Some Interesting Stats on Author Web Sites

Thanks to a study conducted by Codex Group (which describes itself as as a “pollster for publishers”), we have some really interesting numbers about author web sites, how readers use them, and how books are purchased. The gist of the article is this: You need a website to promote yourself …

When Should You Launch Your Author Website?

I get asked this question a lot, so it only makes sense to use this blog post to answer it … even for those people that haven’t asked! Basically, there’s no bad time to launch an author website. The goal of the website will be different depending on what the …

Congratulations to Michael Barry!

Michael Thomas Barry, author of Final Resting Places: Orange County’s Dead and Famous — and SmartAuthorSites.com client — has been ranking well this week (even broke the top 10!) in Amazon ratings for new releases on the west coast! Follow the action on his Facebook page. And, of course, don’t …

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 …

Your Author Website … by the Chapter!

I came across an author website that organizes its content in a really interesting way! Sarah Susanka, author of “The Not So Big Life” has a secondary navigation on her website which runs down the right hand side. It breaks down her book by chapter. For each individual chapter, she …

Free Ways to Use Social Media for Book Promotion

Thanks to a blog entry from a graduate assistant at the Masters in Fine Arts – Literary Fiction & Nonfiction program at Southern New Hampshire University (Writing in the SNHU-MFA), I came across the website of an author who really is using social networking to her advantage … even before …

Why Book Authors Need Their Own Websites

Still not convinced that you should have your own author website or book website? Phyllis Zimbler Miller, marketing guru, book author, and owner of the Internet Marketing company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com, recently wrote an article called “Why Book Authors Need Their Own Websites.” Here’s an abbreviated version of the list of reasons …

Interesting (though outdated) News

Here are some of the relevant author news stories that we had on the SmartAuthorSites.com website before we launched this blog. Some of it is still very relevant, so you might want to check it out. We will be adding links to and commentary on  new and interesting news stories …

Welcome, Authors!

Welcome to the new SmartAuthorSites.com blog! Here, we will keep you updated on the latest news regarding author websites, online marketing for authors, and how to turn your book into a bestseller through a comprehensive online strategy. We’ll also let you know what’s going on within SmartAuthorSites.com as we continue …