Elena Saygo

Elena Saygo - Web Developer

Seattle, WA, USA

I love helping authors with their website needs and tech support. I create modern, professional websites, tailored to your style.

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Overview

Whether you are an author just starting, in need of a brand new website, or you already have one and are looking for some customization, I can help out. Reach your audience with a user-friendly, engaging website that works flawlessly on every device!

Every website is tailored to your needs, packed with state-of-the-art lifetime software, and ready to start working for you and bring in leads, traffic, readers, and sales. I can create a site that’s not only beautiful and easy-to-use but will help you grow your writing career.


ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっWhy work with me?
Six years ago I started website design and development as a hobby and made me realize this is what I wanted to do full time. I left my job in Finance and Financial Reporting as a chartered qualified accountant and followed my passion. I put a lot of work and love into each project and go above and beyond to meet the client's requirements.

I build all my websites on WordPress, the world's most popular Content Management System (it powers around 35% of all websites on the internet). WordPress is highly customizable and easy to edit yourself once the website is built.

Services available:

• Design and development
• Maintenance
• Branding
• Training on using your website
• SEO
• Analytics
• Mobile optimization
• Hosting advice and set-up
• Domain set-up and integration
• Email account set-up
• Social media integration
• Newsletter sign-up with a lead magnet
• Landing pages
• Event and calendar pages
• Blog set-up
• E-commerce
• Graphics (including book cover mock-ups and 3D book covers, social media covers, and more)

Fun facts about me:
- I love coffee.
- I lived in three different countries over the last ten years.
- I don't like potato chips (or crisps for my Irish and British friends) and haven't met anyone yet who doesn't like them.

I am happy to work on any genre and would love to hear about your project.
Let's make your website stand out!


TESTIMONIAL:
We have been working with Elena Saygo for ~ 6 years. In this time she's designed 3 websites, 2 for our organization and one for a family member. We love the functionality and design elements of these websites. She's extremely attentive to our needs, incredibly prompt to requests, and thoughtful in the solutions she offers. I highly recommend her services with enthusiasm.
Arzu Forough, Washington Autism Alliance, CEO
Services
Fiction
Children's
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Works with
WordPress

Certifications

  • Full stack web development - Coding Dojo

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
May, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

I founded my Freelance web consultancy business to help authors, small businesses, and non-profits with their online presence.

Web Administrator

Washington Autism Alliance
September, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

I work part-time for WAA as a web administrator and offer technical support for their website and other platforms.

Projects

Janis McCurry Author

I loved working on the redesign of Janis' website. Janis loves the color green and tiger lilies, so I used these in the design. The style of her writing is modern and upbeat and we wanted to capture this with a colorful and modern design. Janis is also passionate about cooking and her several recipes are now beautifully featured in the Cookbook section.

Vince Young Author

Vince wanted a website for his recent book, A Gift from the Wise Men, and a way to interact with his readers. He is planning to publish blog posts and initiate a discussion based on topics from his book. Readers will post comments and submit their ideas via a contact form.

Deborah Linn Books

Deborah Linn is a teacher and a lover of the American written word, especially the American Classics. She is also doing workshops, speaking engagements, and conferences. Her first novel, Just Daisy - A Great Gatsby Retelling, is featured on her brand new website. The theme of the website captures her love for the classic mingled with a modern, clean, minimalist layout.

Author Anthony Cassino

Anthony's first novel, Pious is a fast-paced thriller, exploring subjects like religion, LGBTQ, and the problems faced by the African American people. I wanted to capture Anthony's retro style into the design of the website.

Author Antonio Rosario Ortiz

Antonio wanted a website to showcase his recently published book, Destined to Change. I loved working on this project as Antonio gave me free rein over the design, color scheme, and branding.
The website includes two lead magnets, a donation form, and the option for the author to add more books that will automatically show up under Books.

Writers for Rights

This was an amazing project to work on. Writers fo Rights is a nonprofit organization, a community of passionate writers, readers, and artists who are looking to create global change with storytelling, art, and action.
The website features membership subscriptions (integrated with PayPaypal and Stripe), Donations, and Events.
WFR's founder, Chela Reyna is a write, editor, and fierce fighter for environment conservation and literacy.

Author Richard D Ross

I loved working on this project and was glad Richard chose a dark theme as it suited his genre - thriller, and mystery - and also his charismatic personality. The website also features an ARC sign-up for Richard's upcoming book.

Books and Toys - Reviews Blog

I set up and configured a hobby blog where I review children's books and toys and also test out different tools and techniques for online marketing, affiliate marketing, and so on.

Training Portal for Washington Autism Alliance

WAA received a grant for offering resources for low-income special needs individuals and their families in WA state. I worked as a volunteer on this project and set up a portal (all with free resources) to suit the needs of easy accessibility, accessibility on all screen sizes, easy use, and a clean interface.
The user needs to register to access the training modules and they get a completion certificate.

Elena Saygo (myself) - children's books website

It was a pleasure working on my website :) I gave myself a pat on the back.

Andrei Saygo - website design and branding

Website Redesign for Washington Autism Alliance

Washington Autism Alliance's website was in need of a makeover and I was honored to work on this project.
Their website includes over 100 pages, a generous blog, membership, events, a fundraising platform, a training portal, and a resource directory. This large project was a tremendous source of learning opportunities and I am currently offering them technical support and web maintenance.

Elena has 6 reviews

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Janis McCurry
Elena is a stellar website designer. She has patience and we had many collaborative conversations to ensure that we were both on the same page. She also sent documents to help me with monitoring and updating my website. I can’t thank Elena and Reedsy enough for the professionalism exhibited and my satisfaction is guaranteed. Thank you so much.

Janis McCurry, October 2021


Vince Young
I found Elena when I realized that I was in over my head on designing a website. I was working in a tight time frame because of me trying to do it myself. Elena patiently worked with me to find out what I wanted and put together a professional site in a short period of time. She has continued to support me as I learn the ins and outs of using the site. She has made herself available when I need...
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Vince Young, October 2021

Elena Saygo
Vince, thank you very much for the kind words, and best of luck with everything. Please don't hesitate to message me with any questions you might have.

Reply from Elena Saygo


anthony cassino
Elena is a pleasure to work with. She was always there for me, and being pretty much computer illiterate I needed all the help she offered. I'd gladly work with her again. Many thanks Elena.

anthony cassino, October 2021

Elena Saygo
Anthony, thank you very much for the kind words! I loved working with you and wish you many more books and inspiration.

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Chela Reyna
WOW! I am beyond impressed with Elena and am so thankful for her expert skill, professionalism, efficiency, organization, creativity, and kind support while bringing my vision to life. She built a Wordpress website from scratch for my new nonprofit org. and I truly could not be happier with how it turned out; I am so proud to show and send it around, and Elena is the reason for it! I am blo...
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Chela Reyna, September 2021

Elena Saygo
Chela, thank you so much for your kind words. It was a joy working on your project and with you.

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Antonio Rosario Ortiz
When I first heard about creating a website to build traffic and let the word out about my books, I was uncertain and a little skeptical about the process. However, going through different professionals, I came across Elena Saygo and decided to send a quote request. Evaluating all angles and various offers could not get Elena out of my mind; she was professional, attentive, and very engaged wit...
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Antonio Rosario Ortiz, September 2021

Elena Saygo
Antonio, Thank you so much for your kind words and fantastic feedback! It was a pleasure working with you and on your project.

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