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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...

Author Websites for Multiple Genres or Larger Careers

As an author website designer I often work with clients who are facing one of two scenarios in their career: They've written books, maybe even a series, across multiple genres.  Perhaps they have books for children, and also adults.  Or, maybe they've written romantic fiction and also thrillers. Being an author is one part of their expertise, but on top of that, they are also Read more...

Choosing Photography for Your Author Website

When I start working with authors they often have many pieces of collateral needed for their website ready-to-go; things like book blurbs, social media links, purchase links, etc... but one area I find many authors haven't considered is photography. Often they have a standard author headshot -- one that shows their head and torso, but the kind of impact they want to create requires more Read more...

Enhancing Your Author Website Design: Create a Book Clubs Page

If you're an author who is already attending book club meetings (virtually, of course) about your book, have you made sure you tell people about that on your author website? Book clubs can be a great way to connect with your fans, old and new alike. Often a book club rotates which member gets to choose the next book, and often that book is new Read more...

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