Thursday, April 7, 2011

Review of Jane Friedman's webinar: 5 Essential Components of a Strong Author Website

I attended Jane Friedman's Webinar this morning: 5 Essential Components of a Strong Author Website.

Now I've been to webinars before. Most of them were so boring, I was forced to multitask just to stay awake. But I expected more from a Writer's Digest webinar especially with a price tag of $79. It was my first and it took me 3 days to decide whether I should pop the credit card out. After all, I could probably find this stuff on the Internet for free, right?

But I took the plunge. I was not disappointed. Or bored. And no, you won't get the same stuff browsing the Internet.

I won't give away any of her secrets because you can go to her writer's blog, website, and twitter where she generously shares her knowledge of writing and publishing. But you won't get a bag full of tools all packed up and ready to go like you will on her webinar.

Jane’s presentation was chock full of professional advice: the do’s and don’ts of what to put on a website, how to develop ‘social currency’ and analyzing your traffic. I actually understand Google Analytics a bit better now.

I took notes the whole time just because I'm a note taker and it helps me focus. But the webinar is available to me for a full year if I need to go back and review it. It was worth the price.

I already have a so-so website, but I knew it needed therapy. Now I feel like I have the medicine bag full of remedies and can’t wait to get to work.

Two thumbs up for today’s Writer's Tool! With some encouragement, maybe she'll host it again.


  1. Really, really appreciate the review! Thanks so much for taking the time to pen some feedback. It's good to know (especially when I'm presenting to a screen) that there are people out there getting some real benefit! Yay! :)

  2. That's wonderful.. and you have a whole year. :)

  3. Excellent post; I completely agree. I signed up for Jane's workshop because I have a meeting with my web folks tomorrow and thought the workshop would help me do a thorough evaluation my site. After the webinar I felt energized and excited about trying some new things and new tools. Thanks, Jane!

  4. I checked it out on Jane's blog. She always has something useful to say. Loved it.

  5. Jane: My thanks goes to you for such a great presentation. Yeah, there are real people out here behind the screen. :) I would imagine that talking to an invisible audience presents some challenges, but it was nice to hear your 'easy listening' voice.

  6. Sytiva: I hope it doesn't take that long though. :)

  7. Gigi: Yes, 'energized' is how I felt too. Can't wait to finish editing so I can try out my new toys, uh, tools.

  8. Marleen: Thanks so much for stopping by. I just clicked on your link and read Evangeline. I thought I was reading your bio and I was close to tears reading her story. Powerful writing.
    Nice to meet you.


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