Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Video Tutorial: Create Your FREE Author/Illustrator Website & Blog

Date(s) - 05/01/2017 - 05/01/2018
12:00 am


create your website


A website is essential–even if you’re not yet published. Your website is your business card online, a place to showcase your writing or illustrating abilities and let industry experts find out more about you.

Fortunately, you don’t have to invest a bunch of time and money, or have a lot of technical experience to create a professional-looking website. In just a little over one hour, this tutorial will show you how to create your own FREE author/illustrator website with or without a blog using WordPress.

In order to be successful in the writing industry, authors and illustrators need to market themselves. Both published and pre-published professionals have the responsibility to make themselves known to the public.Being successful in this industry takes more than book sales. You need an online presence before you sell your first book. Take your career to the next level by creating a website dedicated to your love of kidlit.  


Professional blogger and SCBWI North Texas Social Media Captain, Emily Johnsen, provides step by step instructions on how to create a free website in this 1 hour turtorial. 

Use your website to:

  • Give potential agents a place to learn more about you
  • Start a blog 
  • Showcase your work
  • Share information about the industry
  • Start a contest
  • Connect with other authors/illustrators
  • Review books
  • Connect with the general public
  • and more…


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Happy creating! 



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