Katharine Bolin

Katharine Bolin - Web Developer

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Modern website designer specializing in building beautiful, easy-to-use websites for authors.

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Overview

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

I work exclusively with Squarespace for author websites because they have industry-leading templates, built-in mobile-first design, and a flawless content management system that makes it easy to update on your own once built.

My philosophy is simple: build clean, affordable websites for authors that deliver exactly what they need to successfully promote their books.

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
Squarespace

Work experience

Marketing Strategist

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

Sweet Reach Media is a digital marketing agency created to help small businesses and independent authors succeed. We specialize in building websites, social media marketing, email and text marketing, advertising, and consulting.

Projects

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.

Metra Farrari website

Worked with Sci-fi author Metra Farrari to build a modern, clean website for her new novel. She wanted a very simple website, clean website that was super simple to navigate.

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 called "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 & professional, and I pulled design elements from her gorgeous book cover to pepper throughout the site as well.

Katharine has 4 reviews

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Heather Furnas
Katharine did a terrific job and worked around my busy schedule. She was a pleasure to work with.

Heather Furnas, October 2021


Matthew Dutton
Katie is fantastic. She built a wonderful website for me and was so helpful throughout the whole process. She also talked me through the whole process when it came time to launch.

Matthew Dutton, September 2021

Katharine Bolin
Matthew—thank you so much. You were a literal dream to work with. I really love the site built around your stunning book cover. Sending so much good luck with launching your book!

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Brian Saliba
Efficient, reliable, communicative, and knowledgeable. Katie pulled off a near-miracle in getting a site set up and getting me trained in how to administer it in two weeks. She's full of useful advice and willing to go the extra mile to make sure the job is done right. Will gladly work with her again.

Brian Saliba, August 2021

Katharine Bolin
Brian, thank you so much. Your kind words really mean a lot. Glad to have worked with such a creative mind on this faster-than-lighting project. So much good luck with your book!

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Richard Weston Smith
Katharine did a good job on some small changes to my Squarespace site. I was very happy with the result.

Richard Weston Smith, August 2021

Katharine Bolin
Thanks so much, Richard! Good luck with your book journey :)

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