As the release date for my debut middle grade novel crept up on me, t-minus three months and counting, I decided it was well past time to revamp my website. Like most authors, I had a very limited budget when it came to things like websites. Which meant I would have to do it myself or give up eating for the next few months and pay someone to do it. Knowing my inability to fast, two months without food seemed a little too much, I pulled on my big boy pants and got to work.
After using WordPress for more than a year, I couldn’t think of a good reason not to continue to use it. I’m not a computer wiz by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I tend to get frustrated with computers very easily. Picture Thor after someone stole his hammer and you have a good idea what I look like when handling computer problems. Okay, there might be a little more cursing and flying pieces of furniture with me, but you got the picture.
WordPress has a lot of good themes, and many of them come with the most magic word in the universe, FREE. My existing website used a free theme, and I thought it was pretty good, especially since it was the first website I ever created. I admit it wasn’t worthy of a gold medal, but a bronze definitely seemed within reach.
As I researched other authors websites, I noticed some things my lacked, like 3D hula dancing turtles. I knew I couldn’t get those turtles without paying someone, but I should be able to get some of the stuff I wanted, like an easy way to list and show my book, and hopefully books, without having to rob a bank. The one WordPress theme that kept coming up over and over again in my search was Author Pro. It looked pretty cool, but had a big problem, it cost money. Like ninety-nine dollars. That is almost twenty five churros in 2014 Disney Land prices.
After a few weeks, I decided to push aside my Scrooge ways and get it. I have to admit I’m glad I did, even though there was some cursing and flying furniture as I figured out how to use it. With Author Pro, it is super easy to setup a library of your books and place them on the website. I had the option to organize them as stand alone titles, by series, or by author (which seemed kind of stupid since it was just me, so I ignored that option).
I’m sure there are all kinds of other things it can do as well that I haven’t figured out yet, like how to have 3d hula dancing turtles, but some day I will. Now with the website revamped, I’m looking forward to whatever is next as I move closer and closer to book launch day. I just don’t know what it is yet. Thankfully, I have a publisher who is all over it.