Create a Gorgeous Author Website in One Day

Easy to follow videos with step-by-step instructions for creating your own author website. No coding necessary.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 31 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

There are a gazillion ways to build a website. Sometimes having so many options can feel overwhelming. With this course I will walk you step by step through the entire process of creating a gorgeous and professional author website from scratch. I will show you the steps I used to build over 20 websites for myself and my friends who are authors. It will be as easy as following along to build yours. I did all the trial and error for you ahead of time. I'll make all the tough decision for you and show you the quickest and easiest path to success!

What is Strikingly?

The easiest and most cost-effective way to build a website is to use a platform. Strikingly is a template-based website platform that I use and recommend because of it's ease-of-use, beautiful templates, built-in author tools, and automatic responsive design (which is a fancy way of saying your website will look good on smart phones, tablets and desktop screens).

You can sign up for the Strikingly free trial while you complete this course. If you're happy with your website you can either keep using your free site (with a strikingly domain) sign up for one of their affordable accounts, and customize your domain. When you upgrade you also get a few more great features. I have done my research (pulled my hair out creating wordpress websites that didn't work, spent lots of money hiring web designers that didn't deliver) and Strikingly has very affordable and comparable pricing plans relative to competitors.

Course Content Overview

This is a step by step course. I want you to succeed, take action and get your author website up in a day. Some folks have done it in less than an hour! Follow the course videos in order from start to finish so you'll be able to set up your Strikingly site, add pages, create a blog, a book sales page, and a email list.

Every step you need to create a fully functional website is covered in this course.

Who is this course for?

If you want a gorgeous and professional author or writer website, this course if for you. A typical author website includes multiple pages (Home, About, Contact) as well as an optional blog.

This course and Strikingly is great for:

  • Authors (Non-fiction and Fiction)
  • Writers
  • Bloggers
  • Publishers
  • Promoting a new book
  • Promoting a book tour

What are the requirements?

  • A Strikingly account is required to complete the course. But you can use a free account to get started.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Step by step video tutorials
  • Build your own great looking and fully functional website
  • Add and modify pages and content
  • A place to sell your book/books
  • Start a blog
  • Modify and customize the fonts and colors on your website
  • Start an email list to connect with your readers

What is the target audience?

  • This is a course for website beginners. If you can click on a browser you can create your website. No code or prior website experience necessary
  • Strikingly is particularly good for bloggers, writers, authors, publishers, and promoters of new books or book tours. .
  • This tutorial may not be well suited for folks that need a complicated website (i.e. membership site). If that's what you need, I would suggest hiring a professional web developer.

What are the requirements?

  • A Strikingly account is required but it is free to create and you can upgrade to higher level accounts for under $25.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Quickly and Easily Create a Gorgeous Author Website
  • Create an Author Blog
  • Showcase their latest book or books
  • Link readers to purchase their book or books
  • Add or Modify pages of content
  • Authors and writers that need to create an author platform and an author email list.

What is the target audience?

  • Authors who need a gorgeous and professional website but don't have the money or time to hire a web designer
  • Beginners. If you can click open a web browser you can make your website (no coding or web design experience necessary)
  • Non fiction Authors, Fiction Authors, Writers, Bloggers and Book Tour Promoters
  • If you need an overly complicated webpage (i.e. a membership site) you should hire a web designer

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Create a Gorgeous Author Website in One Day

Do you need an author webpage and platform but you are unsure where to start? Or maybe you just don't have the budget to hire an expensive web designer. In this introduction we will go over the benefits of setting up an author web page and discuss an overview of the course.


In this Lecture you will set up your strikingly account for your author webpage.


In this lecture you will set up your author homepage for your author website.


In this lecture you will set about your Author about page. Unsure of what to include in your author about page. Download the cheat sheet below.


In this section you will create your author contact page and set up an external link for users to purchase your latest book.


In this section you will create your author blog.


With the free account your domain will include strikingly. If you would like to use a custom domain you've already purchased or would like to purchase, you will have to purchase one of the affordable strikingly memberships.

If you haven't purchased a domain, you can get a free domain with a one year strikingly membership. Or in the alternative you can purchase a domain through a website like bluehost or go daddy. I recommend bluehost (it is reliable and affordable).

4 pages

(Bonus Free Cheat Sheet) This cheat sheet helps you write the content for a best selling author bio.

(Bonus) Create a Free Logo on Canva dot com

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Instructor Biography

Pamela Maass, Storytelling Nerd, Entrepreneur and Teacher on the Side

Hi there,

My name is Pam and I'm a lawyer and engineer by training - but I'm also an entrepreneur and storyteller on the side (films and on stage). I enjoy teaching here on Udemy and learning more about my students and their projects.

If you're one of my students - thank you.

Please feel free to get in touch with me, I'd love to hear from you.



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