Saturday, June 29, 2013

Seeking Web Site Advice: Also Book Giveaway

Here's a chance to help me out and enter to win a copy of one of my books. This includes paperbacks and my upcoming release, Thick as Thieves.

What do you want to see on an author's web site?


I just celebrated my birthday and one of the gifts I received was a website, courtesy of Ken the Visiting Artist, who was appalled his mother had not purchased her own domain. So he did it for me. Now he is building me a website. My job is to figure out what to put on it.

So if you would like to enter the drawing for a free book... or even if you simply want to help me:

1. Leave a comment at the end of this post.

2. Name one feature (more if so inclined) you want to see on an author website.

3. Include your email so I can contact you and send the prize should you win.

For every 10 comments, I will give away a book. Any book from my published list is available, including paperbacks of Captive Heart or Thick as Thieves (not yet released). Entrants from outside the U.S. are welcome, as I don't mind paying postage for the paperbacks. Thick as Thieves will be released July 8, so if you want that book, you'll have to wait until that date before I can send it to you.

The giveaway runs through the weekend. I will pick the winner at 6 a.m. on July 1st.

Thanks for any help or tips you can give!

25 comments:

  1. Even though I want to be helpful, I like the layout of your blog just fine. So I think something like this is perfect. Good luck with the launch.

    witchinreader@gmail.com

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    1. Good to know my blog at least looks okay. :) Right now it's the only thing on the website! I plan to keep the blog, because I like blogging. The rest of the website will probably be some free stories and maybe a page for series as I start to get those built up. But otherwise I'm at a complete loss.

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  2. One thing that I like is an easy way to find chapters of stories. Very often on blogs, the first chapter of a story is on the bottom, and you have to search the archive to find the beginning. I much prefer the story all on one page with a table of contents so you can link to every chapter quickly. Can't wait to see the new site!
    vampwriterblog@gmail.com

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    1. Hmmm... something to look at as I roam other author sites, to see how they do that. Good idea! :)

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  3. Being a social media freak I like when an author uses buttons (all in the same place) to share their other links. FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, email...etc. I'm more inclined to follow them to other places and they'll definitely gain more traffic that way. Good luck with website, Tali. <3

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    1. I have Pinterest boards but I bet no one is finding them. Good advice. Thanks!

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  4. I love to see works in progress and future release dates. That way I can plan.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm looking forward to being able to do more about showcasing WIPs and upcoming releases. :) Thanks!

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  5. I like to see free reads/excerpts, like you've got here! And release dates/info on WIPs. Have fun with the website!

    Sara(dot)bowerman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm a huge believer in excerpts, because I buy more books based on excerpts than any other factor. So yeah... there will be excerpts! :)

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  6. Most important are updates on your next book. I have a number of authors I check at least monthly for publication dates. Previews are great, too.

    Happy Birthday!

    tmsfree@mail2world.com

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    1. This is becoming a theme, I think, so definitely something to include. Thanks! :)

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  7. Happy Birthday! Sorry can't really think of anything to change/ add.

    gisu29(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes, gigi! :D

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  8. I generally look for two things when I go to an authors web-site, blog and stories. I hate it when I can't easily find stories/books.

    For the blog, just make sure it is still supports RSS readers.

    For stories I'm referring to series that the authors have posted on their blog, I really like it when I can go read the whole story in one place, either through reposting or they all can be found under one topic list. I know that is sometimes hard based on how the website is set up. However, books the author has written should be easy to find and buy, like they are on your page. If I can't easily get to the place to buy them then I'm less likely to buy them. ;-)

    Laura

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    1. I will tell my son to make sure about the RSS. :) I'm not quite sure how to make sure that's working. I link the chapters in my Wednesday Briefs, but don't put them in one place as yet. I think the website may be the place to do that. Thanks!

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  9. I think a list of of an authors books in chronological order (if they are in a series) is really important. there have been some author websites i've went to to look up which book i should read first and not been able to find any help.

    Lori
    loriwarwick220@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Lori. Yes, I think a page with the Uttor series and listing the reading order (though I hope each stands on its own) is a great idea. :)

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  10. I like the colors you have in this blog. However I prefer a background that is one large image rather than the many repetitive backgrounds you have in this one. Multiple backgrounds make the layout look rather 'busy'.

    The other thing I've seen that I like is that some bloggers post the covers to the books they've read at the bottom or side of their blog. Click on the image and it takes you to their review. I find it handy :)

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Blogger was really limiting with backgrounds and I agree it's a little busy. :( I'm hoping to do more with the website in making it less cluttered. I never thought about linking to my Goodreads in any way. I didn't know readers might care what I read. That's an interesting idea! Thanks. :)

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  11. I love to see links to other works (social media, Good Reads, etc) links to buy books, and I agree with the others who like to be able to read an ongoing work (like Wednesday Briefs) from the beginning all at once.

    Happy Birthday

    sjmacon@aol.com

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    1. I'm getting pumped about putting up the Wednesday Briefs as whole stories when they're finished. Thanks! :)

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  12. I would like to see a page for future works by the author (with a seek-peek/excerpt).

    Cynthia
    schan26.wisc@gmail(dot)com

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    1. The sneak peek idea is one I love. :) I like to do special things just for people who like my work. Thanks for the idea! :)

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  13. Chronological page of author's works. Each book/work has their own page with summary and little fun facts, such as inspiration for story, if the story is linked with other stories, etc. Sneak peak/snippets of current works and future works. Biography page.

    madtvk34(at)yahoo(dot)com

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