For most authors, telling stories and sharing information are core competencies; and HTML and Web product strategy are not. Yet, authors today absolutely need to have a presence on the Web, a place to interact with old fans and win new ones.
So, what should go into an effective author website? They come in all shapes and sizes and for authors of all stripes. But, no matter what kind of author and her ultimate goals for hanging a shingle on the Web, there are seven things that her website can’t live without.
Some are obvious, others less so: A checklist for author websites.
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Who Owns the Author Website? (The Shatzkin Files)
Some authors publish books across multiple publishers as well as their own self-publishing operations, so who should own the author website? Well, how about the author?
Amazon’s Bet on Kids Publishing (DBW)
Amazon’s launch of its children’s self-publishing program is a shrewd move for the most important company in book publishing today. But will it pay off? The data of children’s ebook sales growth suggests that it will.
Authors United Plans Next Move (PW)
In a letter to its members, Authors United head Douglas Preston encouraged public outreach over the issues that brought the group together – publishers’ negotiations with Amazon – while the group plans its next move.
Multiplayer App Launches to Support Book Series (DBW)
Penguin Random House’s Kings of the Realm series is receiving major support in the form of a massively multiplayer online game.
Data Scientist Hilary Mason to Keynote Digital Book World 2015 (DBW)
Accel Partners data scientist Hilary Mason will join Seth Godin, Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti and others on Digital Book World 2015’s main stage.
Related: DBW 2015 Agenda | Speakers
Courier Sells Creative Homeowner (Pub Lunch)
Courier Corporation lightened its publishing load with the divestment of Creative Homeowner to Fox Chapel Publishing.
Tweet Your Ebook (The Digital Reader)
A new service out of Japan makes it easy for authors and publishers to embed an ebook into a tweet. Seriously.
InDesign to Ebook Resources Updated (DBW)
More resources for your InDesign-to-ebook projects, just updated!