Stay Away from the Bells and Whistles!

Just a quick tip today for authors who still haven’t built their websites yet … It may be tempting to have your author web site be flashy and dramatic with music and moving words and such. But avoid the temptation! The problems with sites like that are many. Here are …

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 …

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, …

What Should an Author’s Homepage Accomplish?

Look at a dozen author websites — and websites in general — and you’ll find vastly different types of homepages. Some are flashy and exciting … some are informational … some are promotional. So what’s the best type of homepage for you? And what should the ideal homepage accomplish? Here …

Special Offers on Author Websites

Like it or not, an author website really is a sales tool. And whether you’re talking about selling the book or “selling” the author, the philosophy is very much the same as any other sales tool. People like special offers. But this isn’t a Macy’s holiday sale. How exactly can …

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 …

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 …

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 …