8 Great Author Websites

Unfortunately this post was not easy to write.  Sadly many authors these days still don’t even have websites (Tom Clancy – where you at?) and those that do often have very poor ones built long ago using outdated code, tables and animated gifs (best-selling author Ken Follett has a pretty poor showing).  However, as more and more authors realize how important a presence on the web is new author sites are being built, and they’re getting better.  A great author website reflects the nature of the writer’s style, helps fans get to know the author better, provides an easy way for authors to connect to their audience, and remains easy to navigate.

If you are an author and you need a better website (one that would make this list) please contact me today.  I can help you create a custom-designed site that is easy for you to update yourself.  Let’s not let this industry wallow in 1998 any longer – its time for authors to embrace good web design!

For inspiration and to offer a bit of hope here are a few stand-out websites for authors I’ve found on the web:

isabel-allende-website

Absolutely stunning site that makes great use of a minimal design approach and limited color scheme.


peter-carey-website

 

Peter goes big and bold.  You definitely know whose site you are at, and the navigation is well done too.


augusten-borroughs-website

 

Brash and colorful, Augusten certainly has the best use of illustration of any author website I’ve seen.


dan-brown-website

 

Mr. Brown’s site perfectly mirrors the mystery in his books.  Navigating the site is like unlocking a great puzzle.


caroline-tiger-website

 

Clean, simple, beautiful and functional.  Not much to go wrong with here.  Nice emphasis on the books right from the start as well.


trevor-corson-website

 

Trevor gets extra points for his use of social media and blogging.  The way these are sorted and posted down below is brilliant.


rachel-king-website

 

Many sites try to be too artsy and leave the user behind.  Rachael’s site pulls off the scattered design well.


nicholas-sparks-website

 

Spark’s site is clean and pretty and does a great job appealing to his target audience.


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23 Comments

  • Nicolai Heymann 11.1.2009

  • Nice compilation. I think the website of Mike Stocks can be added to it: http://www.mikestocks.com/

  • Apt Design 11.2.2009

  • Nice site Nicolai. I especially like the menu bar.

  • Ellen Fields 05.14.2011

  • This is a very useful compilation, thank you. I would like to also submit this design:

    http://www.zarebska.com

  • Maureen 10.10.2011

  • These stand out from all the horrid author sites out there. It’s a wonder these authors sell books. I was one of the fortunate ones for my novel Nightworld. maureennoel.com. Just as authors need editors to whittle down their books, it’d be a good idea to take an editor to their websites as well.

  • Apt Design 10.13.2011

  • Maureen – great looking site! I agree with your comments. If you are serious about your website as a means to promote yourself and your book then you need a professional web designer/consultant.

  • Graham 01.11.2012

  • A helpful list, thank you (whatever your name is!) Unfortunately several of the sites have changed or are no longer available…

  • Rico 04.30.2012

  • Those are great examples. I think http://www.WardIrvin.com should be included on a More Great Author Websites list.

  • Shirl Solomon 08.28.2012

  • I am interested in knowing your fees for building an author’s website featuring one book. (an ebook know on Kindle). Thanks for getting back to me.

    Shirl Solomon

  • Apt Design 08.28.2012

  • Hi Shirl. Thanks for your comment. I just sent you an email about my general prices and how we could proceed together on this project.

  • Nizy 08.31.2012

  • This author is great!

  • Nizy 08.31.2012

  • This is the website for the author of the best-selling series Twilight.

  • Trip Ellington 09.7.2012

  • I’ve had difficulty finding a good look for my website since I write both science fiction and fantasy. Do you create wordpress designs that would also allow me to easily update my portfolio of books?

  • Apt Design 09.7.2012

  • Hi Trip. I’d love to help you redesign your site. I just emailed you some details.

  • Lori 10.18.2012

  • Are there contests for author’s to enter their websites? I thought it would be nice if authors’s who win show that on their website as well as help with improving their website designs.

    Thank you.

  • Okoro Chinedu 01.4.2013

  • I want to know,how much it will cost to build an authors website?

  • Apt Design 01.7.2013

  • Just emailed you Okoro, thanks for your interest!

  • Jonathan 01.30.2013

  • Nice list but I think there quite a few more that could have been added.

    How about the author; Dennis Adonis?

    His links are at: http://www.dennisadonis.com for his blog, and http://www.dennisadonis.net for his less active site.

    I think both are beautifully done and still shows that authors still have taste for their web presence.

  • Apt Design 01.30.2013

  • Hey Jonathan,both of these are pretty nice as well. Thanks for the additions.

  • Sheila 04.5.2013

  • Novelist Eric Shawn (RILANA) has a cool image slideshow on his preview site: http://www.ericshawn.com

    Great monster!

    -Sheila

  • Terri Kelley 04.26.2013

  • I would love for you to visit my bookstore that I created to sell my books. Although they may also be purchased on the big online stores like Amazon, by going through my site, I am able to fulfill requests for autographed copies at no additional charge.

    I also have an author site at http://www.terriLkelley.com, but this is more of a blog space I use to share my thoughts.

    Thank you for your time. I hope y’all find a book written by me for your special child.

  • Alan Jones 11.11.2013

  • Hi,

    I am a first time author on Kindle. My unusual Scottish Crime Thriller now has it’s own website which is quite cool, with lots of interactive stuff including a Slang Dictionary with audio, an interactive map, and videos of the Street cabinetmaking performance we did to launch the book. Check it out @ http://www.thecabinetmaker.info.

    Alan Jones

  • Webox 11.18.2013

  • Great list lots of inspiring ideas thank you

  • Fausga Design 03.8.2014

  • I love all the sites you’ve listed, they are really inspiring! and it’s true there are very few well designed author websites. Good article!

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