Writing a book or thinking about writing one? Have one published or online? Then think seriously about getting yourself a domain name and a website. There’s no better means of bringing your name and your book some good cheap publicity.
The big guys are doing it. Author Stephen King has StephenKing and may have some others I’m not aware of. Searching for something by authors James Patterson or Nicholas Sparks? You guessed it! There are James Patterson and NicholasSparks, with information regarding them, their books, and links to places you can buy them. Heck, even authors as unknown as yours truly have personal websites and websites for his books. Why? Well ego, of course; ego and the chance to sell more books. Isn’t that why we wrote the darn things, so that individuals could read them and send us money?
Even though you don’t want to invest the money or the time to develop a full-fledged website, it is still worth ten bucks a year or less to possess your name in dot-com or dot-net or dot-org or dot-whatever. You are able to always have the traffic to your domain name forwarded to your publisher’s site if you don’t want to create your own site. You will find publishers a lot more than happy to accept another link and connect it to the page with information regarding your book.
With a little time and interest you can build your website yourself. Yours truly is living proof that the graphically challenged (I’m colorblind to reds and greens) can build decent websites. For a very important factor, the web abounds with templates looking for individuals to use them for an acceptable fee. For another, you site doesn’t have to be complicated. Your book’s cover can be page one; toss in an evaluation or two if you have them, include a hundred or so lines from the book and finish up with a link to your publisher or an online bookstore. You’re done!
I’m not talking big bucks here. Most domain names can be bought for less than ten dollars a year. Those thousands of templates I mentioned…many can be had for free what is stephen king’s net worth. If you purchase a domain, some registrars (do only a little research here to be certain of what your potential registrar offers) provides you with space for a totally free site and an automated site builder. Yes, “free” means ads but nothing intrusive like pop-ups. And if you merely can’t bare the very thought of ads on your web site, you’ll have your own space–absolutely pristine–for less than five dollars a month.