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The definitive indie author guide to author websites that attract and convert

Today we did an awesome live class on building a bestselling author website, including topics to writing about, content marketing, getting more traffic and email subscribers, and design and branding. One of the things I recommended was to write articles, then turn those into Powerpoints for SlideShare, then record yourself talking about it for YouTube, then breaking them into individual ... Read More »

Whine or shine (how much of your struggle should you share?)

I just read a blog post from a self-styled “international marketing expert” that rubbed me the wrong way. It was basically a rant against helping other people for free, when she had courses for that, and they should pay her, dammit! I understand that people want to be protective of their content… but I often tell artists and authors that ... Read More »

6 things your author website needs to do that you’ve never even considered

Hopefully you’ve figured out that you want your authors website to sell books. Maybe you also know you need to get people to sign up to your email list somehow. But here are 5 other important things you’ve probably never thought about. 1. Get out of the way You’re a writer, not a photographer or a sculptor or an artist ... Read More »

99 WordPress themes for indie author websites that will actually sell books

I wrote recently about why you should use WordPress for your author website. Now allow me to recommend some themes that might work for you. But first, let me make sure you’re in the right place: #1. You are not a celebrity If you are, then you can make a totally personalized expensive website with bells and whistles, because your ... Read More »

Are you happy with your author website? (Comment for a free site review!)

Over the last couple of years my mission has been to improve the quality standard for self-published book covers, and after helping thousands of indie authors, I know I’m making a dent. But authors still face two huge challenges: author marketing, and having a decent author website. Although I talk a lot about book marketing, I’ve said before that I ... Read More »

2014 Top Websites and Blogs for Self-Publishing Authors (according to Google)

best websites for self-publishing authors

When I was putting together my ebook “100 Publishing Questions Answered” someone asked me for a list of the best blogs and websites for indie and self-publishing authors. I didn’t have one handy, so I thought I should make my own. However I decided NOT to make a curated list. Which means, instead of trying to determine which websites have ... Read More »

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