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SummaryIf you are in business, you have plans... But I do not know the future of my webpages.
What could I say? PS? I am still struggle with the layouts for templates! I am not there yet!
You MUST have:
Obtain a domain name such as www.yourname.com or www.yourtitle.com. It should be easy to remember and, more importantly, consistent with you and your work. Also, when you get the website up and running, use the email address email@example.com. Anything else doesnít look professional. And for the love of God, donít use an AOL or Yahoo account.
Letís face it: people judge books by their covers. In fact, according to Amazon.com, customers are four times as likely to purchase books if they can see the cover art. So be sure to include images all over your site. And, include a few high resolution, downloadable pictures of YOU, as well. Book buyers love putting the authorís face with the book. And this will make it easy for other people to cut and paste those pictures on their sites and promote you, your work and your website.
Make sure your books are available for purchase on Amazon.com. Even though the friendly people at Amazon take a whopping 55% of every book you sell, there IS a credibility issue there. Customers like the idea that your book is available on Amazon. Also, consider having Paypal or a shopping cart as additional payment options. It may seem repetitive, but it does make your books easier to buy.
Most authors write articles, special reports and other publications related to their area of expertise. On your site, make these publications FREE to the public for reading and downloading. Be sure to include a quick byline and reference to your books at the end of each publication. Now, many Internet experts will disagree with this idea. They say "never give anything away for free." I say: give value first, show people your work is incredible and turn them into fans. Then you will keep them around forever.
You need to create community via your website. This is the number one way to accumulate fans. Publish a blog, ezine, a newsletter, message board or link exchange on your site. And make sure people see a link to your "community builder" on every page.
This page will include most of your downloadable pictures, biographical information, press releases, media appearances, personal FAQís and possible interview questions. The purpose of this page is to make it easy for people from the media to interview you, promote you and write articles or reviews about your work.
Have you ever purchased a book solely based on a review? I know I have. And third party endorsements show ó donít tell ó that your work is valuable to the reader. So, try to spread these testimonials throughout the website, or even consider having a whole page of just reviews.
Readers like the idea of emailing, calling or contacting the author personally. Even if you canít respond to every single inquiry, itís still important to be accessible. Too many authors are stereotyped as being unapproachable. So, make this contact information visible in the same spot on every single page.
Excerpts from your books and sample chapters are perfect ways to share your writing with people who come to your site. This is an especially effective way to sell books, because after reading a snippet of your work, people will want more. I suggest offering the first chapter or two of your book(s) as a downloadable PDF. And donít forget to include a short note with a link to the sale page at the end of the sample!
Most authors are also speakers, workshop leaders or seminar hosts. This occurs for several reasons. First of all, books donít pay the bills (unless youíre JK Rowling). Secondly, speaking validates the authorís expertise and promotes his or her books. Thirdly, speaking has the potential to pay significantly more money that writing; especially if your work is well known. So, spend some time organizing your writings into modular speaking programs that offer additional value beyond a book. Then position those speaking services on your site on a page called "Speaking Engagements" or "Public Appearances."
Let me repeat myself (from Film600 and script.vtheatre.net):
Where teaching and studying (research) meet --
Theme-thought, according to different playwrights (Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov and so on) and directors (Fillini, Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Bergman pages).
Connections with other themes (list): family, gender and sex...
Finally, my own practical investigations: shows.vtheatre.net (only recently I began to make themes pages, Don Juan 2003, for example).
And the nonfiction (writing), of course: HIM, Father-Russia, PostAmeriKa, Self, POV, Tech (gatepages are in WRITE directory).
Yeah, yeah, there is more -- "philo" pages, metaphysics: in theatre theory directory, for instance (topics-bar: space, time and etc.)
Plus, Virtual Theatre and Book of Spectator!
Web? Oh, this is just medium. Like stage, screen, writing... and this is serious BUSINESS!