Of course, obviously, I already have an author website, but I've been feeling that something is missing.
It's just not that interesting to look at. This week, I've started a project of indeterminate length, to try to surmise what is that special something that makes a good author website.
Why does it matter?
This much is clear. The website is the backbone of your writer platform. This is where your readers will come to find out about you and your books. This is where the media will come to get in contact with you (hopefully). This is where it all starts. And I want to start on the right foot.
My site has been live for almost two months. And I've had consistent traffic, about six people a day, which is pretty thrilling for a nobody from not anywhere interesting.
But my book will be out in the next couple months and, presumably (hopefully again) more people will be stopping by to check me out. And I want to be ready.
So Now What?
I decided to start by profiling some bestselling authors in my genre. I went to Amazonian looked up top selling ya/teen authors and went through the top 100 listed. I opened the author site of anyone who's books I'd read or heard of, or whose books looked to be similar to mine.
I'll list the authors and link to their sites below so you can take a look at them and I'll be profiling them each more in depth in the next coming days and weeks.
It's worthwhile to note that I picked almost all New York Times Bestselling Authors. I figure, if that's my goal, I should make my site as much like theirs as possible. Of course, they've got money and professional support systems that I don't have, but thats a minor inconvenience. Also, interestingly, I learned that, just because you're a bestselling author, that doesn't mean you have a mind blowing website. You'll see what I mean if you click through the links below. Of course, it also sometimes means you have an incredible site. You'll see those in the links below too.
I'd love to check out some indie author's websites as well, any suggestions? Comment below.
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