Whether you’re a published or aspiring author, all writers need to have an author website. But for aspiring authors, specifically, it can be confusing to know what to have on your author website. Learn what you should include on your author website in this iWriterly video.
Heya, book nerds! I’m Meg LaTorre, and on this episode of iWriterly, we’re going to be continuing our author platform discussion. If you missed the first video, called Author Platform Basics, which lays a foundation for what author platform is, I’ll leave a link in the description below.
Today, we’re going to dive deeper into what you should have on your author websites. If you guys would like me to make a video specifically on how to create an author website, let me know in the comments below.
Whether you have published books, soon-to-be-published books, or are still in the drafting phase of your manuscript, you should have an author website. This website acts as a homebase for you on the internet, and allows potential readers to find and interact with you.
Social media does not take place of an author website. The two work in tandem to form your author platform. But what should you include on an author website? Both published and unpublished writers should have the following information on their website: Homepage: On the homepage of your website, include a site header (usually an image of yourself) with your name and a line about what you write.
Some writers will put their bio on their homepage. However, I recommend leaving that to your About page. Your home page should be more of the welcome committee. Bio: Most authors will have a separate About page that includes their bio.
Many times, you’ll see both the long-form and the short-form, but it is essential to have at the very least a 100- to 300-word bio about your professional experiences. It’s okay if it doesn’t all pertain to writing.
Give a shout out to your education or work experience, any publication credits you have, previously published works, and a little bit about you, personally. Contact information: You should also have a Contact page on your website.
You can either list your information or create a contact form. I’ll leave a link in the description below to the contact page on the iWriterly website, so you guys can take a look at what a contact form can look like.
But I highly recommend creating a contact form rather than leaving your email or mailing address on this page. This way, you’re less likely for people to steal your information and add you to lists you never subscribed too.
(In other words, you’re less likely to get spammed.) Portfolio page: This page should provide a brief description and links to any of your work that’s been published, such as magazine articles, short stories, or poetry.
Blog: Many website builders will automatically have your blog as your homepage. Personally, I prefer to have the blog on a separate page. That way, if viewers are interested in reading updates on your writing progress (or whatever you decide to blog about), they can then jump over to that page.
Links to your social media platforms Email newsletter signup: (If you guys would like a separate video on how to set up a newsletter, let me know in the comments below.) For aspiring writers, it’s OK if your first author websites aren’t the prettiest things out there.
If you start working on your website-building skills now, by the time you have a book out, you’ll have learned a great deal about how to create an author website (and hopefully won’t need to hire a website designer–unless you want to).
In addition to the list I previously mentioned, published authors should have the following information on their website: Either separate pages for each different book or book series or single web page that lists all of your published work Book cover images Descriptions about each book (usually authors use the book jacket copy) Links to all the major retailers where the books can be purchased Contact information to your agent and publicist Optional: A review page with your best blurbs and reviews Thanks for tuning into this episode on iWriterly on author websites.
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If you have questions about anything we covered today, leave those in the comments below. As always, KEEP WRITING! whether you’re a published or aspiring author all writers need to have an author website for aspiring authors specifically it can be confusing to know what to have on your website learn what you should include in your author website in this I write early video hey Buckner’s I’m Mabel a tour and on this I read early episode we are going to be continuing our author platform discussion if you missed the first video author platform basics which leaves the foundation for what author platform is I’ll leave a link in the description below so you guys can check that out today we’re gonna dive deeper into what you should have on your author website if you guys have an interest in how to make an author website let me know in the comments below whether you have published books too soon to be published books or you’re in the drafting phase of your manuscript you should have an author website the website acts as a home base for you on the internet and allows potential readers to find and interact with you social media does not take place of an author website the to work in tandem amongst other things to form an author platform but what should you include on your author website let’s start with the things that both published and unpublished writers should have on their author website home page on the home page of your website include a site header which is usually an image of yourself your name and a quick line about what you write this is that top banner image usually above your menu some writers will put their bio on their home page so below this header image however I recommend leaving that to your about page your home page should really act as the welcoming committee usually here you might introduce what people might find on your website what you might do things you might post etc bio most authors will have a separate about page that includes their bio anytime to see both a long form and the short form but it is essential for writers to have a 100 to 300 word bio that talks a little bit about your experiences it’s okay if it doesn’t all pertain to give a shout-out to your education or work experience any publishing credits you might have maybe any courses relevant to writing that you took any published articles or short stories or poetry or things of that nature as well as a little bit about you personally contact information you should also have a contact page on your website you can either list your information or have a contact form I’ll leave a link in the description below to the contact page on the eyebright early web site so that you guys can get like you don’t feel for what it looks like but I highly recommend creating a contact form rather than leaving your personal information on this page this way you’re less likely to have people steal your information or add you to lists that you did not subscribe to in other words you’re less likely to get spammed portfolio page this page should provide a brief description and links to any of your works that have been published this could include things like short stories a magazine articles and poetry blog many website builders will automatically have your blog listed at the home page on your website personally I prefer to have the blog as a separate page that way if you are interested in reading blogs about your writing process or whatever you choose to write about they can go there in addition I recommend that both publish and yet to be published writers have a blog because that will improve your SEO ratings in st.
Google more content that you publish in tags that you have you will gradually raise your website’s rating so that hopefully you’re higher up in the search bar links to your social media platforms email the newsletter signup there’s like a separate video to learn more about how to set up a newsletter or why you should set up a newsletter let me know in the comments below for aspiring writers it’s okay if your author website is not the prettiest thing out there if you start working on your website building skills now hopefully by the time you have a book out and published you will have gained enough skills that you don’t necessarily need to hire a web designer though you of course can as I mentioned before the previous lists were things that both published and yet to be published writers should have on their author website the following list is for published authors specifically you want to create either separate pages for your books or book series or a single page that lists all of your published work usually most people will separate it by book series if you have multiple series you’ll also want to have book cover images you’ll need the descriptions about each book and a lot of authors use the book jacket copy links to all the major retailers where the books can be purchased contact information for your agent and publicist and this could be simply links out to their respective websites this last one is technically optional but I think it looks fabulous have a review page with your best review and blurs thanks for tuning into this episode of I read early unauthorized if you liked what you saw give this video a thumbs up it lets me know you liked this type of content and want more if you’re new here welcome consider subscribing I post a writing related videos every Wednesday if you have any questions about anything we cover today or additional topics you’d like us to cover it leave those in the comments below as always keep writing