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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Websites

AARRGGGHHHH - okay now I've got that out my system.......

I have a website, but it's not geared to writing YA, more chick-lit. Plus, as much as I love pinks and purples (which it is), I'm sort of over it.

So, I've been looking at websites and website designers. But there is so much to consider, that my head hurts. Do I want to update it myself? Do I want my blog to link? Do I want a custom made site, or one off the shelf? Do I want to sell books or just promote myself? Do I want funky and hip? Colours, layout...... the list is endless.

And let's not forget the author photo.... so, now I've got to get some professional ones done. Which means finding a photographer who isn't too expensive but at the same time has access to good air brushing facilities and can make me look slim, young, wrinkle free and hip - no mean feat!

And if that isn't enough, I've now found a new addiction.... myspace......I love it.

Instead of checking blogs and loops once I've done my 3 pages (yes, I'm still doing it and it's really working out well) I play on myspace... finding songs, backgrounds and stuff.

Any tips on websites before I commit myself?

Comments:
Welcome to my world - mwhahaha. Oh, though I have found an Australian photographer in Liverpool who doesn't cost the earth. I think it's a sign!
 
I've been going through the same decision process, Sara... (but no book to promote for me yet)

After looking at tons of author sites, I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for... I haven't chosen a designer yet, but have decided to use one and not go cheap on paying for them... It's my image and face to the world they'll be doing... Know what I mean?
 
I'm also trying to decide how to redesign my website. I did my first (current) one myself, and I think it looks a little amateurish. So...I've been surfing around, going, "Oh! I like that!" "No, no, this menu style is perfect!", "Wait! This one is so user-friendly and hip!"

So I have nothing yet. (Sigh)

Good luck with it and have fun! There's plenty to be said for not doing it yourself. ;)
 
No fear of me trying to design my own - wouldn't have a clue where to start!
 
Hi Sara,

Congrats on the sale of your novel(I'm crossing my fingers that S.C. can do the same for me!) I hope you find just what you're looking for in a website. I've mentioned you in my latest blog entry--stop by and have a look (and let me know if you'd like me to tweak anything).
 
No tips, but I feel your pain: I'm thinking of revamping mine too, and just don't have the mental energy to deal with it yet.
 
You're right, Allison...... it zaps the mental energy.

And yes, Maureen, you certainly get what you pay for. It's very easy to spot a site done on the cheap. But if that's the only thing you can afford I think it's better than not having a site at all.
 
I have absolutely no good advice to offer here, but I'm excited to see it! :)
 
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