If you want to become a professional author, you need to invest in your website. This is your own piece of “online real estate,” which showcases your brand, your writing, and helps you build an audience of fans.
At the IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) Publishing University conference in San Francisco, presenters talk about the need for writers to develop their brand, and build an audience of fans and followers. They all mentioned that professional authors use web-hosted WordPress websites/blogs, and I think it’s time we spoke to an expert who can answer our questions.
My author friend, Angela Ackerman, with her successful blog, Writers Helping Writers, joined my FaceBook group: Gutsy Indie Publishers (please join if you want free help with your blogging, publishing, marketing questions) and introduced me to her tech guy, Jay Donovan.
I shall be interviewing expert Jay Donovan from Techsurgeons.com who will answer the following questions and others during this Webinar.
In this presentation you will learn:
- How to start your author website
- What you need to know about selecting domain names
- Whether you need a web-designer for a WordPress.org blog
- How to transfer from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
- Why you should consider a transfer from Blogger.com to WordPress.org website
- How to tell if your website is slow and how this can hurt you
- Which plugins are most helpful to writers
- How to make the best author website for you
- ‘Pitfalls’-What to do if you’re not happy with your hosting company
Guest Tech Expert: Jay Donovan has been a geek since before geeks were cool. He’s done it all, from remotely debugging the Internet connection for a US aircraft carrier deployed to *REDACTED*, to being responsible for the servers & networks for one of the largest Internet sites in the world, and now the most challenging job of them all – parenthood.
Jay is an author groupie and is co-founder of TechSurgeons. (TechSurgeons keeps my website running lightning fast. He’s trained as a Certified Ethical Hacker (yes, really!) and always uses his geeky powers for good. When he’s not neck deep in wires and computer parts, you’ll find him hanging out on Twitter as @jaytechdad or on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jay.attechsurgeons
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