Sunday, November 21, 2010

Author Websites: 7 Of The Best Writers' Sites

The following is from the Huffington Post web page. It lists seven web sites by authors that it feels are the best. If nothing else, they deserve a look.

Author Websites: 7 Of The Best Writers' Sites

The Huffington Post Posted: 11-18-10 07:05 AM

Authors: masters of language, but often not the web. Even some writers with massive Twitter followings and social media campaigns don't have useful websites. Does it matter? Depends on how you want to be perceived when people are searching for you. When we asked this week on Twitter and Facebook for the best author websites, we received the names of only a few that impressed us.

Nevertheless, we've pulled together some of the best of what you sent in. What do you think: Are these the best author websites out there? Which awesome sites did we leave out? Let us know. We'd love to highlight the really great ones.

1 - Kathy Reichs, author of the "Bones" series, has an informative and visually striking website, which features key facts about the writer and her books, as well as bonus content such as videos.

2 - Amy Krouse Rosenthal's website is a beautiful example of the successful marriage between simple design and interactivity. Visitors can select their own "website ambiance" on the home page, but the site is not overloaded with too many unnecessary gimmicks. The site also clearly displays all pertinent information about the author, including her books, bio and contact information.

3 - Jay Asher's website is well organized and sleek, featuring lots of content in a manageable format.

4 - Huffington Post contributing style editor and author of "Let’s Bring Back," among other books, Lesley M. M. Blume boasts a clean, albeit stylized, website that features heaps of content and intriguing design.

5 - Kenneth C. Davis, author of the popular "Don't Know Much About" series, hosts a fun and colorful website that displays plenty of information about each of his nonfiction texts.

6 - "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" author Rick Riordan has a stunning website for his series, featuring sharp graphics and subtle animation.

7 - Jonathan Safran Foer the literary wunderkind and author of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" has an impeccably designed website for his book "Eating Animals," which features slick motion graphics.

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