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A blog for a new author. I write YA books and short stories for the female young adult fans.
Well, I would like it to be some version of a pink and black color theme. Pink is for girly part of me, black is for the darkness in my soul. Ha! Maybe some type of play on ink being blood splatter...? Think what if Pink (the singer) were an author. It should be appealing to young adults. Clean, not cluttered. Easy to navigate. Easy to find the subscription form. That's why I want no more than three pages, with a pop up form for when you first visit to When I give an adjective to my page, I want it to be uncluttered, colorful and a pleasure to look at. So less text and lots of white space. To give you an idea about the kind of things that I write about... My first book is about a 17 year old teenager who kills people for money to in order to pay for her father's cancer treatments. Think Breaking Bad for teens. My second book is about four girls who begin their journey at the United States Naval Academy. My brand is that I write adventure/drama stories with a dark twist about young women, ages 16-22. Whether they be in the military or just struggling with a screwed up situation, the story is almost always centers on women who are tough,self-sufficient and somewhat bad ass.
Page 1: Home page and where my blog should reside. Would like to have social media buttons that match the page color and style. Social media buttons should include Twitter, Wattpad, Goodreads and Facebook. Also I should have some type of way to show my book covers off. My current site uses a banner so that's ok but I am open to other ideas. Also must have a email subscription area and a place to find older blog posts. Page 2: My page that features my stories. I want the page to look like a book page. So when someone clicks on a story, it opens up to a highly readable page with very comfortable reading font. Pg 3 About me page/Contact form.
What to avoid
Cluttered looking designs. I'm not tied to the combat boot logo.
The picture uploaded will be the cover for my first book. I like this kind of style. Beautiful and sweet juxtaposed against hard, scary and tough.
$899 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Web page design starts at $599.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their web page design.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Zara Publishing collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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