A long long time ago, back when I was just getting started with self-publishing, I happened across some discussion between other authors and readers who minced no words in declaring that they were turned off by indie authors who used free website hosts such as blogger.
So I spent time and energy on finding out what, exactly, constituted a “professional” website for an indie author– especially one that was just barely starting out– and wasn’t going to cost thousands of dollars to have someone else build and maintain the dang thing.
I ended up frustrated and in over my head and by the time I had books published, I just went with the free wordpress option.
I hated it.
The plan has always been to upgrade to a “real” website someday.
Back in June, when I was on a roll with a new writing project (I’m finishing it soon, really!) and the day job was on hold due to the pandemic, I got it in my brain that the time had finally arrived to tackle a new website build.
Have I ever mentioned that I am a stubborn, independent, only child, control freak? Now might be a good time to point that out.
And, I still don’t have thousands of dollars to pay a professional web designer.
I asked around, I checked the budget, I watched some tutorials. I thought I was up to it.
This dang interface makes little sense to me.
So I got frustrated and decided that the project was just keeping me from getting back to writing more books (that was before so much other stuff got in the way of writing more books!) I put the project in the corner to let it think about what it did, and tried to get back on task.
If you are newsletter subscriber, you know I’m prone to distractions and that the years since I started my writing career have been fraught with…erm, shall we just leave it at, “drama?”
So I finally got it in my head to look at the new website again.
I couldn’t even figure out how to LOG IN. (headdesk)
I’m still not sure how I finally got into this page so I can write a blog update.
Eventually, all those sliders on the home page will get moved to the BOOKS page and will include all the books by series, appropriately linked to their store pages.
The links to all the bonus material will get set up and I’ll start blogging (a little) more regularly– just to share all my excuses for not writing (a lot) more regularly.
In the meantime, I’m directing my energy into finishing the Do-Over Pact series so I can get started on some other stories I’ve been waiting to tell and trying to figure out what state I want my license plate to be registered in.
Bear with me, folks: I’m working on it.