Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!
This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
Psst! I've got FREE taste treats of the novel ready for YOU! DOWNLOAD the first 3 chapters as an
eBOOK in beautiful colours, or read the first 8 chapters on this site, if you have time to stay a while. Start READING HERE!
OR, you can subscribe to a daily series of installments by email until you have read the 8 Chapter Sampler:
Web Site Options for Christian Authors
You're a Christian writer, or you are making serious moves to become a professional writer. This means becoming methodical and business-like besides being creative and very effective with words.
You know you need a Web site... BECAUSE you want readers, fans, and editors with more writing opportunties for you to CHECK you out and do business with you!
Do you have a book coming out? an eBook? You need a web site to sell it!
Preferrably automated, so you can get back to writing - which you love.
I bet the problem is; you haven't been online very long, or you just don't know where to start. Technology has a dense fog hanging over you as far as you're
Or, maybe you've tried one of those free sites with online web editors... and frankly, it embarrasses you. It doesn't look sharp or represent you professionally.
On top of that, although you don't live in an attic (not so likely nowadays) - you're as poor as the proverbial church mouse and can't afford thousands of dollars for a professional site. (So it doesn't surprise me that you're avoiding those web masters).
There's basically four sensible options I would suggest to you.
1. There's the Do-it-Yourself route that I took. It's FREE but it takes a quite a while longer.
2. You could always hire a professional, or a whiz-kid from school (whom you'd hope to supervise and guide to the look and feel of the site as you plan it.
3. There IS some excellent software that you can use to build it, which doesn't call for any technical knowledge, but which produces a top-notch
business site. (More later).
4. Or, if you're desperate enough you could tug my heart strings and hire me at bargain basement fees for a template and instructions for how to maintain it yourself. Over time you'd become familiar with the HTML and find yourself fully in the designer/builder's seat, adding or changing your site as you see fit.
I did it MY way
Let me tell you how I learned this skill. As a writer myself I'm just itching to share this story. Hey, it could save you some dead ends in the learning maze.
Back to our goal; helping YOU decide how to get your author's site up and winning friends for you. And SALES. Don't forget you want sales!
Okay. Maybe you just want friends... That's great too.
If you can't see yourself taking time to teach and do-it-yourself, there are still other excellent options. Let's not overlook the obvious.
You could seek out professionals, and pay for first-class, guaranteed work with all the latest features build in.
This assumes that;
1. You can afford it
2. You know what to ask for
3. You are prepared to pay for maintenance too.
It pains me to tell you, (and maybe I shouldn't if you haven't gone pricing them out yet), but I've recently seen sites of web-mistresses that charge prices like $97 for a single template, or $600 for a 3 page site, or one I saw recently, Linda Carroll, is very popular and can incorporate anything into the site - charges $2000 - $3000 for a site!
Yeah, OUCH! What are the other options?
Well, there's that software I mentioned earlier. It's called SiteBuildIt. (You may find you already have a window open ready to give you a Tour of it. If not, click here and go through the 5 screens to get a taste).
SiteBuildIt is a software/services package you use at the SiteSell site, but oh-h, it's the BMW or Rolls Royce of what is out there! Yet at a fraction of the cost of those Whiz Web-Mistresses! It's not just a site builder, but a very savvy search engine submitter, a marketer, a web host, and includes your domain name registration too! It's full of modules, and more are constantly being added. Actually, the cost per year is one tenth of what all its parts would cost you separately.
I'll let them tell you all about this E-BusinessBuilder as they can explain it far better.
Or... here's a comprehensive list of the resources and info related to SiteBuildIt!
Hey, you can even have this; a free download of the Site BuildIt Guide. (See what the Owners see when trained).
Hire me in interim - if you're desperate enough - and can't afford the SBI route yet either. I charge very low rates because I'm self-taught, limited in time, (that is, I can only give one evening a week to this work), and I don't do things like iframes, huge catalogues, flash movies, etc. I'm into the plain-Jane little author sites.
However, I've discovered that I do have skills which many of my Christian author friends don't have, and I'm a friendly, sharing kind of woman, so I'm game to
help out a few people.
Hey, to tell the truth, I've got ideas for several more websites of my own, and a little extra cash to put them up on an SBI site would tickle me pink! Still,
if you'd rather go directly there and do it with the Top of the Cream, be my guest! I admit that's your smartest move!
My Web Design for Christian Authors has all the steps and some sample ideas or templates up to show you what I might do for you.
When you go comparing prices you'll want to know what it would cost to use me, right? Well, for $50 a template, and $20 page, you could be paying $150 for a
5 page site ready to upload.
(I do offer a 50% discount if we work so well together I can get your template made in two work sessions! Assuming you don't need any further help from me).
I can show you where to get a domain for under $10/year, and hosting for $50-100 or $120 a year. If you're really broke, you can use some good quality free hosts
for a while, as I've done. So you could escape with a cost of under $300. (Or under $100 if you qualify for the discount AND you decide to go to a free host for your start).
I'd give you directions on how to maintain your web site and add more pages as you wish. Really, you can become your own web designer; either the slow do-it-yourself route, or this quicker start.
(If you don't end up on my waiting list! :)
So what's your choice? Feel free to take time to pray and think about it. I sure don't make decisions of this scale so suddenly either. But I look forward to
hearing from you! Be sure of that! (Use this For Authors' form).
If you opt to go the SiteBuildIt path, you'll be blessed with still FASTER RESULTS, and with an immediately successful e-Business, while I'll be blessed
with a tidy little commission. :)
Blessings & Thanks,
P.S. By the way, I recently saw this case study of someone hired to try out SBI as a test. Rupert knew nothing from nothing about affiliate programs, but now he's drawing $1000/month incomes from them - just from following the directions with SBI! (Suddenly SBI! makes more sense, eh?)
P.S.S. Oh yes, and the founder's 14-year old daughter has a site up that is making her cash - just for raving about her favourite holiday beaches. Imagine!
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