Build Your Own Website
How It Works
You’ll need a domain and a hosting service for your site. I can point you in the right direction for how to get these set up if you don’t have them already.
I’ll facilitate the process of loading my template onto your domain (www.you.com). The site comes with all the features of an optimized author website (see below). You just need to add pictures, copy, and your personalized aesthetic twist.
Once we’ve uploaded the template to your site, we’ll have a 1-hour Skype session where I take you step-by-step through the process of using your site. By the end, you’ll have a strong understanding of how to update it, and I’ll point you in the direction of resources for future support and learning.
Author Website Features
Our author websites are based on years of experience launching and promoting books. They include what we've found to be the most essential and effective elements for authors.
Both levels of website service are designed with the following elements:
One of the best ways to grow the audience for your work is to grow an email list. My sites include beautiful email sign-up forms that will encourage your website visitors to become subscribers, without being too spammy.
Optimized Sales Pages
When you launch your book, it's important to have a compelling landing page that tells potential buyers about you and your book. My template uses best practices for online sales and marketing, and includes buttons to buy your book, a place for book testimonials, and a visually appealing format.
If you opt for my custom website services, I'll help you craft web copy that presents you and your book in a compelling way that represents the core ideas of your work.
My author sites are built on a platform that is intuitive and easy to update for even the most novice web user. I'll teach you how to use it so you won't be dependent on me or anyone else to make changes to your site in the future!
Are you looking for a website feature that's not part of my template? I can find a solution for any specific need you have. Just let me know and I'll add it to the site!
Getting media exposure is an important part of launching and promoting your book. My author sites include a simple template for displaying all your media appearances, and helping you get more interviews.
If you want to build an audience for your book(s), it's important to get your voice "out there" through a consistent blogging presence. My sites include a variety of blogging options to make it easy for you to publish your latest thoughts and share them with the world.
These days, the majority of people visiting your website will be doing so on a mobile device, so it's imperative that your site be "responsive" to all devices. My author sites are built on a platform that automatically adapts to any device . . . no matter how small.
Social Media Integration
Social media is all the rage right now and makes up an important part of any campaign to spread the word about your book. My sites come fitted with all the social media integration you'll need to make sure that your visitors can easily share, like, and talk about your book across all social media platforms.
The landscape of book marketing and online platform-building is constantly changing, and I'm always discovering new features for my author websites. You'll have the benefit of learning with me and getting updates about the latest developments to my author website template, even after we're done working together.
Author Site Template
Includes my author site template and a Skype lesson in how to use it.
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Joel was a wonderful support in refining the strategy and layout for my website in preparation for my book launch. I really appreciated how he took the time to teach me how to update and implement design features on my new site to make the most of the tools at my disposal. Joel was a joy to work with—warm, open, conscientious and a great team player.Dr. Deborah Zucker
While I *technically* built my new website myself, Joel walked me through every step of the process, from coming up with a terrific plan ahead of time to helping me choose a great theme and maximizing its potential. Joel is seriously patient and thorough, with great instincts for what (tech-challenged) writers need to succeed. Best yet, because he showed me how to do it myself, I feel in control moving forward. I’m so happy with my new site!Susie Meserve