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New Look, Same Ol' Me

Welcome to my new blog on my new website (migrated from Blogger to WordPress) for which I must give credit to the designers.

The Seed Studio is based in Nelson, a city renowned for its artists, musicians, coffee drinkers and pot-smoking hippies. I chose to work with a company that has never worked with a writer in hopes they would offer a fresh perspective on the average writer's website.  (They did, in spades.)  The drawback was that we were both on a steep learning curve in terms of a writer's specific needs. They rose to the challenge and I hope you're as impressed as I am.

For those contemplating your own web presence, I’ll be blogging about my experience on The Writer’s Vineyard on Dec 12. I’ll talk about how I’ve integrated website/blog/social media and will drop a notice here when it’s up so you can chase it if you’re interested. Tip: my goal is to work smarter, not harder. I'm getting there. Slowly.

Note to unpublished friends: Although I had a website (sort of) before I sold, I was so busy after selling, I wish I’d done the work on developing my web presence long ago. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have anything to brag about right now, while I’m waiting for my book to release, so this works too ;o)

For those visiting for the first time, you’ll also see that I’ve Kindle-Pubbed my Golden Heart/American Title Finalist Hustled To The Altar. I didn’t make a big splash on my writing groups  when I put it out, mostly because I wanted to see what happens when you just slide it out there without much fanfare.

Um, nothing. Lol.

Not completely true. My sister sold a few copies for me and then I put it up for free and did my due diligence with regards to promoting the freebie and got 5k downloads, which seems respectable. It will be free again on November 26th & 27th 2012 if you have a Kindle or the Kindle app.

The proof for the printed copy is on its way to me so I’ll offer that soon, but OMG. Expensive! When publishers say that they can’t afford to price books lower, they're not lying. I’ll apologize in advance for the price. I literally make about .34 on each. But I’ll send one to my parents and they’ll be happy to have my first ‘real’ book.

I have updates on my books with real publishers (as opposed to this poser publisher called Dani Collins) which I'll post later in the week because, honestly, I'm in possession of a revision letter that needs to be executed sooner rather than later if I hope to pay for things like this fancy new website.

There are still a few tweaks to come here, one being the RSS button, but in the meanwhile, please use the form below to subscribe to my newsletter--also coming soon. (I should have titled this Dani's Coming Attractions.)

Thanks for visiting.