5 Things Every Author Website Should Have

Even before your book is published, as an author you need to have a website. It is where your readers, publishers, editors and other media will go to find out more about you and what you’re up to. There are a few pages that every author website should have. They’ll help your readers navigate your website. Also, some pages are required for other reasons, such as web regulations or search engine optimization.

Take a look at some of your favorite bestselling authors’ websites. Take note of what they include, how they are set up and how the author interacts with their readers.

For example here is David Baldacci’s website. It’s well-designed and includes the main elements needed for a good site.

 

Here are a few of the pages  that every author website should have.

 

An About Me Page

People want to know about who you are, the author. They want to know where you’re from, how long you’ve been writing, past accomplishments (and failures). They want to know what motivates you to write. They want to know your story. Put this in an about me page and make it easy to find. Include a few of your author photos. It should be a bit longer than the blurb on the back of the book cover you normally use.

James Patterson’s website is a good example of a fleshed out about page.

Contact/ Mailing List Signup Page

A contact page is a way for media specialist to contact you. This goes on a page within your website while a mailing list signup form is usually placed in the sidebare or at the bottom of a blog post. You definitely want to have a signup form for your newsletter. Newsletters are a powerful tool for marketing your books.

This is the opt-in found on my website:

 Social Media

Give your readers a number of different ways to follow you. Provide buttons that allow people to follow you on Twitter, on your Facebook page, Goodreads, Pinterest, your Amazon author page and even on Google+.  The buttons need to be easy to find, like the ones on Nora Roberts website.

Events

An events page can list your upcoming book signings, appearances you are making, new release dates and other events you are participating that your readers would love to know about, such as charity events. If you do speaking engagements you want to have them on this page.

Here’s the events page from Debbie Macomber’s website.

 

Your Books

 

 

The best option is to have a page for each of your books. It should tell your readers what the book is about, without giving away the story. This is will be where you sell to your reader. Include where they can purchase your book as well.

You need one page that lists all your books, short stories, and any other pieces of writing with links to the pages on your website where they can read more about each one.

 

David Baldacci’s website has a page listing all his books. When you click on the title it takes you to a that books page with a complete description.

 

Every author needs a website. It is necessary for building relationships with your readers, the media and the publishing field. Make sure yours includes at least these five elements.

Do you have an author site yet? I’d love to see it.

Comment below with a link to it or connect with me on my Facebook page.

Carol

Book Prompts for the Gardening Niche

Coming up with ideas for a book can sometimes feel like someone turned off  your creative thoughts. You just can’t seem to think of what to write about. I’ve put together a short list here of ideas for your next book in the gardening niche.

But you’re not limited to gardening only. These can crossover into the healthy living niche, stress niche, lose weight niche and saving money niches as well. Use your imagination!  some of the topics can be combined to make an even deeper niche.

  1. Getting healthy in the garden. (this is a great crossover idea) Talk about how you can get in shape by gardening using different types of tools or just your hands. Give benefits of fresh vegetables to your body
  2. Garden grows money.  Talk about how you can save money by growing your own vegetables.
  3. What to plant when. Create a print book through CREATESPACE that lets your readers keep track of what they plant, when they planted it, it’s production rate and any other information like pest control or fertilizing
  4. Which gardening tools do you need. Talk about the types of tools necessary and the ones that are convenient but not essential. Give tips on caring for the tools and how to store them.
  5. Survival gardening. Talk about what you should plant and why, how to preserve it and why you should garden for survival
  6. Homestead gardening.
  7. Wildflower and native plants: Gardening for your area
  8. Creative Garden structures. Give ideas or plans on using repurposed items as garden structures. For example, how to use an old iron gate for plant support.
  9. Great ways to grow…. (strawberries, melons, etc). Show your readers different ways to grow a certain vegetable. You can focus on small space gardening or on plants that trail and vine and need some type of control.
  10. Gardening for health. Talk about growing herbs and other plants that can be used for health needs. You can focus on specific health need such as arthritis or on herbs for general well being.
  11. Preserve it. Talk about ways to dry, freeze, can and store specific plants. Don’t limit it to vegetables. Herbs and flowers can be dried as well.
  12. Selling your garden produce. Talk about ways to set up a produce stand, sell at a farmers market, or a roadside stand. Discuss costs, pricing, displaying, and customer service.
  13. Beat those weeds and other unwanted grass. Weeds and grass are the bane to many gardeners. Talk about natural and consumer products that kill weeds.
  14. Grow a summer’s worth of food with Container Gardening. Talk about the perfect plants to use in your containers, the different types of containers, the best soil mix, lighting conditions and watering.
  15. Landscaping in the garden. Talk about ground covers and how they can be used in your landscape, in and around the garden as pest and weed control.
  16. Theme gardening. Give details and ideas for creating a specific theme in your garden. Maybe you like bohemian style, so you’d give ideas on how to incorporate bright colors, macramé and fabric into your garden landscape.
  17. Stress free gardening. Talk about how gardening can help relieve stress and help you relax.
  18. Indoor gardening. Talk about the types of plants you can grow indoors including ones that don’t require a lot of maintenance. Give ideas on decorating with plants.

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Start Your Day Off on the Right Foot Even If You’re Not A Morning Person

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I’ll admit it. Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I get up before everyone else, grab a cup of hot tea, watch the sun rise and make my plans for the day.  This simple routine every day helps me get my day off to a good start.

Not everyone gets out of bed in the morning easily and in a good mood, though.  Some can bounce out of bed eagerly anticipating the day, willing to talk  to anyone who will listen.  Others groggily stagger out of bed reluctantly.  And it’s best not to speak to them for a while or they’ll bite your head off

Do either of these describe you?  Or do you fall somewhere in between?  Which would you rather be?  Typically, the person who bounds out of bed wide awake is the person who gets more done in the morning and is happier to do it.  This isn’t always true.  Some get just as much work done; it just takes them longer to get to it.

If you’re not happy with your morning habits and want to change, it can be done but it has to be a concerted effort on your part.  Many people don’t want to change.  They’ve been that way for years and it works for them.  On the other hand, who wants to be an old grouch in the morning making yourself and everyone else miserable?

 

You can become an early happy riser and make it a habit you will embrace.  First, admit your current method of waking up in the morning isn’t working and you want to change.

Be willing to try a different method and realize it may not be the first different method you try that will transform you into a new you.

 

Technique is important.  Prepare yourself for bed with the same routine if possible.  With children and spouses this is sometimes difficult.  Start with a healthy diet.  Stay away from heavy fatty foods and sugars before bedtime.  Eat dinner early.  Of course, no caffeine or other stimulant before bedtime.

 

Try the early healthy dinner a few nights and make a note as to how you feel the next morning.  Is it working?  If not, don’t give up.  You just need to add more and different methods to your morning madness.

 

Exercise daily.  The better shape your body is in the better it will sleep and the better you’ll feel each morning.  Morning exercise is usually more helpful than just before bedtime. Nighttime exercise can get the blood flowing too much for you to fall right to sleep.

 

Do something pleasant before going to bed to put you in a good mood.  Read a good book for a few minutes.  Don’t get so caught up in it that you can’t put it down.  Don’t balance your check book or pay bills before going to bed.  Money worries are one of the main causes of sleeplessness.

 

Anticipate the morning routine.  Don’t give yourself something boring to look forward to.

Make time for at least some morning exercise even if it’s just stretching.  Perhaps, sit outside and greet the sunrise with a morning devotional.  Count your blessings and plan your day. New morning habits were not accomplished in a day.  Be patient and willing to experiment.  Soon you’ll like yourself better in the morning and so will your family.

Starting your day on the right foot, with a happy mindset, a plan for the day and healthy habits, helps you reach your goals and find more success.

What’s your morning routine? Do you wake up happy and ready to go or are you more a grumpy gus? I’d love to hear more about your mornings. Leave a comment below or join my Facebook  group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/myawakenedspirit/, or  connect with me at Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/carolowensvabusiness/

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How’s your Mindset?

 

How’s your mindset? Do you try to be positive or are you more of a negative Nelly?

All my life I’ve always tried to have a positive outlook. Even when situations in my life looked it’s worst, I’d push through until I came out on the positive side of it. This mindset has helped get me through numerous losses of loved ones and jobs and disappointments in people and situations.

Until recently though. In the past few years, I’ve battled depression, lack of self-confidence, fear of losing everything, the loss of direction and finally, forgetting who I am in my soul. After years of being the caregiver for everyone else I forgot to take care of me. Now that I no longer am in that role, I’m finally able to do the things I’ve always wanted to do. Continue reading “How’s your Mindset?”

Moving on When You Don’t Know Where You’re Headed

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Do you know where you’re headed?

Are you ready to move on after a set back?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say. To the contrary. . . . my mind is filled with thoughts daily of what I want to share, what I need to share that could help someone else.

I’m at a point in my life where everything is taking a toll on my time and I’m questioning my beliefs.

Some of you may know my story. I’ve been the full time caregiver for my disabled mom who recently passed away, I’m over 50 and suffering from menopause (Uck), a full time writer, and have a multi-generational household with little kids that fill my days with a lot of chaos.  Continue reading “Moving on When You Don’t Know Where You’re Headed”

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Do You Love Yourself? 8 Reasons Loving Yourself Gets You What You Want

Do you believe in the power of self love? Do you love yourself? Do you even LIKE yourself?

A few years ago, I went through a period of self-hate.

I had lost my job and I couldn’t find another one, my dad and a grandchild both passed away, and I fell into depression.

I gained a lot of weight and on top of that I had an allergic reaction to a facial cream that ended up leaving scars on my face. I was making the same financial and personal mistakes over and over. I was disgusted with myself.

Needless to say, it was a time when I didn’t really like myself. I didn’t have confidence in myself and my skills.

I’ve asked myself over and over again if I love myself  for the past 6 months. I was at a point in my life where I knew in my heart things had to change or I would  never get what I wanted out of my life.

With help and a lot of positive self talk, I am finally learning to love myself.

I tell you this story not for pity but to help you understand the power of self love and positive affirmations. Positive affirmations lead to a healthier body and can help heal emotional wounds as well. Continue reading “Do You Love Yourself? 8 Reasons Loving Yourself Gets You What You Want”

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