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Can you tell me what you base that on? Is this something that you have experienced?
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Chapter Books, Easy Readers, and Middle Grade (MG) / Re: Vanity published
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on August 27, 2021, 09:24 PM »
I'm afraid that even a rewrite won't be picked up by an agent. Unless your books have sold in the tens of thousands, close that door and open new ones.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Author Website-Before Published
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on August 27, 2021, 04:45 PM »
It's hard to say if you need two sites or one. Do both pages have the same audience? In other words, would your writing site be geared toward families with kids who need counseling? Consider that books can be marketed globally, but in-person counseling services would be for people who live near you. Also think about whether your audience in one may expand. Will agents and editors looking at your site be interested in what you want parents of patients to see? Will you ever write for a different age group o on a non-related topic. (You could always separate later, but I think it's important to consider possibilities and options.) I think answers to these and similar questions will help you decide what you really need.

Keep in mind that websites change over time. I also started with a home page and bio page. My site includes my resume because I seek work-for-hire opportunities. I now also have books listed as well as other publishing credits. My site needs a redo with more images, but you're welcome to have a look https://www.debbievilardi.com/. I also kept the landing page simple.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Author Website-Before Published
« Last post by cynthia-bauman on August 26, 2021, 07:42 PM »
Thank you Vijaya! That is very helpful.  And, I have just secured my domain name, so that's a start!  :)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Author Website-Before Published
« Last post by Vijaya on August 26, 2021, 06:43 PM »
Cynthia, I've seen a couple of people do that, combining both their writing and counseling and I'm trying to remember whether they were just different pages on the same website or if they were pointing to completely different websites. 

As to securing your domain name, you can do this through GoDaddy. It's what I use.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Author Website-Before Published
« Last post by cynthia-bauman on August 26, 2021, 05:30 PM »
I just want to say that I took everything on board and completed my website yesterday, I am actually really happy with it.


Congratulations, that is great!!! I am impressed.   :yippee

I have 2 more questions for the group on the topic of website building: (Wondering if it's time for a new thread for this?)

Is it okay to blend an author website with my counseling work? The reason I am asking this is because I need a website for both, and the children's book(s) I am writing are stories that weave healing into the children's psyche's in a poetic way, but it is based on the type of work I do in my counseling sessions. Soooo... I'm thinking it would be better to separate them, but has anyone ever successfully had a website where one tab is for their writings/books/publications, and the other tab is for something else that might be related?

Also, is there a way to secure my domain name, even though I don't know yet which company will be hosting my website?

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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Author Website-Before Published
« Last post by dkshumaker on August 26, 2021, 06:37 AM »
I just want to say that I took everything on board and completed my website yesterday, I am actually really happy with it.
Yay! Good for you! :-)
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: Author Website-Before Published
« Last post by angel-dike on August 26, 2021, 04:56 AM »
I just want to say that I took everything on board and completed my website yesterday, I am actually really happy with it.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book blueprint
« Last post by dkshumaker on August 25, 2021, 12:23 PM »
Zoom fatigue is a real thing. When the world gets past Covid, in person events will be so appreciated!

And yes, Christian, I’ll be at the October Mid-Atlantic conference. I’m co chair of the Consultations committee and we have spectacular faculty lined up!
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: picture book blueprint
« Last post by christian-bailey on August 25, 2021, 11:57 AM »
Congratulations on your fifth book deal! Thank you for sharing your experience, and for your tips. I can see I have a long way to go--my typed texts only contains about five favorites so far. I have paid for a couple of editor critiques. That may be the way I learn best. Though I feel Zoomed out, I have loved the additional online learning opportunities. Perhaps we'll "meet" at the Fall Mid-Atlantic conference.

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