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The author website: Build it to build a following

computer-worldTo stand above the crowded market, you need a superior author website as part of your platform. Learn how to strengthen your brand, showcase your work, and connect with your readers by building your own affordable website. When it’s time to take it to the next level, discover where to find funding to hire a web professional.

Join panelists A. B. Westrick, an award-winning author; Justine Schofield, Development Director of Pubslush; and moderator Joshua Cane for discussions and Q&A.

Some of the topics addressed will include:

  • Building your website for free and when to go pro
  • What goes on a successful author site
  • Using your website to build your brand
  • Crowdfunding your writing career
  • Curating a successful newsletter

When: Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 pm
Where: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street
(Parking available across the street in the Lowe’s lot)
Price: $12 for Members, $15 for non-Members, $5 for Students

The April panelists are:

Justine Schofield is the development director of Pubslush, a pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order options to authors and publishers. A writer at heart, Justine received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. A prominent voice in the publishing industry and an advocate for educating authors and publishers about crowdfunding, she is a regular contributor to The Future of Ink, Business Banter, and more.

A.B. Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Viking 2013), winner of the 2014 Jefferson Cup Award, the Housatonic Book Award, the Jane Addams Honor Award, and the Notable Trade Book Award. Brotherhood also made the ALA’s 2014 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults. From 2006-2012 Anne was JRW’s Administrative Director. She lives near Richmond, VA, and blogs once a month about the craft of writing.

Joshua Paul Cane is a web programmer living in Richmond, VA. For nearly 17 years, he has built, redesigned, and consulted on web applications for Federal and state agencies, non-profits, businesses, and authors. Not only does he write code, but he writes fiction: humorous short stories and now an urban fantasy novel. He serves as a board member and membership committee chair of James River Writers.

The Writing Show, described as Inside the Actor’s Studio meets the New York Times bestseller list, happens live in Richmond the last Wednesday of the month. The host is James River Writers, a nonprofit whose mission is to build community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.

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