What Kind of Authorial Website is the Best?
I got a notice the other day letting me know that author Lesley M.M. Blume had a new website worth looking at. So I gave it a peek and really, it is quite nice. Of course there’s a reason it’s as professional as it is. Said she, "I highly recommend the site’s designer, Andrew Hearst — who formerly edited Vanity Fair.com and recently helped to build the famed new White House website. His passion for Deco art was a big bonus with me, as you all might have expected. You can reach Andrew through his website: http://www.panopticist.com/"
So today my question to you is, what are your favorite authorial websites?
I mean, I just sold two picture books to Greenwillow, yes? So I should probably think about creating a website, yes yes? So I ask you, dear readers, who do you like?
A couple different sites come immediately to mind on my end.
There’s the interactive and thematically consistent site of Kirsten Miller.
There’s the fun and bouncy site of Lisa Greenwald.
There’s the animated and original site of Katie Davis.
Who else do you like? I’m including adult author sites in that question (I’ve friends who started the company that created the John Hodgman website, so I’m open to different ideas). What do you look for in an writer’s online presence? What do you despise?
If you want to mention the URL in the comments PLEASE remember not to include the "http" part. My comment function gets all squirmy when you write that. Just start with the www or what have you, and all will be well.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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