I am thrilled to announce my redesigned website is launched. I love the Parallax for Writers v2, WordPress template (recommended by David Gaughran). It has everything a writer could possibly want: book pages, landing pages, promo pages, integration with my newsletter, etc and best of all, it has a clean and organized look to it.
For the last eight years, I’ve struggled with templates from another company, spending hours working around page designs created to promote any product.
This template is made for promoting books.
As Carol Begin, the developer, states on her website:
In a nutshell:
You get a powerful and affordable WordPress website installed and customized by a friendly developer/author who knows and understands your needs.
Your website will use my exclusive premium theme that I created to help authors, and I will customize its appearance to fit your needs and match your existing brand/books.
For the last few days, I worked with Carol Begin (who writes asC.C. Jamesonand S.M. Pratt). the designer behindGoCreate.me to develop a very personalized website for my storytelling world. I’m really excited about the result. Carol is amazing. She makes the complex seem easy.
Her tagline for GoCreate.me is:
You’re a writer. Stop messing around with your website.
Gotta love that. I still have things to add and fix on my site, but my baby’s bones are launched.
Now, I can get back to writing.
Want to know what the process was like?
I contacted Carol, purchased the template and booked a date for my website to be done.
A couple of weeks before my date we talked for an hour on Skype, about what I wanted my website to look like and what I wanted it to do. This discussion included topics such as color options, branding, genre focus, book funneling, blog options, etc. I felt like I was talking to a writing coach and I learned more about marketing in that hour than I have in the last eight years.
Closer to the date Carol sent me emails requesting specific information that was easy to answer. (e.g., Are you an Amazon Affiliate?)
My heart kept beating faster. I tried making my own slides for the home page on Canva. They were okay, but when Carol offered to redo them on photoshop I jumped at the opportunity. She’s really good.
My date came and the basic site was set. I uploaded my book information on to book pages. I also migrated my blog subscribers from my old WP site to the new one and basically closed the old site down.
And here I am. I still have lots of tinkering to do. Who knew fixing my SEO could be such a pain? I have a number of her videos to watch to get a better understanding of my website. (Her videos are super clear btw).
What was the hardest part of the process?
Letting go. I’ve been developing my own websites for a long time. I had to be honest with myself. Modern websites are way more complicated than they used to be. I needed the help of an expert. I also needed to trust them.
What was the easiest part of the process?
Saying goodbye to my former website provider who did not meet my author needs and charged way too much.