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 Post subject: Websites for Writers
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2004, 12:25 am 
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I'm doing a survey, asking writers if they would be interested in having a professional Website to promote their services or work, or perhaps sell their stories, books or e-books. And if so, what monthly charge would you consider reasonable. A friend of mine is putting together such a site for creative folks of all media (photography, art, poetry, etc), and would just like to get a show of hands of interest.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Nancy


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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2004, 7:54 pm 
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I would be interested in such a site (I don't have one yet), but I wouldn't be willing to pay more than maybe a flat fee of $100 / year for the hosting, setup, graphics, etc. Less depending on what I do myself (I design graphics and can handle moderate HTML). But I'm a cheapskate, so don't count on my figure!


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 Post subject: Websites for Writers
PostPosted: July 1st, 2004, 12:50 am 
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Initially I found it really hard to get my work 'out there', paying markets tend to like known authors. So I built a personal website and put a few things up for family and friends to view and found it valuable as a CV when applying for a few small writing jobs.

Alot of writers wouldn't have the website building skills and would find an affordable service of great use. I have actually started a site that is a place for writers to display their work, an online gallery of creative writing as such. www.koruwritinggallery.co.nz (shameless selfpromotion, I hope that is OK). It has not been going long but so far I have had very favourable feedback.

So good luck to your friend, she will be providing a good service to creative folk.


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PostPosted: July 7th, 2004, 4:49 pm 
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I already have my own writing web site, so I wouldn't be interested. Earthlink provides the web hosting for free if you use them as your ISP. I love being able to make changes and updates myself. The site has been really helpful for me in freelance queries in that I can quickly provide clips. Hope this helps.

Eliza Castaneda
http://www.elizacastaneda.com


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PostPosted: July 8th, 2004, 3:40 pm 
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You can sell your work without a monthly fee here:
http://www.constant-content.com

When you sell some content they take a cut depending on the price you sold it at. This site focuses on articles and web site content not so much books and stories. Also you keep all the rights to all your content and you can sell your content outright or sell licenses (usage). This allows you to sell the content over and over to different people until someone purchases it outright (if you choose to do that).


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PostPosted: July 8th, 2004, 5:38 pm 
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This has already been tried a number of times, very unsuccessfully, I'm afraid.

As moderator of an active forum for writers, media types and artists, we've bandied this idea about quite a bit and the IDEA sounds great. In reality, when you start asking people to ante up the money to pay, they're full of "excuses."

Our metrotribnews listserv is open to writers, visual artists and performers around the world. Again, the reality is that writers tend to want to be where writers are, and photographers, with photographers, performers with performers,e tc. I can't see that any one web site or service could do a great job at servicing all the unique needs of such a varied community OTHER than as we do, to share ideas and collaborate.

Finally, and I think this is most important....you really do not know WHO is handling your work when you are dealing, online. If services are available, it will be absolutely necessary to establish the credibility of the staff handling the material of your client-artists. A person who is good at marketing painters will not necessarily be as great with handling writers.


ALISON

The Metropolitan Tribe: artists making connections, sharing resources & forging success! http://www.metrotribe.org

Join The metrotribenews & connect with artists & writers around the world: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/metrotribenews/


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PostPosted: July 14th, 2004, 9:44 pm 
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I'd be interested, but I don't like paying for things over the Internet. Maybe advertising could help offset the costs and make it free for those writers, poets, photographers etc. You might get more response from people.


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PostPosted: July 15th, 2004, 4:49 am 
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I would love to have the my site funded by advertising and free to members unfortunately that is not possible at the moment, but maybe in time. I am working towards having the adult members pay a membership fee and have schools and children free going on the theory that most writers would like to support kids writing.


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