The Year of Living Authorly Post 15: Changing Web Presence

Hey everyone. So, you might have noticed my book came out on September 12th, and then I was…quiet. You will note my front page is no longer my blog, but is about my book and appearances. You will notice I now have a newsletter. This is kind of what I’ve been up to, making the shift from a writer whose primary commodity is her potential, to being a writer who has a book out.

Hey. I’m still the same fun person. I am. I just needed to make sure when you got here, you could find my book, and if you wanted to know more about me, you could hit the blog button.

Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about what I did to change the web presence, so you may have some idea of what you might like to do. I am lucky enough to have a friend who has always helped me with my website. (*waves at Mark McKibben*) Mark had set me up long ago with a WordPress site and has done most of the heavy lifting. I tweaked my theme in minor ways, moved some social media to the front page, and wrote a whole new front page, and voila! Overall, I enjoy blogging, and I like having one. For me it was a matter of shifting. I know it’s suggested writers have a web presence, but these days some authors find Facebook, Twitter, or one of the social media services more than adequate. I just like having my own spot online.

The newsletter, now that’s entirely new. I may be getting ahead of myself a little bit, but I wanted to have a way to remind people that they could come and see me when I was nearby that would be conveniently in their mailbox should they choose to have it. I don’t intend to be Spammy McSpammerston, but if people care enough to sign up, they can have a convenient way to keep up. Now, I used, like so many businesses and individuals before me, Mail Chimp, which is fairly easy to set up. I’ll let you know how the experiment goes.

Right now, however, if you would like a crack at a free ebook of The Vessel of Ra, I want to encourage you to sign up, because I’m going to hold a drawing after November 17th.

So, website update. Check. Mail Chimp newsletter. Check. How I’ve been spending my social media time.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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