web design word cloudA great author website doesn’t have to be complicated. Find out how to build a website that can showcase your work to publishing professionals and help you connect with readers.

Topics our experts will discuss include

  • What are the must-haves for the author website
  • When to bring in a professional
  • Blog subscriptions versus newsletter email lists
  • How to fund your author website, or use it to find funding
  • Adding social media and blogs
  • Press packages, FAQ documents

Recap by Kellie Larson Murphy

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

Click here to register today!



Justine_Headshot smJustine 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.



AB Westrick smA.B. (Anne) 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. www.abwestrick.com



bod_joshua_caneJoshua 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.






RAFFLE ITEMS for 4/29 Writing Show! Tickets are $2 each for a chance to win one of the following items.


Pubslush is a global pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order options for authors and publishers

Pubslush is offering a blog feature and advertisement on their blog, Fine Lines. Their posts receive an average of 10K hits and they promote every post heavily throughout our networks.  This package is perfect for authors no matter what stage of the publishing process they are in.

Also includes The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. This book has 75 emotion entries that list body language, thoughts, and visceral responses for each and other information that will inspire you to create stronger, fresher character expressions and engage readers from your first page to your last. Donated by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers.


Karnes Coffey Design is a multi-disciplinary design studio that specializes in all aspects of identity design including branding, collateral, packaging and interactive. One hour of free design consultation to discuss whatever you need.


Red Orange Design loves working with individuals and authors to create websites, branded social media pages, and book cover/layout. We are excited to offer 2 hours of design services for a business card design. The winner will receive a complimentary consultation and 2 hours of design time to include a 2-sided business card and 2 rounds of revisions, plus a print-ready file. This offer will expire Jan. 1st, 2016.


Author Partners will provide a verbal professional critique of one website for up to one hour, which includes education on website best practices for layout, navigation, and usability as well as HTML training. Consultation does not include any web programming, design, or updates for the website.

The consultant and the client will meet at an agreed upon time and place. Author Partners can be contacted by phone at 804-393-2648. This offer expires after six months from today, April 29, 2015.


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