Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Crazy Easy Awesome-Author Websites

What if you could have a website that would meet your needs whether you're a beginner or a NYT best selling author? 

What if it could be affordable and easy to maintain? 

What if you could have someone hold your hand and walk you through the entire process?

Welcome to the Crazy Easy Awesome Author Website taught by Lisa Norman (Heart Ally Books and Deleyna's Dynamic Designs -- also Margie Lawson's web designer). 

We'll cover each part of a website. I'll help you choose a hosting company, get a domain name, set up the space, and build a website using the most popular platform for writers: WordPress. We'll cover how to create your email sign-up forms and even integrate the site with your social media platforms.

Learn how to secure your website to keep it as safe as possible.

Create your proven online author platform without pain.

Lisa will work with you every step of the way, including doing a hands-on review of your site. You'll learn what to do to maintain it, and how to update and make changes.

Get stuck? We'll work through it together.

By the end of this class you'll have a beautiful, personalized author's website that will make you proud.

Note: a website has to live somewhere. This may incur hosting fees. We'll talk through the options in class and each student will make their own choices about where their site will live. Free options will be included, but students may choose to purchase hosting. Fees associated with setting up the website are not included in the cost of the course.

What You'll Learn:

  • how to build your own website
  • how to maintain your own website
  • how your website can help grow your career
  • what pieces you need to make your website do what you want it to
  • the basics of author branding as they apply to websites
  • how to build a mailing list, and what to do with it

Who Should Take This Class:

  • authors who don't have a website
  • authors who don't feel like they are in control of their website

Lesson Plan

Week 1 — Welcome to the Web

  • Choose a domain name
  • Choose a place for your website to live on the internet
  • Decide what you want your website to do
  • Get basic security in place
  • Get ready to build your website!

Week 2 — Instant Website, just add water

  • Add an About Page
  • Intro to Branding and Tag Lines
  • Daydream about your Perfect Website
  • One-on-one meetings using Zoom

Week 3 — Customization, Style, and Power

  • Pick a style and begin customizing it
  • Create more content for your website
  • Choose add-ons to customize how your site functions
  • One-on-one meetings using Zoom

Week 4 — Security, Maintenance, and Expansion

  • Site Review with Lisa
  • Ensure all security is in place
  • Review how to maintain and protect your website
  • One-on-one meetings using Zoom
  • Share your finished website with the class!


Lisa Norman

Lisa Norman is the owner of Heart Ally Books, an independent publishing company. She also owns a website design company specializing in creating websites for authors, Deleyna’s Dynamic Designs. For over 25 years, she has worked with both indie and traditionally published writers on everything from writing through publication and marketing. She has taught students from 10 to 80, both in person, locally, and online. Her customers range all over the US, Canada, and as far away as Australia. Mostly she coaches people one-on-one, and she loves public speaking. She’s most proud of her children, adores her husband, and seems to be constantly surrounded by cats.

Lisa is the author of a series of nonfiction ebooks, Publishing Gold: Step-by-Step Guides for Success In Your Writing Career. She also writes under the pen name of Deleyna Marr.



If this is the only course you invest in...

Rated 5 out of 5
May 2, 2021

If you only invest in one course for your writing career make it this one! Lisa walked me through all the steps to create my own website. She really simplified the process. I would have had the hardest time figuring it out on my own.

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No STUPID allowed

Rated 5 out of 5
March 26, 2021

Haha, well, that's how I entered the class--totally stupid--but Lisa wiped out that refuge! No pity parties with me as the host and guest of honor. She did a super job explaining everything in manageable brain bites, and, most wonderful of all, gave one-on-one time to help me over my stupid--er, confused--moments. How often do you get that kind of personal attention from an instructor? The result is a lovely website that actually works and that I can actually manage. Run, don't walk, to take advantage of this wonderful class!

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Stephanie Prichard

More than a website building course

Rated 5 out of 5
September 19, 2020

I thought taking Lisa Norman's 'Crazy Easy Author Website' would provide me with a good working web site from which to expand my social media presence.
It gave me that AND SO MUCH MORE!
Creating this site, with Lisa's very patient and expert assistance, EMPOWERED me to embrace my skills as a song writer and author. The experience helped me value what I can offer others through these gifts. Now, I'm excited to write more, create more and CONNECT WITH PEOPLE! (something, as an introvert, I've always found hard to do).
THANK YOU, Lisa, for a tremendously positive experience! You are truly knowledgeable and patient. The one on one sessions were tremendous and helped build my confidence. Thank you again for a great course!

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Hermina Boyle

Want a website? Take the class!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 29, 2020

Lisa Norman's Crazy Easy Authors-Websites class was akin to walking between a mama bear and her three cubs (something my 4-yr-old daughter and I did). Instead of being surrounded by mama bear and her three cubs, in class I was surrounded by widgets, plugins, permalinks, and akismet. Familiar terms like newspaper and themes changed their meanings. My daughter and I survived our encounter with the bears, and thanks to Lisa Norman, I not only survived Crazy Easy Authors-Websites: I survived with a working website.
I've now enrolled in Maximize Your Crazy Easy Author's Website. Guess I like crazy! If you want a website, take the class!

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Carlene Eye

This is a great class if you want to create a website

Rated 5 out of 5
August 25, 2020

Lisa is a superb and wonderful instructor. She is knowledgeable about what you need to create a website that is secure and will provide the functionality that you want. The lessons were straightforward and the material was broken up into manageable pieces. The one on one sessions were invaluable. I appreciate the time she took to answer my questions and her help in solving some issues I encountered while setting up my site.
I highly recommend this class.

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