While some professionals poo-poo the idea of anyone creating their own website without proper training, I think there are times when budget constraints warrant it.
Book editors and cover designers say the same things about authors who do their own work. “You’re not a professional! Hire a professional!”
First, I’d love for you to hire a professional. For any of that. Website. Book cover design. Editing.
But if those aforementioned budget constraints (you’ll know you have them if there’s dust inside your wallet) prevent you from springing for a pro, why not some research and do the best DIY job you can?
Many amateur websites and book covers look amateurish. They do not have to.
If you’re putting together your own website, WordPress leaves you plenty of control.
And plenty of rope to shoot yourself in the foot. (That’s what comes from watching two westerns at the same time.)
My friend Dave Bricker has been in the publishing business for a long time. He is an artist. He understands book design, inside and out. What; you didn’t know the inside of a book was designed?
Brick has written two articles analyzing book cover design and sharing some ideas and caveats for the DIY crowd.
Guess what? They apply neatly to your DIY website.
What do you think — is there enough overlap here to make this useful?