When the typical writer is begins his or her career, all focus is on the story. In most ways, this is appropriate because, after all, if a novel isn’t well-written it has no chance of success. However, another important factor is the ability to promote that book and get it into the hands of readers so you can sell your book.
One of the most invaluable tools an author can use is a Web site that allows the readers the option of purchasing directly from the author. For someone who’s never owned or operated a Web site, this concept can seem both scary and alien but it’s not as difficult as it might seem. Follow these steps to start creating your own author’s website:
- Get a domain name. This will be your address on the web. It can be any combination of letters and numbers up to 63 characters. You can search for and register your official domain name through several registrars including GoDaddy, Act Now Domains, TheComRegistry, Network Solutions, as well as a variety of others.
- Choose a Web host. A Web host stores your site on their server and transmits it to the internet for people to find. The most important thing to remember with a Web host is that they don’t have to be expensive but they must be reliable. If the server is constantly going down, the site won’t be available for your visitors and you will miss out on the chance to sell your book.
- Build the Web site. You can do this yourself or you can hire a professional if it seems too intimidating. Some Web hosts will offer the software and customizable templates to help you do this. Through them it can be a simple click-and-type process, but with a professional outside vendor you can have a lot more flexibility in design. Also, templates can make it difficult for search engines to find the things they look for that help them categorize your site and rank it higher in search results, thus making it easier to sell your book.
Now that you know how to create a promotional Web site, you’re free to complete the other steps necessary to launch that ideal career. One of the quickest and easiest ways to get your manuscript published and on the market is through a professional printing company such as CMYK Graphix, Inc. They will customize your printing to fit your needs so that you can turn your focus to more important things so you can sell your book.
For information on book printing and self-publishing your book, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.