I offer innovative design for authors and the publishing industry. Since 2005, I have created websites for best-selling authors, international rock bands, and businesses.
Clients include Anthony Horowitz, Darynda Jones, David Gilman, Darren Shan, Charlie Higson and Mark Hill.
I specialise in building attractive and highly effective sites and online communities using the powerful and versatile ExpressionEngine CMS system.
Five Minute Mum aka Daisy Upton is a British mum, author and children's educator who creates quick and fun games for children with a focus on skills and development. Having suffered the horrors of a Wordpress blog for some years, Daisy in conjunction with her literary agency decided to create a site that was much more attractive and user-friendly to busy parents everywhere. The site was built using the advanced and flexible ExpressionEngine CMS.
Elle is a Scottish and Neurodivergent writer, happily living in London. She graduated with a first in Creative Writing and has worked as a bookseller, bartender, blogger and babysitter—all while writing stories for her own amusement. After completing her Masters dissertation on the lack of Own Voices representation for Neurodivergent children, she grew tired of the lack of inclusivity in the industry, and wrote a book herself.
Her first children’s novel, A Kind of Spark, was published in June 2020 by award-winning indie press Knights Of and stars two openly autistic young women. After publication A Kind Of Spark swiftly became the Blackwell’s Children’s Book of the Month in June and was announced as both The Times and The Sunday Times’ Children’s Book of the Week!
This is the Take. It’s where you come to understand more about your favorite movies, shows and culture. Our video essays make the story worlds you enter richer and deeper. Think: Endings Explained, Character Studies, Hidden Messages and Symbols Revealed, Actor and Director Profiles, and more.
The Take website is a library of over 5000 articles and videos on movies and tv. The Take Youtube channel has over 1 million subscribers. The Take website is built on ExpressionEngine , which was chosen for it's highly performant and flexible architecture.
Bell Lomax Moreton
Founded in 2000, Bell Lomax Moreton represents a wide range of distinguished authors and illustrators, writing and illustrating adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
Celebrating 20 years in business in 2020, the agency required a new website to showcase their impressive range of clients including: Vicki Psarias, Heather Burnside, Quintin Jardine, Denzil Meyrick, Ronnie Wood, Oliver Jeffers and Gareth Thomas.
The new site was built in ExpressionEngine and uses a range of custom-designed features to enable staff to manage their client roster and busy news calendar with ease and simplicity.
Website design for New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones. Darynda is the author of the hugely popular Charley Davidson series. This year sees the launch of Darynda’s new series featuring Sunshine Vicram, a small town sheriff whose desire for a quiet life in New Mexico, doesn’t quite work out that way.
The new Darynda Jones website was built on ExpressionEngine and features a members-only area for short stories and other exclusive content. The site also features a merchandise storefront powered by Zazzle.
Brand new site for Wyoming writer, Colleen Eccles Penor. The site is built using the advanced ExpressionEngine 5 CMS for maximum flexibility, usability and security. The site features a colour scheme to match the book cover and mood, custom created looped video backgrounds, a book release countdown timer, Adobe fonts and CDN media hosting for the fastest possible response times from anywhere on the planet. An automated signup mechanism has been used to send readers a free preview of the book when signing up to the mailing list.
UK-based cozy mystery author, Mona Marple needed a new responsive website to replace her aging and slow Wordpress web presence. Using design guidance from Mona's own book covers, her personal colour preferences and much research in to the cozy mystery genre I was able to build a brand new website that appeals to her growing fanbase. The site was built using the advanced Expression Engine CMS platform which offers a fully customised editing experience for the author.
Author website for debut author, EJ Liston. Kings and Killers, EJ Liston's first published book is a dark and violent thriller with a military theme that required a website to match the themes of the book. The website design was completed in conjunction with the cover design resulting in a seamless visual approach to the book launch. The site was built in Expression Engine 5 - the most advanced, flexible and secure open source CMS currently available.
Dr Abbot Granoff is a renowned psychiatrist who has been practising in Virginia Beach, VA for over 40 years. As a published author of multiple scientific articles and an internationally acclaimed book on Panic Attacks and Phobias, Abbot has now turned to writing fiction. Crowns of Gold, his first novel is a modern crime thriller with an origin story that reaches back thousands of years to the ancient empire of the Scythians.
The Abbot Granoff author website was designed and developed using Expression Engine 5 CMS. It features a blog, contact form, embedded Flickr galleries, an RSS-powered mailing list from Mailchimp and advanced GDPR user-privacy controls.
Andrew Smyth required a clean and simple site to publicise the launch of his new mystery thriller novel, Grave Island.
Built on Expression Engine 4, Andrew’s author site employs a classic colour scheme and typography that links visually to the book cover design. The site is fully responsive, speed and security optimised and features Amazon ISBN integration.
Set in the murky underworld of counterfeit drugs, Grave Island is out on the 9th of June 2018 from Bloodhound Books, a small UK publisher specialising in crime and thriller fiction.
Peter Besson - Author Website Blog Page
Peter Besson is an author based in Los Angeles. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and trailer editor for Universal Pictures. His debut novel is a dark dystopian love story with varying shades of black humour. Set in a not too distant future in a disturbingly almost-plausible society, The Last Checkout charts a love affair that begins at the most inconvenient of times.
The Peter Besson author website is powered by the latest version of Expression Engine and features and author blog, customised embedded Twitter feed, mailing list and contact form. The site is fully responsive and runs on secure SSL and superfast SSD-powered hosting.
The William Hawk series is the brainchild of an accomplished inventor, machinist and CEO from the American midwest writing under the pen name William Hawk. A life-changing accident and spiritual awakening sparked the author’s inspiration for this story of humanity, hope, selflessness and redemption
Ignition, the first of a trilogy of books, follows William and Grace, on the run from the cops, as they develop their connection with each other and their skills as Change Agents, unravelling clues about the secrets of the universe and confronting evil head-to-head to discover the source of true power: loving selflessly.
The William Hawk author website was developed using Expression Engine CMS and showcases the stunning book trailer on the homepage. The website design mirrors the Ignition book cover design and uses dark sci-fi landscapes combined with clean modern typography to deliver it’s message.
Anthony Horowitz O.B.E. is the author of the Alex Rider series as well as television series Foyle's War. He has also written 2 Sherlock Holmes novel's, authorised by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and later this year will release the latest James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis.
The new Anthony Horowitz responsive website was built using the Expression Engine content management system and features a forum, Flickr-powered photo gallery, Amazon powered shop as well as an extensive catalogue of all of Anthony's work across print, screen, theatre and journalism.
The Ampersand Agency is a leading literary agency based in Oxfordshire, England. Ampersand’s impressive roster of best-selling authors includes Vikas Swarup, Helen Black, Sharon Bolton and Cora Harrison.
With a growing list of authors, the agency lead by publishing industry veteran Peter Buckman needed a modern website that reflected their status as a forward-thinking literary powerhouse.
The Ampersand Agency site was built using the Expression Engine content management system. The site is fully responsive.
Mark Hill, the author, not to be confused with a certain celebrity hairdresser of the same name, is a British writer and former journalist. Mark's first book Two O'Clock Boy published by Sphere is a dark crime thriller. Mark's author website on the other hand is anything but dark. The bright and fresh colour scheme is inviting and allows readers to get to know Mark and his myriad influences from books and TV to his frequent interviews with other genre authors.
The website was built with ExpressionEngine CMS.
David Gilman is a British author and scriptwriter whose works include the Master of War historical fiction series and Danger Zone series for younger readers.
The Master of War series is a visceral adventure set during the tumultuous period of the 100 Years war and follows a young English stonemason across the villages and battlefields of medieval Europe. David’s screenwriting credits include A Touch of Frost and Dalziel and Pascoe.
The redesign of David’s site focussed on simplicity, legibility and responsiveness. The site was built using ExpressionEngine 3, an advanced CMS platform.
Body text is set in Halcom which provides excellent screen legibility with headers using Tribute, a font which was modelled on an original typeface from the middle ages. Both fonts are from the Typekit library
'Creative, enthusiastic involvement and design at a reasonable cost, with first rate ongoing client support. Liam Fitzgerald at Frequency Design has been my ‘go to’ website designer for the past ten years.'
David Gilman - Author
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