Those of you that have been with me long enough know that I’ve been through several iterations of websites. Trying to get things just right seems to be a continuous process of re-invention, even when it comes to cyberspace.
I’ve known that I’ve needed to go through another makeover for a while now. The blogging craze that reached its pinnacle a couple of years ago also took hold of me like a wild fire and before I knew it I was writing three different blogs…and working a lot less on writing actual books. That was definitely not my intention. It was time to take a step back and re-assess.
SLH 3.0 is my attempt at consolidating and putting forth an author website. A website where you can find info about me and ALL my books. Now I know, sexlifeandhannah.com is an unusual domain name to have for my main author site, and I’m sure during another makeover I’ll change that, but for now it makes the most sense. The Sex, Life, & Hannah book series has been the main focus of my writing since 2007 and it has defined me as an author. I’ve written a lot of content for that site and set up my social media pages for that book series…I didn’t want to start from scratch at this point. I also didn’t want to have to manage a fourth blog, so this is where I decided to land. I know, a bit unusual, just like S.L. Hannah.
If we’re linked up on Facebook and Twitter, you’ve noticed I’ve changed my name to S.L. Hannah. This is both an attempt to make those circles about more than just the Sex, Life, & Hannah book series, as well as potentially start using a pen name. I know. What am I thinking?! Everyone knows me as Dorota Skiysufhrrrkweifhfznpek. I swear if I had thought this through better I would have started using a pen name from the beginning because even though my name is super common in Poland, in North America, it looks like something the cat puked up. Not super suave for branding, but hey, I wasn’t thinking about branding back in 2005 when I published my first book.
There is a lot I like about S.L. Hannah. Hannah has been with me since I created my publishing company, The Adventures of Hannah. Then of course I wrote, Sex, Life, & Hannah. And I’ve been using the name Hannah as an alias since the days of being single and perusing bars and clubs and parties in the hills–WAY before Hannah Montana became a Disney pop sensation and EVERYBODY started naming their kids and main characters, Hannah.
Here’s the thing though: I’m not sure if I will ever actually use the pen name S.L. Hannah. I’ve been taking this online Amazon Sales course, and one of the many things I learned was this: the more books you write that you can attach to your author profile on Amazon, the easier it is be for people to find your books on Amazon and buy them–crazy Polish last name, or not. As I sit on the brink of publishing my fifth book, I wonder if a pen name even makes sense, although J.K. Rowling did it and it seems to have worked out for her pretty well.
Check out the new site: www.sexlifeandhannah.com and let me know what you think (all feedback is always appreciated). There may be a few things I’ll be able to tweak, but for the most part I’m going to focus on writing my next book. Stay tuned!
p.s. Those of you who bought the Sex, Life, & Hannah Book Club Membership will also notice that this feature is no longer available on my website. However, I will be honoring those memberships when Volume 4 of the chick lit series comes out (either late 2014 or early 2015). If you are a member, you will receive an email with a PDF copy of the final book.