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Author websites for beginners

Bookswarm's founder Simon Appleby rounds up some useful advice and information for authors considering taking the plunge on creating their first website, or renewing an existing web presence. Why does an author need a website? Here are the three most important...

5 ways to build a website that ‘looks after itself’

5 ways to build a website that ‘looks after itself’

Kjell Eldor reflects on the five top ways to keep your website 'busy' without it becoming your full-time job ...  I've led you here under false pretences ... There is of course no such thing as a website that can 'look after itself'. Engaging websites take time and...

How to build a website with Bookswarm

Kjell Eldor reflects on the anatomy of a successful project. We recently worked with the editorial team at Walker Books to create a micro-site for their new publication Get Coding! In this case study I'll share with you how we bring website projects to life at...

Five ways to excel on Amazon

It's time for the second in our series of guest posts. Leila Dewji co-founded I_AM Self-Publishing to help self-publishing authors get to market in the most professional way possible. Here she shares some of the tips that her authors use to get one step ahead of the...

Excellent author websites on The Writing Platform

Back in 2013, Simon blogged for The Writing Platform about ten author websites he really liked.  Since then, web design conventions and web technology have moved on and we thought it was time to come back for another round, so Simon has written a new article with a...

WordCamp 2016 – from a volunteer’s perspective

WordCamp 2016 – from a volunteer’s perspective

We asked Bookswarm's WordPress-Wrangler-in-Chief Alex Watson to tell us about her recent experiences as a volunteer at WordCamp London 2016. Clearly she had far too much fun... WordCamp London 2016 was my second WordCamp and the first time I offered to volunteer. I...

Bookswarm launches new website for award-winning Saraband

Bookswarm have designed and built a new web presence for award-winning independent publishers Saraband. Glasgow-based Saraband are a creative independent publisher striving to offer their readers something a little bit different. They work in three main areas:...

Bookswarm at the London Book Fair this week

Today sees the start of the London Book Fair at London Olympia. If you haven't arranged to see Bookswarm yet, we still have some meeting slots available on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th. Come to the IPAC stand, 3A40 - if we're not available, please leave a card and...

Branding and website design for AUC’s new imprint, Hoopoe

Bookswarm has developed the brand identity and website for Hoopoe,  a new imprint for engaged, open-minded readers hungry for outstanding fiction that challenges headlines, re-imagines histories, and celebrates original storytelling. Hoopoe has been launched by AUC...

Bookswarm roll out new support plugin

Bookswarm have recently implemented a new support mechanism which will allow clients to report bugs and ask questions from directly within their Bookswarm-developed websites. The new Bookswarm Support WordPress plugin is implemented using the Doorbell.io service....

Commissioning an effective publisher website

Bookswarm MD Simon Appleby has been blogging for BookMachine about the key considerations for publishers when they commission a new website. Read the article on BookMachine

See Bookswarm’s Simon Appleby at London Book Fair’s Author HQ

Simon will be appearing on a London Book Fair panel to talk about Successful Social Media Strategies, taking place at Author HQ on 13th Apr 2016, from 09:45 to 10:30. Social media gives authors the power and ability to connect directly with their readers in a way that...

Bookswarm release new white paper on commissioning author websites

Bookswarm is today publishing the first of a new series of white papers designed to help publishing clients to get as much value as possible from their use of WordPress, which is emerging as the Content Management System of choice for a wide range of publishers, large...

Meet Bookswarm at the London Book Fair 2016

It’s not long until the London Book Fair 2016, its second year in its new home at Olympia. Once again Bookswarm will be on Stand 3A40 as part of the Independent Publishing Agency Collective. If you’d like to arrange a meeting, please contact us. Bookswarm MD Simon...

Bookswarm delivers custom book-selling for Libreria

Libreria, a new book shop, printing press, and interdisciplinary community space, will open at 65 Hanbury Street, London, today (Thursday 25 February, 2016), merging state of the art design and technology with a fresh enthusiasm for physical bookselling. From Rohan...

Kjell Eldor joins Bookswarm as a contract Project Manager

We're very excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Kjell, who is joining us as a contract Project Manager. We asked Kjell to tell us a bit about himself: I’m Kjell Eldor (professional list maker, spreadsheet lover, cyclist) Bookswarm’s new Project...

10 Blog Writing Tips for Authors

10 Blog Writing Tips for Authors

In the first of a new series of guest posts, Bookswarm client and author Shannon Selin shares her tips for how authors can make the most of blogging. Thanks to Bookswarm, you’ve got a blog integrated into your beautifully designed website. You are now ready to use the...

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