your home on the Web in 6 Steps
with AlaskaWriter LLC
you’re promoting a book or your own freelance writing services (or
just want to build a relationship with readers), a good Web site can help.”
— Sonya Senkowsky
Sonya Senkowsky, 907-830-7355
now: Get started on your do-it-yourself Web site today
getting a magazine story assignment — without having to send a single
clip! I admit it; when it comes to sending pieces of paper in
the mail, I’m lazy . But I haven’t had to send a single photocopy
of an article to an editor in more than two years. Thanks to my Web site
(and a link in my e-mail queries), editors can check my credentials and
see story samples without any help from me. These days, my first conversation
with a new editor is about an assignment, not about my credentials.
same goes for interview subjects.
My biggest fear as a new freelance writer was my lack of an affiliation.
We all know how people tend to take the calls from well-connected reporters
before they'll return calls from, say, Your Small Local Hometown Journal.
But these days, I just mention my Web address (I leave it on the phone
message or send it by e-mail). By the time we talk, you can bet they’ve
checked it out.
you're promoting a book or your own freelance writing services (or just
want to build a relationship with readers), a good Web site can help.
When I decided to leave my newspaper job to freelance full-time, one of
the first things I did — even before setting up my home office —
was to establish my home office on the Web. My husband, a designer, helped.
Today, that very simple
site remains one of the most important parts of my writing business.
building my first site wasn’t easy. Buying
a catchy domain name was kind of fun. But then there’s shopping
for a “host,”
and figuring out how that’s different from an ISP, which I was already
paying for)… And then there were all those calls to tech support
… Even with several how-to books at my side, it was all mystical
and frustrating to me — and took hours longer than I ever thought
it would. (Luckily, my business site was not my first site; it was my
third. By that time, I knew enough to keep it simple.)
an author friend asked for help creating her own Web site. It
was just before her book tour. She didn't know what else to do. She had
already gone through several Web designers, all of whom had let her down.
I don't mean they just didn't do a good job; I mean they didn't do anything.
She didn't have much of a budget, so I guess they didn't take her seriously.
My husband and I took it on. He did the design; I was responsible for
the technical side.
the way, I was surprised to learn that my friend’s publisher didn't
offer any help with online promotion — not even
a link to her site! We created a great-looking site, but because
of the earlier delays, and without high-profile links, it took more than
three months for search engines like Google to even find it.
learned a lot since then. And I had an idea:
not overcome the problems and expense, and streamline the process of going
online, by banding together with other Alaska writers? We don't
all need to become Web designers to do it, either. (OK, maybe I do, but
you don’t.) To help make this happen, I
recently invested in a Web space large enough for hundreds of sites, and
I'm also testing software that makes it possible to create and update
Web pages using a fill-in-the-blank form. Best of all, we've created page
templates that work for writers. No one else on the Web
has this set-up, because I created it, just for us.
creating a Web site you can update on your own, anytime you want. Not
only that, but imagine that you're part of a community that will help
you promote and celebrate your services, your stories or your books. One
year's membership, including your new home on the Web, starts at less
than $150. (Compare to $25 and up per month just to get the typical site
hosted.) Already have a site, but want to benefit from
our link and promotion? Become a supporting member starting
at $60/year + a one-time $25 set-up fee.
writing tips and special offers: Sign
up for my mailing list (at the top of this page or elsewhere on the site),
and I'll let you know as news, tips and services are added. Newsletter
subscribers will also hear of exclusive offers. (No, I won’t sell
your e-mail address.)
if you’ve read this far, I want to hear from you: Please
follow up with a note
or call to let me know what additional services AlaskaWriters could offer
that would be of value to you. Or if you still have questions, let me
know so that I can answer them.
- Require something special? Custom-designed sites are also available.
Just e-mail me for a consultation and quote (firstname.lastname@example.org).
started now on your own writing Web site:
Review the available packages.
2. You won’t have to
install software, pay a Web designer or even shop for a domain name.
Just decide how many pages you need and some other
basics, and within
days, your site template is ready and waiting for you on the
3. Once you place your order
request, I will be in touch for a phone consultation. Once I'm sure
you have the site package you need, I'll put the "shell" on
the Web, and send along simple instructions, along with a unique user
name and password (keep these to yourself).
4. Use your Web connection
to access the online “Alaska Web Writer." Personalize your
site with whatever text and images you need, online. Or, if you have
purchased a coaching package, I will help you through the process in
6 easy steps.
5. Additional annual membership
features, such as book cover links, and news and members page stories,
continue to help drive visitors to your site.
6. Update your site over
the Web as often as you wish.
now: Get started on your Web site today
thanks for your time,