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Schedule A Website Consultation

For many authors the process of building a website is intimidating. We’re here to hold your hand through the whole process. You can do this. Filling out this form is the first step.

FAQ

How much does a website cost?

You can find our packages and pricing on this page. We also offer add-ons such as newsletter setup. The pricing of these add-ons can be found here. Once the site is built, you will need to pay a monthly hosting fee, though you don’t have to host with us. Our monthly hosting prices can be found here.

How long will the site take to build?

Most sites will take an average of four to eight weeks to design and build. This will preceded by some time spent in the queue. Queue time varies, but is usually between four and eight weeks. There are some things you can do to help the process along, such as working on your site content while in the queue.

Can I update my website myself?

Certainly! We will teach you how to use the WordPress dashboard to add blog posts and pages, edit your content, etc. We will also provide you with WordPress tutorial videos should you need a quick refresher.

Am I stuck with you?

Nope. You own your website, and that if you’re not happy with us, you’re free to take your business elsewhere. Our philosophy is that we should have to earn your business every month. You can have us build your website and then host it elsewhere, or host with us and switch to another host at a later date. If you’re dissatisfied with our service, we won’t make you stay.

I'm technically challenged. Is that okay?

Absolutely! Many of our clients come to us with very little technical experience. We will walk you through the process from start to finish and teach you along the way.

If I have questions in the future, can I come to you for help?

Yes, if you host with us. Technical support is part of our hosting packages, with decreasing level of cost for a support ticket the higher a hosting package you pay for (custom changes to your site may cost more). If you decide not to host with us, we can provide support for some (but not all) issues, at $100 per ticket. 

What to do before your first meeting

  1. Read the information on this page
  2. Fill out and submit the questionnaire below.

That’s it!

What the website building process looks like

Does building a website sound intimidating? No worries – we’ve designed the process specifically for busy, non-techy authors. Here’s what it looks like.

Website Building Process

1. Strategy: The most important step! Our account manager will work with you to figure out who your target audience is and what your website needs to accomplish in this phase.

2. Content collection: The most effective websites build the design around the content, so we focus on content next. During this stage, you’ll write your website copy and collect photos, and send them to us.

3. Design: The fun part! If you bought a Silver or Gold site, you’ll be paired with a designer who will create a design that fits your audience and accomplishes your goals. If you purchased a Bronze website, your account manager will help you pick a template that best suits your needs.

4. Development: Now you can sit back and relax (or write more blog posts!) This is where our amazing developers actually build your site. We’ll also input your content during this stage.

5. Launch: Time to celebrate! Your website is up and running. Use Facebook, Twitter, etc. to tell everyone you know to visit your site!

The Fine Print

We’re not just a web design company. We’re here to help you identify and accomplish your goals. We will hold your hand and hold you accountable through the whole website building process to ensure that you are as successful as can be. Our philosophy is that good design is not the primary goal of a website. Rather, it is a means to the end of an effective website. If all you want is a pretty website, you can get one cheaper somewhere else. We build pretty websites that also sell books, build e-mail lists, and form enduring platforms.

We don’t work with all clients. We’re very choosy on who we work with. We only work with clients we get excited about. The consultation is as much about us deciding we want to work with you as you deciding you want to work with us. Our goal with all clients is win-win or no deal. You deserve a company that’s passionate about your project. If we can’t be that company, we won’t take your project.

 The Website Worksheet

  • Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, etc.
  • Try to make your goal(s) specific, measurable, and achievable.
  • Facebook, Twitter, another website or chat room, etc.
  • Playful, professional, girly, out-of-the-box, etc.
  • If you had your way, what would a someone do after visiting your site?