Custom Author Websites

Designed to Promote You and Your Book

Custom Author Websites

Designed to Promote You and Your Book

We Build Custom Websites for Authors

With years of experience launching and promoting books, we’re not your run-of-the-mill web design firm. We know authors, and we work very closely with you to develop the elements you need to for a unique, effective author website.

What You Get

As an author, you need a website that will help you promote your book. You want to reach new readers, and stay in touch with them. Our custom author websites have all the essential elements you need.

The Home Page

To get started, we will discuss your goals,  help you hone your tag line, choose images, and select the most important content for your home page.

We work with you to match your aesthetic so the look and feel of the site fits your personality and your book’s branding and genre.

A Sales Page For Your Book

Sell more books! Our custom author websites feature a compelling landing page that tells potential buyers about you and your book. We follow best practices for online sales and marketing, and include buttons so visitors can buy your book. To enhance the page, we add testimonials and reviews, and awards badges if you have them.

Email Marketing

Build your email list so you can sell more books. We help you build your reader email list with simple tools for email capture. We’ll create a short excerpt of your book which readers can download in exchange for their email address–giving you the chance to stay in touch with them with news about your book launch, special offers, and more. 

More Essential Features:

  • A Blog, with sample posts to help you get started. (And if you already have a blog, we’ll transfer it for you.)
  • About You page, with your bio and a contact function so reviewers, readers, and media can quickly reach you. 
  • Media & Press page, featuring your interviews and reviews
  • Easy to update yourself, so you are not dependent on designers or web experts in the future
  • Mobile Friendly

We Know What Authors Need

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 the hands of Joel. He artistically crafted an engaging and charismatic experience for the viewer. I highly recommend his web design services to one and all.

Adele Paula Royce

Author of The Little Black Book of Suicide Notes

The website that Joel built for me is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and continues to work with very little tweaking. Most importantly he 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

Working with Joel at Author Your Website was so easy. Timely, professional, and creative, he 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

Joel and Laura at Author Your Website were able to bring all our ideas and suggestions to life. They responded to our questions quickly and in a way we could understand. After they built the site, they trained us on how we could make changes and update our site ourselves. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Julie K. and Laura W., the 2RNs

Authors of Surgery Day

Pricing & Process


We charge a base rate of $2,450, which includes the conception and construction of a custom author website with all the features and services described above. If you have different or additional requests, we are happy to talk with you about adding features or pages. Call us for a free consultation. 510-684-2645.

There will also be some additional costs associated with the website that you’ll be responsible for and should consider:

  • A domain or URL, which generally costs $10/year
  • A “Hosting” package, which is essentially the place where your website lives on the internet. This will cost you between $10-$20 per month depending on the speed and security.
  • Professional photo shoot. We recommend that you get a series of professional photos taken that you can use for promoting yourself and your book, in addition to helping us design your site.


How it works

Start by calling us to discuss your needs. If it sounds like we’ll be a good fit, we schedule a longer phone call to outline the scope of the project.

We’ll start by exploring the long term goals for you and your book. If you have other related endeavors, like coaching or consulting, we’ll integrate those as well. Once we get clear on the big vision, we’ll design the site accordingly and get moving on the design!your

Along the way, you’ll get natural marketing support. We started (and still work) as book marketers, so we’ll design the site based on our experience of “what works” to promote you and your book.

We are flexible and work with your publishing timeline to ensure you have what you need, when you need it. Our websites generally take 4-6 weeks from start to finish, depending on your needs and availability for reviews. If you need a website faster, let us know and we’ll see what we can work out. 

Need help with images? Want a logo? Need help with your promotional copy. We will help you with all of that! 



About Us

My name is Joel Pitney, founder of Author Your Website. I’m also a writer, filmmaker, and book launch specialist. What is a book launch specialist? Simply put, I help authors with all aspects of getting their book out into the world, from cover design, to social media strategy, to marketing campaigns, and building websites. I learned to build websites in order to meet the specific needs of my author clients, and over the years I have developed a simple, effective, easy-to-use template for authors to spread the word about their work.

Laura Hartzell is my business partner. Bringing with her a background in journalism and nonprofit fundraising, and the experience of developing, launching, and directing a magazine ecommerce website, I’m lucky she joined Author Your Website in 2016. I am lucky enough to be partners with her in life as well.

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