7 Must-Have WordPress Plug-ins for Author Websites

We build all of our author sites in WordPress. And there are many good reasons for that. One of them is the multitude of plug-ins that WordPress allows you to use — from ones that create photo slideshows to contact forms and more. Here are seven that we install on each and …

10 FAQs About Author Blogs

Blogging is something that I recommend nearly all authors do. But many of the people I speak with are unsure about how to start blogging, what to blog about, or why blogs may be helpful to them. With that in mind, here are 10 questions I frequently get about author blogs (and …

Writers Speak Up: “My Biggest Author Mistake Was…”

There’s a new conversation going on in an author group I belong to on LinkedIn. And boy is it a doozy! The group is called “Authors, Writers, Publishers, Editors, & Writing Professionals.” The question? “What is the worst mistake you made in the history of your career as an author, …

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 …

The 3 Most Common Author Website Myths

In honor of this great pieces I just read on Book Promotion Myths from my colleague Sandra Beckwith, I have decided to present … three common author website myths. 1. An author’s website needs to be stunning. Sure, a stunning website is a good thing. In fact, it’s often a …

5 Signs an Author Is Ignoring His/Her Website

An author writes a book. An author builds a website to promote that book. A year or two passes. The author starts ignoring the website. It becomes like a “portfolio” — somewhere that he may send people if they’re interested, but not something that he things about all that often. …

9 Ways to Get Book Reviews (Not All of Them Ethical)

Remember when getting a book review involved a pre-pub copy of your book being sent to the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, etc…? Boy, how times have changed. And while those reviews are still golden, today’s world of self-published authors, Amazon, and online reviews have turned the concept of book reviews …

5 Things CoverCake Has Taught Me About Books and Social Media

For the past few months, Publishers Weekly has been printing a monthly report from CoverCake about the most talked about books in social media. And these lists (and the corresponding analysis) have taught me a thing or two! First, here’s how CoverCake describes itself: At CoverCake, we are focused on …

Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Social Media Avenues for Authors

Oh Facebook and Twitter … they’re so 2012. But seriously, we all know that those are the two most commonly-used social networking tools in the digital world. But that doesn’t mean authors should be ignoring all the other social networking avenues out there. In the past few weeks, I’ve stumbled …

10 Ways a Reader Can Find Your Author Website

Okay, so you’ve built an author website. Congratulations! But just because the site is live doesn’t mean that people will find it. Here’s what you need to know about all the ways people can and will find your site, and what you can do to increase the odds of it …