Websites and Blogging for Writers
Hello writer friends! Are you in need of a website OR a makeover for an existing site or blog?
Back in November, I carried out a survey to find out how writers use the web and, since then, I’ve been working on creating resources to help solve the most common problems. In that spirit, I’ve put together some very special offers for writers who want to get set up online but are too afraid of the time or cost involved, and I'd love you to take a look.
Having your own space on the web as a writer is increasingly important these days.
Maybe you've resisted because you don't want to get sucked down the rabbit-hole of the web.
Even if you don't want to be spending all your time on the web, someone is out there trying to find you and your work.
I've created 3 options that I'm offering at half price for the month of April.
The One-Page Website
The one-page website - your calling card on the web. A photo, a short bio, some links to your work and your social media pages, all under your own dedicated URL (eg. yourname.com, or similar) and with a contact button connected to your email.
April price €169.
The Starter Website
The starter website includes up to 5 pages - Home, About, Contact, Writing and Blog (if desired), complete with personalised graphics, dedicated URL (eg. yourname.com, or similar), links to social media and with a contact page or button connected to your email.
April price €499.
This would be a similar set-up to my own website or can be done as a scrolling website if you prefer.
Note: I already had an established blog on Wordpress.com and rather than lose the social proof of my existing audience, I simply kept it as was and linked it to the new site. For a new site I can either link to your existing blog and audience or build you a new blog that would be completely integrated to the look and feel of your site.
The Website or Blog Makeover
You have an existing free blog like Wordpress / Blogger etc. but you've never really been happy with it.
- Maybe you feel it's time to step up your game with a more professional place on the web, under your own name, to demonstrate where you are as a writer?
- Maybe you're frustrated with the appearance of your site or blog and don't know how to change it to reflect YOU and your work?
- Maybe you'd like to create a coherent look between your website and your social media pages?
I can update your blog or site to create a dynamic first impression and better web experience for you and your readers. I'd be happy to talk to you about your existing site, advise on how best to improve it and make any agreed changes.
Price depends on scope of work but, to give you an idea, here's a makeover I recently did for poet Breda Wall Ryan's webite, where we changed the theme and created a dedicated home page to orientate people when they arrive.
I'm a writer, editor and designer - I trained as an architect at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. I've been using the web, social media and blogging since 2007.
My home design blog, Living:room was featured at the Royal Incorporation of British Architects Stakeholders Forum in London, in 2010, as an example of how creative professionals can engage the public online. The same year I was identified as a Future Leader by Plan Magazine for my use of the web and social media to talk about the value of good design. I've been building blogs and creating web graphics ever since.
Last year, while working at the Irish Writers Centre, I created a suite of branded graphics to improve the experience and functionality of their website.
I also set up the website and did the online graphics and print posters for Double Shot Poetry Events.
I'm experienced working with the most popular web and blogging platforms, including:
- Wordpress (hosted/self-hosted),
- Squarespace (my preferred option)
As both a writer and a designer, I understand:
- how the web works,
- the difference between literary writing and writing for the web,
- making sure your site is found on the web,
- what writers are concerned with online, and
- how to devise a web strategy that works for you.
If you'd like more information, or have some website / blogging / social media task that's been bothering you and you'd love to see fixed, drop me a line via the CONTACT FORM or email me at angela(at)angelatcarr(dot)com.
No job is too small!