Create Your Very Own Author Website
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Create Your Very Own Author Website

The first step to creating a solid platform, attract readers, establish credibility, and sell your books!
4.6 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
434 students enrolled
Created by Carl Plumer
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Pick a domain name and register it
  • Find a webhost and install WordPress
  • Choose a theme and install it
  • Select essential plugins and install
  • Identify the essential components of an author website
  • Get their own author website up and running
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  • Awareness of web concepts such as "blog," "website," "WordPress," "hosting," and "themes."


Are your book sales falling short of expectations?

Do you wish you had access to proven advice on how to create your own author website -- from an expert?

Do you want to model your new site on the best author sites out there, but don't know where to begin?

Well, you've come to the right place!

Hundreds Of Authors Just Like You Have Now Created Their Very Own Author Website—And, Like You, THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY COULD UNTIL NOW!

[LATEST UPDATE: Course updated with new material as of Thursday, October 1, 2015. New section lesson added about the benefits of signing up with HostGator--full disclosure, I am NOT an affiliate and get no money from this recommendation at all. It's simply an unbiased report that I put together for YOU.]

Join the Over 200 Delighted Students who joined this Amazing Course in just the first few days and who have rated it 5 ★★★★★ stars!


Turn Your Brilliant Idea For a Novel Into A Profitable, Full-Time Income

Have you ever picked up a book and thought, I can do this!

You know, with Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and a whole host of other e-readers, the world of publishing and writing has been turned upside down. The fact is, you don't need a publisher's “permission" to create an award-winning novel anymore. There are hundreds of writers just like me, who spend all day every day creating and writing. But not just for fun, or even a hobby.

We're making money. Paying bills. Putting the kids through college. Problem is, there are just as many ways to fail as there are ways to succeed — more, in fact.

That's why I created this course . . .


The first step to creating a solid platform, attract readers, establish credibility, and sell your books!

Start Today

Before you puts words to paper, you need a place on the web for people to find you. Having your own website up and running is far easier than you may think.

This course teaches you how to build your author website so you are ready NOW to connect to your new fans as soon as your first, or next, book comes out.
  • Discover how to craft the perfect website name
  • Learn how to register your author website
  • Find out how to pick a web host
  • Learn the benefits of choosing WordPress
  • Follow the step-by-step instructions for installing WordPress
  • Pick a theme that suits your style and add essential (and some fun!) plugins
  • Learn how the professionals do it by critiquing the websites of world-class authors
  • Launch your author website and start connecting with new readers and fans!

... that's it!

You can have your own author website up and running TODAY! Imagine how great you'll feel looking at your website, showing it proudly to friends and family.

Start adding content and you're on your way!

Do it Yourself

Yes, you could spend hours learning how to do this yourself by researching how to do it all on Google or YouTube, and then suffer through trying to sort out the good information from the bad. In addition, you could spend hundreds of hours and dollars attending seminars on the web or in cities far from your home.

Or You Could. . .

Sign up and take this course and learn the effective and proven techniques for creating a great novel and getting it out to your eager readers. Then, armed with your new knowledge and confidence (and with Lady Luck on your side), you will see that the course is quite a bargain—especially once it pays for itself in increased book sales.

Why Listen To Me?

I have a Masters in Creative Writing and have taken many, many courses on writing, and I have studied literally hundreds of books about the craft of writing. As far as I am concerned, I have earned me the equivalent of a PhD in writing!

My teachers (for both the books and in the courses) have been the best of the best. In other words, I've learned from the experts. In addition, I have written all my life: I've been a technical writer, scientific report writer, proposal writer, and after-market software writer (you know, the books you buy at bookstores that really tell you how to use software, with tips 'n' tricks and all that).

But always and foremost, I am a creative writer—a novelist. I currently have three novels and a collection of short stories available online everywhere. One of my books was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalist. By early 2017, I will have ten books out—five more novels and another collection of stories.

I Know Your Pain

But it hasn't been easy. I was once standing where you are today. Not a CLUE how to get started with a website, although I knew I needed one. I was frustrated and had low self esteem because of it. (Frankly, I was embarrassed that I didn't have my own author website!)

But over time, with a lot of research and help, I figured it out. I share all the knowledge that I have found that works with you in this course.

I Can Help You Solve Your Problem

What you need is someone to teach you how to do this. Someone I'd wish I had when I started on this journey.

Warning: This course is NOT for everyone!

This course is not for you if you are looking for a “hands-off" solution. You do have to "get your hands dirty," so to speak. But it's not scary, and I'll be there with you every step of the way.

No-Risk Trial

But if you are interested in finding out how to take this essential step to be a REAL writer and a better book marketer (or "authorpreneur," as some people are calling it), try my course risk-free. This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Should you decide it's not for you, no problem and I thank you for giving it a try.

Let's get started!

After all that, are you ready to be great? Good! Can I guarantee you will be a successful? Of course not; I can't predict the future nor do I know how much work you will actually do. But if you follow all the lessons in this course, you will have your own awesome author website up and running.

I'm rooting for you. Your readers (current and yet to come) are rooting for you. So, scroll back to the top of this page, click on "Take This Course," and let's dive in! See you on the inside.

TRY THIS COURSE TODAY: Scroll back up and click on the green Take This Course button in the upper right of the udemy screen and enroll. Don't wait another day to turn your dreams of being a successful writer into reality. See you inside!


Fully up-to-date as of October 1st, 2015

Who is the target audience?
  • Any author who needs a website
  • Any author who wants to improve their website
  • Any author who wants to increase their web presence
  • Any author who wants to improve their author branding
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:34

Welcome to the course! This is step one on creating a successful platform on which to build your writing career!

King / Queen of Your Domain
4 Lectures 14:57

In this lecture, you will understand the concept of domain names, their variations, and why you need one.

Preview 01:53

In this lecture, you will consider what would be the best domain name for you as an author and why your REAL (or pen) name is always the best choice.

Picking Your Domain Name

We take a look at some options for registering your well-thought-out domain name. You can register your name in a number of places and in this lecture, you will learn about where, the options when registering, and the pros and cons of “anonymity”

Where do You go to Register Your Domain Name?

Learn how to claim and register your domain name. In this lecture, you learn the process of registering your new and awesome domain name.

Registering Your Author Domain Name

Check your understanding of domain names

Domain Names
1 question
Hosting Options Revealed
5 Lectures 31:41

In this lecture, you will learn about the variety of hosting options that are available. Learn to research, evaluate, and choose the best host or "ISP" (Internet Service Provider) that matches your goals.

Hosting Options

A quick look at Wordpress and its alternatives, and why Wordpress is the best way to go for authors.In this lecture, you will learn about the best platform to use for your website. Spoiler alert! It's WordPress.

Preview 07:02

A quick look at your website's inner sanctum, the "cPanel." It's not as scary as it first looks, and it's the first step to installing WordPress on your author site. In this lecture, you will learn about the mysterious “cpanel” and how to use it to install and manage WordPress.

Installing WordPress Part 1: The cPanel Backroom

Find out how easy it is to install Wordpress (it's even easier when someone does it for you)In this lecture, you will learn about a simple software tool called Softaculous and how it can help you as you manage your site.

Installing Wordpress Part 2: Softaculous Magic!

With this lecture, you'll discover the benefits of the new WordPress Management offering of HostGator, above and beyond their standard WordPress hosting features.

HostGator and WordPress

Test your understanding of your website hosting options.

Hosting Options
1 question
DesignYour Website
3 Lectures 28:47

There are thousands of free Wordpress themes out there. Lets find the perfect one for you! In this lecture, you will learn about some great free WordPress themes, where to find them, and how to install them.

Free WP Themes work wonders

In this lecture, you will learn where to find even better themes at minimal cost. For around US$25 to $45 or so, there are hundreds of attractive theme options, many with great author- and book-specific features.

Paid (but not TOO expensive) Themes

In this lecture, you will learn about the top of the line themes and whether they are worth the added expense.

Premium Themes: Great Themes if You can Afford 'em

Check your understanding of what is the best resource for finding good Wordpress themes.

Best option for themes
1 question
4 Lectures 24:19

What the heck are plugins, and why you need them. In this lecture, you will learn about some basic WordPress plugins that you absolutely must have to operate your author website successfully. Some plugins, involving areas such as site security, backup, load speed, and SEO, are essential. Get these now. They work great and they are FREE.

Preview 05:56

These are some of the most popular WordPress plugins that let you do cool things with your site. Use with caution--plugins like these can be habit forming! In this lecture, you will learn some great additional plugins that enhance your website even further.

"Nice to Have" Plugins

Let's take a look at the plugin installation process. It's easier than you think. In this lecture, you will learn how to install WordPress plugins.

Installing Plugins

Keep your plugins up-to-day. Retire the ones you no longer use. Avoid plug-in glut. In this lecture, you will learn how to disable, delete, and update your WordPress plugin set.

Managing Plugins

Test your knowledge of plugins.

1 question
Author Websites: Tour and Review
8 Lectures 40:07

Here, we take a tour of some of the most well-known authors (and up and coming authors as well) and check out their author websites, including the sites of:

  • Sara Gruen
  • Roxane Gay
  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Suzanne Collins
Author Websites: Group 1

We continue our tour of author websites, including:

  • E L James
  • Lisa Scottoline
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Debbie Macomber
Author Websites: Group 2

More author websites are discussed, including:

  • Rick Riordan
  • Sara Waters
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon
Preview 05:43

A couple of questions to wrap it up!

Test Your Knowledge of Author Websites
2 questions

Author website discussion continues. We take a look at the sites of :

  • Holly Black
  • Stephanie Meyer
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Stephen King
  • Judy Blume
Author Websites: Group 4

Discussion and review of the websites of authors, including:

  • Shannon Hale aka "Squeetus"
  • Ally Carter
  • Kim Harrison
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Christopher Moore

Author Websites: Group 5

Tour and analysis of the websites of authors. This lesson includes the sites of:

  • Daniel Pink
  • T.C. Boyle
  • Sherman Alexie
  • Dean Koontz
  • Jo Nesbø
  • Junot Díaz
Author Websites: Group 6

Here we examine and learn from the websites of the following authors:

  • George R.R. Martin
  • Lee Child
  • A. G. Howard
  • James Dashner
  • Khaled Hosseini
  • David Baldacci
  • Janet Evanovich
  • John Grisham
  • Jenny Han

Author Websites: Group 7

The websites of the following authors are discussed:

  • JK Rowling
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Meg Cabot
  • Alice Hoffman
  • Carl S. Plumer (Right. Because why wouldn't I add myself to a list that includes JK Rowling?)
Author Websites: Group 8

A couple more questions for you, to be sure you've got this one nailed!

Test Your Knowledge of Author Websites, Part 2
3 questions
Wrapping Up
2 Lectures 00:53

Congratulations and thank you. You've learned a lot, nice going. But don't stop here!

What's Next?
2 pages

Take it easy on yourself. This all takes time. I know you want everything finished NOW, but realistically this takes weeks or even months. And that's just fine.

Keep Going: Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
About the Instructor
Carl Plumer
3.5 Average rating
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1,298 Students
4 Courses
Author, Teacher, Screenwriter, Podcaster
CARL S. PLUMER was born in so-called New York City, holds advanced degrees in writing (and he's not intending on letting go), and has spent his life surrounded by words (mostly on his tee shirts). He's delivered some of the first known newspapers, worked on the original printing press, managed the first bookstore established in America, taught writing back when it was known as "runes," wrote for literary magazines back when they were dreadful, and has always considered himself a writer (although many have strenuously disagreed). He is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (based on weight) Quarterfinalist and a National Indie Excellence Award (based on bribes) Finalist.