Since 2021 and the release of my book is rapidly approaching–let’s all be honest, we’d all like to time travel at least six months ahead, right?–I’ve hired a web designer to create a new website for me! Many authors are much more talented than I am and are able to create something on their own, but I feel much more confident focusing on the content and handing over design to a professional. My blog will be imported into the new site, so if you are one of my regular readers, I will definitely still be blogging, and from what I understand, you won’t have to do anything to keep following me.
I’m in the process of organizing all of the pages that will be on my website, and while I’m doing that, I’d love to hear what you like to see on an author website. Here are a few questions related to features I’m considering:
- Do you like it when authors include fun facts with their bios? Do you like straightforward bios focusing on the present or those that include childhood memories as well?
- What most catches your attention on an author’s homepage? Book info? Author info? A landing page that shows all other pages? An interesting design?
- What resources do you find most helpful on author websites? Writing resources? Resources related to the author’s books? Something else? Note: I will definitely still have the page that lists MG/YA books agents represent, as this is one of my most-visited pages.
- What’s your favorite author website? I’ve been checking them out for inspiration!
If you’ve been following me a while, you know I have a LOT of posts here. As I was looking through other author sites and seeing how their blogs looked, I realized I’d made a mess of categorizing my posts, so I spent the past week and a half adding sub-categories, converting some categories to tags, and deleting others altogether. My goal was to make it easier to search for posts using the categories. I made this word cloud to show my greatly reduced list of categories (you can also see them–with sub-categories–on the sidebar of the blog). Now I’ll just have to make a key so I don’t forget what I did with them 😂.
The new website is coming in early September. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your answers to the above questions as I’m pulling together all of my content for the designer.