Build Your Own Author Website: Premium

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Who needs an author website? 

If you're an author or aspiring author, you do. Your author website is a key component of your writing career. 

If you're already published, it's a way to be found by media and publishing professionals, as well as to build an audience and attract readers on a platform you can control. If you're not yet published, it can help you establish a professional web presence and build a platform before your book comes out. 

For those with the means, it's great to have a professional web designer, but that often costs thousands of dollars. Even courses can be prohibitively expensive. I was just sent an ad for one that cost almost $1000! 

I'm sure it was a great course, but for many authors, that kind of price tag is not an option. 

That doesn't mean you need to wait until you win the lottery to have an author website you can be proud of. This course is a more economical alternative to hiring an expensive web designer. It will teach you the basics of creating and maintaining a WordPress author website. 

One-on-one attention and individualized instruction help ensure your success. We'll start with an individual consultation and  

The Build Your Own Author Website course is designed for authors who

  • want an author website
  • would prefer a less expensive option than a professional web designer 
  • are unfamiliar with or intimidated by the idea of making or maintaining a site on your own.
  • would like more individualized instruction than you would get from a self-study course.

You'll learn how to plan your website; how and where to get a domain name and hosting; how to set up and customize your site; how to create content, insert links, and insert and manipulate images; how to target your audience, get traffic, monetize your site, and more. 

By the time you complete the course, you'll be able to set up and maintain a simple, yet professional website. No bells and whistles--not yet--just a comfortable familiarity with the basics.

And if you're on a tight budget or prefer to learn the material on your own, you can take the self-study version.

Here's what a few course participants have to say:

"I recently attended a...workshop on basic Word Press web building taught over the Internet by Jaden Terrell. I completed the workshop empowered! I actually wanted to try my hand at creating a simple site. Kudos to Terrell for her clear teaching style and her ability to convey that in an online class. I highly recommend her as a teacher." - Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney, Pluto's Snitch, and Familiar Legacy mystery series.

"Jaden is one of the most patient and responsive teachers I've ever been fortunate enough to have. She really knows how to break things down so you can understand them. I'm so grateful for everything she's taught me." - Michelle Broussard Honick, author of Ghosts, Gangsters, and Gamblers of Las Vegas

Course Curriculum


Mindset, Planning and Focus


Platform, Domain Name, and Hosting


Dashboard, Basic Setup


Creating Content

Pages and Posts


Pictures and Video


Pictures and Video


Customizing Your Site with Themes, Settings, and Screen Options



Tips and Traffic


Using Canva for Images

Using a Reader Magnet to grow your email list

Using MailChimp to manage your email list

Using Plugins for (Slightly) More Advanced Effects

Jaden Terrell
Jaden Terrell

About the instructor

Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the author of the internationally published, Nashville-based Jared McKean private detective mysteries. She writes a series of author interviews for the International Thriller Writers' The Big Thrill online Magazine and is also a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. 

Terrell is a recipient of several awards for service to the crime writing community, including the 2017 Killer Nashville Builder Award and two awards for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA): the 2009 Magnolia Award and the 2017 Silver Quill Award. 

A former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Terrell is a writing coach and consultant who also teaches workshops on the craft and business of writing fiction. Contact her at:

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