March in Review: 5 Good Reads for Authors

Happy April! Here’s what you might have missed in March. It’s time to catch up on your reading. Presenting … 5 Good Reads for Authors Good Reads for Authors, March 2017 1. Should Indie Authors Publish Exclusively With Amazon or Not? A new report from Author Earnings doesn’t completely answer …

How Do You Track Book Sales?

So you have an author website. And you, of course, have links to buy your book through your website (or at least I hope you do!) But how do you track book sales? In other words, how do you know if people are actually clicking on those links? And how …

5 Things I Love About Haruki Murakami’s Author Website

Very rarely do I stumble across an author website that I wish I had built myself. This was one of them. This brilliant Japanese novelist, author of Norwegian Wood and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, admits to being a bit of a recluse. And that’s what makes his …

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Domain Name for Your Author Website

It’s the first thing you do when you decide to create an author website. It also may be the most important: choosing your domain name. Here are six things to keep in mind when you make that big decision. 1. What’s the purpose of the site? Is this a book-focused site, …

A Social Network for Authors … From Down Under

Does Facebook have a new rival in the author community? They do if Melbourne-based publishing startup Tablo has anything to say about it. And you don’t need to be a resident of Australia to participate. According to ITWire.com, Tablo was founded by 21-year-old Ash Davies (yikes! 21???), who recently completed …

An Exciting New Site: Self Employed Central

ust a quick note this afternoon to inform all of you about a newly-launched site that may be of interest to authors (and many other creative types). It’s www.SelfEmployedCentral.com, and it speaks to anyone who is (or hopes to be) a writer, artist, freelancer, small business owner, or professional in …

Smart Author Sites Welcomes Author Bloggers!

Good news for all the authors and aspiring writers who’ve been following our blog. We now have a handful of Smart Author Sites clients who are going to be blogging here as well. They’ll tell their stories of getting published (or self-publishing), their writing strategies, and what’s working for them …

Social Marketing: Is It Worth It?

I came across a really interesting blog entry (and subsequent conversation) by Barbara Vey, a regular Publishers Weekly blogger.  It starts like this … Does the idea of Twitter cause you to tremble? Is Facebook giving you heart palpitations? Blogging becoming a four letter word? If your answer to any …

A Goodbye to Stacey

A little off the topic of our usual blog entries, but I thought this might be a new and different way to say goodbye. One of the members of the Smart Author Sites staff, Stacey Elms, will be leaving us next month to go on to bigger and better things. …