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Websites for Authors...Part II

Okay, I'm on my other computers where my bookmarks are, so I can point out some author sites I really like and tell you why I like them. Then you can give me your opinion -- on those or others.

(And, no, I don't know any of these authors. I found their sites by surfing.)

Lorie O'Clare

  • The color scheme is soothing yet intriguing
  • The design is sharp and clean
  • Dual navigation is nice
  • Book cover within sight right away--no scrolling needed
  • The popout menu is interactive and interesting w/o being annoying
  • Easy, direct link to more book info and purchansing direction

Claudia Dain

  • The color scheme is pleasing, the swirling designs romantic
  • Appreciate how the design is prominant at the top of the page but fades as more content comes in -- keeps the page crisp
  • Her author photo is professional and small
  • Her book covers fanned across the top tell us she's prolific, successful
  • The touch of Flash is just enough to be fun but not overwhelming or problematic for browser issues
  • Navigation is clear
  • Books (subsequent pages) are organized by genre
  • Love the little FYIs in the margins on various pages
  • Love that her photo album relates to her writing, not something completely out of the blue, like her pet hampster

Pamela Brittan

  • Talk about theme and branding -- this is an excellent example. She carries the NASCAR theme through in her color scheme, her style, her design elements, her navigation, even right down to her checkered shirt
  • Her navigation is idiot-proof
  • Her pages are clear, simple and crisp
  • And, damn, they load FAST

Those are it for now. I'll add a few more tomorrow.

Post links to your favorite sites in the comments and be sure to tell us what you like about them.



Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

Just a few writers' links I keep on my blog:

Allison Brennan
- easy to navigate, to the point, very professional

Julie Elizabeth Leto - informative both for readers and fellow writers

Michael Crichton - extremely professional and informative (of course, with his success, it ought to be) ::Note - this is a recent change to his site. I liked the old one better, but this is nice, too.

Sara Paretsky - crisp, clean and direct

9:37 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

I love MJ Rose's new design.

I hope you do a Part III! I need inspiration to get my act together, LOL.

6:55 AM  

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