I have spent most of this week tweaking my websites (I’m a compulsive fiddler). I had been given some good advice from Steve Barancik of http://www.shared-self-publishing.com. You can read most of our email exchange if you follow this link http://www.shared-self-publishing.com/clives-website-blog.html. There is a lot of Self Publishing information on his website so it is well worth a visit.
He was quite cutting regarding the original domain name I had chosen for www.partnership-publishing.com. It had not really occurred to me how important the domain name was.
Part of his “off line” mail is reproduced below. I had asked him if he objected to my new site because after reading his advice I ended up with a website which I thought had a similar theme to his. As he had helped me in the first place I did not want to cause any offence.
Part of Steve’s email
“First, my headline response. I have absolutely no objections to your new site. In fact it’s funny to me, because for some reason I found myself googling (US) Partnership Publishing, and your single page on my site came in #4. That indicated to me what it indicated to you: the subject is under-addressed. I also think your notion of using your book as an example is nothing short of brilliant.
That said, I think you’re making one “mortal” error with your site, and it would feel wrong not to tell you. It’s your domain name! It’s a mistake of HUGE proportions to want to be the go-to site for partnership publishing and not to include the phrase “partnership publishing” in your domain name. PLEASE do not sabotage your efforts by going with publishing-for-mortals–that is, unless you intend to cover a wider range of options than Partnership Publishing. Even though you already own the domain name, I recommend chalking the expense up to experience.”
Long may such encounters continue!