From Romance University:
Creating a WordPress Author Site in Four Easy Lessons with Pat Haggerty
You pickup just about any, “For Authors” periodical these days and you can’t turn more than a handful of pages without tripping over an article extolling the wonders, the sheer necessity of a web presence. There’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and on and on, and they each have their purpose, but authors need a place on the web to call home; they need a site with an address that can go on business cards and in blogs they write for other sites. A place where readers, publishers, and editors alike can find definitive information on release dates, author bios, and yes, find fun or purely entertaining things too…
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