MILL VALLEY, CA [October 20, 2009] – New full-featured website system is easy to use and offered at starving artist prices.
AuthorFriendly lets book authors update their websites without needing any technical know-how for prices starting at $199.00 setup and $24.95 per month.
The platform for this new low-cost browser-based tool is a Content Management System (CMS) that has been in development for over four years by W. Hardy Interactive, Inc. The product has been tested by over a dozen authors and has attracted much interest from writing communities and others who want an easy website management solution. W. Hardy Interactive, in business for over 14 years, has long offered CMS to customers that include those in real estate, retail sales, sports, and tourism.
Founder Walter Hardy says, "The mission of AuthorFriendly is to provide book authors with all the technology they need to market, promote and sell their books, all in one place.” The motto is, "You do the writing, we do the technology.”
The base price for a website is $24.95 per month, which includes page management, calendar, reader reviews, newsletter distribution, mailing list management, blogs, and site stats. When authors are ready to sell, they can add a PayPal-enabled store that even delivers digitally secure PDF downloads.
AuthorFriendly was built to be extremely user-friendly—the interface is highly intuitive with online help features that dramatically reduce the need for technical support. This is how such a large portfolio of features and technology can be offered at such low cost.
AuthorFriendly is also designed to suit book publishers and affiliates to allow them to offer consistent branding and pricing for groups of users.
AuthorFriendly has been recommended in a new book: "Self-Publishing Boot Camp Workbook” by authors Carla King and Lisa Alpine, who have used the beta product for several years. "I don’t know why authors would use anything else,” says Carla King. "I’m technical enough to develop my own website, but the time I save by centralizing on AuthorFriendly frees me up for the tasks I need to do write and promote my books.”