Creating the Best Author Website + 57 examples

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by Hooman Hasani

June 6, 2021

I am going to show you EXACTLY how to create your own author website.We will address for you the “Dos” and “Don'ts” of creating an author website.Examples of effective and ineffective sites will be shared and how to improve the ineffective components as well.In the end, you will know for certain that you can create an effective author website that will enhance your image and branding!

I am going to show you EXACTLY how to create your own best author website.

We will address for you the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of creating an author website.

Examples of effective and ineffective author websites will be shared and how to improve the ineffective components as well. 

In the end, you will know for certain that you can create an effective author website that will enhance your image and branding!

We analyzed 500+ authors’ sites!

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But did you really analyze 500+ sites?!

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Parameters we considered in comparing the authors sites

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miriammonfredo.com

Author

Miriam Grace Monfredo

Book Types

History and Mystery & Thrillers

Fonts

Barlow, Open Sans

Colors

What they did well:

  • Miriam provided an excellent background in hero which sets the mood and tone for mystery as her focus is on historical mysteries.
  • The layout is easy to follow and flows from the reader’s perspective.
  • The tag line for Miriam within the hero is excellent and provides a succinct summary of her work.
  • Miriam draws the reader’s attention to the books by utilizing images.
  • Economy of language is utilized well here.
  • There’s a specific page for each book with reviews and links to buy the book on Amazon and Smashwords.
  • 3-D book design enhances website appearance, drawing attention to her books.

What to consider changing:

  • There could be a greater focus on the books that Miriam has produced as its location is distant from the focal point of the website.
  • Website upload speeds can be improved with limited images and features. Miriam’s books could also be larger in their image and her about me section should follow.
  • The focus needs to be on promoting a book or books in general.
  • Miriam should promote an upcoming book if she has one in the works because this will build anticipation for her fans and audience.
  • She must keep the blog up-to-date.
The first look on Miriam Monfredo’s website shows a picture of a dark forest with mist surrounding the area. This gives a sense of mystery to the reader and tells the writing style of the author. The first image on the landing page is the most important. It can be a slider but most often we see a still image. Marketing experts’ advice for authors is to set the mood of the website according to their writing style.
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lindatharpink.com

Author

Linda Tharp

Book Types

Fonts

Shadows Into Light, Karla

Colors

What they did well:

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What to consider changing:

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Linda Tharp’s website is the best example of a minimal author’s website. Unlike other writers’ websites, Linda’s website shows the author’s bio before going into book links.

The landing page is composed of a still image with the author’s names, and then we see the author’s bio and in the end, we see her works. This type of author website is best for authors who have published more than one book and want to increase their fan base.

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shelsilverstein.com

Author

Shel Silverstein

Book Types

Children's Books and Poetry

Fonts

Bookman Old Style, sans-serif

Colors

What they did well:

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What to consider changing:

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seussville.com

Author

Dr. Seuss

Book Types

Children's Books

Fonts

Montserrat

Colors

What they did well:

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  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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peterrabbit.com

Author

Beatrix Potter

Book Types

Children's Books

Fonts

Georgia

Colors

What they did well:

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  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.
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loislowry.com

Author

Lois Lowry

Book Types

Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, and Young Adult

Fonts

Playfair Display, Open Sans

Colors

What they did well:

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  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

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radical.net

Author

David Platt

Book Types

Religion

Fonts

Montserrat, Roboto Mono

Colors

What they did well:

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  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

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annvoskamp.com

Author

Ann Voskamp

Book Types

Parenting & Families and Religion & Spirituality

Fonts

Cinzel, Merriweather, Montserrat

Colors

What they did well:

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  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

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Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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william-golding.co.uk

Author

William Golding

Book Types

Literature & Fiction

Fonts

Merriweather, Flareserif 821

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

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Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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raybradbury.com

Author

Ray Bradbury

Book Types

Horror, Literature & Fiction, and Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fonts

Apercu

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

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  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

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Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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annefrank.org

Author

Anne Frank

Book Types

Biographies & Memoirs

Fonts

Graphik, Merriweather

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

  • Fusce neque vestibulum turpis sem
  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Praesent nec nisl a purus blandit viverra. Quisque id mi. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio. Vivamus in erat ut urna cursus vestibulum.

Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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ransomriggs.com

Author

Ransom Riggs

Book Types

Arts & Photography, Mystery & Thrillers, and Young Adult

Fonts

Europa, FilosofiaOT

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

  • Fusce neque vestibulum turpis sem
  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Praesent nec nisl a purus blandit viverra. Quisque id mi. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio. Vivamus in erat ut urna cursus vestibulum.

Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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taylorjenkinsreid.com

Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book Types

Fiction

Fonts

Tungsten Comp A, Georgia, Gotham SSm A

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

  • Fusce neque vestibulum turpis sem
  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Praesent nec nisl a purus blandit viverra. Quisque id mi. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio. Vivamus in erat ut urna cursus vestibulum.

Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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ynharari.com

Author

Yuval Noah Harari

Book Types

History and Nonfiction

Fonts

Cera

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

  • Fusce neque vestibulum turpis sem
  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Praesent nec nisl a purus blandit viverra. Quisque id mi. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio. Vivamus in erat ut urna cursus vestibulum.

Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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stephenking.com

Author

Stephen King

Book Types

Horror, Literature & Fiction, and Mystery & Thrillers

Fonts

Source Sans Pro, Spectral

Colors

What they did well:

  • Nullam cursus lacinia erat.
  • Etiam ut purus mattis mauris sodales aliquam.
  • Quisque id mi.
  • Nunc nec neque. Nullam sagittis.

What to consider changing:

  • Fusce neque vestibulum turpis sem
  • Aliquet eget, lobortis pellentesque,
  • rutrum eu, nisl. Morbi vestibulum volutpat enim.
  • Vestibulum fringilla pede sit amet augue.

Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Praesent nec nisl a purus blandit viverra. Quisque id mi. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio. Vivamus in erat ut urna cursus vestibulum.

Vestibulum facilisis, purus nec pulvinar iaculis, ligula mi congue nunc, vitae euismod ligula urna in dolor. Praesent blandit laoreet nibh. Curabitur nisi. Vivamus euismod mauris. Phasellus blandit leo ut odio.

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