I'm posting this here as it is smaller and more selct bunch of authors and I didn't want to open post this on Lulu.
I recently left my corporate job to spend more time writing and promoting my work. As you are all too aware this doesn't pay the bills so I am earning through a combination of some freelance work, adult tuition in Lincolnshire (IT) and will soon start up my own one man IT support company LITES PC (see www.litespc.com).
I also run an independent author eBay shop but this is non profit making and I'm really just providing a service for authors who don't want to muck about with ebay themselves.
I notice that a few of you have been discussing web pages and the desire to have your own.
I designed, maitain and manage my own page (www.lovesey.net) and have designed pages for a local Bookstore as well as two fellow self published authors. The first can be seen at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/yongpease/index.htm and the other I am currently designing and working with the author.
I mention it here as given my own situation regards writing and promoting I tend to offer low rates for independent authors. As an example the current author was looking at a web hosting and web page design package that would have cost her over £1000 over two years. I am now working with her to design precisely as she wants and will proivde training so she can maintain the web herself moving forward. This is achievable in with around four hours work plus 1hr telephone training. So bottom line, if you can't handle a web page yourself (and I think every author should have a blog or web page, preferably both) then speak to me before spending oodles of cash with one of the 'rip off' merchants. Typically I would charge about £30 per hour (to an independent author) and we could your web page up running and with you trained in around five hours.
If you need more info on the IT/web side then post here or email me at ten.yesevol|ffat#ten.yesevol|ffat
Even if you don't want me tfor any paid services then just check in before investing your hard earned cash in web solutions. IT is almost as much a minefield as the self publishing business.