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Your own self-hosted website is one of the most important things to get sorted if you’re taking your career as an author seriously. I've made this tutorial to help you build your own site in under 30 mins. Have fun :)
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/authorwebsite/
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Great info Joanna, and it's a good nudge to authors who are sometimes reluctant to deal with that "techie stuff". Plus great explanation for authors, like the many I and my partner have run into, who don't always "get" why they should have their own author hub, why it should be self-hosted, and why it should be on WordPress.

Not to criticize the use of affiliate links, because that's cool when disclosed as you did. But I would seriously suggest you recommend other than Bluehost - and that includes not recommending any other EIG-owned group. BlueHost, Hostgator, iPage, iPower, A Small Orange, Arivixe (those last two among the latest EIG "victims") and dozens of other once-respected, once well-run hosts, are now part of the gigantic EIG corporate umbrella. Though rarely disclosed.

That alone is not a bad thing. That's capitalism, entrepreneurship, growth. But near-universally, within a few months after acquisition by EIG, the quality of the actual hosting, and the customer service, goes severely downhill. There are posts all over Web Hosting Talk warning people off EIG. Well-known digital entrepreneur and self-published author Natalie Sisson put out a warning about EIG (and if I recall, specifically BlueHost) about 2 years ago, when her site then hosted there (and formerly one she recommended and had affiliate links to) had a meltdown and service was horrid.

I'm not going to suggest whom you should consider, either for your own hosting, or to recommend and promote via affiliate links. (Nor drop in my affiliate links for some of them!) But please do re-evaluate your hosting recommendation, and your own hosting.

Before considering a switch, take a look at the lists of all EIG brands (all incomplete because EIG doesn't disclose all their brands) to avoid jumping to somebody else who really is the same company. Here's a pretty good list of them (not from me):
http://researchasahobby.com/full-list-eig-hosting-companies-brands/
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Super fun interview with Chandler Bolt on productivity tips, working smarter, breaking the rules and being an author entrepreneur. You can also get Chandler's free book and video series at http://www.TheCreativePenn.com/school
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Talking about Genre, Story Tips And Crafting Your Elevator Pitch With Charles Harris
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Super #crime authors in conversation! Featuring +Simon Toyne +Helen Smith and more at +Harper Collins
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Regular listeners will know that I am a (not so closet) futurist. Today I get to indulge my passion with Future of Publishing author, publishing consultant and speaker, Thad McIlroy. Yes, we both get super excited about mobile, digital, global sales and the creative disruption of indies.
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Thanks for this always informative
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Looks like a super series ... although there are plenty of actually female high concept #thriller writers out there :)
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Your website is one of the most important things to get sorted if you're taking your career as an author seriously. If you're ready to build your own self-hosted site, here's my tutorial on how to do it in under 30 mins :)
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Reflections on what I've learned from #writing 10 fiction books - 7 full-length, 3 novellas. Including understanding the cycles of the writing process to avoid guilt and getting into flow states.
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/07/31/writing-10-fiction-books/
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Life-changing, empowering, creative, found my tribe :)
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in-control, no rules, freedom, splurge, let's go
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I know many of you are enjoying the Self Publishing Success Summit. I've had lots of emails about my interview and I'm so glad you found it useful :)
You can watch the replay if you missed it live (available until Tues 21 July) Go here for the replay and access to the rest of the summit =>
https://xe172.isrefer.com/go/joannareplay/thecreativepenn/
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Death isn't always the end. #booktrailer for Desecration, London Psychic Book1 of the trilogy http://www.jfpenn.com/book/desecration/ Available in ebook, print and audiobook formats.
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling thriller author. www.JFPenn.com: Thrillers on the edge
International Professional Speaker.
Entrepreneur.
Blogger and Podcaster
Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing.


I'm the author of the Amazon bestselling thriller novels Pentecost, Prophecy, and Exodus as well as 'One Day In Budapest', and the Sin series of short stories, inspired by Dante's Inferno.

I've also written the bestselling business book, Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!
Written as part of my own life reinvention from corporate business consultant to author-entrepreneur, Career Change is available in print and ebook formats.

My site The Creative Penn offers articles, audios and videos on to write, publish and market your book. It has been voted one of the Top 10 blogs for authors 3 years running as well as one of the Top 10 blogs for self-publishers.

I have a podcast and vidcast for authors available on iTunes.
 
I'm an international speaker on writing, digital publishing, solopreneur/ small business and online book marketing.

I live in London, England having spent the last 11 years down under in Australia and New Zealand.

I love traveling, pinot noir, consuming books on the Kindle, cats and the culture-fest that is Europe. I am obsessed with religion, psychology, art & architecture.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Amazon Bestselling Author. One of the Top 10 Blogs for Authors 3 years running. One of the Top 10 Blogs for self-publishers. One of the Top 100 blogs for writers on Writer's Digest, Nominated for the Guardian Top 100 Culture Professionals UK in the Writing/Publishing Sector
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  • University of Oxford
    MA Theology, 1994 - 1997
  • University of Auckland
    Grad Dip Psychology, 2006
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Joanna Penn's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
The Wake-Up Call: What it Means to Be A Self-Published Writer - LiveHacked
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448: Joanna Penn takes her "Creative Penn" to the Entrepreneurial world
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Seth's Blog: The care and feeding (and shunning) of vampires
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a review of Desecration
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Seth's Blog: Victims of the Hollywood Paradox
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Combating Platform Fatigue And Thinking Long Term For Your Writing Caree...
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In today's podcast, Dan Blank and I have a candid discussion on the latest developments in publishing, as well as how to combat platform fat

Making the Switch from Nonfiction to Fiction Writing
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I started out writing non-fiction with no thought of even trying fiction, mainly because I thought I had to write like Umberto Eco in order

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August 13, 2013 – You Have To Use This Checklist When Buying A House
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You Have To Use This Checklist When Buying A House. I hate buying houses. I don't "hate" many things. But I've lost millions of dollars buyi

Five Legal Issues All Writers Need To Be Aware Of
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Have you wondered whether your work is protected by copyright? Or whether you can write a story based on people you know? This article delve

The 5-Step Mission Statement (An Author Essential)
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We spend a lot of time in the minutiae of what we do, slaving over word choice, trying to hit a word count goal, counting individual sales.

3 Real Truths About Overnight Success
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Feel bad because you’re not an overnight success? Don’t. Here are 3 little-known truths about fast success that most people never consider.

Micro Entrepreneur Hangout: How to write and market a business book
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Micro Entrepreneur Hangout July 31 This Week on Micro Entrepreneur: The Magic of Thinking Small we are talking with Joanna Penn from www.the

5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Editing Experience
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a review of Island 731
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A secret island that hides the results of genetic splicing and hideous chimaeras. A crew that are led there to become the latest in a long t

Thriller Author Michael Wallace On The Righteous Series | J.F.Penn: Thri...
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Sometimes you find a series that you can't put down, and for me, The Righteous books by Michael Wallace fall into this category! I love book

3 Critical Marketing Principles For Authors From The Bookseller Marketin...
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As one of the few authors who attended the Bookseller Marketing and Publicity conference this week, I was impressed with the incredible mark

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A Guide To Rights And How You Can Exploit Them As An Indie Author With O...
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Your book can be so much more than just a book! The publishing industry has been 'exploiting' (their word!) the rights of authors for many