The above picture has nothing to do with this post. My husband built a hummingbird fountain for me this spring. The hummers come in early morning. Sometimes they sit on the side and preen as they dip water from the dish. Sometimes they fly into the water, then sit on a branch and preen. It is really neat to watch.
How does one get started toward having a book published?
When I started writing, I found other authors on Facebook and began asking them questions. These were not famous authors, btw. I didn’t shoot for Danielle Steele or Stephen King. These were authors who were just getting started or authors who had one or two books under their belts.
One of the authors told me, “You have to buy a domain with your name. Buy it now, before someone else buys it, and then you can’t use your name.”
“What’s a domain?” I asked.
“It’s a website.”
“Where do I get one?”
“You can buy one on Google for about $10.00.”
Note: You don’t actually pay Google for the domain. You pay a different company for the domain. Google just helps you purchase it.
I got on Google and bought my domain: catherinehackman.com
One problem: When you buy the domain, it doesn’t just automatically pop up on the Internet with everything ready to go. Silly me-I thought it did.
Three months and a lot of research later, I hired a company to set up my website and my blog. You can do it yourself, but I don’t know how.
If you are a writer just starting out, see if you can find a friend or relative to help you set up your website or blog and get it on the Internet. There are a lot of people out there who know how to do it–try a third grader–LOL! A third grader probably doesn’t know how to do it, but I bet a high school kid does.
Also, do some research and look at other authors’ websites/blogs before purchasing a domain or hiring someone to set up a website for you.
#1 Thing to Remember as a New Writer: Many writers invest a lot of money when they first start out because LIKE ME, THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. Research, ask questions to other writers just starting out, join some writers’ groups on Facebook, and ask questions to other writers who have a few books under their belts, and research.
Fortunately, I found a good company, and they didn’t charge a whole lot to set up and host my website.
What is “host”? Your website has to be “hosted” on a server somewhere in order for it to appear on the Internet.
I intend most of my posts to be funny and informational. I must apologize: this one is just informational.
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