Before I start - can all on here add this link to our blog onto your profile pages. Thank you.
It is said that authors need to help promote themselves these days and that is quite true. To this end, I started our blog, which has become very successful and in only six days, thanks to your hard work, we have had over 500 visitors and from these countries:
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
It is due to this success and interest from many writers that I decided to take it further and make a website too as you already know. I have already bought the domain name and it is www.authorsonshow.com For those new readers who don't already know this information, it is to be a more detailed version of this blog. There will now be NO CHARGE for those who are displayed on the site. There will, however, still be a donate button for visitors who wish to contribute towards the running costs.
The site shall have 5 starred authors who will have a page each to themselves to display all manner of things about themselves, their work and other details. Then there will be 16 other authors on 4 pages - 4 to a page. They too can show themselves their work and contact details but on a much smaller scale. Those who are in the starred 5 will have a review done on their books by a reviewer from a major publishing house - albeit on just the first three chapters.
The starred ones will be changed every month and it is not guaranteed the replacements will come from the 16. It is not yet decided how long the 16 will stay on there, it could well be that all are changed once a month.
ALL who wish to be on the website or blog have to agree to promote both sites on their own social networking sites and whenever and wherever else they are able. Anyone not doing this will be replaced with another author.
There will be general interest stories about; the life of a writer, which I hope all will participate in, how to do a synopsis, true life experiences about mistakes, disappointments or good things that have happened on the path to being published and all manner of things that I hope you will be involved in.
I am hoping this will become a really good website which will generate loads of reader interest. I shall make sure there is a mix of styles, genres and authors from various countries enabling it to be a truly worldwide site of interest.
I have already had some good ideas for the site from a couple of you and if anyone has any ideas about a feature which will generate reader interest ensuring return visits, do let me know. Hope you're a s excited about this as I am. You can see from the above statistics, that we're already doing quite well. Long may it last.
Anyone at all reading this can e-mail me if they are interested in being on either the blog or the website. There is a chance for some to move from here onto the website, but it will only be for those who help promote us all. We have to make sure all members are active for it to be the success we all need. Thanks to all of you,