How to Build an Author Website (so you can start marketing yourself right now!)

Updated: Apr 20, 2018




As you may know, I decided nearly a year ago to self-publish my debut novel, The Elysian Prophecy.


This sent me down a road of obsessive reading and library visits to learn how best to make a career out of self-publishing.


And I started to notice a trend. A lot of writers who are now making a living for themselves started off with very little marketing. They labored over their novel for years, polishing it as best they could, and then hit that publish button.


Nothing happened.


No one rushed to purchase their novel. Why? Because no one knew that it existed.



In all of my research, I learned one important thing: marketing can make any decent writer a successful writer.

But we’re not going to talk about what makes a decent writer today. We’re going to start at square one: your website.


The moment that you decide to be a published author, you should make a website. Before you ever start writing, you should make a website.

Why?


Because marketing your novel starts with marketing yourself. The best way for people to get to know you is through social media, and your home base should be your website.


What if you’re late to the website game? Already published or written a novel and don’t have a website?

It’s never too late to start! Get your butt on Blogger or WordPress and make a website right now! (err…after reading this of course)


So you sign up somewhere to make a website. What next? What information should your website include? You can even gather all of these details before you ever start construction on your website if you want to!


Include information about yourself, your upcoming or published novels, contact information, and links to other social media.