Another Reason to Perfect the Mobile Version of Your Author Website

Like it or not, mobile is the wave of the future. As each year goes by, a larger and larger percentage of people surfing the web are doing it on a smartphone. This further enhances the need for every author to have a mobile-friendly design. But, apparently, having a functional …

The 5 Most Common Author Content Mistakes

I am a content person. There’s no way around it. And as much as I may write about website design or layout or usability, my real bread and butter is content. With that in mind, here are some of the most common content mistakes I see authors making on their …

FAQs About SEO for Author Websites

I apologize in advance for the abbreviations in the title. I know that terms like SEO can be kind of confusing (and even intimidating) at times. And I often get questions about what SEO is, why it’s helpful and how to execute it properly. With that in mind, here are some …

Special Deal for SAS Clients: 50% off Advanced SEO

The first quarter of 2015 is coming to an end, and Q2 is just beginning. With that in mind, it’s time to announce our special deal for current clients in the second quarter. From April 1 to June 30th, any current Smart Author Sites client can take advantage of our …

Ask Us Anything About Author Websites!

Spring has spring, and that puts us in a pretty good mood. With that in mind, we are launching this “Ask us anything!” blog post. The team here at Smart Author Sites has over three decades of experience working on the web — most of those years specifically building and maintaining …

New or Improved? Mapping Your Author Website Relaunch

I’ve worked with many authors who have had websites or blogs in the past, and want to start over again. Maybe they have a new book coming out and want to re-focus their author website or blog. Or they know that their previous efforts weren’t as professional as they’d like, …

6 Things Elizabeth Gilbert Does Right on Her Author Website (and You Can, Too)

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (known best for Eat, Pray, Love) has an amazing author website. And no, we didn’t build it. But when I stumbled upon it today, I was immediately impressed by it. Why? Here are six reasons… 1. The font and logos at the top give it some …

What Is a Book Landing Page and Do You Need One?

You may or may not have heard the term “landing page” in the context of an author website. But you very well may not know exactly what a landing page is. It’s time to learn! What Is a Landing Page? The term “landing page” refers to where someone will enter, or …

JK Rowling and “Book Secrets”

When I put together a proposal for a fiction author, I often recommend adding a feature to the site called “Behind the Book” or “Book Secrets.” Well, it appears as if JK Rowling is taking my advice (wink, wink). What JK Rowling Is Doing I came across this story today …

5 Reasons Why (and How) to Include Video on Your Author Website

Video may not be the easiest type of content to produce for an author website. After all, it’s a whole lot easier for a writer to … you know … WRITE than it is to set up a camera, try to look nice, create a video, edit a video and …