8 Essential Elements for Writer Websites


When it comes to finding success as a writer, there are few elements (outside the actual writing, of course) more important than a website. This post shares eight essential elements for writer websites to find more success.

#1: About Page

Believe it or not, the “about me” page is commonly the page with the second most traffic on author websites (after the home page). And it shouldn’t be a surprise because people who search you out or who end up on your website will naturally want to know more about you.

So be sure to give the “about me” page the love and attention it deserves. Many successful writer websites use this page as a way to tell their story while also pointing folks to relevant parts of the site.

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Happy Birthday, George Bernard Shaw


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George Bernard Shaw ( 26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950), known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright (who held both British and Irish citizenship), critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theater, culture, and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman (1903), Pygmalion (1913) and Saint Joan (1923). With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation. He was the first person to be awarded both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award, receiving the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature and sharing the 1938 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film version of Pygmalion.


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”

“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

 

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New Release: A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair #KensingtonMystery #Mothman #RRBC

New release from Mae Clair! 😉

From the Pen of Mae Clair

I’m celebrating a book birthday today and hope you’ll join me! A Desolate Hour, the final novel in my Point Pleasant series, is finally available for purchase. I’m wrapping up all the plot threads begun in the first two novels, A Thousand Yesteryears and A Cold Tomorrow. Caden Flynn and all my regular characters are back, along with a few new ones. The Mothman, of course, is front and center.

When I set out to write the Point Pleasant series, I envisioned the mystery relating to the origins of the Mothman spanning all three books. But I also wanted each book to focus on an aspect of Point Pleasant folklore in addition to my favorite cryptid.

In book one, A Thousand Yesteryears, I shared the history of the Silver Bridge tragedy. Book two, A Cold Tomorrow, saw the introduction of UFOs and Men in Black. The final…

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The Importance of the Book Pre-Order to Authors

A Writer's Path

by John Briggs

Does it really matter if you order a book online before its official release date? Before its “book birthday” as they say in publishing? Well, maybe not to the reader, who’s happy to get the book they want to read when they want to read it, but pre-orders can make a huge difference to a book’s success.

How does a pre-order change the odds compared to a regular order?

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Happy Birthday, Sidney Poitier!

90 Years Young!


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Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field. Image from Britannica.

12 Aug 2009, Washington DC, USA --- epa01821985 US President Barack Obama awards American actor Sidney Poitier the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on 12 August 2009. Poitier is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award, receive an award at a top international film festival (Venice Film Festival), and be the top grossing movie star in the United States.  EPA/MATTHEW CAVANAUGH --- Image by © MATTHEW CAVANAUGH/epa/Corbis
President Barack Obama awards American actor Sidney Poitier the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, on 12 August 2009. Poitier is the first African American to be nominated and win a Best Actor Academy Award, receive an award at a top international film festival (Venice Film Festival), and be the top grossing movie star in the United States. Image by © MATTHEW CAVANAUGH/Corbis
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Sidney Poitier in 1964 with his Oscar for Best Actor for Lilies of the Field. Image from Google.

“Forgiveness works two ways, in most instances. People have to forgive themselves too. The powerful have to forgive themselves for their behavior. That should be a sacred process.”

 “I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.”

 “If the image one holds of one’s self contains elements that don’t square with reality, one is best advised to let go of them, however difficult that may be.”

 “To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.”

 “A person doesn’t have to change who he is to become better.”

 “We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists… in the loved one, perfection.”

 “History passes the final judgment.”