1. Why should an author have a website?
    • Information
    • Interaction
    • Promotion
    • Credibility
  2. Why should an author NOT have a website?
  3. Why should he or she have it professionally done?
  4. How long does it take to build a website?
  5. What should be on the website?
  6. How much does it cost?
    • Domain name
    • Hosting
    • Design
    • Maintenance
  7. How many visitors should I be getting to my site?
  8. What about a hit counter?
  9. How can I get people to come to my site?
  10. Should I pay for search engine placement?
  11. How do I pick a webmaster?
What should be on the website?

Short answer: Biographical information, listing of publications, a sample of your work, some extra "bonus" for the reader who's taken time to visit your site.

The basic content should include information about you, about your work, excerpts of your work, and how to contact you. A "media" page that offers information for journalists can be a valuable tool, as well.

Other related information is very good to have on a site -- do your books take place in a certain location? Do you have photos of that location that you took yourself? Can you recommend other sites about that place? Know of good places to eat? What readers want is to know more. More about you or your work or your hobbies or your characters… There should be some "readers' bonus" for coming to your site -- they should learn more about some aspect related to you or your books. You control how much to share, and we can help with these decisions.

About Cincinnati MediaCincinnatiMedia is a website firm specializing in author, nonprofit and small business websites. We present this FAQ as a service to our clients, as well as to others who might be considering building a website.

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