The self publishing platform Bookbaby has just announced a new program for authors.

HostBaby for Authors, launched in partnership with HostBaby, provides an easy-to-use website templating system. It offers writers complete design control, including drag-and-drop widgets, customizable backgrounds, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media integration, as well as basic blogging.

For writers who aren’t tech-savvy, HostBaby offers a free one-hour design consultation to help you make tweaks and adjustments. Also, HostBaby services are free for the first month, so there is no risk in simply trying it out.

This is an interesting program, but it’s probably not going to turn out well. Designing the visual appearance of a website requires a certain minimum of artistic talent. Most people don’t have it.

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