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Websites for Authors

The Basic $400 Author’s Website

Want an attractive, professional website, with positioning/branding support, from a knowledgeable book-trade professional?

Great Lakes Literary now develops & hosts websites for emerging authors. The service includes basic editing and help with content development, all for a modest price.

I charge a fee of $400 to set-up a basic website for authors (and other professionals & small businesses).

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The websites typically include 4-6 main pages, one of which is a blog page (ideal for news and updates). The blog and all pages are directly accessible by the author, so ongoing additions or changes can mostly be handled by the author (coaching tips are provided!). First-year hosting is also included.

I do this because I hate lousy websites (ugly, cluttered, or lacking essentials). For a long time, I’ve advised writers to create their own professional website – separate from their publisher’s sites and separate from Facebook.

Emerging authors need an attractive, functional, professional platform for a long-term, flexible online presence that will present your author’s “brand” in the way that YOU want to have it presented.

Why do you need a professional website?

A quality website is important for self-published authors, as well as for any of you seeking a literary agent or a traditional publisher. You need to show the professionals in the field that you can present yourself well. A clean, good-looking website is a crucial vehicle that agents, editors, reviewers, and buyers will use to learn more about you and your literary works.

The obstacle for most writers: a lack of money, time, and technical experience to build literary-oriented, market-savvy websites.

You want a site that looks good and reads well. You want something that’s flexible. You need to avoid creating a website that is cluttered, confusing, or lacking in core features.

Your author’s website will be be the central hub of your web presence, the place to develop the most appealing image of you as a professional writer.

My advantage

I have a deep knowledge of the book industry, with long experience helping emerging writers of fiction and nonfiction, for young and adult audiences.

As an editor, I know how to make things clear. I’ll help you develop an effective online voice.

As a book-marketing and social-media consultant, I know techniques of branding, product launches, and short- and long-term marketing strategies.

If you’re interested in a website, send me a note via the Contact Me page.

website of author & editor Philip Martin, Great Lakes Literary