Author Website

BRONZE SILVER GOLD PLATINUM
$597 $797 $997 $2,700

Every author needs a website. Establishing some kind of online presence is, in our opinion, essential to the promotion and success of your book. Whether this presence consists of five basic pages, or is a full-bodied, search-engine optimised, multimedia-rich web experience, depends on your budget and desires but the important point is to have a website.

Unfortunately, many website services sell you more than you really need at inflated prices. You can create a free website or a basic/advanced website for yourself but what is more important is the promotion and SEO of that website. Why? Consider the analogy of a marketing brochure. You could spend $100-$10,000 on a brochure but if you placed it in your top desk drawer and never let anyone see it, it is an absolute waste of money. Of course another factor to consider is your web design – does it look professional or does it look like you’ve done it yourself … what does it say about your book and you as an author?

Bottom line is this … don’t do a website if you’re:

a) Not prepared to put in some work towards promoting it.

b) Not going to undertake key word research and search engine optimisation.

c) Not prepared to create a website using a professional template or utilising the services of a web designer.

Would you throw $100-$10 000 out of a high-rise building and see if anyone handed the money back to you? NO, then don’t throw money at a website unless you are prepared to do A, B, C above.

 

When building a website – free or otherwise – you should:

a) Ensure that you (or a friend) can customise and make changes to the website easily. Web developers can make more money out of your changes than the initial outlay … a hidden trap.

b) Own your own domain name i.e. www.ron.gent.com; www.wherewearenow.com.au – costs are realistic to own your author domain/book domain name and it helps with SEO.

c) Place your website with a respected website hosting service – don’t leave it with a vanity publisher because you can’t control it. You can also probably cope with the minimal costs of hosting rather than the paying the inflated prices charged by website service or vanity publishers.

 

 

Website Services

 

Bronze Website:

The Bronze Website, our most basic website package, supplies basic information about your book. It is created from customisable WordPress , Wix or Weebly templates which can be managed by you thereafter. It offers the following pages:

  • LBook synopsis/description
  • About the author
  • Excerpts and/or book preview files
  • Contact page
  • Your sales page, which you’ll need to sell your book directly to consumers online (via links to your Amazon listing, Paypal order page, or your preferred online supplier).
  • You can choose a template or we can provide you with three suggested author website layout templates.

The Bronze Website does not include a web domain name or hosting services but we can advise you on your best choices and even set this up for you depending on your requirements. A small admin fee is charged only for the service and you pay the domain registration and hosting fees … which is significantly less than using an author services web-hosting service. Just let us know your preference.

Optional extras: Add more pages, a contact form or social media links to your site, YouTube video, shopping cart for your own internet sales and more.

 

 

Silver Website:

The Silver Website is perfect for the author who has limited technical knowledge but wants to be able to independently manage the content on their website as well as introduce a BLOG. Silver Websites enable authors to expand their website beyond the six included content pages (including blog) creating a dynamic website for readers. The websites are built using WordPress’s blogging platform. The Silver Website comes with:

  • Book synopsis/description page
  • About the author
  • Excerpts and/or book preview files
  • BLOG
  • Contact page
  • Your sales page, which you’ll need to sell your book directly to consumers online (via links to your Amazon listing, Paypal order page, or your preferred online supplier).
  • WordPress-powered content management system
  • Links to your social media pages
  • Option to add Google analytics to track your followers
  • Option to add image gallery to enrich the interactive experience with your book
  • You can choose a template or we can provide you with six suggested author website layout templates.

The Silver Website does not include a web domain name or hosting services but we can guide you on your best choices and even set this up for you depending on your requirements. A small admin fee is charged only for the service and you pay the domain registration and hosting fees … which is significantly less than using an author services webhosting service. Just let us know your preference.

Optional extras: Add more pages, a contact form or social media links to your site, YouTube video, shopping cart for your own internet sales and more.

 

 

Gold Website:

The Gold Website is similar to the Silver Website, but it allows the capable web-savvy author even more control. Built primarily in HTML and CSS, the website’s content is managed by editing the website’s HTML source files directly and using FTP. An author with the technical expertise to manipulate these files will find the Gold Website service provides complete access and control over all components of the website. Authors undertaking outside marketing or using web development companies should consider this service. The Gold Website comes with:

  • Book synopsis/description page
  • About the author
  • Excerpts
  • Your sales page, which you’ll need to sell your book directly to consumers online. This can be via links to your Amazon listing, Paypal order page, or your preferred online supplier or through the use of a shopping cart.Contact page
  • Full FTP Access
  • Links to your social media pages.
  • Option to add Google analytics to track your followers.
  • Image gallery to enrich the interactive experience with your book.
  • You can choose a template or we can provide you with six suggested author website layout templates.

The Gold Website does not include a web domain name or hosting services but we can guide you on your best choices and even set this up for you depending on your requirements. A small admin fee is charged only for the service and you pay the domain registration and hosting fees … which is significantly less than using an author services webhosting service. Just let us know your preference.

Optional extras: Secure Site Certificate for shopping cart; add more pages, a contact form or social media links to your site, YouTube video, shopping cart for your own internet sales and more. 

 

 

Diamond Website:

The Diamond Website package is a fully customised website built around your requirements, and can include all of the website functionalities of Bronze, Silver and Gold. This is the only website package we offer that can be custom designed as authors work one on one with our web designer throughout the development process. Search engine optimisation services which will make these sites more visible to the author’s target audience are automatically included. The Diamond Website comes with:

  • Book synopsis/description page
  • About the author
  • Excerpts and/or book preview files
  • Contact page
  • Your sales page, which you’ll need to sell your book directly to consumers online (via links to your Amazon listing, Paypal order page, or your preferred online supplier).
  • Full FTP Access
  • Links to your social media pages
  • Google Analytic report on Keywords
  • Search Engine Optimisation

The Diamond Website does not include a web domain name or hosting services but we can guide you on your best choices and even set this up for you depending on your requirements. A small admin fee is charged only for the service and you pay the domain registration and hosting fees … which is significantly less than using an author services webhosting service. Just let us know your preference.

Optional Extras: Add more pages, a contact form or social media links to your site, YouTube video, shopping cart for your own internet sales and more.