If you’re not sure exactly what you want to achieve with your site, just start with a free one. There is nothing wrong with a free website. In the world of websites, free is not only attractive to the bank balance, but it’s actually a good starting place. Gone are the days when a free website looked cheap. There are a number of providers advertising free websites and all the tools you need to get your site up and operational quickly. They offer a variety of themes and are user-friendly. With a society that has come to love their internet-based communications, affordable, and user-friendly is a must.
As part of one’s branding, you might have spend a significant amount of time on that header image used for social media accounts. It’s not an unreasonable idea, however, you should keep in mind that header images behave differently on the different sites for the different apps. What might look okay on the website version of Facebook might be cropped in unexpected ways on the Android/iOS versions. And that same header will have a different cropping on Twitter. Because of where the profile image sits, vital words in the header might be obscured on a phone, but visible on a computer. Ensure that you check how that carefully selected image renders on all devices.
Well, Hidden Traps was released earlier this week. In honor of the release, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the blog post that inspired the book. Or is that blog post inspired by the book? Whichever it is, check out some of these posts.
Reality check: ALL writers seeking publication, traditionally or self-published, need a website.
A website will be the first port of call for any potential reader. They will go to your website to get the latest information about your various projects, both old and new. Yes, your social media will likely have information about the latest happenings. However, any older material will quickly be buried. Everything else that you do should point back to your website and the one, central hub where readers can get the most up-to-date information about your work.
TODAY IS THE DAY! Finally, months of hard work have finally come to fruition.
To celebrate the release, we’re giving away two free copies. But don’t think it’s going to be as simple as entering a draw. No, of course not. You will need to find the hidden clues to a secret phrase from the book. And the clues are spread throughout Judy L Mohr’s personal online platform.
Connecting with other writers is vital for a writer’s career. Only other writers will understand the ups and downs associated with being a writer. Do some research and find your local writers’ group. Join them. I will grant you that costs of memberships can be high, but most local chapters have a grace period where you can chat with them, join in on their regular meetings or other activities and get to know them before you pay the membership fee. Regardless, joining a writers’ group has many benefits, including giving a new writer something to add to their bio.
Every so often, I come across some blog post or a Facebook group message, or something, where a writer is asking about copyright certificate and the like. Amazon is becoming more insistent on obtaining those copyright certificates, and rightly so.
Too many times, I have encountered some horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong.
To complicate matters, far too many writers choose not to register their copyright with a copyright authority because of the cost. However, these are the writers that run the risk of finding themselves being the victim of some copyright takeover.
All writers want to protect their writing as much as possible, and for the most part, people are honest. It’s the shady ones that you need to worry about. Here is where taking a few simple steps can save you.
Every so often, I come across another horror story where some honest writer has had their precious work taken down from the Amazon sites because some BLEEP has chosen to claim that they own the copyright. If this happens to you, it falls on you to prove the other person is wrong. Pay the money to the copyright office to get that official certificate. If you reside in a country that doesn’t have a formal registration for copyright, like New Zealand, then join a copyright registrar site.
It’s just under a week away, and the celebrations are about to begin.
Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform by Judy L Mohr will be officially released on August 1, 2017.
To celebrate the release, the Black Wolf Editor will be running a special webinar to talk about one of the most dangerous of hidden traps associated with building an online platform.
But the celebration don’t stop there.