Does an Author Really Need a Website? Duh!

I know I’ve written about this a lot, but every time I see another expert backing up what I’ve had to say, I feel the need to post again on the subject. Today’s post is in reference to an interview with Annik LaFarge on TheBookDoctors.com. Her bio there reads as …

The Bookselling Market: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Bowker recently released the “2009 Book Consumer Annual Review: U.S. Demographics & Buying Behaviors.” It was based on responses from 43,000 people in book publishing. And while it would cost you a whopping $1,000 to download and read the complete report, here are some highlights, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. This …

Marketing a Fiction Book vs. Marketing a Nonfiction Book

There are lots of companies that say they can market your book online. And maybe they can. But what they fail to tell you is that there’s not one standard formula that works for all authors. Marketing a teen horror novel is very, very different from trying to sell copies …

Author Website … Author Blog … Facebook … Twitter: What’s the Point?

It used to be that a publisher promoted an author’s book. If an author wanted to do more, they hired a PR person who made phone calls and sent out copies of the book for review. How times have changed! Now, an author has to do nearly all of their …

Authors: Make Yourself Media-Friendly!

What’s the main purpose of author websites? It’s publicity! Which is why it’s so frustrating when authors make someone from another website or media outlet jump through hoops in an effort to feature them and their books. It’s like shooting yourself in the foot! Case in point: A blogger who …

It’s Never Too Early for An Author Website (Right From An Editor’s Mouth)

In previous blog posts, I’ve discussed why it’s never too early to get your author website and online presence going. In fact, I’ve claimed that having those pieces in place can actually help you get published, because it gives you a leg up over the competition. And now I have …

7 Easy (and Free) Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Author Website

So your author web site is launched. Congratulations! But the work is just beginning. Because what good is a website if no one is visiting it? Here are some simple ways to ensure that your website gets looked at… Amass a list of contacts. It should include as many people …

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 …

What Kind of Photo Should You Use on Your Author Web Site?

I get asked this question a lot … Many authors aren’t sure whether to get their photo professionally taken, whether the photo should be a close-up or not, what the background should be, etc… Hopefully I can answer some of those questions here. First, I want to clarify that what …

Top 10 Peeves from Booksellers and Readers About Author Websites

Thanks to Bookseller Jolie at DearAuthor.com, we now have the Top 10 Peeves from Booksellers and Readers About Author Websites. Here’s what they are and, of course, my two cents on each of them. #1 – Series links are not easily identifiable.  This should be its own special link on …