Katharine Bolin

Katharine Bolin - Web Developer

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Modern web designer specializing in building beautiful, affordable, and easy-to-use websites for authors.

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Overview

I'm a website designer and developer who specializes in building beautiful, affordable, modern websites for authors.

I work exclusively on the Squarespace platform because they have amazing features, built-in mobile-first design, and a flawless content management system that makes it easy to update on your own once built.

I've worked with several indie publishing houses—including Wise Ink, Kolb Williams, and Mill City Press—to build websites for their exceptional authors. From Google executive Alana Karen to memoirist Linda Morrison, I have the experience, talent, and digital marketing knowledge to build a gorgeous website for authors from all genres.

Services I offer:

- Design
- Web copywriting and copyediting
- Custom web graphics
- Animations/GIFs
-Custom CSS and HTML
- SEO
- Mobile-first design
- Maintenance
- 1-on-1 training session
- Hosting set-up
- Domain set-up and integration
- Email account set-up
- Social media integration
- Newsletter sign-up with lead magnet
- Landing pages
- Event and calendar pages
- Blog set-up
- E-commerce

TESTIMONIALS

"I've had nothing but positive responses to the incredible website Katharine built." —Linda Morrison, author of "Dear Heroin: A Memoir of Goodbyes"

"Katie is a wizard. My site is seriously amazing." —Metra Farrari, author of "All the Blues Come Through"

"People like Katie make this world a better place. Thanks again for the most awesome website in the whole world. So far, every one loves the fart!!!!" —Amy Nystrom, author of children's book "Let it Rip: The Art of the Fart
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Technology
True Crime
Fiction
Fantasy
Works with
Shopify
Squarespace

Work experience

Web Design & Development

Self-employed
September, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Design for Authors is a web design and digital marketing agency created to help authors succeed and stand out. We specialize in web design, newsletter marketing, digital advertising, and consulting.

Projects

Valentin per Lind Website for Poetry

To compliment the beautiful and dark mood of his poetry and the composition of his book cover, I pulled in a smoky texture to play with the stark black, white, and rich orange hues that pop throughout the site. Stunning professional photography of the author elevated the look and feel of the website to a serious professional level.

Amanda Lauren's Author Website

Amanda's author website is really a testament to beautiful cover design and professional photography. I requested the cover design file from her designer so I could pull these gorgeous graphic elements—like the gold embellishments and green texture—directly from the book cover.

She also sent me some photos of her handwriting that I transformed into graphics for the site logo and feature sections. Amanda's site is a great example of how little personal design touches can really take your site the extra mile in terms of design and professionalism.

Chelsea M. Carney, Professional Writer Website

Chelsea provided me with excellent brand color and website reference photos that helped me envision exactly what she was looking for in revamping her professional writing website.

The professional photography she provided—shot around NYC—greatly elevated the look and feel of the website. Her website is a wonderful example of how the right photography can communicate so much to web visitors about who she is and what kind of work she creates.

This website focused on sharing Chelsea's work to date—writings from across the web and grad school that she's chosen to feature—and the services she offers.

Matthew Dutton's "Boiler" Website

Matthew's book cover is an exceptional piece of artwork that fit seamlessly in a digital landscape. I used his book cover as a main visual feature on his site, creating parallax images throughout that appear as if the book cover is a living, moving organ of the website. It's truly a joy to work with such beautiful and striking imagery from a book cover.

Website for Memoir: Dear Heroin by Linda Morrison

Author Linda Morrison needed a website to help promote her heartbreaking memoir "Dear Heroin: A Memoir of Goodbyes." I worked with her to create a clean, sophisticated, and professional website that could appropriately convey the gravity of her memoir.

Self-Help Indie Author Tess Hayes Website

Tess Hayes wrote a touching book May You Shine that she wanted to promote with the help of a great website. She wanted something that built upon the creative direction of her book cover, so we collaborated to create that atmosphere in her digital space using the brand colors and fonts from the book itself. With great testimonials, gorgeous photos provided by the author, and a store where she sells her book and merch, Tess's website truly encapsulates the warmth and spirit of her book.

Children's Book Author Website for Author Amy Nystrom

Amy wrote a super fun book about farting for children and wanted a fun website to match. I worked with her book illustrator to get the illustrations formatted correctly for web use, so that her website could feature these fantastic drawings.

Amy also wanted sample fart files throughout the site, which you can see we implemented right on her homepage for a fun interactive design element.

Dara Beevas, Co-CEO of Wise Ink, Author and CEO Website

Dara needed a professional website for her career as an author, speaker, and CEO. We worked together to create a visually interesting and organized website that allows her to share who she is, and her most important work.

Alana Karen, Director of Search Platforms at Google, Author Website

Alana wrote an incredible book about her experience taking a chance on a little known startup named Google. Her book compiles tales of women's experiences working in tech, and the reasons they stay in the field.

Alana already had a website on Wordpress, but it was built years ago and needed some modern updating for her book launch. We worked together to download her site from Wordpress to transfer the content and page URLS to Squarespace. This was an important step for Alana, as she had a wealth of blog posts over the years that she wanted to keep on her new website.

I built a simple yet beautiful author website that features a new blog, all the right information about her book and author bio, where to buy the book, a shop to sell merch, and contact information for reader and media inquiries.

Alana provided beautiful imagery from a photoshoot that truly made the site stand out and look polished and professional, and I pulled design elements from her gorgeous book cover to pepper throughout the site as well.

Katharine has 12 reviews

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Timothy Jacobs
I hired Katie on Reedsy. I was attracted by her experience in Square Space, which requires less coding knowledge than, say, Word Press, and is easier for a rookie like me to administer. She also has excellent reviews and now I know why. From the start, she showed an intuitive understanding of the basic tone of the site I required, derived from the nature of my writing and my book's cover design...
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Timothy Jacobs, July 2022

Katharine Bolin
Thank you so much, Timothy! You were a joy to work with and your artistic vision was really exciting to bring to life. Sending so much good energy your way.

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Amanda Lauren
Katie is incredible at what she does! My sites perfectly capture what I was looking for and she added so many wonderful personal touches.

Amanda Lauren, June 2022

Katharine Bolin
Thank you so much, Amanda! You had such great photography and a beautiful book cover to work with. Sending so much good luck your way for your book launch!

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Rasheed Mohammed
I hired Katie to do a few cosmetic changes to my website and found her to be very accommodating . At the end of the assignment , I would say she earned her salary than received a salary. What’s the difference? When someone earns a salary, she or he is essentially giving back something of EQUAL or GREATER value than was compensated for. I will certainly consider working with her again, if anot...
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Rasheed Mohammed, May 2022

Katharine Bolin
Thank you so much, Rasheed!

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Ikerline Seme
Katharine was very collaborative, took my specifications into account and delivered a website that I am happy with. I'd recommend her.

Ikerline Seme, February 2022

Katharine Bolin
Thank you so much, Ikerline! You were a great collaborator and a joy to work with.

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Lucy Krasno
Katie was really great to work with. She had no hesitation in completing the website as I specified. She also added a border from the book cover that I really liked. She was easy and pleasant to work with and accommodating to my requests on the website. Thank you Katie!!

Lucy Krasno, January 2022

Katharine Bolin
Thank you, Lucy! You were a joy to work with. Good luck with your book!

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