Many successful authors have websites that are the hub of their online marketing activity — they provide a central platform for everything from blogging to book sales and email newsletters. But what should you include in an author website?
We’ve compiled 45 stellar examples to give you some ideas. These sites can provide inspiration for any authors or publishers looking to launch or redesign an author website.
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To appear on this list of examples, sites had to meet most, if not all, of the following criteria:
- Include a list of published books
- Prominently display new or impending releases
- Provide an obvious way to subscribe for updates
- Provide a way to contact the author
- Include links to the author’s social media profiles
- Display a list of upcoming events
- Include a blog to showcase the author’s personality and/or writing process
- Be easy to navigate
- Have a clean, unique design
- Be mobile friendly
We’ve made sure to include both traditional and self-published authors, along with a variety of styles and genres, so everyone can find some inspiration.
1. Bella Andre
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18. Kevin Hearne
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Link to the rest at BookBub
PG has to admit that he liked some of the designs, but others looked pretty generic and home-made (by people who do not have a design-centric person in their home).
Clean design is great, but (in PG’s immanently humble opinion), it’s easy to slip over the line from clean-cool to clean-generic.
Rectangular blocks of text against a contrasting plain background have been done before.
Arial, Helvetica and Times Roman (New, Old or in-between) have been done, done, done, done, before, before, before, before.
The combination of rectangular blocks of text and Arial/Helvetica/Times Roman can be used in original and impactful ways, but (in PG’s gracefully cultivated opinion) doing that is hard and rare and most people don’t succeed.
That said, PG thought Bookbub’s minimum standards bullet point list of criteria provided a good checklist against which an author might wish to compare her/his/zir/hir/eir/vis/tem/eir website to make certain the fundamentals are sound and complete.
For ideas on fonts, see Stop Using Arial & Helvetica in which Arial is described as “Microsoft’s bastard son (rip-off) of Helvetica. It’s just a bad copy of Helvetica – a really bad one. It’s just ugly.”
For more ideas on fonts, see Best Times New Roman Alternatives: Fonts to Avoid Default Fonts – “I had to believe there were other ways of presenting information that didn’t involve Times New Roman words endlessly written on a white freaking document.”
(Yes PG is aware that TPV could improve in the fonts department, but he likes the color, textures and mood of his current WordPress theme and whenever he looks for a good alternative that isn’t ten years behind the times, he can’t find one he likes as well or that he can make look like Ancient Faithful, the theme that (like this sentence) just won’t die. He’ll try out more alternative themes on TPV to gather comments at some time in the future.)