It’s long overdue. Like, five years overdue. Maybe…ahem…ten years even. Back when I was just starting to ‘be a writer’ (I’ve always been a writer, but I mean this in the professional, “I’m making some money finally and people might want to find my workonline ” sense), I knew I needed a website. I was broke, clueless and, unlike many of my writer friends, I have no sense of aesthetics. Words? Oh, I can tell you if they’re working or not and how to fix them. Design and images? It’s as deep as “Oh, I like that,” or “Ick.” I don’t even know enough about these visuals to tell you why they evoke such a visceral response in me.
Despite this, I signed up for a homestead account, bought my domain name and went to town. I created a website that, if nothing else, was designed to be clean and easy to navigate. That showed a bit of who I was as a writer, as a person, as a business woman. It wasn’t pretty — except for the photos shot of me by my darling friend KM, where she made me look much better than I actually do — but it was workable. I could update it, play around with it, and keep it simple.
Still, I knew it wasn’t how I really wanted to present myself. I had this image of myself as a writer, of my writing business that was cleaner, more inviting, less sharp-edged. That was more sensual and sultry and classy. So when I met Shannon of Lightbourne a while back, and she designed my absolutely gorgeous business cards (and a logo that I love so much I’d tattoo it on my body if it didn’t seem overly egotistical), I knew right away that she was the one I wanted to design my website as well.
We met earlier this week, in a creative, mind-spinning, whirl of ideas and textures and colors and words… and by the end of the meeting, there it was. The mock-up of the website I’d been dreaming of. Do you know what it feels like when someone takes all those words you say and then turns them into a visual representation of exactly that? How rare of a thing? I’ve been giddy for days. It should go live sometime next week.
In the meantime, here’s the mock-up of the home page, shared with permission of the amazing Shannon.
I have no words…
Kiss kiss, bang bang, s.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for.” ~Georgia O’Keeffe
PS — Thinking of creating a website? Already have one and want it to be better? Here are a couple of great resources:
- What Every Author’s Website Should Contain
- Top 10 Peeves from Booksellers and Readers about Author Websites
I also spent a lot of time looking at some of the websites of the big-name authors out there and going, “Ew.” There are a lot of hideous, user-unfriendly writing sites. I don’t know if that’s just a writer phenomena, or if it’s more wide-spread. But wow.