February 7th, 2017

New year, new websites

We’ve been incredibly fortunate to be very busy bees over the winter. We’re so busy, in fact, that we’ve neglected our sweet blog.

Here are some of our recently finished websites:

Ellen Goodlett, science fiction author Isa Chandra, chef and cookbook author Christine Trent, historical fiction author Phoebe Fox, women’s fiction author All of these […]

August 22nd, 2016

Thoughts on Websites: Editor Alison Weiss

Today we welcome the amazing editor Alison Weiss, who is hilarious and wonderful! She shares her thoughts on when and what author websites should exist and have, from the unique perspective of an acquiring editor. (If you didn’t catch the first in this series, check this interview with agent Jennifer Johnson-Blalock!)

Q: When do editors […]

August 16th, 2016

Thoughts on Websites: Agent Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

Today we’re thrilled to welcome Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, an agent with Liza Dawson Associates, as the first in our new series on talking with publishing industry professionals about websites and marketing.

As you will see, Jennifer has some great thoughts about websites for authors, both pre-and post-publishing!

Q. When do agents view an author’s website? Upon […]

August 12th, 2016

What to Know BEFORE You Get a Website

If you subscribe to the MSWL newsletter, then you would have received the latest one this week in which we (Mike and Sierra!) answered some reader website questions. Here are the questions and our answers. If you have more general questions about websites for authors, feel free to send us an email and we’ll […]

June 10th, 2016

Why Email Quotas are Important

Picture this. You get an email from someone, and they have an important question. You answer the question, taking time to explain your answer, and hit send.

And then you get the dreaded “Internet Mail Delivery Failure – Delivery Notification: Delivery has failed” email. The reason? “Over quota.” Here is an actual screen shot of […]

June 1st, 2016

All About that About

Welcome If you’re joining us because of Sierra’s post on Manuscript Wish List about how to craft an author bio, welcome!

Check out that post — and then come back. And don’t forget — sign up for our newsletter over there on the right, and get a free About Page Worksheet.

Here are some examples […]

May 5th, 2016

What Is Author Branding & How Do You Do It?

For many authors, the idea of the business side of publishing can be nerve-wracking — especially when they start understanding that they hold the greatest responsibility for their future. Not their publisher, not their agent, but themselves, regardless of whether they are traditionally published or self-published.

While a Big 5 author certainly has a […]

April 7th, 2016

How to see your website traffic

This is a question we get asked a lot, and we thought it needed a post! After we finish an author client website, it’s good to go. We generally don’t install website traffic stat tools unless specifically asked, because the stat tools people use vary widely.

We recommend StatCounter, which is free and fantastic. If […]

March 14th, 2016

Transitioning from Blogger to Wordpress

Mike and I get a lot of clients who come to us after years of living on a Blogger site. Sometimes these authors started their free Blogger site before they were published, but with a book coming out, they know they need something more.

Sound familiar?

But once you’ve got that pretty, powerful, new WordPress […]

March 3rd, 2016

The Secret to Building Website Anticipation

You know how every so often you come across a website that has very little on it except the name and a date?

Like this one for a sports site that I came upon:

That’s it. And the email is an image, so you can’t copy and paste it should you wish to […]

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