Along with your new web site, you notice I also suggested that you choose another /host and on the next line is a new email address. Now it was listed that way for a specific reason, while you are determining your new web sites name, I suggest checking out different hosting services. I will post a resources list, but the bottom line is that most host sights will register your name for free, at least for the first year, if you host your site with them. Now before I hosted my first web site I asked around and did a LOT of research about who had the best price, and that who I went with. The only problem was, the folks I was asking didn’t host sites that were like mine, so what worked for them didn’t work for me. So don’t choose your host JUST on low cost alone, as a matter of fact I suggest you not buy ANYTHING just on cost alone.
But I digress, the fact of the matter is, after my first yeqar I had a better idea of what needs I had and now I have 2 hosts, but only because I’m too lazy to move everything over to one, the last time I did that it took me a MONTH to get everything straightened out. In case youre wondering two of the most popular site hosts among writers seem to be 1and1.com and Godaddy.com. I wont inject my opinion other than to say I host 8 web sites with one of them and am very happy.
On my second recommendation, do you remember why I suggested a new web site? Well just in case thee were a few reasons, but lets stick with three easy ones:
1) Branding: firstname.lastname@example.org is a great email address right? Its short, easy to remember, and most of all it means something to my family and friends. But it has nothing to do with, and doesn’t support my writing at all.
2) Organization: Remember I mentioned earlier that one of my hosts hold 8 of my web sites? Well by wimple math that could lead you to believe that I have at least 8 email addresses right? Umm yeah, I wish, I have at least 24 and that’s just with those 8 sights. However because of the way I organize them I don’t have to “check” 24 accounts a day. But to keep my book email separate from anything else, I need at LEAST one email for my book’s sight. (actually 3 but I’ll discuss that later)
3) Professionalism: I correspond with my students, with my readers and with corporate HR and Administrators for training. My students might get lost if they started getting email from email@example.com, and I know my corporate clients don’t want email from anyone that they cant immediately identify. As a matter of fact a local hospital was trying to hire me, before I instituted this rule, and I couldn’t ever get an email through. It turned out that their firewall had marked one of the words in my personal site as a flag, and stopped all inbound emails. So don’t do anything that can stand in your own way.
“But J, I can’t afford a web site or host or a new email address.” OK I get that, the past several years have not been kind to many of us. On the off chance that you absolutely can not find a way to buy, rent or barter for a new website with its own email address, you may use one of the free email services, with a few caveats. (you knew that was coming didn’t you?)
1) Choose one of the more respectable services. I recommend gmail.com for many reasons, but the offline tools that they offer alone make them a much better business tool than any of the others. Plus it may be funny that your home email address os at AWESOMEQB@NFL.COM again its not screaming professional author.
2) Choose a name that goes with your book. Lets say your book is on making guitars and someone already has GuitaMaker@gmail.com try for GuitarAuthor@gmail.com of GuitarModifier@gmail.com or something else that seems to describe what you do. The free services are a great way to get your feet wet, but sometimes they will try and assign you a name that just doesn’t work.
3) Look for one that is liberal with file sizes ad storage time. At one time it was rare for a free email to give you more than a few MB of storage, most offer a few GB to start, but it is something you want to watch for. If you use that email address to email copies of your book to and from your copyeditor, that can chew up your space VERY quickly. Also something that some of the larger services are offering is a related “cloud storage” area, so that your email isn’t used to store files (I know I have done that). GMAIL and MSN LIVE both have the tools that allow you to access their “cloud storage” from the mailbox.
Finally one last note on cloud storage. If you use ONLY cloud storage to store, transfer and collaborate your book files, you deserve whatever happens to you. Now, understand I am not wishing you ill will, but working in IT for 20+ years has taught me 2 things First, it will crash, the question is when. Typically the answer is, when you can least afford it. Next, you will forget your password, again its only a matter of when. Some services make password recover very easy and well, I have a free email that I have been unable to access for 9 years, because may password stopped working one day, and their support kept promising me that they fixed it, and it wasn’t fixed, so, it is what it is.
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