Promoting your Book with a Website or Blog
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You’ve published your comic book / graphic novel, now what?
A relatively simple thing you can do to promote your newly published book is to take it to the internet. Perhaps you’ve visited my site, www.Tibari-Outpost.com. Most likely you are reading this content on that site right now. If you’ve landed on this blog post and haven’t clicked around the site just yet, I’ll tell you what the purpose of this site is. First and foremost it is designed to promote and supplement my Graphic Novel Spectre: A Dark Matter. Since it will also serve to promote future books in this series (a two-part story is underway as of this posting, June 2012), I’m using it to be a reference for all things in the Spectre Universe.
If you have just published your book and are having trouble getting people to notice it, it might not be a bad idea to start a simple website or blog for yourself. Even if your book is selling like hot cakes, a website or blog is always a good idea. I use Hostgator to host my website. I like it because I can set up a wordpress blog in less than 5 minutes with a several swipes of the keyboard and a few clicks of the mouse.
Why should you Create a Website/Blog for your Book?
*It’s a place to promote and sell your book.
*Set up a body of information for your book (history, characters, locations, etc.) that people can easily reference.
*If you can develop a small fan base, you can keep them up to date on your work and future publications.
*Create a place to interact with those that like your work and want to learn more directly from the author/artist.
*Provide a way for social media to connect to your work and fan base.
*It’s easy, you’d be a fool not to do it.
I’ve never built a website before. How to do I do it?
As I said earlier in this post, I use Hostgator to host the Tibari Outpost, as well as a few other websites I own. All are WordPress blogs. Below is a screen shot of the Hosting Packages that are available. If you just want one domain (website) and will be content with that, then the Hatchling Plan is probably right for you. It is very inexpensive for monthly hosting, about a few bucks a month, and you get a single domain with unlimited space.
I personally have selected the Baby Plan, because for a few bucks more each month, you can host unlimited websites. I currently run 3 websites with my selected Baby Plan and I will probably add a few more when all is said and done. I recommend the Baby Plan because it is still very affordable, however, the choice should be based on your needs. The business plan is probably a little more than would be needed for our purposes.
Your Web Address:
Once you select a plan and click "Order Now" you will be taken to a page that asks you to enter a Domain Name or Web Address. You can register a domain right there with Hostgator, or if you already own a web address from Namecheap, GoDaddy or some other registrar, enter it in the appropriate box.
After you enter your web address and click the Button, you will be taken to a checkout page. You will enter your credit card billing information and then you will click to create your account (Including Username and Password). Please note, this is a recurring charge. You will get charged for your selected hosting package on a monthly basis until you want to cancel. There are always coupon codes around, so do a Google Search before you sign up. Also, it is cheaper to sign up for a longer period. For instance, they knock a few bucks off if you sign up for 3 years as opposed to one year. Again, its based on your needs.
Your cPanel Access Point (bookmark this log in box for future use):
After you create your account, you will have access to your cPanel interface. To access it, you can type in your browser’s address bar: www.yourdomain.com/cpanel and you will get access to the screen below. Type in your username and password to access the interface.
Setting up your Blog…
Once you get access to your interface, you will need to seek out the nameservers for your account and attach them to your domain. Below is my Hostgator interface and it shows my account information including the Name Servers. Take these numbers and log in to your Domain Registrar (Namecheap, GoDaddy, etc.). Enter those numbers in your account where it asks for the DNS (Domain Name Server) information.
After the Name Servers are connected to your Web Address, you can click the Fantastico De Luxe Button (shown above) within your account to install a WordPress Blog. This will bring you to a screen that gives you several options. Go down to the the "Blogs Section" and select "Wordpress." Clicking it will change the page to a WordPress installation and in the adjacent box, find the link that says "New Installation" and click it.
From there you will just finish filling out the requested information and click "Install WordPress." This will take you to another screen with a button that says "Finish Installation." If you get stuck, there are many videos on YouTube to help you fill in this information so I’m not going to go through that stuff in detail here. Once you do finish the installation, you can go to your new wordpress website and there should be a log in link on the home page somewhere. Click it and log in with your log in and password.
In another post, I will go over the WordPress Portion of your newly created website. The neat thing is, although you are hosting your site on Hostgator, you don’t really need to come back to your cPanel unless you add a new domain. From now on you will be adding stuff to your site through the WordPress Interface. That is a good thing because it is very easy to use, even for an amateur like me.
For more, click here: Using WordPress to promote your Book
If you are considering using a blog or website to promote your Book, I do recommend Hostgator.
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Please note that some of the links and banners on this page are affiliate links and that means that if you click on them and take action, I may benefit financially from that transaction. I do want the reader to know that I do not recommend products unless I personally use them and really like them. I am a Hostgator User and plan to use them for all my websites in the foreseeable future. If you do click the Hostgator links within, select "Shared Hosting" from the pull down menu on the page you are taken to.
I also want the reader to know that I make no claims or promise any success of your work. All I can do is recommend and point you in the right direction based on my personal experiences. This post is about recommending a service for publishing your book promoting website with Hostgator. No promise of financial gain is made here. By reading this post you are understanding that I or my company are in no way liable for any losses due your acting on this recommendation.
If you do happen to have any questions about Hostgator, you can reach me through my Contact Form or on The Spectre Comics Facebook Fan Page….I try to respond in a timely manner. Good Luck with your Book!