pre-published & debut author starter website
Did you know ...
We originally created Last Word Designs because of a noticeable lack of options for writers who were just starting out, but had the good sense to want a professional web presence.
Because, sure, anyone can create a free Wordpress or Wix site, but let's be honest ... when it comes to websites, free shows itself, and not in a good way.
We subscribe to the "fake it till you make it" model - act like a big-time author, until you actually are one. That means having a website that's worthy of your writing!
Who's eligible ...
Our debut-author package is intended for pre-published authors, or new authors with 3 or fewer books.
Do you have more than 3 books, but still want the starter site? We can do that. Your cost will be the $800 base rate, plus $50 for each additional book page. Please note that beyond additional book pages, we cannot add other extra pages or customize images/features.
In other words, we don't do, "The basic site, plus ____."
If you want something fancy and just for you, you want our standard web design package. We know that's feels harsh, but keeping the starter site basic is what allows us to keep it so affordable for those just starting out!
How does it work?
Our starter website is a template website, adjusted for each client's color scheme / logo preferences.
What will it look like?
Exactly like the demo below, except with your colors, your name (obviously), and your books, bio, and contact info.
A website with the following pages, in the same style as the demo website:
- Homepage, with ONE custom image, featuring the book of your choice (if you're pre-published, we can make the banner about your blog, your tagline, your bio, etc)
- About Page
- Books Page (list of all books)
- Contact Page
- Blog (optional, but included in the cost)
- Up to 3 individual book pages (additional book pages can be purchased for $50/each)
Basic Logo Creation
You'll choose from six predesigned logo/font styles with your first and last name + optional tagline.
Color is an important part of establishing brand, and it starts with your website! We'll personalize the starter template site with a color scheme just for you! Choose from some of our pre-selected colors, or provide up to 3 of your own, and we'll get started.
First Year Squarespace Subscription
We build all of our websites on the Squarespace platform, because we think it's the best in the industry and it requires no coding knowledge to maintain! Annual subscription beyond the first year is the client's responsibility, and is based on pricing set by Squarespace as seen here)
Every Squarespace subscription comes with a custom website domain name, so your final website can be www.firstnamelastname.com (assuming it's available). Already purchased your domain? No problem, we'll take care of the transfer for you.
Social Media Integration
Squarespace integrates with the standard social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc). As long as you have an account set up, we can help sync it with your website!
On-boarding and transition documentation.
After we hand off your new site, you'll our Squarespace hand-off document, plus two hours of support (email, phone chat, screen share, whatever you need). For those of you who don't want to deal with the nitty-gritty, we offer a Bottomless Updates plan for $50/month where we'll take care of all your edits for you.
FAQs about the Starter Websites
What if I'm not yet published?
No problem! If you're serious about publishing some day in the future, it's never too early to establish your website. For pre-published authors, we recommend putting "Coming Soon" message on the Books page, or having an excerpt of your work-in-progress so that agents/publishes/future readers get a sense of your writing style.
What if I have more than 3 books?
This starter website is really intended for brand new and just-starting-out authors. If you're an established author, we strongly recommend our standard website package. A strong, customized website is one of the best investments you can make in your career. That said, if it's simply not in the budget, we can add additional book pages to our starter site for $50 per additional book.
What if I'm not an author?
At this time, our starter website is exclusive to those pursuing a professional writing career.
Can I pay extra for customization, additional pages, etc?
No, sorry. In order to keep our starter website affordable, we also keep it simple. When you're ready for something custom, we hope you'll consider our regular website design package.
Will you update it for me?
Website maintenance is not included in the package. We offer bottomless updates for $50/month, where we'll take care of everything for you. We offer ad-hoc (as needed) updates for $100/hour. It's also worth mentioning that about 50% of our customers maintain their sites themselves! Squarepsace has a "drag and drop" interface, along with some great how-to tutorials that means that it's easy to learn even if you're not "techy."