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Author Website – Why You Should Have an Author Website

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An Author Website is the online home for your fiction writing business. It is the one place where you can decide how to showcase your fiction and introduce yourself to readers. You can choose to use a free site from the many different companies like blogger, WordPress.com or you can buy a domain and hosting.

The free sites are a great way to start if you are working on a tight budget or you are not sure how to set up a site. However I would always suggest that it is a good idea to buy a domain and hosting because then you are in complete control of your site and it can not be shut down and removed without your consent.

Why You Should Have an Author Website

3 Tips on Creating an Author Website

#1 – Use Your Author Name as Your Website Name

When you set up your author website, it is always a good idea to use your name. If your name is not available then add something to the beginning or end that makes sense.

When I decided on the pen name Audra Bell, I discovered that this domain name was not available so I added the word writes at the end so it became Audrabellwrites.com.

You could add the word writer, author, fiction writer, your middle name or just your middle initial if you like.

I wanted a domain name with .com at the end as they are the ones that are most common but you can get a domain name with your country’s extension or with .net, .org if you prefer.

Extra Tip – If you are looking to buy your first domain, Click Here to Buy a Domain Name for 99p from Godaddy.

#2 – Promote Your Books in Your Posts

The best thing about setting up an author website is that you can write about your books πŸ™‚ You can write as little or as much as you want. The site is another way for people to find you online.

If you are unsure about what you should write then the simplest posts that you can put together are posts about the books you have published. The easiest way to create these posts is to use the blurbs you created for your Amazon book page. Just copy and paste the information, add your book cover and then add links to the Amazon store so that people can go ahead and make a purchase.

If you do not use Amazon, then link to the online stores where your books are sold. Once you have done that, publish your posts and share them on your social media accounts for further exposure.

Extra Tip – If you have an Amazon affiliate account, use your affiliate links and you could earn commissions from people who visit the site through one of your links. They may buy one of your books (sweet) or they may purchase something else. Either way, you will earn a little commission from their action.

#3 – You Can Collect Email Addresses Which Helps Increase Book Sales

One of the easiest ways to make money from your fiction writing is if you have a solid fanbase of readers who enjoyed one of your books and are interested in buying more. Having an author website enables you to add a subscribe link where people can provide you with their email address and you can get in touch with them. Building a successful relationship with your subscribers can lead to wonderful engagement and lead to future sales.

A good way to encourage potential readers to sign up to your email list is to offer a free book. It can be a short story or a preview of an existing book you have on sale.

Extra Tip – Click Here to Sign up for a Free Mailerlite Account. You can add up to 1,000 subscribers before you have to pay a penny to send out emails.

My Author Website – My Experience So Far

My author website Audrabellwrites.com is definitely a work in progress. There are still bits and pieces that I want to do in order to improve the look and functionality but the most important thing was that I bought the domain name and got started.

I will be adding a Free Books Page and I will improve on the Subscribe Page too so it is more enticing.

If I have more time, I will work on different types of blog posts to add, maybe introduce other authors but right now my time is best served writing more stories to sell πŸ™‚

This post is part of my A-Z of Fiction Writing Business Tips Series
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Have Your Say: Do you have an author website? Do you think that it has helped your fiction writing business? I would love you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My March Highlights – Happy Holidays

Looking back at my highlights for March, it seems that the beginning of the month was a fairly quiet month for me. I did quite a few bits and pieces for my fiction writing, which was good. The end of the month was spent enjoying a stress-free holiday in the middle of no-where, doing absolutely nothing. It certainly helped me recharge my batteries.

Next week’s post will look at my fiction writing business achievements. This post includes the fun stuff I got up to during March.

My March Highlights

My March Highlights

These are the things that brought me joy in March 2017:

  • I watched Hidden Figures with my mum and my sister
  • At the theatre I watched Moliere’s comedy The Miser
  • At the theatre I watched the musical Bubbly Black Girl
  • I went on holiday to Spain and France
  • I purchased Ed Sheeran’s Album, Divide – This album inspired this post
  • I purchased the book Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas

I read the following books:

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Journalling or Journaling?

I am not sure which is right but I know that I wrote at least 100 words in my journal every day for the whole month, which I was pleased about because I even managed to make time to write while I was on holiday.

My Fun Plans for April

Now that I have returned from my relaxing holiday, I am not sure what fun stuff April has in store for me.

I know that I want to get stuck into Denise Duffield-Thomas’ book Get Rich, Lucky Bitch. She is a money mindset coach and the book is about how to release your money blocks so that you can live the life of your dreams. I think her strategies are based on the lessons from The Law of Attraction and she adds actionable tasks on how to get what you want from life.

Other than that, we shall see how things go.

That’s it for now – In next week’s post I will take a look at my online goals πŸ™‚

Have Your Say: What was the highlight of March for you? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

How Ed Sheeran’s Album Divide Can Help with Your Fiction Writing

Inspiration for your fiction writing business can come from anywhere and for me last week, it arrived in the shape of a fantastic CD by British Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his latest album called Divide.

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How Ed Sheerans Album Can Help with Your Fiction Writing3 Ways Songs Can Help Your Fiction Writing Excel

I played Ed Sheeran’s latest album Divide while I was doing my hair – black girl and yeah, it takes a while – lol. Anyway this CD is absolutely fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone.

I like to think that songs are basically short stories written and sung to music so after listening to the album, it got me thinking about how songs can help with my fiction writing process. I came up with three ideas.

#1 Write What You Know

Ed Sheeran writes about his childhood in the song Castle on The Hill. He describes what it was like growing up in his home town, his friends, family and the life experiences he had along the way such as breaking his leg at six and having his first kiss at fifteen.

I have definitely used my own history when writing some of my stories. It is so much easier to write about something that you have first hand knowledge of. I used bits and pieces of my own past experiences to create certain characters for certain stories. I also incorporated and was inspired by stories of my friends and my family, making sure to change certain details so as not to offend anyone.

#2 Use Simple Language

The songs on Ed Sheeran’s album are very easy to understand. The lyrics have been constructed using every day language so you know exactly what he is singing about when you listen to the words. He proves that you do not have to use over complicated language to get your ideas or stories across.

When I read fiction I want to be entertained. I do not want to have to go look in a dictionary or do a Google search to find out what a long word means. When I write my shortΒ  stories, I use simple every day language which I hope is entertaining and helps to move the story along. I don’t want to be known as a literary genius. I want to make money writing books that sell. Yes please πŸ™‚

#3 Create Images from Your Words

I love all the songs on the album and each one provides you with enough information so that you can conjure up images of what Ed is singing about.

One particular song that I have fallen in love with is called Supermarket Flowers. It actually brought a tear to my eye when I first listened to it and I had to hit the replay button a couple of times. The song is about the death of his grandmother but seen and experienced through the eyes of his mother. It is so poignant and you can easily visualise the actions that his mother is taking as he explains how she,

β€œ… took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill..”
and
β€œ…. threw the day old tea from the cup …”

The best line in the song is,

β€œYou were an angel in the shape of my mum.”

This is the type of imagery I hope to be able to create in my own writing. I don’t think I am quite there yet but the more that I write, the better my descriptive skills will become.

In Summary

There are lots of different things that can help you with the writing process and listening to music might be something that would benefit you.

I am so happy that I purchased Ed Sheeran’s album and that I had the time to sit and listen to the whole thing. I think that he is a great storyteller. This has made me anxious to listen to other artists and their albums for more inspiration. I think Adele’s latest album will be my next purchase πŸ™‚

Have Your Say: Does music help to inspire your writing? I would love you to share your thoughts in the section below.

My February Highlights – Love is in The Air!

My February Highlights

February has been an exciting month. I got busy with my fiction writing business and I made sure to take time out to enjoy life. Next week’s post will look at what I achieved business-wise. This post will focus on the lovely things that happened during February.

My February Highlights

My February Highlights

These are the things that brought me joy in February 2017

  • I watched LaLa Land at the cinema with my sister
  • I saw my dear friend and her husband sing Jazz in London
  • I saw Mel Brooks
  • I published a short story
  • I received a beautiful single red rose for Valentine’s Day
  • I went to the theatre to watch Dirty Great Love Story with my sister
  • I went to dinner with my work colleagues
  • I went to my work’s End of Show party celebrations
  • I went to Granada for a long weekend

I read the following book:

For Now and Forever (The Inn at Sunset Harbour 1) by Sophie Love

(Hmm, need to do much better in March)

I wrote at least 100 words in my journal everyday for the whole month

My Fun Plans for March

I have booked theatre tickets for a show that looks like it should be fun. And I have booked a little holiday jaunt away, which I am sooooo looking forward to. I will share more info in my next update.

Journaling

I am really enjoying the process of writing in my journal. I write something in my book just before I get ready for bed. This is my chance to pause and reflect on the day that I have had. I think about the positive things that have occurred and then try to figure out any lessons that I have learned. That is what I then write about. I really want this to become a fixed daily habit and so far I have been writing something almost daily for around 2 Β½ months.

That’s it for now – next week’s post will review and assess my online business goals.

Have Your Say: What non-work related things did you get up to in February? What was the highlight for you. I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.