For many passionate readers, there's nothing quite like knowing who wrote what, why s/he wrote it, where s/he wrote it and when.
A book, after all, is a very personal interaction between two folks -- an author and a reader. So it's natural to want to know more about the other half of the tete-a-tete. Maybe not as much embarrassingly intimate detail as the tabs and mags bombard us with about our favourite movie stars, but enough to bring an author to life in our heads.
With this in mind, Tony set himself the lengthy but rewarding task of providing a new, one-stop place on the www.bewrite.net site where you can read about BeWrite Books' authors and everything they've published, read excerpts of their work, see their faces and find answers to your questions. It went live just a few minutes ago ... which I make 2.00am TTT (Tireless Tony Time).
We're hoping soon that authors will add personal news of their own and also volunteer their contact details there -- direct email addresses and/or through private message facilities at their own websites and blogs -- so that you can actually strike up a two-way conversation of your very own.
Simply hit the book link to the site at the top right of this blog page, (the Big Book) click on storefront, then click on the button at the top of that storefront page for *Our Authors*. Otherwise go to: http://www.bewrite.net/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=BIO
At a great big site like www.bewrite.net, with thousands and thousands of pages, the technical side is dauntingly complex to say the least, but Tony is currently hard at work on other new features. Some -- like grouping books in series or titles by the same author (already a feature of the new 'Our Authors' section) -- involve new and specialised organisational software we've had to install. But title-grouping under the genre categories and in the complete product list is high on the 2-B-Done list.
Another priority is the PayPal payment facility so many of you have asked for. Now that our new Canadian business registration and company banking is done and dusted and new Miva merchant software installed, we should have this payment option available very soon.
And, of course, if there's anything else you want to see on site or any improvements you might like to suggest, just drop us a line or leave a comment here. The website is a living thing and will constantly be in a state of growth. And if you have a moment to spare, please do leave a comment for Alexa.com (click the blue box in the right margin, just under the BB link).
Best wishes. Neil