One of the greatest tools any writer can have is a website. If you'll notice, I don't have one. In fact, I feel wonderfully behind the times when it comes to this aspect of my writerly life. See, writers have to find ways to market their own books...and this, my friends, is what scares me the most.
A website will do some of the work for me though, so I've started working with a whizz-bang graphic designer to whip mine into shape. So far, I've been striking out when it comes to finding the perfect images and feel for my site.
I've been collecting photos to help me with the overall mood, and to give the real artist behind all of this (John, the graphic designer) an idea of what I'm looking for.
When really, in truth, I have no idea.
I'd like it to be fun, informative, interesting, but most of all...beautiful. But it's the how to do that that's tripping me up.
1 & 2. Pottery Barn
4. Lola's Room on etsy
5. The Lettered Cottage
8. source unknown
9. sadie olive
10 & 11. anthropologie
12. sadie olive
13 & 15. dreamy whites
14, 16 & 17. anthropologie
See, I love color. So, I want color. But the right colors. And I love words, so I want words (in a good font). But not too many words. I want it to be uniquely mine. Different from other writers. Somewhere you'd want to visit daily, or at least a couple times a week.
I tend to overthink these things, but this is the way people will find my books...and, in a lot of ways, how they will come to know me. At a recent conference we learned that people often buy books for the author so there's that constant nagging question...
What if they don't like me?
I doubt every step,every decision. I ask Adam to figure it out for me because he's so much more creative than I am. But I really do want to do this.
Q4U: If you were doing your website, what would you make sure it had? And what are your favorite sites to visit? I'd love a little more inspiration!