Featured Member – Jeannie Barker
Former President and current Webmaster for the Gold Coast Writers’ Association, Jeannie Barker continues to volunteer many hours of her time to the association. Her legacy as President includes the inception of the GCWA Literary Luncheon for the 20th anniversary, which has become an annual event, the introduction of an online presence using social media and streamlining of some of the GCWA procedures. Over the recent Christmas break, Jeannie completely revamped the GCWA website, bringing it up-to-date with current design principles and the expanding needs of the association.
Accomplished with many online tools and concepts, Jeannie assists writers with the technology to build their ‘brand’ by educating them in using WordPress to manage their website / blog, utilising social media to build their fan base and promote their books. She also offers her services for creating self-managed websites and has completed sites for numerous authors, individuals and businesses. Jeannie specialises in setting up custom WordPress websites because she loves the WordPress platform: “it empowers people to manage their own website / blog and makes it easy for authors to rank well on Google because Google loves fresh content.”
Ever eager to expand her knowledge base, Jeannie regularly attends workshops and training to keep her skills honed in an ever expanding online market. She also enjoys attending seminars and conferences on personal and business development by world-class presenters; most recently having attended Dale Beaumont’s vibrant New Rules of Business seminar in Brisbane.
Jeannie’s latest creative project is the development of a magazine for author entrepreneurs – Authorpreneur Magazine. It is available online on the website www.authorpreneurmagazine.com, as a digital magazine, in the App Store and as a print-on-demand magazine. She has received a great response from noted authors worldwide offering contributions of articles and stories about their authorpreneurial journeys and is excited to share knowledge on the constantly evolving opportunities available for authors to build a brand and market their products.
Not one to sit back and take it easy, Jeannie is also kept very busy with family, including caring for her mother and spending time with her very active and ever-curious 4 year old grand-daughter – who may just be taking after her grandmother with her love of technology.