I do all my writing on a laptop PC because my novel is in Word and I’m perfectly happy to leave well enough alone. But I recently bought an iMac, which I have come to love almost as much as my iPhone. Some things drive my PC mind crazy, but all in all, the iMac is a fantastic machine. It opens a lot of creative doors to just ordinary users.
I’m in no hurry, but I decided that at some point in the future I need to create an author website. I took one look at my laptop screen and thought—no way. That big beautiful iMac screen is the only way to go. But what software to use? I decided I wanted something quick, easy and fairly versatile. I did not want to write HTML code. I don’t need another career. I recall coding HTML years ago just to create a few simple pages. Nope. Not doing that. I’ve got a novel to finish.
I settled on Sandvox. I’m just getting my feet wet, but it’s fairly simple to set up a basic website structure. There are plenty of templates to choose from and you can modify them. Karelia Software provides a very nice video overview and online help, although I would have preferred a more in depth, step-by-step process.
The first advice to myself was to look at other author websites and see what I like. My second piece of advice is to storyboard and get together text and graphics I want to use. That’s where I’m at – play mode. If you have used Sandvox and have any tips, I’d love to hear them.