A New Year, a New Website

Jan 11, 2015 by

A New Year, a New Website

“What’s up? Why a new website?” People kept asking when I told them I was having a new one designed.  “Isn’t the old one good enough?”

 

My answer was always, unequivocally, “No!” Granted, my old website was very pretty. It had lots of ruffles and flourishes, gorgeous flowers sprinkled throughout, and a kitty cat on the main landing page. But while I love cats, I don’t write ‘kitty-fiction’. The old website was also klunky, hard to navigate, and very ‘user-unfriendly’. In these days when the world revolves around social media, there’s no place for websites like that. I wanted something where readers and I can hang out together. I wanted to be able to blog. I wanted to be able to share tidbits and fun new facts, try out sample chapters from new books, post photos, and more. There were so many things I wanted to do, and I couldn’t with my old website. It simply wasn’t working. My kitty cat might as well have been in charge.

 

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Confession: I like being in control. Umm, perhaps I should amend that statement: I LOVE being in control. I had no control over the old website and had to rely on a web mistress to make updates and changes for me. The time had come for me to take control into my own hands. I much prefer being master and commander of my own fate. If I’d been quartered on a ship back in the days when my British ancestors sailed the high seas, I probably would have insisted on handling the wheel myself. In fact, I probably would have figured out a way to position myself as the first female captain of the entire British fleet.

 

But what’s all this have to do with my website? Obviously, I’ve gotten off track. Unfortunately, this happens to me quite often, which is why I depend on an editor. But this blog, and this website, are mine alone. There won’t be an editor involved. You’re stuck with me. So I’m stepping forward right now and stating that any future transgressions you may read here are my fault, and mine alone. I accept full responsibility.

 

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But I won’t take responsibility for this beautiful streamlined website. This is NOT my work. I couldn’t have done it without the talents of Catherine Chant, my awesome Critique Partner and a talented author in her own right. Catherine, a graduate of Boston College, worked at her alma mater for fifteen years as an IT computing & communication consultant before becoming a full-time writer. Catherine is the one responsible for building the website. What do you think? Didn’t she do a brilliant job? Kudos to Catherine!

 

Another person I owe a debt of gratitude to: Anora O’Connor of A13 Studios. Anora is a gifted photographer, and the photos you see of meAnora-OConnor-3x4-c-small splashed around the website (and on social media) are her work. I hate having my photo taken, but Anora made it fun. If you’re looking for a photographer who’s comfortable behind the camera, and (NOTE: this is important!) makes YOU forget you’re in front of the camera, contact Anora. She is simply the best.

 

So that’s it. A brand new year, and a brand new website. I have a new release coming out in February, and I’m excited to share about it. Check back often for updates. Meanwhile, have you signed up for my newsletter? It’s merely a ‘click’ away. Newsletters subscribers receive updates, sneak preview chapters, and are automatically entered in a free monthly contest. I’ll be giving away an autographed print copy of one of my books each month. Sign up to for my blog and you’ll receive email updates when I post something new. I promise not to bombard your Inbox. I just love to stay in touch. We’re all friends here, right? And friends stick together.

 

Thanks for stopping by to visit! Let’s chat again soon!

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8 Comments

  1. It was my pleasure to help with your website and give you “control” of your online presence. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. I love WordPress! 🙂

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Catherine, you did a wonderful job and this ‘non-techy’ person is very grateful! Thanks again.

  2. Virginia

    Love the new website….it goes nicely with a new book soon?

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Virginia, you’re such a tease. Perhaps it DOES go along with a new book. 🙂 Stay tuned…

  3. I love the look of this new website. It’s very clean, and I like that – though there’s nothing wrong with cats. lol

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Edie, so glad you stopped by to chat! I’m happy to hear you love the new website… so do I! Catherine Chant did a great job with building the site. I never could have done this by myself. And I totally agree with you: there’s nothing wrong with cats! 🙂 Since we lost Zuske, it’s been hard to convince myself to open up my heart again. Eventually… but I’m not ready yet.

  4. Love the look of the new site, Kathleen. It is definitely worthy of a queen! 🙂 Very elegant and sophisticated, and I’m glad you chose turquoise as your theme color since it complements your pretty, new author headshot! Kudos to you and your team for the makeover!

    Looking forward to your new book being released next month!

    • Kathleen Irene Paterka

      Queen Tracie Banister! Thank you for taking time from your royal tour of your new release to visit my website and blog. Tracie, you are definitely Queen of Chick Lit! As for the color purple, isn’t that also the color of royalty?

      P.S. I’m halfway through your new release TWIN PIQUES and loving it! Congratulations on this royal read!