Author Services

The primary goal of an author's website is to sell books. Everything else is extraneous.

What should be on your site?

A well-designed website is the best way to sell your books and reach potential readers.

Your site should have:

As you have more content, you should add:

After your site is finished:

Dos

Don'ts

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My publishing company is going to make a page for me, so why do I need to set up a site of my own?

A. Publishers will promote the books they publish. Readers want to know about all of your work, not just what one company has published.

Q. Why do I need a custom-built, personalized website? Can't I just use a free template?

A. Your website should be a reflection of your personality and individuality. The design should set your site apart from everything else clamoring for attention from readers. Pre-packaged sites don't come with personal attention and support, either.

Q. Why does my site need to comply with web standards?

A. A standards-compliant site displays well no matter how your readers are accessing it. That means you don't have to create a different version of the site for every browser and platform. In addition, the site will not need to be redesigned every time browsers are updated, and it will still display in older versions of the most common browsers.

Q. Why should I hire a professional web designer to do my site, rather than doing it myself/hiring my best friend's kid/letting a fan do it for free?

A. Your site is just that: your site. It is your public face, the authority on your work, and you should treat it as such. If you know web design, you could do your own site, but remember, all those hours you spend maintaining it and keeping up with web standards are hours you're not spending writing.