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Websites for Self-Publishing Authors

Authors, you need a website! An engaging author website with interesting, relevant content is the foundation of self-publishing marketing and promotion.

Join us on April 24 to hear web designer and self-publishing author Andrew Hicks discuss how to create a web presence for authors, including:

How to register a domain name and buy hosting • How to find and work with a web designer, including what fees to expect • How to prepare and deliver your content • How to use images and search engine optimization (SEO) • How to start and maintain a blog • How to market your author website 

We’ll be in the Lincoln Park Library's Community Room. The meeting starts at 6:15pm, but feel free to come early to network. The library is located at 1150 W Fullerton – it’s about 4 blocks west of the Fullerton CTA station, and the Fullerton bus stops nearby. There is a small parking lot next to the library and street parking in the area. 

After the meeting we'll adjourn to a nearby restaurant for buy-your-own food and drinks. We'd love to have you join us so we can continue the conversation about websites for authors.

Hope to see you on April 24!

Best,
Kim Bookless, Organizer

Speaker bio:

Andrew Hicks is a full-time lecturer at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught interactive media for over 10 years. Andrew has worked in large agencies making websites for brands like Gatorade and Budweiser, and has created dozens of smaller sites for artists, musicians, and small businesses. He is the founder of Big Shoulders Media, a creative agency that seeks to enable learning and leadership through gaming and play. Based in Chicago, Big Shoulders Media has partnered with authors, designers, and thought leaders to explore how media can be empowering and expressive. Currently Andrew is working on his first book, Gamer to CEO, which will be self-published in the fall of 2014.

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  • Frank D.

    I'm a Wordpress developer. If anyone is looking to have a professionally created Wordpress set up, I can help. You can check out my work at: http://www.amancalledfrank.com/.

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Kim B.

    Sorry for the confusion, everyone -- this was simply an oversight on my part. The bio that Andrew gave me stated that he's a full-time lecturer at Columbia, and I inadvertently changed it to professor.

    I changed "professor" to "lecturer" on our message board, but I can't fix the email I sent out last night. Thanks for all the clarification.

    April 26, 2014

  • Barbara Joan Z.

    Thanks, Grant, for the clarification. It was a lurking Q.

    April 26, 2014

  • Nancy T.

    Since Andrew's title has come up, here's the Webster's link for a fuller definition of "professer"

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professor

    I don't know Andrew but if he's part-time faculty at Columbia in my book that's top-drawer. Last I heard they're at around 70% part-time faculty (see academic economies) and Columbia's part-time faculty are super-productive, active in their professional fields and to the naked eye the primary source of energy in that institution. Not easy to get a teaching job there so Andrew's a keeper.

    I liked the program, Kim and am pleased to be getting to know some of you, Nancy

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Kim, just for clarification, Andrew is actually an Instructor, not a Professor like you mentioned in your email.

    2 · April 25, 2014

    • Cassandra

      Thanks, Grant! I mentioned Andrew in a blog post and said he was a professor. Just edited. :-)

      April 26, 2014

  • Alan

    Thanks for the info

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Cassandra

    Thank you, Andrew Hicks, for the reminder (which I need constantly) about blogging frequency! So helpful to hear "just a paragraph is fine."

    2 · April 25, 2014

  • Caroline L.

    Andrew Hicks was enthusiastic, a great speaker and a wealth of information

    2 · April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this be covering WordPress? I'm in the process of building my own WordPress site and I'd be interested to learn of WP themes for authors/podcasters.

    April 23, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Hi Grant, Andrew will discuss WordPress, but probably not to the extent you're looking for. Our main goal for tonight is to give an overview of the steps involved and options available for authors to build websites to promote themselves and their books. So, in that context, Andrew will show that WordPress is an option for building an author website, but he'll cover other options, too.

      April 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Kim. It's probably best I skip this and stay posted for future events.

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Clayton S.

    Looks like I'm not going to be able to make it after all. (Work things keeping me away tonight.) Hopefully I'll catch the next one!

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Christopher Bull G.

    Lt. Dave and I are having The Great Food Debate (and book signing) at Acorn Library in Oakforest that night (he said, not at all horning in on the publicity here . . .)

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Have fun, Bull!

      April 24, 2014

  • J.C.

    Does this group ever meet on the weekends?

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Hi J.C. To date, we have met only on weekdays. I'm willing to run it by the group, but I suspect it might be challenging to get people to come downtown for a weekend meeting. I have been considering offering a paid workshop on a Saturday, which would allow me to go deeper into topics that are important to self-publishing authors. Would you be interested in that? We could also consider an informal mixer -- similar to the March mixer at The Book Cellar -- but on a weekend. There wouldn't be a speaker -- just an opportunity for group members to socialize and network. I'd love to know your thoughts on a paid weekend workshop or a free weekend mixer.

      April 24, 2014

  • Barbara Joan Z.

    I self-published my first book in 2012 and just began work on my second.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Christina

    i'm going to go work with cats. and then come over!

    2 · April 23, 2014

  • Barbara Joan Z.

    I plan to be at UIC Thursday afternoon, so if time and traffic work in my favor I hope to be there.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Anton

    Won't be able to make it, but hopefully can for the next event.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Jim K.

    Won't make it this week after all, Kim. Gotta stay off my feet for awhile. See you next time.

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Kim B.

      We'll miss you, Jim! Hope you feel better soon.

      April 22, 2014

  • Christopher Bull G.

    I just put mine up. Welcoming criticism or massive, heartfelt, all-choked-up praise: http://bullgarlington.creativewriter.pro

    1 · April 2, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Hey Bull, great website! I especially love the homepage. Is it possible to make the font size bigger throughout the site, to make it easier for visitors to read?

      April 9, 2014

    • Saleem Hue P.

      solid site Bull. it communicates a bold persona, and i also get a good sense of your whimsy

      1 · April 9, 2014

  • Nancy T.

    Just joined and look forward to meeting some of you this month at the library. Nancy

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Welcome, Nancy! See you soon.

      April 9, 2014

  • Victoria N.

    I'll definitely be there.

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Kim B.

      See you there, Victoria!

      April 9, 2014

  • Clayton S.

    If I have to leave at around 7:15, will I get yelled at?

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Hey Clayton, absolutely not! We're very flexible -- feel free to come and leave whenever it's convenient for you. Hope to see you there.

      April 9, 2014

  • Lane B.

    I Can Barely Wait.... See Ya There.!!

    1 · April 2, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Welcome aboard, Lane! Looking forward to meeting you on April 24.

      April 2, 2014

  • Charissa T.

    I'd love to attend this event!

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Looking forward to seeing you there, Charissa!

      April 2, 2014

  • Kelly D.

    Wish I could make it but we are in NYC.

    1 · March 22, 2014

    • Kim B.

      Next time, Kelly!

      April 2, 2014

  • Heather

    Sorry I have another commitment. Will catch the next one!

    1 · March 17, 2014

    • Kim B.

      We'll miss you, Heather! Hope to see you at the next one.

      March 19, 2014

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