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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The ‘Musts’ of an Author’s Website

No two author websites are the same. But there are certain things that should be on every site. Notice I say “should be” … Search the web and you’ll find some authors’ websites that are missing some crucial information! While I’m a big supporter of making every author’s website unique, …

A Common Author Sin

Most authors know that they need to build a writer website in order to properly promote themselves and their books. But too many authors build a website and then don’t bother to tell people about it. Big mistake! Get your domain name out there. Get people to link to your …