Everyone tells me that since I now have a book published I must have an author's website. To this end I very earnestly bought a copy of "Do It Yourself Websites for Dummies". Seriously, I did. Me, who pretty much has her computer skills maxed out just putting together this Blogger post. My Dummies guide was set aside after a few chapters. As I told a friend, "I need a Dummies guide to understand my Websites for Dummies Guide."
I then discovered there are places on the web that promise you can build your own website using their templates and graphics even if you a computer spaz like me. Except they didn't use the word spaz. I was very excited by this, I have say, but then some friends implied if I went that route I would create an amateurish, tacky-looking website.
The obvious solution, of course, is to just hire someone to build me a website, right? But I looked into what that would cost me and all I'll say is I'm hoping in my next lifetime I'm a web designer and not a writer. I even came across a site that only builds websites for authors. They charge three thousand dollars. This infuriated me so much I will not mention their name. Most first-time novelists will not even make that much money in royalties. But every first-time novelist will be pressured to build a website.
Yesterday it occurred to me that the only time I have ever gone to an author's website is to research what they looked like before I built my own. After giving it a bit of thought I realized that I am more interested in the actual book than the author. Which means when I hear about a book that interests me I usually go to Amazon, read the jacket description, flip through the book if I can, and read any reviews that are there. I may not buy the book there...
So, do I go the amateurish, tacky route? It's affordable and will get me a website. Or do I wait until I have the money to hire a proper web designer? Which may never happen. Or do I scrap the whole idea and forget about having a website all together? And just start selling myself as the new J. D. Salinger.