Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Extreme Makeover, Web Edition

I launched my website, www.allanleverone.com, in July, 2008 to near-universal cheers and acclaim.Okay, you're right, pretty much nobody noticed. But I wanted to begin establishing a web presence for that happy moment that I considered inevitable, when I signed my first book contract and released my first novel.

A lot has happened since then, but now that I have a contract for the release of my first novel, FINAL VECTOR, scheduled for release February 2011 from Medallion Press, one thing I am thankful for is that I did begin establishing that web presence two years ago.

However, one thing I'm not is a web designer, or any kind of IT specialist. You could take what I know about web design and computer graphics and coding and all that other mysterious stuff and stick it in your eye and not feel the least bit uncomfortable, although why you would want to do that is beyond me. The point is, though, that you could.

I worked nearly two full weeks back in July of 2008 to get that website online and when I was done, I felt proud of what I had accomplished, mostly because I had done something I didn't really believe possible in actually getting a website up and running.

However, in the time since then, I have had more and more trouble with the damned thing, until I reached the point where, when I signed the contract with Medallion, I wasn't even able to put the exciting news on my home page! I couldn't get anything on there, or on the Bio page either, for that matter.

Sometimes, it is best simply to admit defeat. I'm no web guru and never will be. The stuff just doesn't interest me enough to learn about it, plus I'm so busy writing and doing my day job as an air traffic controller that I don't have time to devote to maintaining a website.

The point is this, and sorry it took me seven paragraphs to get here: I needed help with my website. So I went and got some. My full redesigned site should be online sometime in April or early May, but for now, my web designer - www.xuni.com - has come up with a fantastic holding page for allanleverone.com, featuring the cover to my upcoming novel.

I'm really excited, because Maddee James from Xuni is everything I'm not when it comes to the Internet and web design. Specifically, talented.

If you have a free second, check out the holding page at www.allanleverone.com and let me know what you think.


MkCrittenden said...

I noticed, Mr. Leverone. You may not know me, though I have had several illustrations in Morpheus Tales, and I also write and edit. I am looking for special talent for my latest anthology, Howl. As you may guess it's all about the savage element in horror. If you drop by my blog there is a link to the submission guidelines. I hope you have a look-see.
-Mark Crittenden

Al Leverone said...

Hi Mark, and thanks a lot for stopping by! Morpheus Tales is one of my favorite horror magazines; congratulations on having your illustrations featured there. I'll definitely check out your blog for submission guidelines and to see if I might be able to contribute to Howl...