There’s one thing you need to make sure you do today if you haven’t done it already.
And that is to secure the domain URL for the title of your book.
Actually, there’s two domains you should get.
Your own name and the title of your book.
Whether you decide to create an author website under your own name or a pseudonym, or under the title of your book, the first thing you want to do is to lock up your domain names.
If you find that your own name is unavailable, add the word “author” to it. For example: JaniceThornappleAuthor.com.
And, you absolutely want to get a .com domain name. If someone else has the domain you want, don’t settle for the .net or .org or any of the other many extensions available today.
Figure out a way to get a .com domain. The reason? Folks still tend to automatically type in .com when manually inputting domain names. Being the creatures that human beings are (I won’t say lazy) they aren’t likely to go to the effort to find you if they go to the wrong site by mistake.
If you can, though, be sure to also buy .net, .org and any other domain extension that you think might be useful in the future. If nothing else, to lock them up as your own.
Be sure to also register the name of your book as a .com domain. (As well as .net, .org, etc.) While you may not build a website under that domain, you will find it useful for re-directing to your Amazon sales page or to your author site or to use with special promotions.
If your book title is really long, then shorten it in some way that makes sense. My client, Christine Clifton’s book title is You don’t have to shout to Stand Out. She shortened that to simply NoShoutStandOut.com. It’s easy to remember when folks hear it and still maintains the essence of her book title.
Go get those URL’s now. I recommend GoDaddy for your name registration service. But don’t use them to set up your author site. You want your own server for your site. And we’ll talk about that in the future. If you’re considering an author website (and I hope you are) then I’d love to chat with you about the website creation service we offer here at Supported Self Publishing.
To talk about your author website possibilities or your book project, Schedule a Book Chat with Marty.