Hey Authors … Is Your Website Contact Page a Loser?

Hey Authors … Is Your Website Contact Page a Loser?

It’s my pet peeve time of the month In early November, I had great fun at my Speaking Unplugged event held in Denver. Sold Out, it was a two-day intensive with 20-plus authors deep-diving into the speaking world. Throughout, hot seats were created for each where I did “up front and in person” laser coaching on their talks—openings, closings, and just structure.

Included was a section on websites and the essentials that anyone who is speaking must have and include. Not only a SPEAKING tab that includes a One-Sheet, Introductions, Press Releases, Photos, FAQ, Questions for Interviews, a sub-section for Meeting Planners only … BUT how to CONTACT you.

And this is my pet peeve: too many authors go invisible. Or they insist that you fill out a blank message unit via the website … and they will get back to you. Stop it. Websites have snafus. I have had many tell me that they fill out the message side—submit and never hear from me. I have no idea where the cyber gods sometimes send things but don’t include this as the only option.

If someone wants to connect with you—let them know how to do it. Is it via phone? Email? Skype? Text? Snail mail? How? Your business card should include at the minimum: your phone number, email, website, and address along with your name and logo. Why shouldn’t your Contact Page include the same? Why do you want people to give up in frustration if they want to call you … or email you … or send you a note/card/letter. Yet, that’s what too many do.

Here’s what my Contact Page on TheBookShepherd.com looks like (it also includes a video):


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If a potential client wants to contact you, make it easy … and make it “their way” … no yours. Too many times, I have tossed a business card because all it had was a website. When I went to it, nothing was there for me to find either an eMail, a phone number or an address. What I did was delete. My two bits. What say you?




Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. Often, she must roll up her writing sleeves and become a Book Doctor, juicing up storylines and author words. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 43 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book PlatformsSnappy Sassy Salty: Success for Authors and Writers, and How to Create a Million Dollar Speech. Her personal memoir When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and her historical fiction debut Secret Journey. Collectively, her books have earned over 45 book awards. Judith speaks throughout the year at publishing conferences. 

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