Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Page Organization

One of the most important pages on your website is your BOOKS page.  
This is your personal bookstore and all the books are face out on the shelves so the covers are doing their promotional job.

George R.R. Martin, is a very prolific author and he has a nice drop-down menu with the BOOKS link on his navigation bar. This is a professionally created and maintained website and is almost an explosion of all kinds of a fan-centric experiences. 

Yet, this is a classic and organized website, and easy to navigate. Here's a good opportunity to see how the professionals apply the basics of website design and organization. Look at the banner, it's his name on a simple background with a crest.

While not easy to read in this picture, each one of his books is designated as to its inclusion and place within the series, or as a stand-alone novel. 

Neil Gaiman is also a prolific author but doesn't have quite the explosive experience of colors. His navigation bar is a jumble, but the "works" link brings us to a clean page with easy choices. 

What interests you most about Mr. Gaiman? "He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama."

For Authors who write in multiple genres, organize your books by genre and add a link to your navigation bar, with a nice drop down menu, like Paty JagerShe designed and maintains her website but did so with advice and support from professionals.
Delilah Marvelle is an entirely different experience. The level of heat and flavor of the stories is revealed with the colors, the level of clothing, and the positions of the characters.

Delilah Marvelle thinks and writes in series where a different couple is featured per romance but relating to the same time and events as the other books in the series. While each book is also written to stand alone, there is greater value to the reader when it is easy to determine which book to choose first.

The whole point of studying the public presence of prolific authors is for you to decide, do I want to be a prolific author or a one-book-wonder with a single message? Both objectives are valid and awesome.

All we promote and provide on this blog is how to present your choices in the best light. We really don't care what you do, but if you do something, we care that you have the option of doing it - well-done.

J.A. Konrath is another highly prolific author and he's got one of the cleanest and easiest to navigate books pages.  The book list on this page is a classic Table of Contents. There's all kinds of fun stuff on the rest of his website, but when it comes to his books page, it's simple enough to make us applaud!

One click on the title of a book take you immediately to The book Cover and Blurb!
Followed by links to every where this book can be purchased, with price and format included!

Then in the bottom left corner of each book section, separated by nothing more than a line, is [top] that returns the reader directly to the table of contents.But, even better, this page is easy to scroll up and down and see every cover, blurb, and point of purchase.

For the author who has only a few books being promoted, Kristina McMorris has a classic and stylish books page. 

She not only includes colorful links to all the locations where her books can be purchased, but there's a nice text box that includes information for booksellers, and distributors. 

The similarities of all these websites need to be highlighted. They are all very individual and give a flavor of the author persona and the stories.

If your book is available in both print and e-book, say so and be sure to include links - especially if your e-books are available via different outlets than your print books. Check out our books page to see how we've showcased our book links and included information wholesale outlets (bookstores) will need to find our books.

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