My website, MagdalenBraden.com goes live today. This is terrifying for all sorts of reasons. First, that's my name -- people can search for my name and this site will come up first. I need to be really comfortable with what people will find there. (Better hide the photos from clown college, hunh?)
Second, this is branding. I want people to go to my site and leave thinking, "I might like one of her books." They wouldn't have to guess too much -- the first chapter of Love in Reality, my WIP, is there for people to read, plus back-cover-style blurbs for its three sequels. After someone has read all of that, they'll have a much better idea if they want to read a full-length Magdalen Braden novel.
Finally, this is personal. It's the great irony of writing: what we create in private in our heads suddenly is made real and shown to the world. A site with my name on it isn't everything there is to know about me, but it's a self-portrait of sorts. I'm not worried about the person who sends me hateful feedback; I'm worried about the person who wrinkles her nose, "Mmm, I don't think so."
Quiet condemnation. That's what I fear. But not as much as I fear doing nothing.
So. It's live. Go visit!