After a long debate with myself, I’ve finally decided to create a website. There were several factors that went into this, as most people can figure out that creating and maintaining a website that’s mostly content based can be a time consuming endeavor. Let’s start with why I created this website:
• To connect with readers in an easier, friendlier way.
• To showcase upcoming works.
• To keep my writing schedule public so readers know what’s coming out, when, and where to read it.
• To broadcast when certain works will have freebie deals or promotional countdown deals.
• To keep the writing fresh.
Now, all of these have a common theme. They’re all about writing! Yes, I’ve got a full-time job, a cat, and a partner, but I still love pouring my heart and soul into my writing.
That’s why I decided to give myself the challenge of writing one new series every month for at least one year!
It’s going to be a crazy ride, and I’ve already struggled in the past few months with self-inflicted deadlines as unforeseen circumstances arise, but I’m confident I will complete my goal. It’s become a sacred promise I made to myself to keep up the task. Thankfully, I’ve got years of backlogged ideas I can pull from to create each unique, interesting series stand out from each other. There’s science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, romance, comedy, and more!
Excited yet? I sure am!
So what does this mean for the future of my writing in conjunction to this website? Well, for starters, I have a couple of things I’d love to do on this platform. Let’s take a look at some of the things I want to get set up in the near future, shall we?
• Weekly Blogs: Focused on Writing, and eventually my daily life living as an expat in Japan!
• Ask The Author: It’s important to me to be able to connect with the audience. I’d love to give tips and tricks about plot devises, outlining, maintaining focus, setting deadlines, or anything else that people want to know about. You can also ask other non-writing questions, like my favorite color (baby-blue) or thoughts about dinosaurs (rad, feathered lizards!).
• Book Cover Voting Contests: I go through so many ideas for my book covers (and yes, I make them all myself!), and sometimes get stuck between two ideas. It’d be great to open the floor to the people that really care about the covers: the readers!
• Freebies?: I’m not sure how I’d go about this one, as I’ve got an ironclad agreement to keep all my works strictly on Amazon. Possibly new, original stories? Who knows. Deleted scenes would be good. Maybe even a sort of running commentary on why certain pieces were written the way they were. “I had a friend in elementary school who frequently punched me without warning. That’s why the character I named after her had such a terrible time in this series.”
• Calendar of Past and Upcoming Events: this is the one I get very excited about. Believe or not, my writing is on a strict schedule. So much so that I can be certain I’ll publish an upcoming work by a specific date without fail (even if my back is broken and I have an awful cold that puts me out for a week like it did during the time I was writing The 12 Mile Course).
In essence, I hope that this website will enhance the experience from my writing by broadening my audience and allowing me to have a more personal interaction with anyone and everyone.
So that’s the plan. I don’t know how long it will take to implement all of my ideas, or if they’re even possible (did I mention I’ve never made a website before and have no idea what goes into it? Oh boy), but I’ll do my best to make it all work.
Please be gentle with thoughts on the website for the first couple of, inevitably rocky, months. I promise to put my best foot forward and create a site that any audience can be proud of.
Have any thoughts on why you created a website, or how you think author websites should be run? Let us know in the comments below! Let’s get a discussion going, yeah?
Happy reading, writing, living, and working!
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau