Websites For Writers
Writing Websites Take Many Forms
This page contains ideas for writers who are ready to make their own websites. Here you'll find a collection of links to websites owned by writers - some famous, and some not well-known. The website links are organized according to the style of webdesign used and site elements included. Most links go to a site's main page, but a few link to special pages within the sample sites.
This lens is for your inspiration while you're planning and building your writer's website. It is a teaching tool intended for use by participants in my workshop for writers, Creating An Impressive Writing Website.
I reviewed hundreds of writing websites. From that I have learned that every website has lessons to share. Look at them, make your own judgments, and decide for yourself what makes a writing website great.
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I use Scrivener to keep my writing wits about me. It is a fantastic writing software that organizes a novel, ebook, or screenplay efficiently while I write and revise.
How to use this page about websites for writers
These links are here for you to get ideas on how to build or improve your writing blog or website.
I'm listing these links so you can compare sites and see what will work best for you. Deciding what kind of site you need is just as important as building it. Plan your site carefully and you'll have something to work toward.
I suggest that as you look through these sites you take notes on site features you like and want to include on your own writing website. You might also want to make notes on things that don't work for you, that you're planning to avoid.
Many sites fit into more than one category, but I've placed them as examples in only one section each.
Please keep in mind that I haven't put these here because I think they are the best examples. Some are; some aren't... but I believe every site has something to teach us about creating a writing website.
Blogs As Websites - Many writers use blogs as their main writers website.
A blog is useful for any site you want to update frequently, especially if you have no HTML experience. If your site is set up on a WordPress blog you can use that to look... bloggy... or your could set it up to look like a static website. Nobody needs to know it is done on blog software (a type of content management system) except you.
These days, however, most writers understand the need for a blog. If you want to blog on the cheap you can use Wordpress.Com or Blogger.Com, but if you prefer to own your own URL and own a hosted site for more creative autonomy and independence, it is a great investment in your future. Expect to pay between ten and fifteen dollars annually for your domain name, and between seven and twelve dollars monthly for your hosting service. I recommend Kualo or Hostgator for hosting, and GoDaddy for domain names.
- Beverly Stowe McClure
Read about her books, what's happening in her world, and advice for writers.
- Linda Jo Martin
My writing website uses a WordPress blog as a content management system. My intention with this blog is to provide short and inspiring articles for other writers. I also get into some personal journal keeping, and occasionally post my flash fiction.
- Lisa Hartjes
World creation for fun and profit. I like this blog because it focuses on one aspect of writing: world building! Sometimes it is better to specialize. Be the expert on one thing, and you're more likely to be better known than those who try to be ever
- Peter Mt.Shasta - I AM Teachings
Teachings of the Ascended Masters on bringing the I AM Consciousness into daily life. Peter Mt.Shasta is the author of Adventures of a Western Mystic and I AM the Open Door.
- Lynne Rae Perkins
Lynne Rae Perkins is a Newbery Award winning author.
Book Promotion Sites - Promote a book with a writers website.
If you've got a published book, you might want to set up a website to feature that one book. You could tell why you wrote it, write about the setting, and have an "about the author" page. On my book site (see link below for River Girl) I also have a gratitude page to link to people who helped critique and edit, and a blog for writing about my book sales progress. I also posted a short story I wrote with the same characters - that story doesn't appear in the book, but introduces the people readers will meet when reading River Girl.
- River Girl, A Happy Camp Novel
River Girl is a historical novel about a family that moves from the San Francisco Bay Area to Happy Camp, a small town in the Klamath River Valley. The novel spans the years from 1918 to 1924.
- Taming the Wolf
An absolutely gorgeous, professionally-designed site with wolves aplenty. The book is about resolving conflicts through mediation in the spiritually transformative tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, bringing about reconciliation.
- The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate won the Newbery Award in 2013 for this book about a Silverback gorilla named Ivan... told from the primate's POV.
1001 Ways to Market Your Book - Book promotion help for authors and publishers.
I have this book and it is THICK with great ideas for book marketing and book promotion. Of course, one of those ideas is to start a website! But there's so much more to do.
Every time I read this book I come up with new ideas for promoting my book. The book is 700 pages, and has 21 chapters including "Offbeat Advertising and Promotions" and "How Authors Can Promote Their Books". The book is written for publishers, but authors reading it can get a lot of great ideas on book marketing.
It is tough to compete in today's book-selling world, as there are so many great authors and great books. This manual gives you an edge on the competition.
Simple, Businesslike - Well organized, professionally appearing writers websites.
- April Hamilton
April Hamilton is an indie author selling her books through CreateSpace and Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!
- Erika Dreifus
The "Practicing Writer" provides resources, advice, and instruction for writers seeking to develop their craft and locate opportunities for publication and professional development.
- Polly Horvath
Polly Horvath has written many books for children that have won awards in both the United States and Canada including a Newbery Honor, National Book Award and The Vicky Metcalf award.
- Chris Baty
Chris Baty is the founder of NaNoWriMo.
- Jack Gantos
Jack Gantos is an award winning children's book author who writes everything from picture books to young adult fiction to adult novels.
Busy Websites - A busy writer often has a busy writers website.
- Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson's site features her many book covers, her bio, and separate sections for teachers, readers, and caregivers.
- Holly Lisle
Holly Lisle runs a megasite with lots of articles to help inspire new writers. You'll notice that she has a pop-up on her site to encourage you to sign up for her email list.
Flashy - Some writers like flashy intros to their writers website.
Homemade Sites - You can make a writers website without having to pay for it.
- Kai Strand
She writes for children! Her books are The Weaver, The Wishing Well, and Save the Lemmings.
- Connie Arnold
Inspirational poetry of beauty, joy, peace, hope, love, comfort and grace
- Ann Harth
Ann Harth is a children's writer, ghostwriter and manuscript assessor keen to share her stories and knowledge. See a list of her published work, including children's stories, picturebooks and non-fiction as well as samples of her writing.
This is a handy and inexpensive guide to building a website - including how to buy a domain name, how to choose web hosting, all the basics!
The book walks you through domain configuration issues, installation of WordPress or other software platforms, understanding WordPress themes and how to install them, using plugins and WordPress SEO options, even social media considerations and Google Analytics.
There's so much to learn when you're new to building a great writer's website.
You can do it!!!
This is a KINDLE book, by the way. To read it you'll have to own a Kindle, or install Kindle software such as Kindle for PC.
Designed by Professionals - When you ask help from a pro, have your text and photos ready to go!
Online Sales - Sell your books on your writers website!
- Raymon Grace
Raymon Grace has a "Products" section on his website where he sells his DVDs, books, and related products.
Multi Media - A friendly audio file or YouTube video to greet your guests... good idea!
- Ruth Brown ~ Imagination in Flight
Audio is included on the front page of this writer's website.
Splash Pages - Splash pages mainly have a picture and a few words before you get to the actual website.
A comprehensive guide to writing website content - Learn how to write web pages that work for your website visitors.
This is a fantastic manual for learning to write for the web.
Some of the topics are... how website visitors typically read a site, how to answer their questions, how to get information from your writing website's audience, creating scenarios and writing profiles, how to create a great home page, and much more.
This book is available in paperback or Kindle editions.
Bios - Every writer's website should have a bio!
Publicity Pages - Great idea to have a page for the media - with publicity photos available!
An offer to speak - Many writers make extra money by speaking or doing school visits.
- Jeff Goins: Keynote Speaker | Goins, Writer
On this page, you'll find topics that Jeff Goins regularly speaks on, his current speaking schedule, and other services he offers, including consulting.
FAQs = Frequently Asked Question(s) - Take care of a lot of question answering, by having the page already written!
Writing Samples - Show what you can do! A writers website represents you and your talent.
Listings of Works in Progress and Manuscripts Available for Sale - You're such a busy, active writer!
- Jeffery E. Doherty - "In The Works"
An impressive list of manuscripts for sale and/or in progress.
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My first published novel!!
River Girl has her own website!
Written for children and teens ages 8 through 15, but loved by adults as well.
Claire Welch is forced to move from a comfortable home in the San Francisco Bay Area to a remote and isolated mining cabin in the Klamath River Valley.
River Girl is historic fiction spanning the years 1918 to 1924.
I look forward to hearing from you. If you have a writer's website you'd like for me to look at, leave a link here. I may be able to add it to this list. Do not leave a HTML link... place only the link in this area.