You’ve been published, Congratulations! Now you have to advertise. Here are a few tips for designing your author website.
There are over one million books published in the United States every year, but book sales are declining. That means that if you’re working on a book, competition is growing fiercer every day.
One of the best ways to stand out as a new writer is by having a great author website. Get started with these helpful tips.
Choose the Right Domain Name for Your Author Website
One of the most important choices you will make when it comes to your website is what your domain name will be. If you choose the wrong thing, then people may not be able to find your site.
If possible, try to purchase your first and last name followed by “.com”. That way, if people are looking you up they will easily be able to find your site. If that option isn’t available, then consider how you will abbreviate your name carefully.
Select a Hosting Service
The hosting service that you have your website on will have a huge impact on how difficult it is to build your site. Try to choose a hosting service that gives you templates for your pages to save some time.
You will also want to consider the price of the hosting service. In order to have your website online, you will likely pay around fifteen to twenty dollars a month for hosting.
Incorporate a Site Theme
Choosing a site theme is a great way to unify your website so that your readers can focus on your writing.
Make sure that you choose consistent fonts and colors so that you don’t distract the reader from the content. Your site theme should be simple, yet still display your personality. It should also fit in with the theme of the novel you are working on.
Pay Close Attention to Your Web Design Choices
There are lots of small web design choices you will make when putting together your website. Try to be consistent when it comes to the details.
People reading your site will notice if there is a different scroll bar on one page or if a menu moves from one side of the page to the other.
Link to Your Social Media Accounts
One of the best ways to get noticed by publishers is by becoming an influencer on social media. Try to post often sharing information about your coming book as well as writing other content if you want attention.
It’s important to build anticipation for your coming book and show publishers that you already have a following.
Building a great author website is the best way to get the word out about your coming book and establish yourself as a professional writer. But you also need to take additional steps to ensure your book gets noticed.
For more advice for budding writers, check out our book marketing ideas
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