Chris Daley

Chris Daley – Web Developer

I love working with authors, and I’ve designed sites to accompany releases from Simon & Schuster, Random House, DC Comics, & more.

Overview

Since 2014, I’ve designed websites for writers, artists, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and publications. I specialize in working with authors, and I’ve designed sites to accompany releases from Simon & Schuster, Pantheon, DC Comics, Random House, Hachette Book Group, Counterpoint Press, W.W. Norton, Flatiron Books, Hogarth, and more. Testimonials available upon request.


I'm available to build and design customized, Squarespace-powered websites at competitive prices (with additional fees for extras like a store with inventory, an appointment system, or an above-average number of images, links, or pages). I can also spruce up an existing site, set up multilingual sites with Weglot, and build a Ghost or Wix website if you prefer.


I especially enjoy working with debut authors and I've designed some exciting portfolio websites for journalists. Feel free to get in touch with questions or reserve a place in my upcoming calendar. I look forward to working with you and building something beautiful!

Services
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Entertainment Humanities & Social Sciences Math & Science
Works with
Ghost Squarespace Wix
Awards
  • California Institute of Technology Spot Award
Certifications
  • Graphic Design

Work experience

Chris Daley Writing & Design

Feb, 2020 — Present

From designing author websites and coaching writers to editing manuscripts and building platforms, I’m here to help you get your work out into the world. I consult with clients to improve their communications—creative and academic, written and visual. I offer fiction and nonfiction editing, critique, web design, proofreading, help with marketing, book proposals, and literary submissions.

Caltech Library

May, 2020 — Present

From website design and social media campaigns to newsletter design and copywriting, I’ve built a solid communications program for the Caltech Library over the past three years.

Projects

Author Website for Kim Cross (Chronicle, Grand Central Publishing)

I first designed a website for Kim Cross to accompany the release of her nonfiction book The Stahl House: Case Study House #22—The Making of a Modernist Icon (Chronicle) and to showcase her journalism. I updated it earlier this year for the upcoming release of her next book In Light of All Darkness—Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America’s Child (Grand Central Publishing). >>> Highlight: Two-part portfolio to highlight selected articles and list comprehensive clips. #nonfiction #humanitiesandsocialsciences #entertainment #truecrime

Author Website for Suzanne Park (Avon Books, Sourcebooks)

I first designed a website for Suzanne Park to accompany the release of her YA novel The Christmas Clash with subsequent updates for the adult novel The Do-Over and forthcoming novel One Last Word. >>> Highlight: Use of flat lay photography. #youngadultfiction #literaryfiction #contemporaryfiction

Author Website for Cecil Castellucci (DC Comics, Scholastic, Dark Horse)

I designed a website for novelist and comics writer Cecil Castellucci to showcase her 20+ published multi-genre books (DC Comics, Scholastic, Dark Horse). >>> Highlight: Rotating gallery of book titles and blog with effective use of tags. #youngadultfiction #literaryfiction #contemporaryfiction

Author Website for Meredith Bagby (William Morrow)

I designed a website for Meredith Bagby to accompany the release of her book The New Guys: The Historic Class of Astronauts That Broke Barriers and Changed the Face of Space Travel (William Morrow). >>> Highlight: Use of photos licensed for the book. #nonfiction #mathandscience #entertainment

Author Website for Michael Tedder (Journalist)

I designed a website for Michael Tedder to accompany the release of his book Top Eight: How MySpace Changed Music (Chicago Review Press) and to showcase his journalism portfolio (SPIN, Stereogum, Pitchfork, The Daily Beast). >>> Highlight: Two-part portfolio to highlight selected articles and list comprehensive clips. #nonfiction #entertainment #humanitiesandsocialsciences

Website for Ashley Stimpson (Journalist)

I designed a naturalism-themed website for journalist Ashley Stimpson (National Geographic, Longreads, Atlas Obscura, WIRED). >>> Highlight: Magazine-style portfolio and unique design theme. #nonfiction #mathandscience #humanitiesandsocialsciences

Author Website for Monica Brashears (Flatiron)

I designed a website for Monica Brashears inspired by the cover of her debut novel The House of Cotton (Flatiron). >>> Highlight: Use of animation and discrete book cover elements. #contemporaryfiction #literaryfiction #womensfiction

Author Website for Kevin Brockmeier (Pantheon)

I designed a ghost art-themed website to accompany the release of Kevin Brockmeier's collection, The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories (Pantheon). >>> Highlight: Unique design theme. #contemporaryfiction #literaryfiction

Author Website for Lan Samantha Chang (W.W. Norton)

I first designed a website for Lan Samantha Chang to accompany the release of her novel The Family Chao (W.W. Norton) and updated it earlier this year for the upcoming re-release of her collection Hunger (W.W. Norton). >>> Highlight: Easily updated events page and book page sections for press and reviews. #contemporaryfiction #literaryfiction #womensfiction

Author Website for Edan Lepucki (Little Brown, Counterpoint)

I first designed a website for Edan Lepucki to accompany the release of her novel Woman No. 17 (Little Brown) and updated it earlier this year for the release of her novel Time's Mouth (Counterpoint). >>> Highlight: A parallax scroll landing page and poster-style gallery page showcasing Edan's published short fiction. #contemporaryfiction #literaryfiction #womensfiction

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Rebecca B.

Rebecca B.

Feb, 2024

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Chris created a professional author website for me and it looks better than I could have imagined. I still have lots of work to do on my end to learn how to add content to the website but I appreciate Chris starting me off on the right foot. Thank you so much, Chris!
Chris D.
Thank you for the review, Rebecca! If the instructional videos that I made for you aren't helpful enough, Squarespace has an extensive library of tutorial videos: https://support.squarespace.com/hc...
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