If you don’t yet have an author website, and you are not technically savvy, here is my advice.
DO NOT LEARN WORDPRESS FOR YEARS!!
The simplest way to do a website yourself is hosting and designing with SquareSpace, as you are not going to have to learn so much!
Their all-inclusive annual prices is about equivalent to my hosting costs alone (at Siteground multi-site) – which is great news! It is from $15 per month.
Note: Authors are closest in theme designs to Bloggers (not shops).
Start the wizard here: https://www.squarespace.com/templates/start/topic
View the Help guides (videos): https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us
1. Getting a Website Banner, if DIY
Here is where you can get a website banner made for AU $35, if you do not have a choice about spending $750 – $2,500 on a fully-designed website. Tried and tested.
Fiverr: Choose the ‘premium’ web banner option https://www.fiverr.com/nahidkhan415
2. Using a Website Designer, if Budgeted
You will need to have your brief ready for most website designers to quote on your project. There is a lot of inconsistency of effort, resulting website visibility and use… so we have found someone local with proven testimonials.
Packages from $745 – $1345 – Matt Cummings is based in Brisbane, Qld.
3. Preparing the Brief
- Get a professional author photo done (and maybe holding your book if the timing is right)
- Source your logo or think about the type style, if your name
- Get your book blurb written up
- Identify what two main colours are in your book cover and new ‘brand’
- Do not tell the designer how to design, but do tell them what feel you want, as in “I’d like a white space background feel, with spots of bright colour”, or “my book is about being feminine, so don’t make the design harsh angles, make it flowy and soft feeling”.
No matter how easily you can convey it verbally, it is always wise to have a written brief.