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Mark Stay introduces Woodville Parish Council website

Mark Stay introduces Woodville Parish Council website

Author of this parish Mark Stay commissioned us to make a website for his new Witches of Woodville series recently - and then made this video to explain it. We think it's too good not to share! Check out Woodville Parish Council

Reflections on lockdown

Reflections on lockdown

We hope you're staying safe and well during this strange and uniquely challenging time. It seems like a different life when I was stressing about whether I should attend meetings in London, practicing social distancing in pitches and getting concerned about the...

Web Design in the Time of Covid-19*

Web Design in the Time of Covid-19*

We're certainly living in strange and uncertain times - and we hope all of our lovely clients are staying safe (and sane) during this challenging time for the world. As Bookswarm has always been a virtual team, where we're all based in our own home offices, we haven't...

Bookswarm will not be attending London Book Fair 2020

Bookswarm will not be attending London Book Fair 2020

We have made the difificult decision not to attend this year's London International Book Fair in light of the rapidly emerging coronoavirus outbreak. As veterans of many book fairs, we have seen how they can be fertile ground for transmission of ordinary coughs and...

Meet with Bookswarm at London Book Fair 2020

Meet with Bookswarm at London Book Fair 2020

London BooK Fair is almost upon us once again, and Simon will be there, as he has been every year since 2008! If you'd like to take the opportunity to meet and discuss a project, or just find out more about how Bookswarm might be able to help you, please do get in...

Bookswarm sponsors Confluence

Bookswarm sponsors Confluence

Bookswarm is a proud sponsor of Byte The Book's Confluence, which is running for the second time in February 2020.Tickets are still available, so come along and get inspired (and say hello to us, of course!). 7 February 2020 @ Google Academy, LondonA one...

New partnership with Clean Prose

New partnership with Clean Prose

Clean Prose is London’s first co-working space designed specifically for writers, offering a quiet and inspiring workspace for authors and creatives - and Bookswarm is really excited to announce a partnership with them which will deliver benefits both for...

New testimonials just in!

New testimonials just in!

We had a lovely early Christmas present this month with some lovely testimonials from clients for projects we've completed this year. Word-of-mouth is really important to us, so we get warm fuzzy feelings when people say things like this!...

Free webinar this Friday – Bookswarm on online content

Free webinar this Friday – Bookswarm on online content

Don't forget this Friday's FREE webinar, presented by yours truly in association with Byte The Book. While all authors will appreciate the importance of both their own web presence and social media, it's vital that they consider what kind of...

Author website proposal now online

Author website proposal now online

For years, we've had a standard author website proposal that we send out to authors who enquire about website design - and it was a PDF. That's not very cool for a website design company, is it?Well, no more! PDFs, begone. Our author website proposal is...

Welcome to the new-look Bookswarm website

Welcome to the new-look Bookswarm website

Welcome, friends, to the shiny new version of Bookswarm's website - the fourth major iteration of our web presence in our 11 years of operation. I decided it really was time for an upgrade, and used WordPress, the Divi theme and the Divi Builder to create an entirely...

Free webinar about online content: 15th November, 1pm

Free webinar about online content: 15th November, 1pm

Bookswarm is teaming up with the wonderful Byte The Book to do a FREE webinar about website content for authors. If authors and publishers want to engage audiences it’s important that you don’t just ask people to buy the book. You need to create exciting, exclusive...

Nice to e-meet you

Nice to e-meet you

If you've ever struggled with the etiquette of 'meeting' new people via e-mail, and the phrase 'nice to e-meet you' makes you want to weep, here's the ideal solution, courtesy of the sublime webcomic XKCD. XKCD is always guaranteed to brighten our day - and for added...

We are all data slurpers now

We are all data slurpers now

A new ruling by the European Court of Justice has a potentially big impact on websites that deploy Facebook's Like button. There are actually several kinds of 'Like' button - they can allow the user to Like the page or product they're looking at, or to Like the...

Happy publication day to Lap of Honour

Happy publication day to Lap of Honour

Today sees the publication of Tim Hain's unique photographic tome Lap of Honour. When we designed and built the Lap of Honour site for Tim, he and his agent were working on finding a home for it, and we're pleased that it's now been brought to market by sports...

Barrington Stoke go nuts for new website

Barrington Stoke go nuts for new website

It's been several years since we stepped in to help Barrington Stoke with hosting, support and maintenance of their existing WordPress- and WooCommerce-based website - but behind the scenes we have been working with them on a major design and content update to the...

Bookswarm create new website for Yale Representation

Bookswarm create new website for Yale Representation

Yale Representation provides a managed sales representation service in the UK for a number of prestigious publishers, including Verso, Saqi and of course Yale University Press. Bookswarm recently created a new website for them, to replace their old Drupal-based site....

Bookswarm and The Bestseller Experiment – Q&A on author websites

Bookswarm and The Bestseller Experiment – Q&A on author websites

Simon's made another foray in to the world of podcasting, this time joining Mark Stay over at The Bestseller Experiment. The Bestseller Experiment is a weekly podcast presented by Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux, in which they talk with leading lights from the publishing...