Beautiful Author Websites

Designed For You

and Your Books

Beautiful Author Websites

Designed For You

and Your Books

Your book is done. Now you need a website.

It’s crucial to your success.

In today’s book marketplace, your online presence as an author is more important than ever. And your website is at the center of your online strategy. It’s often the first place people will go to learn about you and your book. So creating a site that communicates the message and image you want to present to the world is crucial to your success.


Our author websites are beautiful, affordable, easy-to-use, and integrate all the best practices in online book marketing.

Joel Pitney and wife Laura Hartzell are the dynamic, talented, patient, thorough and professional team behind Author Your Website.

They transformed our website from focusing on the book to one that explains the breadth of our business offerings, working with us through the process to refine our thinking and make critical decisions. They listened carefully to what we wanted to accomplish; they were responsive and very quick; and they held our hands throughout the process. And given that we write and speak about customer experience, we know the difference between companies that care about their customers and those that don’t.

We could not recommend them more highly!

Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O’Connell

Co-authors, Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight

In no time at all, Joel and Laura created a professional, colorful and classy website. As my goals and interests evolved, they conscientiously expanded and updated my website to reflect these changes, always seeking to improve each page. They are a pleasure to work with and indispensable to authors like me who who are allergic to technology projects.

Marguerite Elisofon

Author of My Picture Perfect Family

The website that Joel & Laura built for me is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and continues to work with very little tweaking. Most importantly they made it possible for me to add content and write regular blogposts without outside help. For a non-techie, this was a huge gift. Great work!


Linda K. Jacobs

Author of Strangers in the West, Kalimah Press

Our Author Website Services

We will build a custom site for you, or you can buy our template and build it yourself.

Custom Built Sites

Based on our experience building author websites, we will design and build a site that is tailored to your specific personality, profile, book, and platform goals.

Do-It-Yourself Sites

Purchase our author website template, which includes all the features from all our custom sites, and build the site yourself. We’ll even teach you how to use it.

Joel Pitney and Laura Hartzell are incredibly gifted web designers. As a first time author about to embark on a book launch campaign, I realized reaching the public via a web presence was a key to success.  After an arduous process of studying various websites, I decided to put my project in their hands. They artistically crafted an engaging and charismatic experience for the viewer. I highly recommend their web design services to one and all.

Adele Paula Royce

Author of The Little Black Book of Suicide Notes

Working with Joel & Laura was so easy. Timely, professional, and creative, they did a wonderful job of putting together a site that accurately reflected me and my mission. I could not have been more pleased.

Gary Roe

Bestselling Author and Grief Specialist, Hospice Brazos Valley

I am so pleased with the site that Joel & Laura developed for Neighbor2Neighbor. They took the time to understand our organization first. Then they combined our goals with their expertise, and the end result is an interactive and informative site that will be an essential part of communicating with our participants and our community. Exceptional work.

Mahlon K. Stewart

President, Neighbor2Neighbor in Greenwich Village, Inc

As an author with minimal budget and design skills, I searched for an affordable, easily-customizable website that I could tweak myself. Joel and Laura have created a beautiful DIY template, and they offer tutoring sessions to help you build a cutting-edge website to serve you far into the future. Great value, great experience, great websites!

Kate Gilead

Author, Sweet 'n' Steamy Reads series

Contact Us

Author Your Website is the author-website division of Launch My Book, Inc.

Founded in 2013 by Joel Pitney, Launch My Book started as a service supporting authors to grow their platform in preparation for book launch. It has since expanded into a full-service, boutique marketing shop. In 2016, Joel’s business partner and wife, Laura Hartzell Pitney, joined the team after a long career in fundraising. Together, they help authors with all aspects of getting their book out into the world, from cover design, to social media strategy, to marketing campaigns, to building websites. They live and work together in the mountains of Bend, Oregon, and provide personalized service to authors throughout North America.

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