Inspiration comes from anywhere. Lets pretend you are a book publisher looking to build a website. The first reaction will be to look to book publishing websites, bookmark all of them and build your sections and features based on them.
That's one way of approaching it, however, I really want to encourage you to first, look for inspiration outside of your field. Lets think out of the box here and try to make you stand out from the crowd and offer something that others in your industry are not doing the same way you do.
Your goal is to sell books and get a strong list of readers, but you can also be a place of inspiration and a go-to resource for those who are starting their careers as writers or even those who are looking for someone like you to make their book a real project.
The trick is to have your goals in mind, mix them with your interests (which will make you stand out), and give your website a space where people can live together and understand who you are and where are you coming from.
Inspiration doesn't only mean to see what the competition is doing and follow that path, inspiration comes from your own vision and desires and how you want to be perceived and seen in your field, without doing the same. Stand out!
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