Helping authors with technology
I help indie authors on a tight budget love their websites, and I help them set up all the different services they need to reach readers, no matter what platforms they’re on, what service providers they use, or how “untechnical” they are. I also help them to publish quality e-books they can be proud of, all without breaking the bank.
Get things done
Optic Imprint helps authors to conquer the overwhelming amount of technology needed to connect with their readers, so writers can focus on what they're good at: writing.
Websites and Blogs
Professional, out-of-the-box author sites on all major platforms, including free platforms and hosted WordPress.
Proofreading and copyediting of novels, non-fiction books, short stories, free content, articles, blog posts, newsletters.
From small to extensive maintenance packages. Plugins, updates, backups, broken links, general well being.
Social Networks Integration
Integrate all social media channels into your website, setup Amazon's Author Central page, create a universal book buy link, show Twitter feed in your sidebar.
Newsletter and List Building
Setup email marketing service, newsletter design, auto-sequences, sign-up forms on website, list segmentation, lead magnet setup.
Epub & Kindle e-books
Convert your shorts, teaser chapters, and other manuscripts into a product, ready to sell on Amazon, upload to Draft2Digital or InstaFreebie, or use as a lead magnet.
Need some help?
Unsure of how I can help you, or if we’d be a good fit?
Out-of-the-box website designs
If you need a new blog or website, or want to redesign your current one, take a look at my out-of-the-box author sites—they’re like predesigned covers for books, only for website. They’re much easier on the wallet, and still pack a professional punch.
Setup of any digital service
I’ll get you up and running quickly, no matter what services you use. Mailchimp, Aweber, GetResponse, Clickfunnels, Amazon Author Central, Draft2Digital, InstaFreebie, Kobo Writing Life, Bookfunnel, Smashwords, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Wattpad—the list goes on and on.
Never waste precious time struggling with technology again. Go write your next best seller, while I make sure you’re ready to meet your fans, wherever they are.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there author services you won't set up or do?
Yes. The following services are beyond the scope of what I offer:
- Ads, like Facebook ads, Amazon ads, etc.
- Print services, like CreateSpace, Ingram Sparks, or any Print-on-demand (POD) service.
- Audiobook services, like Audible.
- Video editing, like book trailers or vlogs.
- Full fledged branding*.
- Professional book cover design*.
* see next question.
Since you're a designer, will you design my book cover/do my branding?
The short answer is no.
The Long Answer is, maybe, under the right circumstances.
I am a trained graphic designer and have experience in both branding and cover design, but here’s the deal: there’s a reason why professional book covers start at $1,500, or proper branding takes months and thousands of dollars: it matters. Things that matter take a lot of time and special attention and skill, which in turn costs a lot—a LOT—of money. I have the skill, but I don’t have the time, and since I’m helping indie authors on a budget, they probably don’t have the money.
Here’s the deal, though: I have the skill, and (I’m assuming) you don’t have the money, so “the right circumstances” will be if you need a cover for e.g. a free download, or you want to have your name at the top of your site looking all pretty and “logo-ish” but that’s all, then I can do that. The caveat is that I will not spend a lot of time on it, do market research, worry about the emotional impact of the colours I use, or any other time-consuming exercise.
Bottom line: if you’ve got the money, it’s worth doing these things properly. But if you don’t, I’m a really, really good stand-in until you do.
What payment methods do you accept?
Currently I only accept Paypal from international customers, or a direct bank transfer (EFT) from South African banks.
What content do I need for my new website/blog?
Think of the pages on your site, and what you want to say on them. Look at other author sites for ideas. But don’t worry too much, I’ll be guiding you through the process of creating what you’ll need.
Will you provide content for my new website/blog?
Unfortunately, no. If you don’t have content ready when I design your website for you, I’ll use dummy content in the place of text and images, which you will have to replace yourself later on—unless you hire me again to do it for you :).
I've seen this gimmick/bells and whistles on some website. Can you do it on mine?
First of all, it depends on where and how your site is hosted. If it’s on a free platform, like Blogger or WordPress.com, then probably not.
With self-hosted WordPress sites, the possibilities are nearly endless, so odds are it is possible.
When it comes to good design, though, less is always more, and on the internet where attention spans are as short as a goldfish’s, distractions should be avoided. So I always recommend to steer clear of bells and whistles or gimmicks, in favour of functional, clean design.
If you still feel you absolutely need that shiny object, contact me and ask. If it can be done, and you accept my quote, then I will do it with pleasure.
Need To Vent?
Tell me what your biggest tech frustration is as an author—no strings or obligations, promise. Free speech in action!