Tessa Elwood

Tessa Elwood – Web Developer

Story-focused print and site design, along with website maintenance and social icons .

Overview

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. Once the site is finished and live, I will walk you through how to update your content yourself.


SERVICES


Websites include:

• Built on Wordpress, Squarespace, or Shopify

• Branding

• Custom design

• Full initial content setup

• SEO

• Social media inclusion & contact forms

• The standard bookstore icon set for authors

• Setting up an online store if needed


On Wordpress:

• For authors with series or multiple books: auto updating setup to make adding new books easy

• Custom mobile theme (Squarespace has a mobile theme by default)

• Full content control, including design-specific elements update via custom fields


Current site refresh:

Want to update your site without overhauling it? Sometimes a site needs fresh graphics or organization within its current framework to really shine. Or maybe it's simply time for a change. Either way, we can work with what you have to give you what you need.


Maintenance

Need updates to your current site? I can help!


Social Media & Ads

This includes themed branding across all your socials, newsletter, and/or book promo images to use on your favorite sites.


Print Design

Logos, book club kits or reader guides, bookmarks, postcards, business cards, posters, coloring pages—I've designed everything from book covers to CD cases to oracle cards. If you need print materials, I can provide you with digital files you can use anywhere or take to the printer of your choice.


Canva

For any of the print or ad designs, I can setup projects in Canva so you can edit the text for your custom flyer/ad/reader's guide. The design and images are all done in photoshop, then I'll transfer it over to the Canva setup. The text will all be within your control, so if you'd like to switch it out—or even swap out book covers—you totally can.

Services
Non-Fiction
Art
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Picture Books Romance Young Adult
Works with
Shopify Squarespace Wix WordPress

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2005 — Present

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.

The Little Fig

Jan, 2017 — Present

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

Jennings Social Media Marketing

Jan, 2009 — Mar, 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, and Kathryn Purdie.

YA & MG 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.

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 42 reviews

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Aaron K.

Aaron K.

Jul, 2024

I can't write a more positive review, Tessa is just that good. Each of the stars given above speak for themselves. I think it's worth noting that she's an author herself and gets what's needed. She's very helpful at providing advice and creating tutorials. The attention she gave my project was plentiful and her price is totally fair. She is very amenable to changes at your discretion, but has a...
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Joseph H.

Joseph H.

Jun, 2024

I'm a first-time author developing my first website. Tessa has been very patient, first walking me through various options and making soft recommendations based on what I needed. She's been very responsive and helpful, and always available to chat or email as we go through the process. I'm excited to publish my website soon, and would happily work with Tessa again on another project. She pro...
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Ned R.

Ned R.

May, 2024

Tessa was great. Her fee was very fair. I got exactly what I wanted without worry.
Kirsten M.

Kirsten M.

May, 2024

Tessa has been an absolute joy to work with. I would definitely use her services for any future or ongoing projects.
Lise M.

Lise M.

Mar, 2024

Tessa was great to work with, very professional and helpful. She is responsive to ideas and has plenty of her own! I recommend Tessa to anyone wanting a full website revamp. She also made a Shopify store for me that links stylistically and technically with the main website. Thank you, Tessa!

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