If you’re a writer or author, there are many reasons to have your own website. You might be looking to build your readership with a blog, get the attention of publishers by showcasing your writing talents, engage with fans to get feedback, or sell your books online.
Whatever your reasons, there are some excellent premium themes available for WordPress, designed with writers and authors in mind. Here are six to get you started.
Want to get your book noticed? Bookish is designed for authors and book publicists, and offers a responsive one-page design that is ecommerce ready.
Bookish is built on the Twitter Bootstrap (check out this post on reasons the Twitter Bootstrap is useful), and features:
- Four aesthetically beautiful skins
- Dark and light layouts
- Infinite color schemes
- Google web fonts and Font Awesome
- jQuery slider and effects
If your focus is on building a readership through online engagement – and thus, building a platform so you can demonstrate an audience to publishers – Mesh is a great option, offering a clean, full-screen portfolio-style experience.
Many writers are blogging to build an audience, and this theme is a great tool for engaging with readers who want to know the author behind the book. Mesh features:
- Full multimedia support
- Fully filterable portfolio
- Fully responsive design
- Accent color control
- Built in SEO
- Custom logo upload
If you’re interested in building and publishing a body of work online, or offering teaser excerpts to encourage readers to purchase the full copy, The Novelist is a great theme, built for easy browsing and reading.
Elegant and simple, The Novelist features:
- Responsive design
- Slideout widget panel
- Full screen image backgrounds
- Translation ready
- Ajax pagination
- Logo customization
- jQuery animations and effects
- iPhone and iPad optimization
The One Pager
If print is more your thing, but you know you need to get yourself an online presence, The One Pager is a great option for authors who want to share a little more information about themselves with their readers, and link to purchasing options for their books.
Designed for simplicity and low maintenance, The One Pager features:
- Fully customizable homepage
- Multiple styling options
- Editable header for self-promotion
- WooSlider integration
- Features by WooThemes integration
- Testimonials by WooThemes integration
- Simple contact form
Just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you’re limited to text-heavy themes. Literatum is clean and modern, offering a simple and highly visual navigation for readers, which makes it an ideal theme for authors of short stories, news items and feature articles.
- Ajax navigation
- Featured images for every category
- Video covers for posts
- Word count and read time estimates on articles
If your goal is to sell your ebooks online, directly to your readers to cut out middleman commissions, Webbie is built with you in mind. Minimalist, bold and easy to navigate, this theme is focused on offering a distraction-free reading experience, and integrates with Easy Digital Downloads so you can sell your book easily.
Responsive and tablet and mobile-ready, Webbie features:
- Custom post types for chapters, features and reviews
- Collapsible sidebar for distraction-free reading
- Subtle jQuery, HTML5 and CSS3 animation
- Custom widgets and menu support
- Translation ready
- Multiple styled templates and color options