Regular visitors may have noticed a few changes around here lately. First of all, I moved to a much smarter WordPress theme (called, rather splendidly, Hemingway). Less obviously, but considerably more significantly, I’ve added a new item to the menu: Books. See?
The thing is, I used to have individual sites for all my books. This went back to the days when I was running the Mrs Darcy serialisation on its (her?) own separate blog, with its own url, www.mrsdarcyvsthealiens.com. When publication loomed, I thought I’d have a go at creating a striking promotional website for the book, using hand-crafted CSS/HTML, and the end results weren’t too bad, if a little amateurish.
I hated using raw CSS/HTML, though. OK, I’ve done programming all my life, but laying out a web page involves a load of other visual skills that I don’t have. You may have noticed that I kept using the same template for every single other book website I produced. I also tried using it for a website that Mrs P asked me to do for her, and this was the point at which I realised that I needed to find another approach.
I then had a blinding revelation: just go with WordPress. OK, there’s no capability for fancy stuff, but for a site that’s purely there to give out information and – most importantly – is easily maintainable, it’s very hard to beat. Want to add breadcrumbs? There’s a plugin for that. Want to add redirection? There’s a plugin for that. Want to add Facebook page likes? There’s a plugin for that. And so on.
So I threw together a WordPress site for Mrs P in no time and she was very happy with the results. I moved on to my business website and re-wrote that too.
Then I thought, why not get rid of all these individual book sites and merge them into my main writing site? So that’s what I did. And what fun it was too – I’d forgotten how many Mrs Darcy specials I’d written, for one thing. It’s so nice to have everything in one place.
Do have a look around. There’s loads of stuff to keep you occupied for hours. Here’s the sitemap (oh yes, there’s a plugin for that too):
- Dot Dash
- Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens
- Author’s Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- Picture Gallery
- At the Pemberley Ball
- Mrs Darcy and Mrs Collins (Part One)
- Mrs Darcy and Mrs Collins (Part Two)
- Mrs Darcy and the Bounty Hunter
- Mrs Darcy and the Fairy Godmother
- Mrs Darcy and the Jubilee
- Mrs Darcy and the Mummy
- Mrs Darcy and the Perspiring Novelist
- Mrs Darcy in the Cube
- Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens versus Lord Likely
- Mrs Darcy’s Christmas Carol
- Sample Chapter
- Where to Buy
- Professional DCOM Application Development
- Take It Cool
- The Archangel and the White Hart