A Simple Beautiful Website

For You and Your Book(s)

Your book is done. Now you need a website.

In today’s book marketplace, your online presence as an author is more important than ever. And your website is at the center of your online strategy. It’s often the first place people will go to learn about you and your book. So creating a site that communicates the message and image you want to present to the world is crucial to your success.

 

Our author websites are beautiful, affordable, easy-to-use, and integrate all the best practices in online book marketing.

Designed Specifically for Authors

While there are many web designers out there, few are attuned to the specific needs of authors. While helping many authors launch and promote their books to the world, we’ve learned a lot about what works, what doesn’t, and what an author uniquely needs in a website.

 

We’ve developed a customizable template based on our book launch experience.

Affordable and Easy-to-Update

In our work with authors, we’ve learned a couple of things about their website needs. First, most don’t have the budget to spend on a high-end designer, but still need something that looks great and is up-to-do date with online best practices. Second, most authors want a site they can easily update themselves instead of relying on web designers for costly future updates.

 

Our author sites are cost-competitive and use an elegant template that allows even the least tech-savvy author to update their own site into the future.

We offer two levels of website design:

Custom Design

If you’re interested in working with an experienced book marketer to build a site tailored to your needs, then this might be your best option. We will work closely with you to assess your overall website goals, then build your site according to that vision. We also offer an affordable maintenance plan if you’d rather we make updates for you.

Do It Yourself

If you’re fairly confident in your online abilities, you can purchase our website template designed specifically for authors. We will give you a lesson in how to use the template, and then you upload your own content to personalize the website.

The website that Joel built for me is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and continues to work with very little tweaking. Most importantly he made it possible for me to add content and write regular blogposts without outside help. For a non-techie, this was a huge gift. Great work!

Linda K. Jacobs

Author of Strangers in the West, Kalimah Press

In no time at all, Joel created a professional, colorful and classy website. As my goals and interests have evolved, Joel has conscientiously expanded and updated my website to reflect these changes, always seeking to improve each page. He is a pleasure to work with and indispensable to authors like me who who are allergic to technology projects.

Marguerite Elisofon

Author of My Picture Perfect Family

Author Website Features

Our author websites are based on years of experience launching and promoting books. They include what we’ve found to be the most essential and effective elements for authors. Both levels of website service are designed with the following elements:

Email Opt-Ins

One of the best ways to grow the audience for your work is to grow an email list. My sites include beautiful email sign-up forms that will encourage your website visitors to become subscribers, without being too spammy.

Optimized Sales Pages

When you launch your book, it’s important to have a compelling landing page that tells potential buyers about you and your book. My template uses best practices for online sales and marketing, and includes buttons to buy your book, a place for book testimonials, and a visually appealing format.

Writing Copy

If you opt for my custom website services, I’ll help you craft web copy that presents you and your book in a compelling way that represents the core ideas of your work.

Easy-to-Update

My author sites are built on a platform that is intuitive and easy to update for even the most novice web user. I’ll teach you how to use it so you won’t be dependent on me or anyone else to make changes to your site in the future!

Custom Features

Are you looking for a website feature that’s not part of my template? I can find a solution for any specific need you have. Just let me know and I’ll add it to the site!

Press/Media Pages

Getting media exposure is an important part of launching and promoting your book. My author sites include a simple template for displaying all your media appearances, and helping you get more interviews.

Blog

If you want to build an audience for your book(s), it’s important to get your voice “out there” through a consistent blogging presence. My sites include a variety of blogging options to make it easy for you to publish your latest thoughts and share them with the world.

Mobile-Friendly

These days, the majority of people visiting your website will be doing so on a mobile device, so it’s imperative that your site be “responsive” to all devices. My author sites are built on a platform that automatically adapts to any device . . . no matter how small.

Social Media Integration

Social media is all the rage right now and makes up an important part of any campaign to spread the word about your book. My sites come fitted with all the social media integration you’ll need to make sure that your visitors can easily share, like, and talk about your book across all social media platforms.

New Features

The landscape of book marketing and online platform-building is constantly changing, and I’m always discovering new features for my author websites. You’ll have the benefit of learning with me and getting updates about the latest developments to my author website template, even after we’re done working together.

I am so pleased with the site that Joel developed for Neighbor2Neighbor. He took the time to understand our organization first. Then he combined our goals with his expertise, and the end result is an interactive and informative site that will be an essential part of communicating with our participants and our community. Exceptional work.

Mahlon K. Stewart

President, Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich Village, Inc.

While I *technically* built my new website myself, Joel walked me through every step of the process, from coming up with a terrific plan ahead of time to helping me choose a great theme and maximizing its potential. Joel is seriously patient and thorough, with great instincts for what (tech-challenged) writers need to succeed. Best yet, because he showed me how to do it myself, I feel in control moving forward. I’m so happy with my new site!

Susie Meserve

Author of Quiver

Pricing

Custom Design

$1,950

A fully functional website, tailored to your specific needs.

Do It Yourself

$750

Includes our author site template and two 1-hour lessons in how to use it.

Maintenance

$250/month

As your book launch evolves, you will want to make regular updates to your site (media appearances, events, pictures, etc). Our sites make it easy to update yourself, but if you’re too busy, we can do them for you.

Not only would I not hesitate to recommend the services of Joel Pitney to anyone, including best friends, but I often do. As he works for me, I find him to be a curious and intent listener.  He is a good writer and collaborates well when my writing needs insightful editing.  His website and Facebook design skills take my preferences and personality into account and show an experienced knowledge of what works in the cyber world today.  Yes, I am is father.  Don’t hold that against him!

John Pitney

Musician

Joel was a wonderful support in refining the strategy and layout for my website in preparation for my book launch. I really appreciated how he took the time to teach me how to update and implement design features on my new site to make the most of the tools at my disposal. Joel was a joy to work with—warm, open, conscientious and a great team player.

Dr. Deborah Zucker

Author of The Vitality Map, Vital Medicine

Interested In Working With Us?

Joel Pitney
joel@launchmybook.com
510-684-2645

Laura Hartzell
laura@launchmybook.com
413-441-7393

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Enter your email address here and we'll get back to you shortly about our book launch services. You can also email us directly at joel@launchmybook.com or call us at 510.684.2645.

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