The evolution continues, this time in the shape of a brand new website that I hope will stand for a lifetime to come. I've always been in awe of many authors' websites. They're vibrant, elegant, and depending on their style, very unique.
Just as need is the mother of invention, and pressure makes diamonds out of coal, I immersed myself into learning how to build a website. It really is not as complicated and intimidating as I once thought. The good folks at Weebly made it a fairly good experience, and they did not require I sign over my first born pricewise.
I knew I was in trouble when the release of THE NEXT CHAPTER became a reality. My old website was the epitome of simple, at my request. I shied away from many of the ideas my very helpful friend, Dylan, had. I will forever be grateful for all the help he gave me in launching my first website.
Typical of the sentimental sap I tend to be, I ended up choking up a little when I included the text announcing the upgrade on the old page. Every “first” of becoming an author is very dear to me, and the website is no exception.
And so, I’m so proud to launch my new website:
In essence, it’s a photo album of this amazing ride I started back on March 1st with the release of THE GAZE.
In reflection, what a ride it’s been…
So much has changed in my life and within myself. I’ve had to learn far more than 14 years of schooling did, and it has been all worth it.
To those of you, who are more than a few miles ahead of me in your careers, you’ve got my admiration. I didn’t realize the type of commitment that today’s writing careers demand, particularly for those of us who have taken the Indie route.
Boy, it’d be nice to have teams of proofers, editors, web designers, publicists, agents, and promoters, wouldn’t it?
At the same time, I’ve learned that there are so many people out there willing to help with a good word, a comment, a “like”, a “retweet”, and others that do much, much more. We really aren’t that alone, and if we are, it’s the result of our own choices.
To those of you starting out, give it your all and more than anything else, more than the learning, the promoting, the networking, keep writing your stories, and never sresentettle for any less than your very best.
I still have much to learn, I hope I never lose sight of that, but to me, this new website represents a huge step in the right direction, and of course, I do hope you visit it.
Javier A. Robayo