First, if you don’t like gateway pages, you’ll want to enter the site at the main page.
What else I noticed about, or on, this site, in order:
1) Killer graphics (one of which you’ll miss if you skip the gateway page). That alone is reason enough to take a peek. I’d love to copy some over for you, but none were provided with the tour, so you’ll have to visit to understand. The best part? Not only does this site have a design destined to visually delight fans of speculative fiction, it manages at the same time to look professional and tastefully done, this is not “visual overload” graphics, but a good clean design, and fastloading, too (on DSL).
2) The newsletter sign up box has been wisely placed in the upper right of the page, but also doesn’t fit in the sidebar comfortably.
3) I’m willing to bet (or I would if I were the gambling sort) the speculative fiction fans among us that Gerke has interviewed someone you eagerly read cover to cover.
4) Frank Peretti also lives in Idaho, but on the other end of the state. That explains a few things.
5) The graphical version of his book list (the red pill) loads very, very, very slowly and generally moves slower than mollasses. In fact, none of the graphics actually loaded 🙁 The blue pill (links only), however, works perfectly. I’d suggest the problem may lie partly in an overzealous effort to list every christian speculative novel known to Jeff Gerke on the same page. Still, if you’re looking for a new work in this genre, this would be a great place to discover it.
6) I should have given myself way more time to fully explore this site, because there is far more here. The tools for writers are especially cool.
7) Two words: book excerpts.
8)Gerke placed his about-me section much lower on the sidebar than they normally are placed. Humility?
9)Gerke uses a pen name, though I’m not sure which is his real name. It doesn’t make much sense to me why authors use both a pen name and their real names proffessionally. To me, a pen name is like a superhero name and a statement like, “Jane Doe, writing as Janet Smith” would be like Clark Kent placing on his business card, “AKA Superman.” Of course, I see it that way because the only reason I’d personally use a pen name would be for the same reasons the legendary Mr. Kent “became” Superman.
10) His link to gospelsims.com is broken, much to my disappointment.
Ten’s a nice round number to stop with, but I don’t think I’ve quite plumbed the dephs of this site yet. If this is your genre, wherethemapends.com is a real treasure find.
Be sure to check out the side bar menu for the CSFF and visit the some of the other sites participating in the tour this month.
Party going on at: Adam’s BlogÂ