2018 April/May/June Update:
As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.
However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.
From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.
During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.
It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.
As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.
There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:
- The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
- Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
- [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
- Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
- The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
- How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
- How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
- Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character.
- PortConMaine 2018
- On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided
After PortCon Update:
PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19
If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/293470827423558/events/ This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.
Creating an Author Website With SBI (Site Build It)
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[quote=Brenda from brendahickey.com wrote:
Thanks, both of you! I realize having a website is crucial, and I think I was becoming a bit overwhelmed with the content. I've studied many author websites that have done wonderful, but I think I've gotten hung up with the numbers,(i.e., profitability) when I should be looking at it as building a platform and brand. Speaking with an author friend a few moments ago helped me to understand it IS about the numbers, but not monetarily from the get go. I'm going back in with a better perspective thanks to your feedback. I needed it.
Brand building is the way I go. my sbi site is my author homepage. I don't think an author site is going to bring in much income from ads; I think it's more about having a place for readers to look you up and find out what else you wrote, so more about marketing yu books, then gaining income other ways.
What do you want to become?
[quote="Terry from yourlanguageguide.com"]
My dad launched his site in about 2008. Over the years, he has alternately spent time working on his site and working on his writing. His top priority is his writing, and the website comes second. When he spends time on the website it takes time away from his writing (lots of time), and he'd rather write. But, aside from the cohesiveness issues. The website does serve as a resource for someone who picks up one of his books and wants to look him up on the web. A Google search brings back his website on page one, so people can find him. However, if they don't have one of his books in hand, they are not likely to find him.
I am the same way writing first; site second. However I make sure to add at least one new page to my site each week, with a goal of one a day. Usually what I find best to do, set aside 1 day to do my sbi site.
I do my writing as a business. I set aside 8 hours a day to write/edit/format/design covers/etc. So I have 4 days of writing 8 hrs and 1 day of web page creating for 8 hrs. usually I can created 3 to 7 pages during that time.
Even recipes for food mentioned in the books. (This has resulted in 400+ pages)
I also have pages
[quote="Terry from yourlanguageguide.com"]
But if you are willing to research keywords through Brainstorm It FIRST and then write pages that people are searching for, then SBI is a good choice. Most likely, if you follow the SBI method you will create a website [i]about[/i] writing:
[list]How to write better
How to get published
I do this as well. For example, I write fantasy, so I have an entire section on "Fantasy world building" , with a page on culture, one on planet building, one on religions, one on plants, etc(about 40 pages)
Because I write a lot of short stories, I have several pages on writing short stories.
A year ago one of my series got hit by Amazon Adult Filter and I got then back online, so wrote a page on how I did it.
A year before that one of my books got attacked by an author who created 52 fake Amazon accounts so she could create 52 fake 1-star reviews on my books, and so I wrote a page about that.
I figure, I'm not the only author who had these things happen and so I should write about the experience and share how I dwelt with them, so that when other authors run against things like that, they could have a reference for what someone else had done when it happened to them
I try to keep a record of everything I do in my writing career and share as much of it as I can
In total, there are 784 pages that I have been able to create so far, just in yapping about myself, my characters, my experiences as a writer, and my books.
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