Tessa Elwood

Tessa Elwood - Web Developer

Kansas City, MO, USA

A graphic & web designer fascinated by story.

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In a society that googles everything, a website is a must—and a good website lends credibility and professionalism. More, it makes it easy for a potential client or reader to find the information they need to choose this book or that service. My designs are all about my clients, translating their likes and goals into a visual interface. Classy, professional, dark, whimsical, image-intense or highly minimal—everything from look to function is tailored to your tastes.

The process is easy. We'll discuss what you’d like in a site—style, mood, and function—and I’ll mockup some designs. These will grow and change as you provide input. All sites are coded for WordPress, giving you complete control of content. Once the site is finished and live, I will walk you through how to update your content yourself. Or if you prefer, I can maintain your content for you.

Services include:
• Branding
• Custom design
• Template for WordPress
• Full initial content setup
• Full content control, including design-specific elements update via custom fields
• Custom mobile theme
• SEO
• Social media inclusion & contact forms
• The standard bookstore icon set for authors
• Maintenance if needed.

And fun stuff like:
• Image rollover effects
• Slideshows
• Full page images/scenes
• Custom photoshoots for design elements
• Themed social media & newsletter templates/headers to match your site
• Custom social media and bookstore icons
Services
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
Children's
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Works with
Shopify
Squarespace
Wix
WordPress

Work experience

Website & Print Designer

Self-employed
January, 2010 – Present (almost 10 years)

Designed and coded websites and Wordpress templates to spec, for both individuals and organizations. Took preexisting or packaged content and reformated it for new designs and their archive base. Developed CMS tutorials and troubleshot errors. Designed business cards, bookmarks, brochures, flyers, booklets, book covers, CD covers, and t-shirts.

Graphic Designer

The Little Fig
January, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

Laid out books for print, designed catalogues, logo and branding. Built and maintain the website. General troubleshooter for anything image or coding related.

Web Designer & Social Media Specialist

Jennings Social Media Marketing
January, 2009 – March, 2010 (about 1 year)

Designed and coded websites, blogs, landing pages, and CMS templates to spec. Troubleshot issues across all Jennings sites (10+), upgraded SEO practices, addressed client issues/worries and kept a detailed log of all work.

Projects

Book focused sites

Sites built around particular series or titles, including Kingdom of Souls and Nearly Gone.

Bookmark Designs

NYT Bestsellers

Site designs for bestselling authors, often with large back catalogues. Includes Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Meagan Spooner, Stefan Bachmann, MarcyKate Connolly, and Kathryn Purdie.

Young Adult Projects

Site and print designs for YA authors, including two books-focused sites: Kingdom of Souls and Nearly Gone.

Adult Projects

Site designs for adult authors in a mix of genres, including romance, poetry, upmarket fiction, and western.

Picture Book Projects

Site and print designs for PB authors, including Jenn Bailey, Jody Jensen Shaffer, Sue Gallion, Maryann Mcdonald, and Ann Ingalls.

Middle Grade Projects

Site & print designs for MG authors, including Janet Sumner Johnson, Tina Athaide, Julia Gibson, and Mary Ann Macdonald.

Beyond Author Sites

Projects for artists and businesses. Kourtney and Natosha needed something to showcase their work, while Condie needed to provide a lot of information in a clear/easy to access way.

Tessa has 10 reviews

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celena wittman
Tessa was great to work with. She built an excellent website for me very fast. She is meticulous and patient and I highly recommend her.

celena wittman, November 2019


Sherry Parnell
Tessa did outstanding work in developing a website for me that was exactly what I wanted. She was highly communicative throughout the process and worked diligently to make sure that we were creating the right web presence for my brand and my books. Tessa's creativity and attention to detail was great throughout the process, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to launch or redes...
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Sherry Parnell, October 2019


AJ Stewart
Tessa rebuilt my entire website to be so much easier to use for both users and myself and my team. She went above and beyond the scope of the job to ensure that everything was as good as it could be and accommodated ideas that came up during the build. I would work with Tessa again in a flash.

AJ Stewart, October 2019


Adrian McKoy
At all stages of the collaboration, Tessa took her time in explaining everything. She answered every one of questions without hesitation and even provided WordPress tutorials that helped immensely. With her expertise, she’s been able to build a beautiful website that showcases my brand. Prospective authors looking for a website designer should work with Tessa. She’s a person that delivers quali...
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Adrian McKoy, October 2019


Melissa C
Tessa knew the look and feel I wanted for my website despite me being unable to provide any details. She took the existing site and created a logo and graphics that are perfect for my genre. It was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Thank you, Tessa.

Melissa C, September 2019

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