Beautiful Author Websites
Designed for You
And Your Book(s)
Your book is done. Now you need an author website.
In today’s book marketplace, your online presence as an author is more important than ever. And your author website is at the center of your online strategy. It’s often the first place people will go to learn about you and your book. So creating a site that communicates the message and image you want to present to the world is crucial to your success.
We design websites for authors that are beautiful, affordable, easy-to-use, and integrate all the best practices in online book marketing.
Designed Specifically for Authors
While there are many web designers out there, few are attuned to the specific needs of authors. While helping many authors launch and promote their books to the world, we’ve learned a lot about what works, what doesn’t, and what an author uniquely needs in a website.
We’ve developed a customizable template based on our book launch experience.
Affordable and Easy-to-Update
In our work with authors, we’ve learned a couple of things about their website needs. First, most don’t have the budget to spend on a high-end designer, but still need something that looks great and is up-to-do date with online best practices. Second, most authors want a site they can easily update themselves instead of relying on web designers for costly future updates.
Our author sites are cost-competitive and use an elegant template that allows even the least tech-savvy author to update their own site into the future.
We offer two levels of website design:
If you’re interested in working with an experienced book marketer to build a site tailored to your needs, then this might be your best option. We will work closely with you to assess your overall website goals, then build your site according to that vision. We also offer an affordable maintenance plan if you’d rather we make updates for you.
Do It Yourself
If you’re fairly confident in your online abilities, you can purchase our website template designed specifically for authors. We will give you a lesson in how to use the template, and then you upload your own content to personalize the website.
Joel Pitney and wife Laura Hartzell are the dynamic, talented, patient, thorough and professional team behind Author Your Website.
They transformed our website from focusing on the book to one that explains the breadth of our business offerings, working with us through the process to refine our thinking and make critical decisions. They listened carefully to what we wanted to accomplish; they were responsive and very quick; and they held our hands throughout the process. And given that we write and speak about customer experience, we know the difference between companies that care about their customers and those that don’t.
We could not recommend them more highly!Thomas A. Stewart and Patricia O’Connell
The website that Joel built for me is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and continues to work with very little tweaking. Most importantly he made it possible for me to add content and write regular blogposts without outside help. For a non-techie, this was a huge gift. Great work!Linda K. Jacobs
In no time at all, Joel created a professional, colorful and classy website. As my goals and interests have evolved, Joel has conscientiously expanded and updated my website to reflect these changes, always seeking to improve each page. He is a pleasure to work with and indispensable to authors like me who who are allergic to technology projects.Marguerite Elisofon
Author Website Features
Our author websites are based on years of experience launching and promoting books. They include what we’ve found to be the most essential and effective elements for authors. Both levels of website service are designed with the following elements:
Optimized Sales Pages
Social Media Integration
Social media is all the rage right now and makes up an important part of any campaign to spread the word about your book. My sites come fitted with all the social media integration you’ll need to make sure that your visitors can easily share, like, and talk about your book across all social media platforms.
The landscape of book marketing and online platform-building is constantly changing, and I’m always discovering new features for my author websites. You’ll have the benefit of learning with me and getting updates about the latest developments to my author website template, even after we’re done working together.
I am so pleased with the site that Joel developed for Neighbor2Neighbor. He took the time to understand our organization first. Then he combined our goals with his expertise, and the end result is an interactive and informative site that will be an essential part of communicating with our participants and our community. Exceptional work.Mahlon K. Stewart
While I *technically* built my new website myself, Joel walked me through every step of the process, from coming up with a terrific plan ahead of time to helping me choose a great theme and maximizing its potential. Joel is seriously patient and thorough, with great instincts for what (tech-challenged) writers need to succeed. Best yet, because he showed me how to do it myself, I feel in control moving forward. I’m so happy with my new site!Susie Meserve
A fully functional website, tailored to your specific needs.
Do It Yourself
Includes our author site template and two 1-hour lessons in how to use it.
As your book launch evolves, you will want to make regular updates to your site (media appearances, events, pictures, etc). Our sites make it easy to update yourself, but if you’re too busy, we can do them for you.
Not only would I not hesitate to recommend the services of Joel Pitney to anyone, including best friends, but I often do. As he works for me, I find him to be a curious and intent listener. He is a good writer and collaborates well when my writing needs insightful editing. His website and Facebook design skills take my preferences and personality into account and show an experienced knowledge of what works in the cyber world today. Yes, I am is father. Don’t hold that against him!John Pitney
Joel was a wonderful support in refining the strategy and layout for my website in preparation for my book launch. I really appreciated how he took the time to teach me how to update and implement design features on my new site to make the most of the tools at my disposal. Joel was a joy to work with—warm, open, conscientious and a great team player.Dr. Deborah Zucker