Project archive: Microsites

1001 Series Facebook Quizzes

A set of four Facebook applications for Octopus Publishing Group’s 1001 Series. The apps are all powered by a WordPress CMS, allowing the client to quickly and easily refresh the range of possible answers and providing a solid foundation for the rapid roll-out of more quizzes in future.

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25 Years of The Literary Consultancy

Inspired by the fact that TLC was started at the kitchen table of Rebecca Swift, we created a digital ‘kitchen table’ to celebrate a quarter century of their work supporting writers and the literary community. Well-wishers can upload poems, postcards and messages which are displayed to visitors.

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A Good Disruption

Campaign microsite for a book about redefining growth in the twenty-first century.

“Disruptive technology is one of the defining economic trends of our age with companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Apple dramatically transforming their industries. But what is the true impact of such disruption on the world’s economies, and does it have the potential to solve global problems such as low growth, inequality and environmental degradation? Why not seize this opportunity and make it a good disruption?”

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WordPress-based site to celebrate all things Liff, to co-incide with the release of Afterliff, the brilliant successor to Douglas Adams’ and John Lloyd’s 1983 classic The Meaning of Liff, which features over 900 essential new definitions.

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Anatomy of a Soldier

Microsite commissioned by Faber for Harry Parker’s Anatomy of a Soldier.

Captain Tom Barnes is leading British troops in a war zone. Two boys are growing up there, sharing a prized bicycle and flying kites, before finding themselves separated once the soldiers appear in their countryside. On all sides of this conflict, people are about to be caught up in the violence, from the man who trains one boy to fight the infidel invaders to Barnes’s family waiting for him to return home.

We see them not as they see themselves, but as all the objects surrounding them do: shoes and boots, a helmet, a trove of dollars, a drone, that bike, weaponry, a bag of fertilizer, a medal, a beer glass, a snowflake, dog tags, an exploding IED and the medical implements that are subsequently employed.

Anatomy of a Soldier is a moving, enlightening and fiercely dramatic novel about one man’s journey of survival and the experiences of those around him. Forty-five objects, one unforgettable story.

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Apple Tree Yard

Competition microsite to collect reviews for inclusion in a “people’s edition” of Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

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Barrington Stoke Young Editors

The Young Editors scheme allows young readers to be involved in the publishing process – teachers, parents and librarations can download manuscripts before they are published, send in feedback, and help shape Barrington Stoke’s books.

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Chinese With Mike

We took over the existing design and reworked it to use the WordPress Content Management System (CMS), as well as implementing a series of content updates.

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Dulwich Books

An award-winning independent and much-loved bookshop, Dulwich Books has been serving its local community for over 30 years. We worked with them to create an attractive new ‘one page’ site which will be flexible enough to change as the business evolves, using WordPress and the Divi Builder.

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Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

Responsive campaign website for Octopus Publishing Group in support of Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey.

With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.

In the book, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, ‘x‘. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.

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Faber Factory

Faber Factory is a eBook conversion and distribution service created by Faber, which represents over 100 of the finest independent publishers in the world, helping them achieve strong sales results and sharing with them our unique digital publishing insights.

We created a new single-page site to summarise their service offering and clients, and reflect the results of a recent re-branding exercise.

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Faber Modern Classics

‘Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.’

Alan Bennett

A responsive one-page microsite for the launch of Faber’s Modern Classics list. Designed and built in one week from initial briefing.

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Five Children on the Western Front

Competition microsite for Faber in conjunction with Red Letter Days. promoting the Kate Saunders’ follow-up to E. Nesbit’s iconic Five Children and It.

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Flint is a new imprint from The History Press dedicated to publishing non-fiction books that spark. We have created a simple Divi-based site to showcase the books and provide a blogging platform and data capture mechanism independent of the main publisher website.

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Fun With Humphrey

Website for the long-running and hugely successful series of Humphrey the Hamster books written by Betty G. Birney and published by Faber. Includes user generated content functionality allowing users to upload jokes and pet pictures. As Humphrey would say, fun-fun-fun!

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Get Coding!

Get Coding! is the essential guide to coding for kids from the expert coding community Young Rewired State. The book helps kids learn how to write code and then build their own website, app and game using the programming languages HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The website we built to accompany the book provides every piece of code they need to complete their missions.

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Girl Out of Water

Competition microsite for Walker Books to celebrate and promote the launch of Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema.

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Grey Area Coaching

A website for a new venture from David Roche, providing professional coaching and mentoring services to a range of specialist niches, including several in the publishing sphere.

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Grishaverse UK

Data capture landing page for UK fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse.

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Hachette Kids’ Gifts

A book for every child this Christmas, with this book recommendations microsite, helping gift givers identify suitable titles based on age and genre.

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Harry’s Last Stand

‘As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes, so that you can help change it…’

We built this site for Icon Books so users could be inspired by Harry Leslie Smith’s example and show the world what THEY stand up for. It allows users to generate book covers to they can join Harry in taking a stand, which they can share on social media. It includes Facebook OpenGraph and Twitter Card integration.

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Hector’s Journeys

Title microsite for Gallic Books

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Interaction of Color

The Interaction of Color mobile app for iPad is packed with elegant and innovative features that help you understand the book’s ideas, view the plates, experiment, and create and share your own designs. This interactive edition of one of the most influential books on color ever written offers users an entirely new way to experience Josef Albers’s original masterwork.

Bookswarm built this responsive microsite to promote and support the app.

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Jane Austin

Author microsite for Jane Austin, author of Renegade and News From Nowhere.

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Janey Burton

A new website for Janey Burton, a publishing consultant specialising in editorial services and contract negotiation.

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Jo Simmons / Pip Street

Author website for Jo Simmons, creator of 7+ children’s series Pip Street.

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Just Sit

Website for Just Sit – A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should but Don’t.

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Kay Hutchison

Self-Care is now a vast and growing industry so it has become quite difficult to navigate. Kay Hutchison wrote the book My Life in 37 Therapies after a significant period of change in her circumstances, and helps her readers to navigate this complex world.

We created a website for Kay to promote the book, which includes a tour of all 37 featred therapies, using WordPress and the Divi theme framework.

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Lap of Honour

Microsite for Lap of Honour by Tim Hain.

A 60s schoolboy photographer returns to The Golden Age Of Motor Racing and takes a picture of Stirling Moss at the first Goodwood Revival. This opens the door to a meeting with the “Maestro” and Lap Of Honour begins, with Stirling as the central figure. The book opens with Moss’s lively foreword, revisits and celebrates old haunts and heroes, and concludes with an intimate portrait of “Mister Motor Racing” in 33 different cars with his input on each, and tributes from the likes of Mark Knopfler, David Coulthard, and Murray Walker. Moss describes the book as “absolutely enchanting.”

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Little Histories

WordPress-based site for Yale University Press that includes integration with both the Little Histories Twitter feed and with relevant articles from the YUP blog, as well as a database of some of the remarkable people featured in this expanding series of books.

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Live Fast, Lose Weight

Microsite for Instagram-based competition in support of the launch of Charlotte Crosby’s cookbook Live Fast, Lose Weight.

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Mark H. Fitzpatrick

Author microsite for Toronto-based Mark H. Fitzpatrick, author of Made of Stars, an epic poem in prose, a modern ode to the traditions of Homer and Dante, Spenser and Milton.

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Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie

Website for Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie, by Jeff Norton, published by Faber.

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door … three months after his funeral.

Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again.

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Moonlight Dreamers

Responsive competition microsite for Walker Books, to promote Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham.

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Octopus Bespoke

Octopus Bespoke offers custom content solutions, with an exceptional archive of premium recipes and photography, and can hand pick collections and formats to exactly fit clients’ needs. We created a microsite to summarise the offer and tantalise the tastebuds with a selection of their mouthwatering photography.

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One Two Another

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Predator Cities

Microsite for Philip Reeve’s genre-busting Predator Cities series, which begins with Mortal Engines.

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Princess Ponies

The Princess Ponies books are written to give adventure-loving little girls an alternative to Barbie and Disney Princesses.  The heroine of the series, Philippa (Pippa) MacDonald, is a head-strong action heroine who makes friends and strives to save the day.

We created a new microsite for Princess Ponies using WordPress and the Divi Builder plugin.

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Rebel of the Sands

Parallax-based microsite for Alwyn Hamilton’s debut YA novel The Rebel of the Sands, published by Faber. The site is designed to evolve and be updated as future books in the trilogy are published. Features include a video gallery and a social media aggregator which gathers all Twitter content using the hashtag #rebelsands.

Post-launch, we updated the site for the second book in the series, Hero at the Fall.

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Rory Muir’s Wellington is home to the accompanying Commentary of Rory Muir’s two volume biography of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. The Commentary is the extended text from the first volume of Rory Muir’s definitive biography, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814. Originally written by Rory Muir for his own use, Yale University Press is delighted to make it available to read online and as a free download.

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Six Tudor Queens

Campaign microsite for Alison Weir’s new Six Tudor Queens series, which will encompass all six of the wives of Henry VIII in six books.

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Squishy McFluff

An imaginary friend
is a wonderful thing.
What giggles! What games!
What adventures they bring!
Well, Ava’s a girl
who knows all about that . . .
Meet Squishy McFluff,
Her invisible cat!

We had great fun making this site for Pip Jones’ new series of children’s books about an imaginary moggy (or is he imaginary?).

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Summer Reading for Kids

Seasonal reading promotion microsite for Hachette Children’s.

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The Buried Giant

Microsite commissioned by Faber for the launch of Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in ten years, The Buried Giant. The site aggregates content from Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Flickr with the hasgtag ‘theburiedgiant’, bringing together all the buzz for this much anticipated book.

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The E.A.R.T.H. Gang

Website for author Ellie Linden promoting her debut, The E.A.R.T.H. Gang, “an out-of-this-world adventure, where four children and a dog must risk everything to help the Earth.”

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The Girl With a Clock For a Heart

Promotional microsite for crime debut The Girl With A Clock For a Heart, by US author Peter Swanson, commissioned by Faber. This is a responsive site – desktop users see a clock-face but mobile users see a more space-efficient digital clock!

George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern.

When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.

Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…

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The Hunger Games

Creation of a new responsive website for The Hunger Games books, for Scholastic Children’s Books UK. Scholastic can set the site to use either the Classic or Rebel theme.

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The Life of Music

Microsite for The Life of Music, by Nicholas Kenyon, published by Yale University Press.

“From pianist Myra Hess’s performances in Blitz-ravaged London to John Adams’s composition for mourners of New York’s 9/11 attacks to Italian opera stars singing from their balconies amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Kenyon argues that, no matter how great the crisis, music has the power to bring us together.”

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The Military History Club

Founded in 2021 by historian and broadcaster Saul David – described by Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph as ‘peerless now among our military historians’ – the MHC is an exclusive club for lovers of military history with various tiers of membership to suit different levels of involvement.

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The Nature Chronicles Prize

The Nature Chronicles Prize is a new biennial, international, English-language literary award. Its aim is to find engaging, unique, essay-length non-fiction that responds to the time we are in and the world as it is, challenging established notions of nature writing where necessary. The winner will receive £10,000 and five runners up £1,000 each. All six winning entries will be published in an anthology.

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The Seven Secrets of Successful Crime Writing

Facebook app with videos and competition mechanic

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The University Press Group (UPG)

The University Press Group (UPG) is jointly owned by the University Presses of California, Columbia and Princeton and is responsible for the sales of their print books in the UK and Ireland, Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

We created a simple website to showcase recent titles published by UPG presses, and highlight positive review coverage, as well as making it easy for anyone to download catalogues.

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Tomorrow Is Too Late

In Tomorrow Is Too Late, Grace Maddrell collects testimonies of activism and hope from young climate strikers, from Brazil and Burundi to Pakistan and Palestine. These youth activists are experiencing the reality of the climate crisis, including typhoons, drought, flood, fire, crop failure and ecological degradation, and are all engaged in the struggle to bring these issues to the centre of the world stage.

Working with freelance project manager Luthfa Begum, we designed and built a site to help promote Tomorrow Is Too Late, including an interactive map showing all the contributors and a live feed of Twitter and Instagram posts with the #tomorrowistoolate hashtag.

Look for this website soon on Designrush’s selection of best book websites.

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Trauma-Sensitive Early Education

Microsite for a new book by Matthew S. Bennett, written with his wife Sarah Bennett – expanding Matthew’s expertise in trauma-informed care to an education setting.

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Twitter takeover for Virginia Bergin

We thought these were too good not to share – PhotoShopped Twitter banners for Virginia Bergin’s takeover of Max Pop’s Twitter account.

“This has to be the BEST way to start the working week! I keep chuckling”, said Hazel. “Who the hell are Neon Jungle?” said Simon.

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Website for authors Peter Andrews and Fiona Wood and their book Überpreneurs, about the challenges facing mankind in the 21st century and 36 extraordinary individuals who are addressing and resolving all of these issues.

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We Don’t Know What We’re Doing

Responsive microsite for Thomas Morris’s debut volume of short stories, published by Faber.

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Who Killed Cuthbert Harverville?

Promotional microsite for Faber to celebrate the release of a Christmas-themed P.D. James anthology, The Mistletoe Murder.

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Will Harker

Will Harker is the pen name of William Hussey, the award-winning author of several novels for adults and children. As the son of a fairground showman, he has now used his inside knowledge of this still largely hidden community to create a detective unlike any other: the brilliant but troubled Scott Jericho.

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William Hussey

This is the second website we’ve created for William – reflecting the changing nature of his writing since we first worked with him. He’s an award-winning author of books for children and Young Adults, enjoying great reviews for gay love story/thriller Hideous Beauty.

Visitors can order signed / dedicated copies directly from William via the website using a simple order form linked to PayPal.

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Woodville Parish Council

Probably best to let author Mark Stay explain this one! Here goes…

“What the blinking flip is the Woodville Parish Council you might ask (not unreasonably)?

Woodville Village is the setting for my new Witches of Woodville books, and not a completely made up place, no siree. It is here that you will find everything you need to know (or at least everything we’re allowed to tell you) about the strange goings on in the village of Woodville.

On the Notice Board you’ll find all the latest blogs from me. Sign-up and join the Village Library for free eBooks. Pop into the Village Bookshop to buy any of my books. And drop me a line via Writers’ Notes.”

We tried to design what we thought a website might look like if the technology had existed in about 1940 – which was great fun!

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Your Planet Needs You

Your Planet Needs You! is “an Everyday Guide to Saving the Earth”, written by three eco-activists that have put forward positive and meaningful ideas on how you can contribute to saving the earth. Users can order hardback signed copies directly from the website and receive an exclusive free gift.

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