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Editor's Notes 79, How My Web Site Is Selling My Books
November 30, 2009

A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself,
and then publishes for money.
I write for myself
and publish just for the reader.

--Guillermo C. Infante

In this issue:

1. How my Web site is selling my books
2. A technical problem
3. Interesting Web site
4. Tickled my funnybone

1.How my Web site is selling my books
As promised, I'm starting a series on how a writer can use a Web site. Each issue will have one idea stately briefly. Even if you don't have a book yet, thinking about how you would use a Web site can spark loads of ideas. When that happens for you, I hope you'll tell the rest of us at

A Web site builds a relationship with your reader that goes beyond the book.

Many writers are introverts like me. The very thought of putting myself out on the Web almost laid me low at first, and putting a photo on the top image of my site made my stomach churn. But it has been so worthwhile to be building relationships with people like you! We trust each other because we've known each other over time.

A friend held her first art sale in the local mall last weekend. She bemoaned the fact that most of her sales were to people who knew her. Never mind the fact that she is highly visible in our small community and most people know her; we all tend to have a deeper interest in those we know than in a total stranger.

As you build your book-related site, potential readers will get to know you. When your book comes out, site visitors will put their money on the line because they already have a connection with you.

Last week I got a message from a man who found my site We emailed back and forth a few times and discovered that he is a good friend of a son of my dad's best friend. Now we are planning ways for him to help me sell my book.

Each time I write about another way a writer can use a book-related Web site, I'll give you a link to the best information I know of about building a business Web site. So here it is:


2. A technical problem
A subscriber told me that she sees double commas after the greeting in Editor's Notes. That greeting is automated. I get only one comma on my own copy. So I need to know if others are seeing double. If you are, please let me know, and if possible, let me know what browser and computer you are using. (For example, Firefox 2.1 on a Mac OS 10.4) I'll be taking this to the tech people who handle the background part of the newsletter and we'll try to clear up any problems.


3. Interesting Web site has a wealth of information. The newsletter is free, but you do pay for other access. If you don't have access to their hard copy (libraries often carry it), this is worth paying for.


4. Tickled my funnybone
A pessimist's blood type is always B-negative


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