pep Talks: A Note of Encouragement

    I do not Nano. I have tried several times and I always fail. So I have accepted that I cannot Nano. But I still participate. And I still love all of the resources that they have. In fact, whether you Nano or not, you should check out the Pep Talks on the Nano website.

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    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

    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…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 4: Host It

    Now that you have decided if you are going with Weebly, Wix, Squarespace, or WordPress (and BlueHost or SiteGround), it is time to set up your account. And get your site hosted. I’ve decided to break this down into two sections. First, if you went with something like Weebly (a website builder), and second if you went with WordPress. The steps are essentially the same. But there will be minor differences.  Website Builders On Wix look for the “Get Started” button. Weebly asks if you want to do a store or a website. Click on the “Website” button. (Or online store, if you want to do that. It’s a little more…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 3: Pick It

    You’ve picked a name for your site, and claimed it (unless you’re waiting to see if you can get free registration with hosting). Now it is time to pick a home for your website. You will have to make a few decisions before you can actually host your website (which we will cover in step 4). First, do you want to go with a “drag and drop” solution? Or do you want a “content management” platform such as WordPress? Here is a simple way for you to choose: Do you want to have a blog on your site? If the answer is yes, then I recommend you go with WordPress.…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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