Four Key Tips for Building an Author Website

Your author website serves as your calling card and the place where the universe of you comes together – your writing portfolio, bio, blog, and more. Building your own website can be daunting, so I’ve gathered four of the most important lessons I learned along the way. 1. Know what you’re looking for. Each website platform service offers largely the same basic features and functionalities, but there are some key differences. If you’re just getting started, Jane Friedman has a comparison of WordPress vs. Squarespace, and Bookbub has a breakdown of the pros and cons of several platforms. A few specific questions…

Marketing for Writers, or How to Build Relationships, Not Customers

Welcome to the first installment of What I Learned, a new blog series on the lessons I’ve learned from books: writing craft, character development, the business of writing, and everything in between. My current read (from the White Plains Public Library, naturally) is The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help, by Amanda Palmer. This book is a revelation. Amanda (I feel like she wouldn’t mind me addressing her on a first-name basis) has taken everything she learned as a street statue performer, a stripper, a barista, an artist, a musician, and an all-around fearless human being and…