Building an Author Website Before the Agent and the Book

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I talk about author websites on Twitter Dot Com fairly often (as do my rockstar friends Patrice Caldwell and Dahlia Adler, both of whom you should be following for brilliant advice), and for a good reason.

As someone who is involved in the industry as an agent, they’re so wildly important.

They serve as a landing page for you, as a writer. And down the line, when your book is out in the world, a personal author website allows librarians, booksellers, readers, conference organizers, reviewers… the list goes on, but a website basically lets everyone who is involved in making a book successful get to know you. They can check our your homebase. See what you’re all about.

Whenever I dig into this, I often hear from writers who don’t have a book out yet, and are wondering why they should have a website now. Is it necessary? If you don’t have anything to promote yet, why have a website up?

Well, there are a couple of reasons, especially if you’re writing non-fiction.

So let’s talk about building a personal website, for you, the soon-to-be-published author. This post is for those of you PRE-book. Maybe you’re out there querying, or preparing to do so. It’s a good idea to have a site ready now, and it’s a lot less complicated and work-intensive than you might think. Continue Reading →

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