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Some Thanksgiving Advice about Web Presence and Web Sites for Authors…

I wasn’t going to post again this soon. But then I read a blog post that was handing out advice to other authors about web sites and web presence and I figured that since I’ve never actually written a post like this, I’d do it right now.

If you are a new author and you are trying to establish a web presence you are going to hear all kinds of advice from people who think they know it all.

But do what is best for you, and think like a business person would think, which means having a strong grasp on reality, not vanity. Especially you guys out there with student loans that have to be paid off. I don’t envy you.

The good thing is you don’t really have to spend a dime to gain web presence these days, especially with social media. This is wonderful. How much better can it get for an author? Google blogs/web sites are free. You can gain web presence just as easily by using google blogger as you can by paying for an expensive, professional web site.

Now, if you truly want to spend the money on an elaborate web site and you’re not looking for a return on your investment anytime soon, have a blast. Hire the best designer and go for it all. That’s your decision and your choice. I’m just letting you new struggling authors know you don’t have to spend a dime to gain a web presence, and you should probably stay away from people who tell you that you should.

My good friend, a NY literary agent for over 40 years, once gave me a wise piece of advice I never forgot: “Part of the secret of having money is learning how to hold on to it.” And I couldn’t agree with him more.

1romanceebooks.com

I was recently pointed to an online e-book retailer called 1romanceebooks.com. I’d never been to the site before, so I’m not sure whether or not it’s brand new. But it looks like it’s simple to navigate, simple to order from, and it gives all the basic info on all the books being sold.

My www.loveyoudivine.com books are being sold there, too. These are all stand alone e-books that I only publish with lyd because they tend to lean more toward erotic romance and erotica than romance. One, DOWN THE BASEMENT, was originally part of a collection of short stories that was published by Cleis Press and won last year’s Lambda award for gay erotica. And the rest are either originals or previously published short stories that were in books by either Cleis Press or STARbooks Press. There’s also a new one being released on March 19th, titled, A REGULAR BUD.

So if you’re into e-books, check out 1romanceebooks to see if it’s for you. They seem to carry all authors and titles (except none of my ravenous romance books are there), and their prices aren’t bad either.