Project archive: WordPress

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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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5 Get Bookish

This Woocommerce based POS hub by Hachette Children’s Group allows booksellers to order posters, bookmarks, dumpbins and more!


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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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Academy of New Zealand Literature

The Academy of New Zealand Literature / Te Whare Mātātuhi o Aotearoa is a writer-led initiative developed to help New Zealand’s active practitioners sustain themselves – creatively, intellectually, psychically, practically – through a writer’s life.

Bookswarm developed the brand identity for the Academy and applied it to new website that was designed to present a contemporary picture of the New Zealand literary scene.


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Afterliff.com

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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Agile Marketing

Agile Marketing is a small team of dedicated individuals around the country who deliver campaigns for publishers, retailers, media partners and sponsors.


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Aimer Media

Aimer make apps and work with book publishers to be part of the response to the challenge of digital in publishing. They’ve found that existing forms of publication contain much more structure and “cleverness” than can be seen on the printed page and work with publishers to make great apps.

Bookswarm created a new, responsive website for Aimer to showcase their extensive portfolio, including integration with Apple’s App Store API to automatically pull through app icons, prices and more.


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Alex Seymour

Author website for ex-Royal Marine Alex Seymour, whose book Psychedelic Marine recounts his experiences of conflict and his quest for the hallucinogenic brew known as ayahuasca to help him recover from the horrors of war.


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Ali Knight

Website for Hodder & Stoughton crime author Ali Knight


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Alma Books

Established in 2002, Alma Books now has five imprints, and we have created a single new e-commerce website which encompasses all of the imprints.


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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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Annabel Kantaria

Website design and build for Dubai-based author of ‘domestic noir’ Annabel Kantaria.


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Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher is a multi award-winning author of books for children and young people, whose work is published in 25 territories … and also a knackered mother of three young sons. We designed and built a new site for Annabel to replace her previous web presence.


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Anne Holt

Anne Holt is a journalist, lawyer, politician, news anchor and crime writer, published by Atlantic Books in the UK. This new website promoted Anne and her work ahead of the broadcast of a new television adaptation of her work, Modus.


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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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Atlantic Books

Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house founded in 2000.  Based in the heart of Bloomsbury, they publish quality literary fiction and non fiction.  Atlantic are also the home of commercial imprint Corvus, and proud publishers of a selection of books from Grove Atlantic in the US as well as a home to a growing list of fine fiction and non-fiction from Allen & Unwin.

We designed and built Atlantic’s new site to be updated with a feed from their Biblio system, and put their four imprints at the heart of the structure – so each imprint has its own ‘home page’ within the site.


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Awesome Reads

Awesome Reads believe reading should be a fun, entertaining, and life-long pursuit. In short, it should be awesome.

We enjoyed making this simple website for Awesome Reads. And it meant we got to say ‘awesome’ a lot. Which was… awesome.


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Barrington Stoke

We redesigned the Barrington Stoke website to reflect their evolving brand identity, and signpost information for key audiences: parents / carers, teachers and librarians, and members of the book trade.


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Belgravia Books Collective

A new web presences for two linked brands, under the banner of the Belgravia Books Collective:

  • Gallic Books (publisher)
  • Belgravia Books (bookshop)

This e-commerce website replaces two older websites, and allows the the client’s team to manage everything within one WordPress website.


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BKMRK

Young Adult portal website for Hachette Children’s. We took over the construction of this project part-way through and brought it to a successful conclusion, using a brand identity and outline designs provided by another agency.


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Black Horse Westerns

A new website for the Black Horse imprint, which in 2015 became part of The Crowood Press, a family owned publishing house, which is committed to continuing with the Black Horse imprint and to working with both new and established authors and editors.


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Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.


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Boldwood Books

Boldwood Books is a new fiction publishing company with its first books published globally in August 2019.

Based on the principles of a true partnership with authors, consumers and team members, Boldwood seek out the best stories from around the world from both new and established writers and bring them to readers everywhere.


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Bonnier Rights

Bonnier Rights sells foreign rights to fiction, illustrated and narrative non-fiction, and children’s books from the Swedish Bonnier Publishing Group, Sweden’s largest publisher.

We designed and built their new website using WordPress, and set it up so that books and authors are automatically added and updated, using a feed from Bonnier’s Opus rights management system.


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bookbridgr

bookbridgr lets book bloggers request books, exclusive content and author interviews direct from the publisher. It gives bloggers first access to dozens of front and backlist Headline titles (both in physical and ebook formats), while also allowing them to request a huge amount of extra book content for their blogs, join an author blog tour or request interviews with new and bestselling authors.


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Books from Scotland

BooksfromScotland showcases the best books of Scottish interest around, including the latest children’s, fiction and selected non-fiction titles, as well as titles from publishers based in Scotland.

Bookswarm developed a new Books from Scotland brand identity and a new website to showcase the Scottish titles, as well as developing a technical strategy to help easily identify which titles should include, based on processing of bibliographic data from Nielsen.


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Bounce Sales & Marketing

Bounce Sales & Marketing represent 40 independent children’s publishers to the trade both in the UK and overseas. From beautiful, award-winning picture books to bestselling YA fiction, colourful early learning board books to fun and insightful reference and non-fiction titles, Bounce has a children’s book for every age and every taste, while helping booksellers discover hidden gems and give their customers a bespoke range of titles perfect for their communities.

The website we created for Bounce is designed to make it as easy as possible for their customers – booksellers, libraries, schools – to place orders and request materials from their client publishers. The emphasis is on making these transactions as quick and painless as possible.

The bibliographic information in the website is drawn from the Supafolio system.


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Byte The Book

Byte The Book’s network helps its members make useful connections within the book industry and other allied industries and enables them to understand their publishing options and become more literate in the business of books.

Their new website allows members to join and manage their membership online, update their public profile online, and use the members-only message board to network with their peers.


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Carmelite Prize

The Carmelite Prize is an exciting award created to recognise excellence in children’s book illustration, with the aim of encouraging and inspiring the next generation of illustrators for children’s stories.

We created a microsite for Hachette Children’s to promote the prize and allow budding illustrators to enter.


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Chambers

We updated the design of the existing Chambers website and migrated the underlying technology to WordPress for ease of management, whilst retaining the key features of the existing site: the dictionary search and Word Wizard.


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Charles L. Carson

Responsive website design and build for US thriller writer Charles L. Carson.


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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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Christina Enquist

Website for debut author Christina Enquist, with her first YA novel The Immundus.


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Christina Hopkinson

Two generations of this author website for author and journalist Christina Hopkinson.


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Christopherus Homeschool Resources

WooCommerce-based site for Christopher, specialist educational publisher of Waldorf-inspired parenting and education materials and resources.


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Cityread London

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.


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Clare Furniss

Author website for Clare Furniss, author of The Year of The Rat, described as “a truly amazing read” by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.


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Colin Matthews

Website design for composer Colin Matthews OBE. Colin studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Sussex, and subsequently worked as assistant to Benjamin Britten, and with Imogen Holst. He collaborated with Deryck Cooke for many years on the performing version of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony. Since the early 1970s, Matthews’ music has ranged from solo piano music through five string quartets and many ensemble and orchestral works.


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Connecting Paradigms

Website for speaker, trainer, and author of Connecting Paradigms


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Cornerstones

Cornerstones is one of the founding UK literary consultancies, set up in 1998, with a reputation spread by word-of-mouth with agents, publishers and writers.

We wanted the website to emphasise this depth of experience and know-how.


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Crimefiles

Crime fiction community website for Hachette publishers Headline, Hodder & Stoughton and Quercus, showcasing their combined crime list as well as staff and guest blogs and a regular podcast.


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D.D. Everest

Author website for D.D. Everest, author of Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret, the first in a new series.


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Dan Conway

Dan Conway is a former high school elected official. He held a variety of non-prestigious jobs over his twenty-year career in corporate America. Today, he writes about work, tech, family, and culture. His essays have appeared in Business InsiderFatherly.com and Cuepoint. He lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

We created this website to help promote his first book, Confessions of a Crypto Millionaire: My Unlikely Escape from Corporate America.


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Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson is an award-winning novelist and best-selling author of My Best Friend’s Girl, The Ice Cream Girls and The Woman He Loved Before and many more books. Dorothy was already using WordPress, and we have created a new, custom design for her website, tied in to her transition to a new publisher; we have also streamlined the management of content on the site, using custom post types and custom fields to make it easier to add books.


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Douglas Westcott

Douglas Westcott is a pseudonym for a well-known Bath businessman, self-published author of Go Swift and Far.


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Dr Barbara Oakley

Dr Barbara Oakley is an educator, writer and engineer who asked us to revitalise her web presence after many years of running it herself. We enjoyed the process of devising an information structure which accommodated her roles as speaker, teacher, book author and journalist.


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Dr Genevieve Von Lob

New website for clinical psychologist Dr Genevieve von Lob. While she already had a website, Genevieve felt an update was needed to support the publication of her debut non-fiction book, Five Deep Breaths: The Power of Mindful Parenting. The site also has the ability to showcase events and private practice information.


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Duckworth

Duckworth nurtures a rounded world view through accessible and stimulating works of popular science, psychology, memoir and history. Founded by the family of Virginia Woolf in 1898, Duckworth have published incredible authors including D.H. Lawrence, Oliver Sacks, Evelyn Waugh and Beryl Bainbridge.

We really enjoyed creating this site for Duckworth after they joined the Prelude Books family – and reading about their interesting and at times hair-raising history!


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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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Eileen Conway

Website for US-based debut author of middle-grade fiction.


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Elly Griffiths

Website for Elly Griffiths, author of the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, and the Stephens & Mephisto novels.


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Faber Finds Blog

Blog design for Faber’s print-on-demand imprint Faber Finds


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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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Faber Social

A new iteration of Faber Social – books and music at the heart of independent publishing.


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Farrago Books

Website for Farrago Books, the series-driven humour imprint of Duckworth Books Group.


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Felicity Bryan Associates

Felicity Bryan Associates is an independent literary agency based in Oxford, with a client list includes prize-winning and bestselling authors in adult and children’s fiction, and non-fiction. We designed and built a new website for them designed to showcase their clients in an easy-to-maintain site, while also attracting plenty of submissions through an easy-to-use online process.


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Filotico Arts

Branding and website design for cultural consultancy and production company Filotico Arts.


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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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Folio Society Blogs

We created a new WordPress-based news and blogging site for The Folio Society, which integrates with their main e-commerce site. We replaced two separate WordPress sites which were not mobile-friendly.


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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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Gerard F. Kennedy

Author website for architect-turned-writer Gerard F. Kennedy.


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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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Green Bottle Press

Brand design and web development for startup poetry publisher Green Bottle Press, which aims to publish work that is unusual and deserves representation but might not appeal to the more established presses.


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Grishaverse UK

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


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Grub Street

Grub Street is an award-winning small, niche independent publisher, publishing only books on cookery and military aviation history. We created a responsive e-commerce site using for Grub Street using WordPress and WooCommerce.


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H for History

H for History is the historical fiction and non-fiction community from Hodder & Stoughton, Headline and Quercus. Bookswarm designed and built this responsive website to allow both books and blog posts to be explored using a range of classifications, including Period and Genre.


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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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Handspring Publishing

Handspring publish professional-level books for bodyworkers, movement teachers and all professionals who use movement or touch to help patients achieve wellness.

We designed and built a new theme for Handspring using Divi, using the underlying structure created by the original developers.


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Hanif Kureishi

Author website for novelist, playwright and screenplay writer Hanif Kureishi CBE.


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Harriet Evans

A new home on the web for Harriet Evans and her writing, to coincide with her move to new publishers Headline.


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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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Hayes Press

Hayes Press is as a non-profit publishing house known for its faithful, biblical publishing. Some of the topics includes bible characters, general themes, general surveys of Bible, Canon, guides to various translations, and inclusive language debates.

We implemented the website using the WooCommerce shop plugin for WordPress.


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Helen Bell

Website for Helen Bell, author of the Ilmaen Quartet.


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Helen Pearson

Ultra-clean website for science journalist, author and communicator Helen Pearson.


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Hodderscape

Updating the Hodderscape blog to use a new version of the brand, with a new-look mascot (Pickwick the dodo).

This was an update to a previous iteration of the site, which we created several years before, with the same underlying architecture.


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Hoopoefiction.com

Website for Hoopoe, the new fiction imprint of The American University in Cairo Press.


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Icon Books

ONIX-feed powered website for Icon Books, an independent UK publisher which produces popular, engaging and sometimes provocative non-fiction for adults.

In 2017, we launched a new version of the site to celebrate Icon’s 25th birthday!


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Illumicrate

Illumicrate is the subscription box for book lovers everywhere, dedicated to bringing its customers the best new releases and other fun things that book lovers are sure to enjoy.


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Imogen Clark

Website for author Imogen Clark, who originally self-published her debut novel but then signed with Amazon publishing imprint Lake Union.


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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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InterVarsity Press

E-commerce website for imprint of SPCK.


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Introducing

Migration of the site for Icon Books’ well known series of graphic guides to a WordPress back-end, while retaining the existing look and feel.

Updated in 2017 to celebrate Icon’s 25th birthday and tie-in with the look and feel of their main website.


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Jack Heckel

A website for the whimsical worlds of Jack Heckel. Jack Heckel is the pen name for the writing duo of John Peck and Harry Heckel, who write novels which poke fun at common fanstasy and SF tropes.


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Jennifer Gray

Website for award-winning author of children’s books Jennifer Gray, creator of Atticus Claw and Chicken Mission (Faber) and Guinea Pigs Online and Puppies Online (Quercus).


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Jill Mansell

Website for bestselling author Jill Mansell.


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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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Jo Thomas

New scrapbook-style author website for Jo Thomas, author of romances about food, love, family and fun.


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Jonathan Coe

Website for leading British novelist Jonathan Coe, showcasing his full catalogue of work, including galleries of numerous UK and overseas editions of his books.


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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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K L Slater

Author website for psychological thriller author K L Slater. We already created a website for Kim as a young adult novelist, but she needs to keep her two professional personas separate.


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Karen Maitland

Website for Karen Maitland, author of medieval thrillers including The Vanishing Witch, Liars and Thieves, Falcons of Fire and Ice, The Gallows Curse and The Owl Killers.


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Karen Rose Cityscape

Commissioned by publisher Headline, Karen Rose Cityscape allows fans to explore the work of internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose via an interactive map, and to see which characters feature in which books.


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Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn Hughes is author of digital number 1 and international bestseller The Letter, as well as The Secret and The Key.


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Katy Birchall

Website for Katy Birchall, author of the It Girl series, published by Egmont.


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Kelly Weekes

Kelly is a social media expert and Facebook ads strategist specialising in the book industry.


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Kelpies

Kelpies are Scottish books for children everywhere. The Kelpies imprint is published by independent publishing company Floris Books, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We created this responsive, e-commerce site for them using WordPress and WooCommerce, integrating with their distributor, Booksource, to seamlessly send out orders.


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Kim Slater

Author website for Kim Slater, whose YA debut Smart was described by the Guardian as “a remarkable first novel.”


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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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Libreria Inventory Management

Bookswarm created a bespoke Point-of-Sale and stock management system – Libreria Bookscanner – powered using WordPress and its popular WooCommerce plugin. Stock is added using a barcode scanner, with book details and covers downloaded in real time from Nielsen’s BookData web services.

Libreria, a new book shop, printing press, and interdisciplinary community space, merges state of the art design and technology with a fresh enthusiasm for physical bookselling. From Rohan Silva and Sam Aldenton, the founders of Second Home, the iconic East London space for entrepreneurs and creative businesses, Libreria blends the best of the digital and analogue worlds.


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Lisa Gardner Case Files

A UK digital presence for bestselling crime-writer Lisa Gardner. Redesigned and relaunched in November 2016.


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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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Lloyd Clark

Professor Lloyd Clark is currently a senior member of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute where he run the post-graduate programme in modern war studies and contemporary military history. Lloyd has lectured around the world to various universities, military institutions and think tanks and his publications include books on the First and Second World Wars as well as more recent conflicts including the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We created Lloyd’s website to support his range of activities, including his media work and his latest book, Blitzkrieg.


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Marcel Theroux

Website for novelist, travel writer and journalist Marcel Theroux


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Marcus Chown

Website for scientist, communicator, author, journalist and broadcaster Marcus Chown.


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Marina Warner

Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of art, myths, symbols and fairytales. We created a new site to act as a definitive bibliography and news source.


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Mark Hutchinson Management

MHM is an independent PR and communications agency, based in London, with expertise in profile management and in creating campaigns for the arts, book publishing, food, and business sectors. Clients include Nigella Lawson, J.K. Rowling and Andrea Levy.


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Martina Cole

A new website for Queen of Crime Martina Cole, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of her first novel.


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MBA Literary and Script Agents

Based in London’s Fitzrovia for over 45 years, MBA is a leading literary agency representing writers in all media – books, and scripts for film, television, radio and theatre.


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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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Michael O’Mara Books

Creation of a new website for specialists in creative and inspired adult non-fiction, Michael O’Mara Books, encompassing their LOM ART and Buster Books imprints too. The website take a feed from the client’s Biblio system to keep the catalogue up to date.


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Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association.


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Michelle Harrison

Responsive author website for Michelle Harrison, award-winning author of the Thirteen Treasures Trilogy.


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Modern Books

Modern Books is a new imprint which publishes beautiful and original non-fiction for mindful and creative living.


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Moonlight Dreamers

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


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Moonlight Publishing

Moonlight Publishing is a small company specialising in information books for children aged 4 to 12. Their books nurture children’s curiosity about the world around them. Each book explores one particular aspect of human experience with children: the human body, animals, plants, science, geography, transport, music, art and history.

This new WooCommerce-based website allows visitors to explore titles by series, theme and target age-range, and explains how Moonlight’s Talking Books work.


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Neem Tree Press

New website for Neem Tree Press, a vibrant, young publishing house producing books that change and broaden perspectives. Neem Tree Press are global in scope with books under contract from Germany, the Middle East, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom to date. The common theme for their books is to provoke both thoughtful discussion on sensitive issues and a thirst in the reader to explore further the ideas or cultures they encounter.


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Nicos Hadjicostis

Website for world traveller and writer Nicos Hadjicostis, designed to support and promote his book Destination Earth.


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Nielsen Bestseller Awards

Website showcasing the winners of the new Nielsen Bestseller Awards.


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Nomad Books


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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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Orchard Series Books

Hachette Children’s asked us to create a framework within which it was possible to set up microsites for a number of different middle-grade children’s series, including Beast Quest, Rainbow Magic and Unicorn Magic – with many of these series running to hundreds of titles.

The brief was to allow the client to create each new site and control the look and feel without requiring any design or technical input from us, which we achieved by setting the site to use a range of design parameters, including masthead images, pre-defined typography styles and numerous colour options. The result is a scaleable solution where a new website can be set up very quickly, using only a handful of design assets that are produced by the in-house team, and including a full book listing, organised by series and sub-series.

Orchard Series Books has launched with four series, with a number of additional series sites due to launch soon.


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Owen Bennett-Jones

Owen Bennett-Jones reported for the BBC for 30 years. He has been a resident foreign correspondent in Bucharest, Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut and presented Newshour on the BBC World Service. In 2008 he was Sony news journalist of the year and in 2009 the Commonwealth journalist of the year. In 2012 Owen was Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University. His podcast on the murder of Benazir Bhutto, The Assassination, won gold at the British Podcast Awards in 2018.

We created a new website for Owen to bring together his journalism, non-fiction and fiction all ine one place for the first time. The site includes the ability to upload source materials associated with books – so readers and listeners can access key documents that are part of Owen’s investigations.


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Oxford Edit Write

Oxford Edit Write offers a range of editorial services to authors and publishers, specialising in the educational sector and trade books for children.

Whether you’re an author or a publishing company, they can support you at any stage or all the way – from concept proposals and commissioning right through to proofreading. With expert project management and a friendly, efficient approach, their goal is to see your projects come to life.


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P. D. James

Website for the late, great crime author P. D. James, designed to showcase her backlist as well as new publishing output from Faber, and provide readers with access to a range of archive material.


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Pam Evans

Website for established family saga author Pam Evans.


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Patrician Press

Branding and website design for startup independent publisher


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Patrick Gale

New website for Patrick Gale, author of novels including A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through and the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition.


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Patrick Ness

Website for bestselling author and twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, which includes the ability to create and apply different visual themes to different pages.


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Paul Bright

Paul Bright is a children’s writer and poet, who has published many picture books for children as well as poetry for kids. Paul has also written for school reading programmes, CBeebies radio and BBC web sites, and had stories broadcast on CBeebies TV and CITV’s Bookaboo. We designed and built a website to showcase Paul’s work, including his contribution to the official Winnie-the-Pooh sequel The Best Bear in all the World.


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Pavilion Books Group

Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets. Their new website is populated with bibliographic data feeds from their Stison title management system, and also features a blog, news & events section and many different ways of exploring their books – by category, by imprint and by author.


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Penny Vincenzi

Author website for multi-million bestselling author Penny Vincenzi, commissioned by publishers Headline. Updated in August 2018.


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Peter Fisk / Gamechangers

Peter Fisk is a global thought leader on growth, innovation and leadership. Peter is a keynote speaker, bestselling author and expert consultant. He is founder of the specialist consulting firm GeniusWorks, and Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Marketing at IE Business School.

We created two websites in one for Peter – a general site representing Peter as author, speaker and consultant, and a site for his latest book project, Gamechangers, published with Wiley.

We also created a number of videos in support of the new book.


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Peter Watson

Design and build of a WordPress-based website for award-winning author and journalist Peter Watson.


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PHOENIX Magazine

We worked with London fashion and lifestyle magazine PHOENIX to upgrade their website, allowing them to publish monthly digital issues in addition to their twice-a-year print editions. This is more than just a news section, as articles are organised in to monthly issues, as well as organised in to categories.


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Piers Torday

Author website for award-winning children’s writer Piers Torday.


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Practical Inspiration Publishing

Practical Inspiration Publishing is the home of books that mean business. From management to marketing, parenting to leadership, HR to health, internationally recognized authorities share their expertise in brilliantly readable books with accompanying online resources.

We created a new WooCommerce-based site so PIP could easily sell their titles online – with title and author data automatically imported from an ONIX feed.


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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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Publishing Connections

Brand development and website design for new global publishing consultancy founded by Alistair Burtenshaw.


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Quiller Publishing

Quiller Publishing Ltd is an independent publisher which was founded in 2001 by Andrew Johnston. Quiller Publishing has two imprints: Quiller is their general list and Kenilworth Press for equestrian titles. Over the years, Quiller Publishing has been built into an extremely well-respected publishing company, focusing originally on country sporting subjects and in recent years, diversifying into lifestyle titles along with a number of noted and highly regarded biographies and autobiographies.

This new website for Quiller features ‘live’ updates from their title management system, BooksoniX.


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Rachel Blum, poet

Rachel is a poet who lives in in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Raymond Khoury

Website and for New York Times #1 Bestselling thriller writer Raymond Khoury. First designed by Bookswarm in 2011, and re-designed in 2013.


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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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Robert Hale

Responsive site for Robert Hale, independent publishers since 1936. The site has four themed sections for Robert Hale’s four imprints – Robert Hale, J.A. Allen, NAG Press and Buried River Press.

Robert Hale is now part of The Crowood Press.


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Rory Muir’s Wellington

Lifeofwellington.co.uk 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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Royal Society of Literature

For nearly 200 years, the Royal Society of Literature has celebrated and nurtured all that is best in British literature, past and present.

Bookswarm has created a new responsive website to allow them to showcase their work and the great names among the RSL Fellows.

This was updated in 2017 to reflect the launch of the RSL’s Literature Matters campaign.


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Salted

Blog design for innovative independent publisher Salt Publishing.


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Saltyard Books

Two generations of this website for Hodder & Stoughton non-fiction imprint Saltyard Books


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Sam Angus

Website for Sam Angus, author of children’s stories including Soldier Dog and Hero.


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Saraband

New website for independent publishers Saraband, winners of the inaugural Saltire Scottish Publisher of the Year.


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Saul David

Website for historian, novelist, lecturer and broadcaster Saul David.


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Shannon Selin

Responsive website design for Shannon Selin, Canadian author of historical novel Napoleon in America. We also created a logo for Shannon to use on her business cards and on the books themselves.


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Sheila O’Flanagan

Responsive website for Sheila O’Flanagan, number 1 bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction.


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Simon Scarrow

Responsive author website for Simon Scarrow, number one bestselling author of the Cato and Macro novels and many other historical best-sellers.


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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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Smith & Baxter

Smith & Baxter is a small and friendly PR agency specializing in food, drink, books, arts and lifestyle.


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Sophie Botros

Sophie Botros is a philosopher and author. Dr Botros’s newest book Truth, Time and History: a Philosophical Inquiry was published by Bloomsbury Academic in September 2017.

We have created a new website for Sophie. The home page is focused on her most recent book, including a video summary and a slideshow summarising key ideas explored in the book.


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SPCK Publishing

SPCK is the mission agency which works through publishing. Their mission is to promote Christian ideas and values; we do this by publishing, and supporting the publishing of, books and resources for people for people of all denominational and faith backgrounds.

We created a new e-commerce website with WordPress and WooCommerce, encompassing both SPCK’s charitable and publishing activites. Orders are submitted to Macmillan Distribution (MDL) for fulfillment.


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Sports Book Awards

The British Sports Book Awards exist to highlight and give prominence to the very best sports books published in the previous calendar year.


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Spying on Democracy

Website to promote Heidi Boghosian’s Spying on Democracy and provide interested readers with additional content and resources.


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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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Stephen King Books

A home on the web for international multi-million selling author Stephen King’s Books – focused on the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and commissioned by his publishers in those territories, led by Hodder & Stoughton.


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Summer Reading for Kids

Seasonal reading promotion microsite for Hachette Children’s.


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Summersdale

Founded in 1990, Summersdale is a vibrant publisher that puts its heart and soul into creating exceptional books. They swiftly respond to emerging technology and trends, provide entertaining, informative and innovative content in the genres of travel writing, general non-fiction, health and well-being, and gift and humour. Summersdale produce a diverse range of over 150 titles per year, with a backlist of over 600 titles.


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Susanna Lea Associates

Created in 2000, Susanna Lea Associates has offices in Paris, London and New York. Their aim is to work in close collaboration with authors and publishers in order to maximize the potential of each project both domestically and in translation – in print, audio and electronic media – and, when applicable, for film.

We designed and built the new website for Susanna Lea, allowing each office to show market-specific covers for key titles and showcase its own team and social media presence.


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Tania Unsworth

Author website for children’s writer Tania Unsworth, author of The One Safe Place and The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.

This website was updated at the start of 2017 to reflect Tania’s increased emphasis on school visits and her changing social media profile.


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The Book Marketing Society

The Book Marketing Society was launched in November 2004 with the objective of becoming the representative body of marketing within the book industry. We created the second version of this site in 2018 using an online membership site, including a members area where logged-in users can access a database of award-winning book marketing case studies.


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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 Curious Files

The Curious Files was a rummage through the most interesting articles written and produced by Faber and Faber‘s non-fiction authors.


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The Future Bookshelf

A home on the web for Hodder & Stoughton’s range of books for writers – including a fully content-managed home page feature the client can update each month.


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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 Hamilton Agency

The Hamilton Agency Ltd is a literary agency based in Michelin House in South Kensington. It was founded March 2019 by Matthew Hamilton, who was an agent with Aitken Alexander Associates for over 12 years. Previously he was editorial Director at 4th Estate, and Publishing Director and a member of the Board at Bloomsbury. He has a particular interest in politics, music, entertainment, narrative non-fiction and literary fiction.


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The Happysmarts Project

We migrated the Happysmarts Project to being WordPress-based, allowing the client to more easily manage the content, and translating the exercises and scales that are the heart of the project in to GravityForms so that they can be tweaked and the results can be exported at any time. We also took the opportunity to modernise aspects of the design and make the site mobile-friendly.


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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 Jane Grigson Trust

The Jane Grigson Trust is an educational charity set up in 1991 in memory of the great British cookery writer Jane Grigson. Its aim is to advance the public understanding of food, its cultural and nutritional aspects, and the art of its preparation.


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The Marketing Alliance

The Marketing Alliance is a small marketing agency specialising in publishing, education and EdTech, founded and run by Julia Garvey.


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The Solidarity Project

Author website for academic, political campaigner and green activist Jonathan Boswell, who is currently working on a new book about solidarity.


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The Thought Fox

Responsive re-design of Faber’s blog, which is named after a famous poem by Ted Hughes. Back in 2009 Simon worked on the first iteration of this project – technology has moved on since then, but the appetite for quality content on the web has not diminished!


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The William Morris Society

The William Morris Society was founded in 1953 to make the life, work and ideas of William Morris (1834-96) better known. Morris was an artist, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist who was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain.

We designed a new website for the Society, launched on its 60th birthday, working with a new brand identity designed by Pentagram.

 


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Three Hares Publishing

Brand creation and website design for startup publishing house Three Hares.

The website is fully responsive, and all of the key information about Three Hares can be found on the multi-segment home page.


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Tinder Press

Blog and catalogue website for Headline’s fiction imprint Tinder Press, a place where classy, intelligent writing thrives.


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Trad’s Diary

Trad’s Diary has been a regular fixture for many gardeners since June 1975, forty two years ago, when the first issue of The Garden appeared. It was, and is, written by Hugh Johnson, who as Editorial Director had created the new magazine out of the old Journal of the Horticultural Society.

Bookswarm created the latest version of Trad’s Diary to be mobile-friendly and easy on the eye – and it’s home to over 500 entries written by Hugh since the diary went digital back in 2008.


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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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Überpreneurs.com

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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Virginia Bergin

Author website for YA novelist Virginia Bergin. Redesigned in 2017 to provide a more flexible design that could accomodate standalone novels as well as Virginia’s first series.


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Wasafiri Magazine

We designed and built a new e-commerce website for Wasafiri, the magazine which encourages readers and writers to travel the world via the word. For over three decades, Wasafiri have created a dynamic platform for mapping new landscapes in contemporary international writing featuring a diverse range of voices from across the UK and beyond. Committed to profiling the ‘best of tomorrow’s writers today’ they simultaneously celebrate those who have become established literary voices, offering a creative space for dialogue and debate.


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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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Wildfire

Wildfire is part of the Headline Division of Hachette UK, a vibrant and dynamic publishing company which is also one of the biggest in the world. Wildfire publish a broad range of quality commercial fiction and non-fiction.


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William Hussey

Website for spooky young adult and horror writer William Hussey.


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Yale Representation

Yale Representation provides a managed sales representation service in the UK for a number of prestigious publishers. We created a new website for them, to replace their old Drupal-based site. It includes a bookshops section with dynamic map, and different ways to explore Yale Representation’s clients and their wonderful books.


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Zaid Al-Ali

Author website for writer and academic Zaid Al-Ali. Zaid is quoted regularly in the international press on Iraqi developments and on constitutional reform issues in the Arab region, including in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the BBC, National Public Radio, the Guardian, and the Daily Telegraph, amongst many others.


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