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Old 08-12-2020, 10:43 PM   #31
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Thanks Will and Bono, appreciate the advice and examples.

Mark I never knew you made jewelry, your work looks great. And I agree, finalacts site looks very professional.
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Old 08-13-2020, 04:05 AM   #32
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Thanks Anagram.

Well I'll be darned a just bought marksomers.com for USD 13.49. Now my old domain names I bought when my name was unavailable at the time goldarts.com and gold-arts.com are taken, probably forever. Nowadays you have to keep your registration information up to date.

I might create a science fiction web site just for fun. I do have pages on my angelfire site that are science non fiction futurist stuff.

Oh here's one of my prank/comedy pages. http://www.angelfire.com/mt/marksomers/crotch.html

And my 404 error page http://www.angelfire.com/mt/marksomers/error.html starring Clint Eastwood.
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Old 08-13-2020, 08:03 AM   #33
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As far as getting a 'yourname.com' in my case that doesn't work anymore MarkSomers.com hasn't been available for at least fifteen years the name Mark Somers is like John Smith. Way too many of them.
When I stared typing this post I hadn't seen your reply about buying the yourname.com, but in case this helps anyone else, I'll leave most of what I first wrote...

For this, I suggest what I did for a friend's site when he published his first book. (The book landed him on one of the NYT's top ten list.) You just add a tiny bit to it: YourNameWriter.com OR in his case HisNameAuthor.com

Thus, that might be something to consider for some of you with more "common" names.
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Old 08-13-2020, 08:27 AM   #34
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Thanks Will and Bono, appreciate the advice and examples.

Mark I never knew you made jewelry, your work looks great. And I agree, finalacts site looks very professional.
I dug up a few sites when I had a little time yesterday. I can't say these were quite what I had in mind in terms of my suggestion but maybe they can help some. I don't know if many writers need to include all the info and pages these folks do, but these are kind of in the vein of simple and straightforward:

https://www.terrancemulloyauthor.com/ (He used to post here some.)
https://dougrichardson.com/
https://cjwalley.com/ (He directs too, so there is a bit more on there.)

In addition, you can do some fairly easy searches for "Screenwriter sites" and with a little digging find different sites by some script writers.

Here is a link to a collection of author pages which might spark an idea or two. They are fairly dense with content and clearly "tricked" out. They surely each paid some money for a custom theme and a good web designer/team. But still you can see how each one has a look which feels unique to them and their stories.

https://situdio.com/best-author-websites/

Though I've never heard of her that I can recall, I found this site to be the "simplest" and "cleanest" of that group: http://jodyhedlund.com/

Here is another list too: https://whatpixel.com/author-writer-portfolio-gallery/

I wouldn't suggest pressuring yourself or your wallet to match these, but as I noted, a landing page which could help define what you do and what you sort of write, then a BIO and CONTACT page could give you that less is more feel. Heck even a site with your name, title (Screenwriter or Author) and an email or again, maybe better a contact page, could do the trick. It could have a colored background or a fun image that defines your writing somehow. (Don't sweat it.)

Pick and choose a different elements you might like and see if you can make them your own and work for you.

There are various free templates which look good for WordPress based sites and there are sites/services such as SquareSpace.com or Wix.com which offer lots of prepaid themes too and drag & drop capabilities for building one.

Hope this doesn't make it confusing or daunting.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:01 AM   #35
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Here's my professional website. http://www.angelfire.com/mt/marksomers/ The thing is when I first put together a site in the 90's it was novel and I got a lot of retail work aaaaand my first site was a piece of crap compared with what I have now. And what I have now is more a portfolio of my work than an online jewelry store. I get way more work from retail stores now and some retail. As a side note. If you want custom jewelry work it's guys like me who actually do the work not the fancy jewelry store you visited. Although, I have worked in some fancy stores that also had really nice shops.

As far as getting a 'yourname.com' in my case that doesn't work anymore MarkSomers.com hasn't been available for at least fifteen years the name Mark Somers is like John Smith. Way too many of them.

I like finalact4's site because of the ambience. Unfortunately finalact misspelled her site on the first page of this thread it should be http://lisamolusis.com/ not http://lisa.molusis.com/ with a period between lisa and molusis.
Ahhh! Thanks for the heads up, Mark. BTW, I love the panther and the topaz. Nice site. Nice jewelry. Thanks for the kind words, Anagram.

Recently, I had a producer read my rom-com off The Black List and is interested in producing it. They went to my site and determined that I was, in fact, an action thriller writer. First question they asked on our call? "What made you want to write a rom-com, when you seem to be an action thriller writer." I was honest, told them I had what I thought was a great idea and couldn't stop thinking about it.

So, yeah, people do look at it, though few and far between. I knew the rom-com was a risk. If gets me a start, who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth. We'll see. FWIW, my site is inexpensive. Did it myself in a couple days. Drag n drop. Easy peasy.

I started the blog recently on my site. I'm looking into freelance writing, but it's difficult to get into, because places like UPWORK are basically $1 for 100 words, or $50 for 5,000 word blogposts. You know, race-to-the-bottom kind of fare, but expect you to deliver "expert" level writing with high level SEO. It's depressing.
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:55 AM   #36
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I dug up a few sites when I had a little time yesterday. I can't say these were quite what I had in mind in terms of my suggestion but maybe they can help some. I don't know if many writers need to include all the info and pages these folks do, but these are kind of in the vein of simple and straightforward:

https://www.terrancemulloyauthor.com/ (He used to post here some.)
https://dougrichardson.com/
https://cjwalley.com/ (He directs too, so there is a bit more on there.)

In addition, you can do some fairly easy searches for "Screenwriter sites" and with a little digging find different sites by some script writers.

Here is a link to a collection of author pages which might spark an idea or two. They are fairly dense with content and clearly "tricked" out. They surely each paid some money for a custom theme and a good web designer/team. But still you can see how each one has a look which feels unique to them and their stories.

https://situdio.com/best-author-websites/

Though I've never heard of her that I can recall, I found this site to be the "simplest" and "cleanest" of that group: http://jodyhedlund.com/

Here is another list too: https://whatpixel.com/author-writer-portfolio-gallery/

I wouldn't suggest pressuring yourself or your wallet to match these, but as I noted, a landing page which could help define what you do and what you sort of write, then a BIO and CONTACT page could give you that less is more feel. Heck even a site with your name, title (Screenwriter or Author) and an email or again, maybe better a contact page, could do the trick. It could have a colored background or a fun image that defines your writing somehow. (Don't sweat it.)

Pick and choose a different elements you might like and see if you can make them your own and work for you.

There are various free templates which look good for WordPress based sites and there are sites/services such as SquareSpace.com or Wix.com which offer lots of prepaid themes too and drag & drop capabilities for building one.

Hope this doesn't make it confusing or daunting.
Thanks for the advice and links Will, much appreciated. There's some great examples there.
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Old 08-21-2020, 06:40 PM   #37
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Ahhh! Thanks for the heads up, Mark. BTW, I love the panther and the topaz. Nice site. Nice jewelry. Thanks for the kind words, Anagram.
Thanks, finalact4.
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