New Website Design

You may have visited my website at . If so, thank you. I hope you enjoyed the material available there. I put it together with help from my DH.

Unfortunately, it sort of looks like a home-grown product. So I’m entering into a partnership with the talented people at WaxCreative to have a new site developed and launched before my books come out.  I found them when I started surfing the websites of some of my go-to authors and kept running into the Wax Creative copyright. They designed for so many of my favorites, it seemed a natural choice.

We’re just at the preliminary stage. I’m deciding what sorts of things I want incorporated into my new website and putting together a “wishlist” of items. As this process goes forward I’ll keep you up to speed.

Since we’re still in the early days of this work, I’d love to have your input. What do you enjoy most when you visit an author’s website? What are some of your pet peeves? Is there a function you think it MUST HAVE in order to be a good experience for you?

Thanks in advance for your comments!

8 thoughts on “New Website Design

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Etirv–That headshot is 2 years old and it#39;s from Glamour Shots, which means it#39;s as good as I can possibly look. I#39;ll be sticking with that pic for as long as it looks remotely like me.

  2. etirv says:

    Love the new name, sounds like a classic Hollywood siren#39;s name, including one with the same initials (MM)! Are you going to use another headshot? br /br /No autoplay music for me either. No black page with white writing, hard to read!

  3. MiaMarlowe says:

    Gillian–So you#39;d like to know where the author got quot;the rest of the story.quot; The only problem with listing research links is that they often become broken. I don#39;t know how many times I#39;ve been on an author#39;s site and clicked a link to follow up on something and found the link dead. I#39;ll probably opt to share some of the more interesting tidbits I unearthed that didn#39;t make it into the books. (I#39;ll spare you the uninteresting ones!)br /br /I#39;m planning a Printer-friendly Booklist page, with all the titles, dates, isbn#39;s and such listed in chronological order. br /br /So, Gillian, are you totally on pins for the Golden Heart yet? I#39;m afraid I won#39;t be in Orlando, but I will be rooting for you up here in Boston!

  4. Gillian Layne says:

    I think Wax Creative does amazing work. I love a direct link to a newsletter. I love a link to research. I want to link to books, and I really want to know the order of which book came out when. Otherwise, I#39;m sure you#39;re in great hands!

  5. MiaMarlowe says:

    Glynis–I spent quite a bit of time surfing other authors#39; sites and I kept coming back to the Wax Creative ones. The most difficult thing for me is giving up absolute control. There will be some things I can update on the new site, but not everything as I can now. However, having a vibrant, professional site makes it a good trade-off. br /br /Once the website#39;s launched, I#39;m going to have to have a big online party. Maybe a weeklong celebration with prizes everyday and an interactive contest (like my Name a Character one where readers get a chance to see their name on an acknowledgment page of an upcoming book) Or a quot;Bring A Friendquot; contest with a chance at a super big prize for readers who sign up for the new newsletter and bring along a buddy as well. br /br /Any other ideas?

  6. MiaMarlowe says:

    Saranna–Totally agree on the music. Wouldn#39;t even consider having it. Just imagine some poor romance reader taking a quick break at work and all of a sudden the music blasts from her computer! /br /I have been wondering if there#39;s a way to do an ipod of me reading an excerpt. That would be something people would have to download I expect. br /br /I definitely want this new site to be interactive. There will be a contact page and an integrated blog for sure. Ditto the quot;Behind the Bookquot; info.

  7. Glynis says:

    I am like Saranna, I do not like autoplay /br /Wax Creative have an impressive portfolio, I am not surprised you have chosen them.

  8. SarannaDeWylde says:

    I don#39;t like it when websites automatically play music. It takes them longer to load and startles me so I#39;m scrambling to find a way to turn it off. I#39;m easily distracted, so by then, I forgot what I wanted to go to the website for. br /br /What I really like to see on an author#39;s site are the little extras. Sometimes it#39;s things about characters, or what an author was going through personally while he/she was writing a particular book or pictures of what it was that inspired something in a particular piece. br /br /I love the quot;contactquot; form. I know how much I love feedback, so if a book really moved me, I want to be sure and tell the author.

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