I can be cheap about certain things. I don't like spending money on something unless I consider it a worthwhile investment.
In comes the issue of a website.
To be honest, I think they are too static.
I prefer the interaction of a blog setting.
Before you shake that finger at me, I should say that I do understand the need for an author to have a go to place for contact/calendar/basic information ... but I really am not sure that it warrants the cost of hiring someone to do it.
I mean, will having a website bring me $500-$1,500 (the cost to have a nice one set up) in future book sales?
I doubt it.
Do you have any idea of what a new authors royalties are?
not huge. I'd have to sell a heckuva lot of books to break even.
SO -- I found a solution that works for me. I went to intuit.com and signed up for their basic account of $5 a month. They have prefab'd templets (lots of them) to choose from. Other sites, like go daddy also provide similar services.
The whole process took me about two hours.
And....did I mention the $5/month? I did? so, you see my point.
I don't have my own domain name. I'm fine with that. I may purchase that at some point but, if someone Googles me, my blog will come up and I have linked the blog to the website and visa versa so it's all good.
It's not fancy but I think it works for where I am on this path. Maybe when the big bucks come rolling in (laughing here) I'll change it up.
So .. if you're interested in what $5/month gets you click here or look on my left side bar. Browse around, read my lame attempts at humor, see my family.
Question: What is your take on websites?