Big fan of WordPress. I use it for all my sites and for Spinhead’s clients’ sites as well. As a writer you’ll note the correct use of apostrophes in that sentence. (See below for the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org and trust me, you want to know this.)
Choosing a theme seems to be a massive roadblock to beginners.
Let’s blow that up and shovel it into the ditch, eh? … more … “Your Author Website: Choosing a Good WordPress Theme”
After I did all the work to create a new theme for my fiction site I thought I’d tweak it enough to use here as well.
I’ve always loved the image from the cover of the book and I’m just not happy with the logo I’ve been using so we’re taking a step back in time.
Please, if you find anything amiss, let me know, eh?
In the bad old days, some folks were trapped in a poverty-inducing cycle, farming land they could never own. Rich landowners allowed (“allowed” !) tenant farmers to work the land in exchange for a share of the crop. The rich landowner, simply because he owned the land, received a share of the crops as well.
The sharecropper could never make enough to buy the land. The system was designed to keep the rich rich and the poor poor.
Eleven times a week I hear questions about “the best blogging platform.” And I read recommendations of, not only various free blogging tools, but even folks who consider their Facebook page or other social media presence to be their online marketing.
If you don’t own the land, you’re sharecropping, building someone else’s empire.
… more … “Why You Should Avoid Digital Sharecropping”
Still working on that series of posts about working with an illustrator. Coming soon, oh yes. In the meantime . . .
Have you looked around this site, or do you just read the latest blog post? My blog gets the most hits of any page on the site, so I’m not surprised if you’re a blog-reader but not an explorer.
Allow me to take a few moments to show you around.
… more … “Welcome to My Home. Let Me Show You Around.”
. . . “You’d turn red, too, if you had to change in front of everyone!”
No, we’re not in 3rd grade again. I’m just changing the design of this site to slowly morph into something that matches the new logo a little better.
But because I’m a daredevil risk-taking wild man, I’ll be making most of the changes right here on the live site, for all the world to see.
Madness, I know. It’s -11 degrees out, the sun is sparkling in every window, and I’m in a mood.
And tell me what you find helpful, confusing, or fun in the changes.
With a little advice near the end from Davina Kinney, this is the new Someday Box logo which you’ll see not only here, but in my email signature (where I haven’t had a logo since I switched my primary email from Joel@Spinhead.com to Joel@SomedayBox.com)
… more … “Brand New Logo (Which Means a Website Redesign)”
Seems there’s a hitch in my gitalong. Have you subscribed to the comments on a particular post?
Have you received those emails?
I need to know if this is an isolated incident or if my site’s broken. Once I hear real-life anecdotes I’ll decide if further research is warranted.
And tomorrow, there’ll be a real post here; one that’s about you, not me.
I’ve been a web developer for over 15 years, so this is not simply from the perspective of an author, though I have published 10 books so far and show no signs of stopping.
An author without a website and blog is like any other business without a website.
The first place people go for information these days is the web. If you’re considering a new mechanic, and this one has a good website and the other has nothing, don’t you lean toward the one you can find out about online?
… more … “Why Authors Must Have a Blog”
(Another question frequently asked)
You should start marketing your book the day you’re sure you’re going to write it. Your website is a major part of your marketing.
Consider how movies are marketed. A year in advance, sometimes more, teasers start to come out. A website goes up with trivia, bits and pieces.
As the date approaches, the teasers turn into trailers, longer more detailed snippets to suck you in and build excitement, buzz.
Just before the launch is when the big blitz happens, but it only matters because real fans have been talking about it since the announcement a year ago.
… more … “When should I start my author website? What should I put on it?”
I’ve written a post about why I believe authors and artists shouldn’t skimp on professional services related to their website. Hop over to my web company’s blog if you’d like the details. (It’s more web related than writing related.)