New Home Page Focus to Go with the Face Lift

Since my focus is on Resistance rather than writing coaching and in particular on the forum, I’ve updated the home page to reflect that.

I’m quite pleased with the plummy pistachio look. It’s obnoxiously obvious.

Are you a member of the forum yet? If not, why is that? Perhaps you don’t need help with Resistance. Before you decide that, take a look at the box on the home page and read the various ways Resistance manifests.

Your Author Website: Choosing a Good WordPress Theme

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 and 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”

Email Notification for Comments

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.

photo by Gokhan Okur

Why Authors Must Have a Blog

photo by Melissa Anthony’ve been a web developer for almost 25 years, so this is not simply from the perspective of an author, though I have published 18 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”

When should I start my author website? What should I put on it?

(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.

theatre photo by Herman Brinkman 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?”