Websites for Indie Authors – Let me help you create an author website!

Hi, I’m Sara (owner of Book Series Recaps), and before I became an author, blogger, and teacher, I spent my days as a freelance web designer. I love helping other authors, and if that’s you, you live in the US and are looking to create an author website to begin your journey, I would love to help! I specialize in websites for indie authors.

If you don’t know how to create an author website or have the time, I’m available for hire at fixed and hourly rates. I can simply help you get started, or I can completely set it up for you. And if you like, I can provide training to help as you move on.

If you’re an indie author like me, you always look for ways to save money. I want to help you do that. Ultimately, I want you to know how to update your website, add photos, and more.

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Affordable website services for authors:

What I can help with:

  • Domain Registration with Godaddy
  • Set up Godaddy hosting
  • Set up WordPress
  • Help choose a theme and customize it
  • Set up basic pages and a blog
  • Link to your books on retailer websites
  • Set up your contact form
  • Set up a professional email address using your domain
  • Set up landing pages for visitors from your social media links
  • Setup website security (SSL)
  • Add my favorite plugins for security, backups, traffic trackers, spam blockers, etc.
  • Create any needed social media graphics that will correspond with your new look (for example, story highlight graphics for Instagram)
  • Create a form to capture emails and send them to a newsletter platform like Mailchimp or MailerLite
  • Give training on updating your site
  • At this time, I can only work with authors in the United States

What I would rather not help with:

  • Direct selling on your website
  • Updating a site hosted on a platform I am unfamiliar with
  • Creating non-WordPress sites
  • I work from home, so if I wouldn’t want my teenage children to read your book or your marketing messages, I cannot create your website. No erotica, etc.
Affordable website services for authors

Websites for Indie Authors: How much does an author website cost?

There are a few things to pay for when creating a website. Whether you hire me to help you or not, you will need to buy your domain name at a yearly fee. At the time of this writing, it costs around $20 per year on Godaddy. You will also need to purchase hosting space (yearly or monthly). Godaddy’s hosting starts at $5.99 a month and should suffice.

As for my fee, I’m working to build my portfolio, so I’m willing to cut you a killer deal on a basic setup: I will walk you through what you need to purchase on Godaddy, then set up WordPress, a basic theme and needed pages, SSL, security plugins, an email address, and a contact form for $75 USD. This basic setup deals with the technical side of web design. This fee does not include aesthetics.

From there, you can finish up on your own, or for an additional $15 an hour, I can make custom graphics for your website and/or social media. This can include a styled text-based author logo. I can set up a form to capture reader email addresses. I can format an email template in MailChimp or MailerLite. I can train you to update the site, and if you like, I can spruce up a page you have started by making formatting adjustments. I can give suggestions for improving your search engine optimization (SEO).

Contact me today, and let’s get started creating your author website!

websites for indie authors