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WIX.com for your Web Site (with coupon code)

Every author, every potential author, every wannabe author needs to have an internet presence that is appropriate and encouraging to publishers and agents. Blogging is good, but it isn't the end-all-be-all of your internet marketing. A blog is regularly updated, a Web site is static. The purpose of a blog is to share your writing, the purpose of your Web site is to share about yourself and your writing.

You need a Web site:

I know this because:

  • agents will search your name before they consider taking you on as a client (read this article on agent feedback The Write Life)
  • publishers want to know that you can implement and roll-out a marketing plan (which usually includes a web site, twitter, facebook, goodreads etc) (Every Writer's Resource)
  • readers want to read more about you once they have read your work
Other reasons?
  • To market yourself
  • To showcase writing that is not getting picked up by publishers
  • To whet the public's appetite for your style (example
  • To combine your writing in one place -- if a reader liked your first book, chances are he/she will like your second (example)
  • To offer a forum where your fans can comment or contact you (example)
If you have a moderate skill in technology, I suggest WIX, not as the only option, but as an option I have just tried and found easy to manage. I also found it very cost effective. 

  • WIX offers hundreds of templates to choose from. The templates have pre-designed colours, layout, fonts etc., and you just click text and images to customize.
  • WIX is offering their Premium account for 12.42 a month (which is a savings of 45%). I selected this one, then searched the Internet for a WIX coupon and got another 50% off. (Coupon code: spoilyourfriend221)
  • The Premium account came with a free Domain Name and in the end only cost me $74.00 CAN for one year. 
Now, I can add my Web site URL to my submissions, which are going out daily to publishers. I can add it to my bio for published work and I can start generating a following for when my first novel hits the book stands. 

Check out my Web site. It took me 1 complete day to purchase the template, customize, launch, respond to feedback and revise http://www.cherylcowtan.com    Launch yours today!

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