Yes. It is that time again. The fourth installment of my superhero films and writing series. I began this series with Iron Man III. We then went to Thor: The Dark World, went on to Captain America: Winter Soldier, and now we have arrived at our latest with X-Men: Days of Future Past. For those of you who are coming late to the party, I do these because my novels are a part of this genre. I write what would be considered superheroic/superpowered, sci-fi fantasy novels. With the proliferation of movies that have been coming out over the last ten years in this genre, I felt that those in this genre can learn from watching these, both dos and don’ts.
It’s amazing how knowledge can empower you, especially in the area of being an independent writer. Wisdom is better of course because that is where true success lies. But it begins at knowledge and understanding.
Recently, I was thinking about the term “bestseller”. You see it on books and in book descriptions all over Amazon. New York Times Bestseller. Best Selling Author of [insert book name]. It’s the brass ring title of authors. But what does the term mean and is it really what we think it it means?
Being an independent writer, you have to build your brand. Part of that brand in our day and age is the website. It’s a must to have one or to have some place where you can connect and interact with your fans on a regular basis. Key things that you have to consider when looking to build a website is how it will be hosted and on what platform. For the indie author, the two big platforms are Wordpress and Blogger. There are others like Typepad, Scribd, and Weebly. But for the serious writer looking to build a professional brand, I believe that Wordpress is the way to go. Here’s why.