Website/Blog Tips

Top 10 Author Website Must-Haves

June 3, 2017
Woman in sunhat looking down a road at the ocean

Welcoming a visitor to your website is a lot like meeting someone new for the first time. You start with some cursory introdcutions, shift awkwardly from foot to foot, delve into some surface level stuff, like what you do and where you come from, and if you hit it off, you might start talking about your latest favourite books and the best restaurants in your neighbourhood and before you know it, you’re exchanging numbers and meeting up for croissants and coffee. Or nachos and ciders.

Just like meeting someone new, your website is all about making a good first impression. You want people to stick around (click around haha) and get to know you. To make this happen, you don’t need a fancy, expensive website, you just need an effective one. Sometimes people get stuck on creating the perfect site, and it causes the kind of creative quicksand we can fall into with writer’s block. Whether your site is one page or one hundred, if you follow the steps below, you’ll be well on your way to having an effective author website.

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News & Updates

Here’s the Thing About Epilepsy

March 20, 2017

This is a hard post to publish. I rarely speak about personal matters on this blog, and I don’t plan on changing that, but fact that I am afraid to publish this post tells me I need to. There’s a fear in telling someone you have epilepsy, an assumption you will be judged. And there is fear for those around you when they find out you have epilepsy. In publishing this post I hope to stamp out some of the fear for all of us (fist pump).

March 26th is Purple Day, a day to raise awareness about epilepsy. I wrote an article about my epilepsy story and posted it on Medium in honour of Purple Day. You can read it on Medium, or below.

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Writing Tips

The Best Writing Advice I’ve Received So Far

October 1, 2015
Purple flowers in a field

Over the past few years of reading about writing, taking courses, and a mentorship, and actually writing, I’ve been given a ton of advice…about writing. Here are the most useful tips I’ve received so far. I really wish I could attribute more than one of these, but I’ve heard them from so many sources it would be unfair to credit just one writing genius.

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Writing Tips

When Are You a Writer?

June 9, 2013
Blue typewriter on a desk with a notebook and a plant

This morning I found myself thinking about titles in the book industry. When are you a writer? When are you an author? Are you a writer when you decide you are? Are you an author once you self-publish or once someone decides to publish your work for you?

I admit I have less trouble with the title of “writer.” If you write stuff down on paper with the intent to show other people, you’re a writer to me.

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