The price includes the right to use this theme on one author website (forever) and the basic installation and activation by GoCreate.me.
Built with authors in mind, this theme features easy-to-populate book pages, landing pages, promo pages, and series pages. The homepage highlights select books and includes a built-in slideshow (or simple header image). Each of your book pages can connect to various retailers and include excerpts, praise, and more. We’ll customize the colors and fonts for you and make your newsletter sign-up look eye-catching in the sidebar/footer.
+ Basic Installation + Video Instructions
No more fiddling with things and swearing that the theme you bought doesn't look like the demo you saw. We'll get you started, customize your site's colors and fonts to match your brand, then our video tutorials (see below) will guide you in populating the rest of your books/update your site on your own.
+ Responsive Design
The site's content will resize and adjust to fit mobile phones, tablets, and desktops.
+ Home Page Slideshow
Use as a simple header image or create a slideshow (with unlimited slides) linking to book pages, book series pages, newsletter, and/or whatever promotion hosted on your site or other site.
+ Easy-to-Populate Book Pages
Everything you need (and nothing you don't). You pick among the optional sections. Upload book cover, title, tagline, author name, series name, blurb, as many retailer links as you want (e-book, paperback, large print, hardback, and audio), praise, collapsable excerpt, and links/covers for the related books you choose.
+ Book Series Pages
Create as many as you need. Include a short intro (optional), then select/order the books that belong in each series. Each cover leads to more information (and retailer links).
+ Landing Page Template
For when you want to promote something without your readers getting distracted by your header, footer, or sidebar. Include an image, a short paragraph and your (optional) form/button code.
+ Promotion Pages
Tile covers pointing to various websites/retailers/BookFunnel pages and host your own promos. Or use it to display a selection of books you've edited/covers you've designed/additional reading resources with affiliate links, etc. The countdown timer is optional.
+ Integration with Your Newsletter Provider
We'll help you integrate the code from your newsletter provider in a sidebar and/or footer. While we won't write your autoresponder for you, we'll gladly help you find the appropriate code from your newsletter provider and recommend a work flow if you don't know how to deliver your reader magnet to your readers.
+ Unlimited Retailer Links and Icons
Showcase official retailers links for up to five book formats (e-books, paperbacks, hardbacks, large print, and audio). We're pre-populate the major players. You can change/re-order the icons and add new ones anytime you want.
+ Social Media & Retailer Icons
Select and re-order your social media profiles or author pages in the footer. Select from ones we will pre-populate and/or add your own. You can use as many as you want.
+ Earn Affiliate Income from Retailers
While we can't join those programs for you, we'll provide instructions on how you can earn geo-localized income from the big players.
+ Facebook Pixel & Google Analytics Tracking
Include your Google Analytics snippet and add your Facebook pixel to benefit from these companies' powerful tracking technology.
+ Built-In Cookie Bar
The bar meets various countries' regulations and will disappear once your visitors acknowledge it (until they clear their cookies).
+ Custom 404 Error Page
You control what your visitors see when they land where they shouldn't. Might as well promote something, right?
- "Selling direct" isn't really supported.
We could embed a Selz store (but transactions are tracked/handled by Selz.com, not by your website per se). You could modify the templates to make WooCommerce work, but it's not built in. If this feature is important, please sign up to receive monthly updates, and you'll be notified when our premium WooCommerce theme for authors is available.
- Book Pages don't support Amazon's Preview Widget.
There's no spot for you to include it on the individual book page template. You could include it in a "regular" page only (like your "About" page). That said, the individual book page template offers the same information if you choose to populate it (cover image + excerpt + link to retailers).
- Not ideal to promote a side hustle (like editing services).
You could include a slide within your slideshow and include a link in your navigation and a widget in your home page sidebar, but the theme wasn't built to highlight a side hustle. The premium theme Spacious for Writers is better suited for that purpose. (Coming Soon!)
- Email collection and e-book delivery features require third-party services.
WordPress is a great platform for websites, but it's not a magical system. You still need to use a newsletter service (MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, MailerLite, aWeber, ConvertKit, etc.) and e-book delivery service (such as BookFunnel) to take care of some behind-the-scene tasks (if you choose to offer reader magnets, for example).
Please provide the following one week prior to the installation date you selected:
- WordPress Administrator Credentials & Hosting Credentials (if applicable)
More details are available here.
- Slideshow Image(s)
Provide at least one image: 1920 px wide by 500px high. If needed, I can create one for you (extra costs apply). Here's a sample slide you can use to guide you and here's a tutorial on how to use Canva to create slides.
- Detailed Information for One Book
I'll populate one book, then you can populate the rest using the videos below. I'll need: book cover, tagline*, sales blurb, retailer link(s)*, praise*, excerpt*, media* (YouTube video OR SoundCloud audio). (*optional)
- URLs for your Book Retailer Author Pages + Social media profiles
Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, GoodReads, Amazon, Apple Books, etc. Whatever you have, I'll include in the footer of your site. You can re-order and add more later.
- Branding Information
If you want to use specific fonts, colors, or style, please share font names/color codes/sample websites you like. I'll do my best to use colors and find royalty-free fonts that match your covers and any established branding.
- Newsletter Sign-Up Box(es)
If you want to offer a reader magnet when people join your mailing list, send me the code (provided to you by your newsletter provider) along with an image of your bonus and the wording and I'll set up your newsletter sign up boxes in the sidebar and/or footer.
- Landing Page Content
If you want a draft landing page populated with a sample book offer + form that connects to your newsletter, then provide image, wording, and form code (from your newsletter provider). See example here.
- Tracking Information
If you want me to include your Facebook pixel, Google Analytics code, and/or Amazon OneLink (to geo-localize affiliate income), please email me the entire snippets. Read Facebook's instructions, Google Analytics' instructions, and see Step 2 in Amazon's instructions.
- Turning Off Notifications
If your site uses a plugin like JetPack or some sort of theme or feature that notifies visitors when you add new posts or pages, PLEASE turn it off prior to the installation (or else your followers could be swamped with emails).
- Yoast SEO (Get it FREE here)
If you want Google and other search engines to index your pages, this free plugin is great. You can also control what image/excerpt gets shared on social media by editing individual book pages/posts/pages, etc. Learn how to use the plugin here.
- Classic Editor (Get it FREE here)
The tutorial videos were recorded prior to WordPress 5.0, so installing and activating this plugin will make your interface match the one shown in the tutorial videos. I think the older WordPress interface is less complex (but that could just be me).
How to Edit the Home Page
Book Series Pages
Home Page Slideshow/Header Image
Flexible Blank Pages
How to Edit the Menu
Modifying the Sidebar
Editing the Newsletter Form
Adding a background image
If you spot a broken link or want your site listed here, please contact me.