Your Author Website’s Media Page: What to Include

You're working on your author website, which is great, and you're thinking about the kind of content you might include. You see all these authors with Media pages and you're thinking you need one too, but what kind of content do you include on it? And if you're a new author, do you even need one at all? Let's start by defining what a Media Read more...

Downloadable Book Excerpts in Author Website Design

When I work with my author website design clients I often suggest that they provide an excerpt of their book(s) for download.  Not only does this give a potential fan and/or media outlets an idea of the kind of writing they do, but it can also serve to get someone hooked so they simply must buy the book to find out what happens next. If Read more...

Author Mailing Lists Using a Blog vs Substack

Have you noticed how many folks are on Substack these days? It feels like everyone is writing there. I recently had an author website client tell me that "Nobody reads blogs any more. It's Substack or nothing." And I get it. It's easy (really really easy) to set up and get going. You can also charge for access to your writing, which is a dream. Read more...

Transitioning from your old author website to a new one…

I've been an author website designer for long enough that many of my clients have moved from the first iteration of their websites to the second (or more). This most often happens because enough time has passed that technology has changed and they would benefit from a refresh to take advantage of the latest capabilities of the internet. Beyond that, new, popular tools come along Read more...

Are you a busy author? Here’s what you don’t need to do…

The last few months, and especially the last few weeks, before the release of your book are hectic.  Reader copies have gone out and you're starting to hear back.  PR is being scheduled.  Your publisher (whether it's you or someone else) has lots of tasks to finalize. Not to mention that your anxiety levels will naturally rise a bit because it's a big deal to Read more...

The Best Author Website Designs Make it Easy to Contact You

It's possible, as an author, that you're a relatively private person. After all, for many writers, one of the things that appeals to them about writing is that they can do it alone, without distraction, regularly. It's an activity preferred by someone who is at least a little bit of an introvert. As an author website designer, I have conversations with my clients regularly about Read more...

Author Website Design Services – When to Hire Help

I've been an author website designer for many years, so I've worked with clients who have started their website projects at all stages related to the release of their book(s). I've created author websites with a 1+ year lead time, most commonly with a 3-6 month lead time, some at the last minute (if my schedule allows), and even some for authors who realize after Read more...

Are You Ready for a Professional Author Website Design?

As an author website designer, I often have conversations with authors who are still making up their minds as to how much they're ready to invest in a professional author presence online.  There are folks doing similar work at various price points -- a simple search for "author website designer" will bring you to many of them.  So even if you don't want to do Read more...

Successful Historical Biography Author Websites: What Do They Have in Common?

I love working on websites for authors of historical biographies and historical nonfiction.  Not only do I get to learn about interesting historical figures and events, but I also get to bring them to life for website visitors.  And that is really the crux of what makes an author website successful: identifying the best way to bring the subject(s) to life while also featuring the Read more...

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