I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my shiny new website! I’ve been working on it for the past few weeks and have finally finished the redesign. I needed to make some changes to get ready for my new book, So Much Closer. And I wanted a more polished look. At first, I was going to have a professional designer do the overhaul. But then I was like, “Wait. Why did I learn HTML and CSS and Dreamweaver and Photoshop if I’m not going to redesign my own website? I can do this!” I was doubting myself. I didn’t think I could create the look I was going for.
Then I created it anyway.
When my website was built in 2005, I absolutely knew I wanted a scrapbook theme. I think the scrapbook reflects the tone of my books. So I kept that going. It’s not as glossy profesh as I’d like, but I had such a specific vision of what I wanted that it was easier to do it myself. Plus, I saved almost a month’s rent. Bonus!
The new homepage looks like this:
I love the pretty watercolor stripes on my new paperback editions so much that I used them for the website. Each page contains the stripe artwork from one of my books, with colors taken from the stripes’ palette.
The website pages are:
Books – From this page, you can click on each book’s cover to go to a detailed page for that book. Each book’s page contains a playlist, reviews, excerpts, ordering info, and extras.
Q&A – Contains links to interviews, a set of frequently asked questions, and related photos.
Events – This is where you can find details about my upcoming events, including readings, signings, and book festivals.
Life – A bit about where I’m from, why high school was the worst time ever, why I love writing books for teens, and the power of creative visualization.
Connect – You can sign up for my newsletter here. Links are included for my Facebook, fan page, Twitter, MySpace, and Goodreads.
Contact – How to reach me by email or vintage mail and contact info for my agent, publicist, and school visit coordinator.
Video – Links to my YouTube.
Blog – Links here to my WordPress.
So there you go, friendly neighbors. If you have any thoughts about my shiny new website, please share. I’d really love your feedback!