29 days ago, I made a decision to tackle the very first topic on Tim Grahl's book marketing checklist. Using his Launch a Bestseller course, I challenged myself to apply Tim Grahl's resources to successfully catapult a project into the public-sphere. Although much has changed over the course of a month, what hasn't changed is my sheer determination to test out the resources I've purchased and studied. The first topic on the Book 101 Marketing List:
The Author Website
Before I sum up what the process was like, let me just give you an idea of what my site looked like before:
Plain Jane, right? I even highlighted its ineffectiveness here:
Now, let's move on to the summary:
Action item: Create an author's website
Start Date: December 19, 2016
End Date: January 17, 2017 (approximately 29 days)
Triumphs: Consistently posting on my blog every single day while updating the site, creating an email list and pages for my works in progress, finding great blog photos through the creative commons section on flickr, rearranging the blog to my liking, designing a call-to-action at the head of the page.
Challenges: Experiencing a learning curve via square space, continuously updating and tweaking the site (changing photo sizes, numbering posts, etc.), not having a true homepage, not having much to offer via the email list.
Now that the website's checked off the list, we must move to the next item:
This isn't so bad, but I do have my reservations. I'll explain why in the upcoming post. Until next time #keepwriting.