Category Archives: Author Website Design

August 2018 Links Roundup | Web Design Relief

Welcome to our Links Roundup for August! This month, we’re livening up the summer doldrums with articles on how to avoid a blog crisis; the ins and outs of link building to improve your brand; a new tool you can use to write your novel; and more! Whether you create your own author website or we create one for you, we want to give you the best possible tools to build an effective online author platform and get your writing out there for the world to read.

How to Lessen Your Chances of an Online Crisis – via Jane Friedman – You’ve carefully built your online reputation—and now it’s under attack! Chris Syme discusses how to prevent this crisis by being proactive and developing goodwill among your followers and media representatives in the social sphere.

The Rules of Link Building – via moz – What is link building, and are you doing it the right way? Britney Muller discusses the ins and outs of link building, such as considering how much value a link will have, reclaiming broken links, doing outreach, and creating original content.

Seven Sure-Fire Ways to Annoy a Blog Editor (and What to Do Instead)via ProBlogger – It’s important to build relationships with blog editors, but it’s even more important to do that without accidentally annoying them. Ali Luke reviews ways that bloggers can land on the blacklist without even realizing it—and how they can avoid these pitfalls.

6 Good Reasons To Use Scrivener To Write Your Book – via Writers Write – Check out Scrivener, a word processor designed specifically for authors. Writers Write lists good reasons to use this program, including a built-in outliner, the ability to open your notes right next to your work, and a function that can put it all into a single document.

6 Great Portfolio Sites for Freelance Writers – via The Write Life – If you’re a freelance writer, you need a portfolio on the Internet. Annie Rose Favreau discusses six websites that can help promote your writing and build your portfolio as a freelance writer.


5 Style Elements You’ll Want To Steal From These Eye-Catching Author Websites | Web Design Relief


At Web Design Relief, we’re always on the lookout for the latest website trends and must-have style elements. We scour the Internet for great-looking websites in general and eye-catching, innovative author websites in particular so that we stay ahead of the curve about what’s current in the publishing industry. Then we use this info to create beautiful author websites for our clients!

Here are some of the most interesting, attractive author websites we’ve seen online. Maybe one will be the inspiration for your own author website. (You know you really should have one!)

The Best Design Elements Found In 5 Great-Looking Author Websites

Author Website #1: Amanda Palmer

Unforgettable imagery. The use of personal branding stands out as soon as you hit the home page of this author website. Bright colors pop, and the unusual image, placed against the simple white background, grabs your eye. And everything you’d be looking for is located on the main page with a quick slide down the site when you click the menu.


Author Website #2: Vince Frost

Bold basics. The strong graphic design completely catches our attention on the first page. Using a monochromatic, black-and-white color scheme with just a hint of color and boxes that slide in and out provides a unique, engaging visual experience.


Author Website #3: Gary Vaynerchuk

Mobile-friendly design. The use of bold, easy-to-read typography and bright colors works amazingly well on this author website—especially on mobile devices. The author’s podcasts and blog are right on the navigation bar, making them easy for his audience to locate. And the fun, informal photo in the header makes him instantly relatable to his followers.


Author Website #4: Kellie Coates Gilbert

Audience appeal. This author’s website features large, can’t-miss social media buttons and a photo carousel that works along with her book images to give bursts of color for plenty of impact—but the serif and script typefaces in the header keep her branding consistent for her audience of moms, sisters, daughters, and girlfriends.


Author Website #5: Tim Tigner

Focused energy. The header on this author’s website is packed with energy, which reflects his author brand and the types of stories he tells. Yet the home page offers great functionality while a bold red button and the use of bright color on the navigation bar grab the eye and take you straight to his giveaway. And the Fun Fact keeps you reading right to the bottom of the page with the teaser about how he names his characters.


Want to see even more attractive, engaging author websites? Check out our Portfolio page! We can create an author website that works best for you, your budget, and your needs.


QUESTION: Which author website is your favorite? What about it do you like best?

How To Make It Easy For People To Read Your Writing On Your Author Website | Web Design Relief

Your author website is the hub for your online presence. It’s where literary editors, agents, and readers go to learn more about you and your writing. So it makes sense that you’d like to use your author website to showcase your best work! But how much of your poetry, short stories, or novels should you display? And how can you make the reading experience the best it can possibly be?

Smart Tips For Sharing Your Writing On Your Author Website

For Novelists:

Novelists have a lot of material to work with. They also have many good reasons to share excerpts of their work on their websites:

  • The first chapter of an upcoming release can be a great tease, whetting readers’ appetites for the completed and encouraging pre-orders.
  • Deleted scenes of an already published book can draw avid fans to your website, where you can encourage them to join your mailing list.
  • A short book excerpt of a yet-to-be-published novel can keep readers interested and engaged between publication dates.
  • A book excerpt from an uncontracted novel may attract the interest of editors and agents when the URL is shared with certain hashtags on social media.

Adding images to the excerpt page to illustrate setting and character, or posting a set list of music that you listened to while writing can offer new, multimedia dimensions to the story.

For Short Story Writers:

A short story writer may want to offer a free story on his or her website in order to:

  • Sell a collection of short stories that contains the freebie.
  • Attract the attention of editors of literary magazines or agents and editors who may be interested in other works.
  • Build a mailing list by attracting lovers of short stories and encouraging them to subscribe.

Rather than post a previously published short story, you might want to show off all previous publications in a hot-linked list to the actual publications.

For Poets:

Poets have to be the most careful of all when it comes to sharing work on their author websites. Here’s how to showcase your poetry wisely:

  • Only upload previously published poems, once you get the rights back from the literary journal that licensed them.
  • Write new poems to be used exclusively on your website for promotion and marketing purposes.
  • Share one poem from your self-published poetry collection to entice people to purchase the whole collection.

And whether you’re posting an excerpt or an entire poem or story, keep in mind this important caveat: The work will be considered previously published by literary journal editors. Removing an original piece from your author website doesn’t always work—old versions of webpages are still visible to a search engine. If an editor finds your “unpublished” poem cached online, you’ll look unprofessional and probably kill your chance at publication.

Don’t publish anything on your author website that you might want to submit to literary journals.

Author Website Design That Offers The Best Reading Experience

People stare at screens all day, so you want to make the online reading experience as pleasant and easy as possible:

  • Use a simple, easily legible typeface in a large enough font size.
  • Don’t blast black print against a neon yellow background just for contrast’s sake—simple black print against a gentle off-white is boring but often works best.
  • Add images if they enhance the text, but use them wisely to avoid making the background distracting or too busy.
  • Include lots of paragraph breaks—readers are intimidated by large blocks of print.


Question: How much of your writing do you share on your author website?

Author Website Tips For Writers Who Don’t Want To Deal With Having An Author Website | Web Design Relief

Sure, having a well-maintained, active author website is a vital element in your author platform and social media support—but who has the time to deal with that? You have your day job, appointments to keep, groceries to buy, children to drop off and pick up, and your writing time to squeeze in. You may wonder… Continue Reading

Say Cheese! 8 Modeling Tips For A More Flattering Author Portrait Or Headshot | Web Design Relief

Whether you’re hiring a professional photographer or relying on a friend to hold the camera, you can make the most of your author headshot photo shoot by following these simple tips from the design experts at Web Design Relief. Looking good never looked so easy! Steal These Modeling Tips To Take A Great Headshot Or… Continue Reading

How To Monetize Your Author Website (Without Annoying People) | Web Design Relief

By the time you factor in expenses like Web hosting, site design, updates, headshots, registration fees, etc.—maintaining an author website can take a big bite out of your budget. But with a little creative thinking, you might be able to get some of that money back by turning your author website into a source of… Continue Reading

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