We build websites for authors and publishers

As well as producing books we also develop and maintain websites for publishers and authors. We’re passionate about empowering authors (and publishing staff) to manage their own online presence so we offer one-to-one trainings, group sessions and courses on every aspect of web development and social media. We’ve also created our own code base specifically for author websites and this allows us to develop fabulous new websites in just a few days. We believe in getting you up and running fast, using flexible and intuitive tools, so that your website can evolve with you.

The Curved House Approach

We are publishers first and foremost so our approach to building and maintaining websites is much the same as publishing books. We’ll look after you like your publisher or agent looks after you. Getting you online should be a creative and collaborative process and we see ourselves as your digital editors. We work closely with you on all aspects of your web project and we aim to help you to achieve not just the short-term goal of a new website but the long-term goal of an effective web presence that reflects your publishing output. Our projects are structured so that you receive support on an ongoing basis therefore ensuring you can keep your site up-to-date and have it evolve as you and your books evolve.

Speedy Builds

Our team of publishers, editors and web developers are skilled at creating quick, high-quality websites with strong messages and lots of interesting content. Our ‘Speedy Build’ is particularly suited to mini-sites for new book titles or to author blogs and websites that don’t require bespoke design or development. We design and build WordPress sites in 2 days and then hand the admin over to you to maintain, develop and add more great content.

Great author websites

Is that ‘great author’ websites or great ‘author websites’? Both! Our websites for authors are developed by publishing people for publishing people. We design the look of every site individually while the underlying structure is based on our own carefully crafted template. We have developed a responsive WordPress theme – Beckett 1.0 – specifically to respond to the needs of authors and publishers. Our user-friendly template allows you to add books, link to websites where readers can purchase your books, link to your agent and publisher, feed news from your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts and add many more excellent features.

One-to-one Web Surgeries

Need a new website? Baffled by social media? Want to create a blog? Come along to one of our one-to-one sessions and we’ll tackle your web conundrums on the spot.  We can even set you up with a blog there and then and if it’s a new website you need we’ll give you some great, impartial advice on how to get up and running. These sessions run regularly throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.

Ongoing maintenance

In addition to building your website, or helping you to build you own site, we have experienced web editors who can manage your website on an ongoing basis. They will develop exciting content (text, images and multimedia), edit and update your website and they can even do your social networking (Twitter, Facebook and so on) on your behalf. We suggest a minimum of 1 day per month per website.

We also manage websites for publishers and some businesses and organisations and work with internal editorial and marketing teams to ensure our work is fully coordinated with any related campaigns or events.