Saturday, April 23, 2011

Change is in the Air!

Jenn here.

Announcing my New Website/Blog Design
Yesterday, I launched my new website/blog design. After two years of the same old thing, I thought it was time to update my website/blog with a new "look" that better represents what I write. Please visit my blog here and let me know what you think. Soon I'll update my Facebook Welcome page to match the new design.

Now Authors Can Sign E-books
In the last year since my debut novel, Highland Blessings, was released, I've had several Kindle and Nook readers ask me to sign bookmarks. Some have even purchased a print copy at my signings so they can have a signature in addition to the e-book they already own. I'm so blown away and thankful for their support, but I felt bad that I had nothing else I could offer them.

Now there is a new app that allows authors to sign the inside page of readers' e-books. It can be done at book signings or from anywhere in the world. Authors can pose with readers for a digital photo and then use the stylus to write an inspirational message with their autograph below the photo. The image is sent by email to readers and they can download it into their e-book. For more information, check out the article here. This video on the Autography site shows exactly how it works. It's so neat!

More Webcam Videos
My publicist has suggested more webcam videos for marketing. I haven't posted ANY webcam videos. I don't like seeing myself on video. I'm an introvert. I'd rather be behind the scenes writing, researching and writing--but things are changing. I read last week that 10% of an author's job is writing, while 90% is marketing. After having my debut novel out for almost a year, I can vouch for the truth in this statement.


God is stretching me and moving me beyond where I thought this role would take me. How is God stretching you lately?

8 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer:

    I like your new site except the background does not work for me. Set your browser for 200% and see what happens. (I always have mine set at 200% to make the type big enough to read). The artwork background does not fill the screen and you cannot read the full headline copy. You also cannot scroll to the right to read the full copy because the background will not move.

    I also think it is distracting to have the category header links (Home, books, media kit, etc) move. I especially do not like type to appear over other type. I like category headers to be stationary at the top of the page and not be moving around.

    I think some website features, that artists love, actually make communication harder.

    Artists usually only care about ‘the look’ while copywriters care about how readable their copy is and how well it communicates.

    As a copywriter I always fall on the side of easy communication. But in all my years in advertising, this battle has never ended. You just have to hope and pray the boss is a former copywriter. This is way I loved being the boss! : )

    What do you think?

    Vince

    ReplyDelete
  2. Vince,

    I can't handle the 200%. It makes my eyes hurt. I checked it at different resolutions and worked with it on different screen settings for laptops and desktops, but 200% is enlarging the image in general so that is bound to happen to the background image. I love the text scrolling so the image stays stationary.

    I visited several sites and liked the way Wanda Brunstetter has hers set up. (hope I spelled that right)

    Thanks for your feedback.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I put a link to this technology on my facebook page last week...The software is really neat. I believe it is hitting stores next month.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I can't wait. I'm really looking forward to it!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Jenn,
    great job. I love the picture.
    And I like the new cover. It's beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Jenn,
    I love the back ground photo. On my screen the photo shows 3/4 of it and the blue is the rest. I reminds me of a flag. I like blue, so it looks fine to me.

    I'm looking forward to reading your latest book!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Lindi, Thanks! I've since changed so much of Highland Sanctuary through the macro edits--compared to what you read.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Christy, Thanks for letting me know. I think the blue is perfect to match the ocean in the background.

    ReplyDelete