Personal Information, Safety and Your Author Website

When you’re building your author web site, do you spend any time thinking about how much information to share about yourself? About what email address to give out? About what might happen if you share too much? If not, maybe you should. For some authors, these are obvious questions. For …

Writing for Books vs. Writing for Author Websites

Authors are writers. Which means that most authors I work with don’t hesitate to write the copy for their own writer website. After all, a writer is a writer, right? Well, not necessarily. Now this doesn’t mean that authors shouldn’t be taking a stab at writing their own content. They …

Why Author Websites Need Google Analytics

Earlier this week, I posted a blurb about what people are looking for on author websites. Today, I want to continue the thought and discuss Google Analytics and why every author website should have it. First, for those who aren’t familiar with it, Google Analytics is a free service offered …

Building an Amazon Author Central Profile

For several years now, Amazon has had a feature called “Author Central Profile.” You may or may not have heard of it. That doesn’t say much about it, does it? But there are two big reasons why you should build a profile: First, it’s free (can’t beat that). Second, Amazon …

5 Ways to Use Your Author Blog

I’ve posted many times before about why an author needs a blog and how it can really help in terms of site traffic, book sales, etc… But many authors aren’t sure what to do with a blog. “What should the theme of my blog be?” …  “How do I get …

Do Blogs Belong on Writers’ Websites?

I recently came upon a post in The online journal of writer Jon Gibbs. He proposes that an author’s blog should be completely separate from their website. Here’s how he sums it up: “From a strictly self-promotional point of view, there are two types of people in the world: those …

Getting the Introverted Author Out There

I just stumbled across an article in the NY Times about introverts finding a path to career success in a world of extroverts (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/jobs/01pre.html?scp=26&sq=author%20marketing&st=cse). And it got me thinking about authors… The majority of people in the world are extroverts (experts say it’s 70%). But there are a fair number …

A Blog Entry About Blogging

I was reading an interesting article over the weekend in Internet & Marketing Report magazine. It had to do with the benefits of blogging and how anyone can blog to drive traffic to their website. Here are some of the highlights of that article, and how the information specifically pertains …