Social Media? Websites? Blogging?
Want a hand to hold?
It all starts off so simple
I think I might need a website...
Then people start saying things like, "Users
have different reasons for visiting a site but
the destination is always the same."
Contrary to how overwhelming it all feels, websites, blogs, Social Media all come down to something you're already doing. Writing.
Think about your own use of the net. Most people who visit a website never visit it again. Most visits don’t last more than a few seconds. Building a successful site is about asking the right questions and utilising the site as a part of your marketing strategy.
At an initial meeting I like to find out why you want your site and what you want it to say about you. This isn't about working hard to find something interesting, it's about what makes you unique and how this can best be reflected in your website,
Your new website is built in a free hosting site. It will remain unpublished and costing nothing in hosting or domain fees until you're ready to launch. At that point you can choose to keep it free or upgrade to a different package. All new sites come with a blow-by-blow guide to maintenance and editing so you can run it yourself. No fancy coding or web skills needed.
And remember, a website is only a part of your marketing strategy, it isn't your marketing strategy. Relying on it to do all the work is a waste of a good resource.
SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOGGING
Ten years ago no one was worried about social media, now indie writers are left feeling like they can't possibly succeed without it. There are even horror stories of agents refusing to consider a submission unless the author has a six-figure following across more than one platform.
The truth is that social media was always meant to be fun, it is purely about connection, conversation and community. We used to have six degrees of separation, thanks to social media, we now have three point seven.
I work with clients who have never used social media before and I build websites and establish blogs for people who have no idea what they even want. By the end of the process they're enjoying social media, editing their own sites and making contacts all over the world.
There is a lot of hand holding through this process. I concentrate on building you an on line presence that's intentional and productive in the way you want it to be. I also make it easy and accessible. You get a walk through maintenance manual with all websites, social media platforms & blogs so you don't have to worry if you need to add stuff or if you accidentally delete stuff.
start where you are : do what you can
Indie is a State of Mind