Month: January 2020

5 Best Website Builders for Authors and Writers

Too busy for a full read? Here is the BEST Website Builder for Authors for 2020

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Many author websites look boring, amateurish, or just outdated. Since you don’t want one of those, you need a website builder with professional templates and design flexibility.

But a good design is not enough. The right website builder will have other features that will make your site stand out, like a prominent author’s bio, an eye-catching spot for pull-out quotes and readers’ reviews, and a calendar for upcoming book signings. You may also want e-commerce features to sell your work directly from your site, or Amazon and Goodreads integrations.

I tested the major website builders on the market and found out which ones offer the best features for authors. I’ll share some time-saving tricks, pro tips, and helpful visual guides to make your website building experience as hassle-free as possible. Read on to find the right website builder for you, so you can get back to writing your next bestseller.

In a Hurry? These Are the Best Website Builders for Authors

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What We Look For in the Best Website Builders for Authors

To narrow down the dozens of website builders out there, I focused on the features that matter most to authors:

  • Well-designed templates: If your site is going to represent you, you need it to look good. I chose the builders that offer the most attractive designs. Some even have templates created specifically for authors.
  • Personalization options: Templates are nice, but you want your author website to reflect your own personality. These builders allow you to customize your site’s design and make it your own (some offer more freedom than others).
  • Ease of use: You don’t need any design experience to use these platforms, and you certainly don’t need to know how to code. Building your website will be quick and easy, so you can save your time for writing (or, if you’re like me, for procrastinating).
  • Extra author features: These builders let you enhance your site with a blog, reader reviews, or even your own online shop to sell your books.

This is an extra resource to go along with the original article:

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10 Links and Writers


From
Ann Kroeker
 ann@annkroeker.com via m.convertkit.com

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1. Do you write short stories? The deadline to enter the Writer’s Digest short story competition (1,500 words or fewer) is November 16:  https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/short-short-story-competition

2. How about a contest for writers of fiction OR nonfiction? The Writer magazine is running its first-ever 100-Word contest, “Could you tell a complete story in just 100 words? Submit any genre – fiction OR nonfiction – to this brand-new contest for your chance to win $1,000 and publication in our magazine. But act soon: This one-of-a-kind competition ends on October 6”: https://www.writermag.com/contests/

3. Add these to your Christmas wish list: The Writer magazine (yes, the same one that’s running the 100-Word contest) found some literary-themed kitchen items from Amazon, including book-themed cutting boards and book-shaped dinnerware (it’s unnecessary, but adorable!): https://www.writermag.com/writing-inspiration/products-for-writers/kitchen-accessories-for-writers/

4. Bestselling author James Patterson is donating $2.5 million to support teachers and students in need of books and other resources (says Publishers Weekly: “5,000 teachers throughout the U.S. will receive grants of $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Points to help create classroom and at-home libraries for students”) (a shout-out to Nathan Bransford for the link): https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/84483-james-patterson-donates-2-5-million-to-teachers-during-covid-19.html

5. Do you break up your online blog posts and articles with subheadings? A lot of my clients come from a literary background, trained to write longer paragraphs; but like it or not, online readers read differently and benefit from white space and signposts (and you as the writer may benefit from the structure, as well)—learn more from Ali Luke via Problogger: https://problogger.com/structure-your-blog-posts/

6. Join the Tweetspeak Poetry book club and read (or reread) A Wrinkle in Time, led by Megan Willome (sounds like a much-needed escape): https://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com/2020/10/02/a-ritual-to-read-to-each-other-introducing-a-wrinkle-in-time-book-club/

7. “Bookstores Need More than Hope. They Need Sales. And Soon.” Call your local indie bookstore and ask how they’re organizing sales, because according to this article from Publisher’s Weekly, most are getting creative in hopes of surviving the pandemic: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/84468-bookstores-need-more-than-hope-they-need-sales-and-soon.html

8. Read “10 Ways Writers Can Overcome Imposter Syndrome,” from Writer’s Relief, to shed self-doubt and start calling yourself a writer again: https://writersrelief.com/2020/10/01/10-ways-writers-can-overcome-impostor-syndrome-writers-relief/

9. Nice explanation of “register” (and how to adjust it for different types of writing), from Ali Luke writing for The Write Lifehttps://thewritelife.com/understanding-register/

10. Craft a Compelling Nonfiction Book Proposal (90-Day Program) is open for enrollment, and I invite you to learn more about it to see if this session, which begins October 19, is right for you (I only open it a couple times a year, so be sure to check it out before enrollment closes October 16): https://annkroeker.teachable.com/p/nonfiction-proposal

Let me know if you have questions about the 90-day book proposal program or anything else on this list, for that matter.

My main message here—and anywhere you interact with me (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or email)—flows from my coaching heart. 

In these days of surging adrenaline and heart-stopping headlines, I’m urging you, as always, to write. In the midst of the chaos, if you can only eke out a few words a day, pick up the pen and scribble them down.

It’s hard, I know (I struggle, too), but there’s so much to say. So let’s keep writing.

Your writing coach,

Ann

p.s. Again, you can check out the book proposal program here (open for enrollment for a limited time): https://annkroeker.teachable.com/p/nonfiction-proposal

Alberta Sequeira

Co-Founder to AWB

Website for Writers: www.albertasequeira.org

Email: alberta.sequeira@gmail.com

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