SEO for Authors

SEO friendly website

Creating an SEO friendly website isn’t as hard as you might think. I know that being an author you probably don’t think about SEO, creating leads for your website or any of the more technical side of marketing your books. Alas, that cannot be the case if you’re serious about building your mailing list.

20 Steps to Self-Publishing your Novel

Rebellion Cover self-publishing

I write about self-publishing a lot and I thought I’d condense everything into one easy to follow post. Most of the items I’ve linked to more in-depth step-by-step guides to help you with self-publishing. If I had a time machine this is how I would have self-published my first novel.

Here is your self-publishing checklist:

Step One: Write book

Step Two: Begin interacting with bloggers, bookstagrammers and twitterers

Step Three: Pay Editor to edit book

Creating an Author Website

Author website

Let me first just state that if you’re starting out it’s perfectly fine to have an author website through wordpress.com  (I personally find it the easiest blogging platform to use) with your own domain name. I did that for 8 years and it worked well for me but I’ve reached a point where I wanted to use plugins and where I want to start making money and sadly, to make money, I need to spend money. So, I upped my self-publishing game and took the plunge and collected together all my pennies (borrowed pennies on my credit card is more accurate) to pay for a website.

I was totally clueless about all of this but thankfully my boyfriend is also setting up a site for his business and did all the research and told me what I need to do, which was amazing but also, obviously, caused arguments. I do not like being told what to do.

So, after I’d calmed down a bit I got to work and this is how you create an author website on WordPress:

Etsy Shop

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve opened an Etsy shop to sell signed copies of Rebellion. My intention is to eventually start selling other book related things, like, prints of my artwork, bookmarks etc. However, that side of things I’m going to take my time over as I need to focus on other book related things at the moment.

Here’s the link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JosephineBoyceBooks?ref=hdr_shop_menu

And don’t forget I can personalise messages inside the books and I always sign in gold 😉

Vlogging

As I mentioned in my previous post, this year I will be going waaay out of my comfort zone and doing a video blog. If you’ve seen the weird comedy videos I do you might wonder why this makes me uncomfortable — I think it’s to do with being myself, instead of a character I created. So you will probably notice that I am a little awkward in my videos, a tad too formal, like I’m at a job interview… but, I will learn to relax in front of the camera and be myself.

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