Sunday, 24 May 2015

Shinyness

I won the this silver trophy in our writing group's annual short story competition. Nice, isn't it?

I also have a new website. I'm still fettling it; any comments and suggestions are welcome.

27 comments:

  1. The site is nicely laid out and easy to navigate. Maybe a little something more for the home page? And I bet your favorite color is purple!

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    1. Thanks, Alex.

      I don't know how you guessed about the purple, but you're right! I expect you're right about the home page too. I did think about putiing the 'about' stuff on there and having one less page.

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  2. Me again...

    Nipped over to your new shiny website. Some thoughts...
    First page - I would definitely have a picture of yourself, in some writerly pose ( a head shot, preferably up in the right corner as that is where the readers eye tends to look first. I'd include a bit of blurb (you need to decide if you want to go first or third person here) so it could be something along the lines of...

    Patsy Collins writes contemporary novels about sassy heroines and delicious hero's...blah blah' then, perhaps 'her latest book (BIG image of cover) is about...' Then after the blurb about the book, go on to say, 'she also writes short stories for the women's magazine market, as well as articles and whatever else...just a couple of sentences. I'd then have all the other books displayed beneath or up the left side etc

    Or

    The first person angle, which you might prefer as you have done your 'About' page in first...

    Then on your 'About' page, which I like what you've done, and although you may think what I've said above about your first page makes it repetitive - it is the page the reader will first land on, and most people want to see the author, and her books there. We are all naturally curious.

    I'd also fill your pages out...tinker around with going wider, and don't be afraid to use bigger images.

    Patsy! Your News Page...you're not exactly shouting your successes here. You've achieved loads, and personally I think readers want to get to know you a bit better, the news page is your chance to stamp a bit of personality there.

    Tell us more, expand on your joy! Readers are inquisitive, as I've said, they wonder who it is behind the writing. Or if they haven't read you, give them reason to...engage a little. :-) And use images wherever you can...we all love pictures, they bring things to life. Aim for at least a hundred words.

    Novel Page - Okay I went there, and was disappointed I couldn't click on the cover and go straight to a link to read about the book and purchase it. I know you said the site is in progress so I'm sure you'll address this...

    Now, I do hope that was helpful, and you have not crossed me off your Christmas card list, or banished me forever. These are purely my thoughts, and I aim only to assist, and offer ideas. Do feel free to ignore my comments, and we'll never speak of it again. :-)



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    1. Thanks, Maria, that's really helpful!

      I'm going to combine the home and about, I think. That way I can put info and pictures with repeating myself. I don't know if I can make the cover images into clickable links - I'll try that. If not I could put the titles as captions and make them links. That'll keep me busy for a while!

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  3. Nice trophy - are you going to share the story? I am following your new site already!

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  4. I'm back! I thought I was following the new blog but I wasn't. I am now - I think!

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    1. I don't know if you are or not, Lizy - still getting to grips with it myself!

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  5. Well done on that great trophy, Patsy! Had a look at your lovely new website and I see Maria has already given you some good comments. I would definitely make your book covers click through to Amazon - that's what people expect and it encourages sales! Good luck with the fine tuning.

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary. I've found I can add captions and make those into links, which should do the job, I think. I agree it would be annoying to like the look of a book and then not be able to easily see how to get hold of it.

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  6. Beautiful trophy! Well done, m'dear. Really like the new website, too. :D

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I am feeling just a teeny weeny bit smug.

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  7. Well done, gorgeous trophy ... erm, are you insured?
    I like THIS site!

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    1. Thanks. I'm still keeping this blog going, Celia.

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  8. Well done on silver medal! Excellent website! The nerd in me asks how it was built. Did you use Dreamweaver or another authoring package?

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    1. Thank you. It's a wordpress one, Charlie. I'm nowhere near nerdy enough for Dreamweaver!

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  9. What a lovely cup, well done on your success. Well done also on the new site!

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  10. Well done on winning that trophy, Patsy. I'm afraid I can't give advice on the website as I haven't done one yet but when I do, I shall be sure to go to Maria for advice!

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    1. She's given me lots of good suggestions, Wendy.

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  11. Congratulations on the shinyness! Good luck with the fettling (love the word). I only have experience of looking after a community organisation website. When setting that up I checked websites for similar orgs for ideas and what worked/didn't work in terms of layout, ease of navigation and clarity of information.

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    1. I'm fairly happy with what I've got now, Christine - but I'll be adding to it later.

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  12. Hi Patsy - thanks for the check in .. as you know all well up the coast. Gosh - work to do .. polishing up the shinyness ... what a great prize - well done.

    Looks like Maria gave you some really great ideas there ... and let us know when it's live and we can then follow etc ...

    I see you've moved across to WP for the new site, and you've your own domain name ... that makes sense ...

    Lots to do and keep you occupied ... cheers and hope to see you soon (perhaps!) ... Hilary

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    1. The site is just about there now, Hilary.

      Yes - hope to see you soon!

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  13. Congratulations on the trophy win, and the website- love the purple used, very you. :-)

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Thanks so much for commenting!