(this is not a post; it’s literally a drive-by musing)
It is a sad thing indeed when a reader looking to figure out how novels are connected fares better looking at their fantastic fiction page rather than the author’s own site.
And it’s not as if readers haven’t blogged before about these things–see the Book Binge‘s Reader’s Guide to Authors Websites; or The Good, The Bad and The Unread‘s Authors’ Online Presence. Or from the way back machine, check out Dear Author‘s What Every Author’s Website Should Contain (please note the date, closing in on three years, and we are still begging authors for these things).
But if readers’ needs and preferences are not enough incentive, perhaps reading Top Ten Peeves from booksellers and readers (also at Dear Author) would motivate at least a few more authors to do something about their slow, clunky, cluttered, uninformative websites.