Website Work

It’s Christmas!  Season’s Greetings!  Presents!  Cookies!  Egg Nog!  Website Work!

Wait…what?

Yeah.  I’m a geek.  When most people are gathering with friends and loved ones, trading presents and all that, I’ve spent the late afternoon updating the theme on my website and updating my posts.  Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy Christmas.  I did the presents and tree thing with my family.  But let’s face it; when it comes right down to it, I’m indifferent to holidays.

Case in point: I realized it was my birthday this year when Mom handed me a card.

So…what kind of website work have I been doing?

Well, I started it last night.  I made a “My Books” page, where I will showcase all my publications.  You can see it by clicking the link in the menu or, to save time, click here.  As you will see, I have separated my books by series.  Currently, Into Vushaar is the only book with a book page that still suffers a cover filler, but my cover designer is already working on re-vamping Awakening‘s cover as well as creating a cover for Into Vushaar.

But wait!  Didn’t you announce Into Vushaar with releasing a wrap-around cover?  Well…yes, I did.  For a multitude of reasons, though, I’ve had to go with a different cover designer (the same one who did It Ain’t Over…).  It Ain’t Over… was a kind of test, and I’ve received nothing but rave reviews.  I see no reason not to continue using the new cover designer, and to be quite honest, I’m looking forward to seeing what she does with Awakening and Into Vushaar.

But I digress…

In addition to the “My Books” page, each book will have its own individual page.  At present, AwakeningIt Ain’t Over…, and Into Vushaar are the only ones with book pages, but that will change as I progress through my novel list (i.e. the novels I’m going to write).

As part of creating the book pages, I stumbled across a piece of functionality I’d heard about but never used before: templates.  Holy cow!  I wish I’d tested the templates feature months and months ago.  I now have a saved template for book pages.

Beyond that, I updated the newsletter signup.  I’m learning how to do email newsletters properly, and starting in January, my goal is to send one newsletter each month.  I’m thinking the fifteenth of each month will be the day.  I don’t think anyone likes being spammed, whether through the postal system or their email, and I don’t see any reason that I need to send more than one email per month.

As part of updating the newsletter signup, I went back through my thoughts here (all thirty-two of them) and standardized their layouts, including the new signup.  I also created a template for posts, which I like to call thoughts, that will minimize the setup time of any new postings in the future.

I still have a number of things on my To-Do list for this site and/or server.  I want to update my backup mechanism and make sure it’s working according to plan.  I am considering rolling the Knightsfall Press site into a page on Valthon’s Net, because I spend more time and thoughts and effort here than I do there.  I’m still working through branding, though.  That’s the real kicker to all of this.

I’ve only just started studying book marketing (many, many thanks to Joanna Penn, Chris Fox, Brian Meeks, and so many others), and my biggest stumbling block is answering the question, “What is my brand?”  Is it Robert M. Kerns?  Is it Knightsfall Press?  One of my friends told me that I should use Knightsfall Press to go out there and help other people publish, and yes, it sounds like a great idea.  After all the world needs more good books.  The thing is, though, I truly do not envision ever using Knightsfall Press to publish anyone’s work other than my own…for several reasons, not the least of which being that I only want to be responsible for my own success or failure.

But it seems I have digressed again…

Anymore, though, websites are fluid, evolving things, so it’s hard to tell what this site will look like a year from now.  I’ll probably have fun making it all work, though…

However you choose to spend your Christmas (or Holiday Season, if you prefer), I hope the days and weeks treat you well.

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