Friday, November 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo, Websites, and Active Links

It's mid November and what has become known as the National Novel Writing Month time of the year. If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo - check it out at http://nanowrimo.org/. Many budding novelists have taken their storytelling skills to the next level by slugging through NaNoWriMo. FINISHING the first draft of your manuscript is the first step to becoming a professional novelist. Completing the process of creating a story others will consider worth reading is essential for crossing the threshold between 'hobbyist writer' and 'published author.'

Okay, you're a published author and now you want to sell books. The primary business tool to help you on that journey is - A Website! Simple, right? If you build it, readers will find it, right?

Here's some of our thoughts on what is necessary to know about websites, and how to make one work well for your success.

Pull to one Primary Point of Contact

Website Basics - Content for Pre-Pub & Published Authors

Your Website is Your Business Office and Bookstore

You Are Now A Successful and Prolific Author with Numerous Novels to Promote. How do you do that? How do you present your novels so readers can peruse and purchase them with ease?

Book Page Organization

Now Here's A Very Important Thing! Take Notes!

Once your website is established and you are using it to promote and sell your books, and it is listed on your business cards and all marketing and promotional items, Check The Links Monthly or Quarterly. Especially the Point-Of-Purchase (POP) links. The best way to do this is to go to a random computer, like at the library, and access your website. You want to see your website where it is not already tagged with cookies and frequent visits. Does everything look right, do the links work?

Another possibility is to go into a store that sells the latest mobile devices, like tablets and phones, and see if you can access your website on those devices. How does it look? Do The Links Work?

Websites that Wow by Collette Cameron

Any questions? 

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