The title says it all. Notice the use of ‘we’. I didn’t say “I made it!”, but “We made it”. I’m referring to the launch of my new website.
I couldn’t have it done on my own. OK, I had a clear idea of what I wanted on it, but actually getting it done is another thing. I’ve been thinking about having a website dedicated to me as an author (rather than to a specific book) for ages.
The easy part was the content: I knew what needed to go in there; the tricky part was how to present it. There are so many options out there, the choice is huge, where do you even start? So I started by browsing hundreds of WordPress themes: one was better than the other, and the next one was even more alluring, it was overwhelming. What could work best for me?
My brother Ferruccio, in the end, picked the theme – just as well. He designed the draft website and presented it to me. Then the whole “maybe I’ll have this bit instead of that” or “maybe I’ll try something different here” started. Well, he was fantastic and very patient with me. I changed my mind several times, over the colours, the layout, the images, the slider, everything, really. I’m sure that, after a while, every time he heard from me via email or text, his heart started to race. That’s big sisters for you.
My friend writer Stefania Mattana was of immense support over some technical glitches. Because things never go as smoothly as you think. You do everything by the book, you follow each step carefully, then you check everything, and double-check, just in case. All seems well. You finally do the testing with the newsletter signup or the blog posting, and what happens? There’s a problem. Really? Are you sure? Yes. What do I do now? Call Stefania. She’ll fix this. And she did. I am really impressed with her. Because she’s not only a very talented crime writer, she’s also a bit of a techie too.
Last but not least, my friend Siv Lien, who designs my book covers, provided some wonderful advice on the general look of the website. She’s a graphic designer, so she’s definitely qualified for the job. I think that her input gave it that extra spark that it was missing before.
So, all in all, this was a fantastic team effort. We made it! At the end of the day, though, it’s you guys who will be the final judges. Have a look around and let me know what you think.
Image courtesy of: space.dawsoncollege.qc.ca