Posted on 06/17/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Website developer John Burke has seen trends come and go in the past twenty years, but there are a few features that remain critical.

See which six things your author website must have — and which you must make mobile-friendly — in his post on Writer’s Digest.

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Thanks, Autumn, for all of that great advice!
Sadye @ The Fussy Librarian | 06/22/2019 at 07:40 AM
There's actually one piece of not-so-good advice in here that new authors need to be cautioned about! Collecting emails if you have no plans to start sending a reader newsletter anytime soon is not a good idea. If a reader signs up now and gets their first newsletter in six months or a year's time, the author will almost certainly get a high level of spam reports which can get them blacklisted by newsletter services! Far better advice is to not only start collecting those sign-ups as soon as possible, but start sending newsletters as soon as possible too! Monthly newsletters are fine, and it you haven't released your book yet so don't know what you could include, try snippets from the story your working on, little interesting details from your everyday life, sharing what you're reading. All these things keep your list interested and active so when launch day comes, they'll be excited and waiting! The one authorly thing I wish I'd known to do sooner was start my mailing list and newsletter!
Autumn Macarthur | 06/21/2019 at 06:14 PM
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