WEBSITE DESIGN OR REDESIGN
Author website costs include design time along with all or some of the following (typical) content:
Home page highlighting your latest release
Main Book Page
Individual Book pages with buy links, excerpts, reviews
Social media icons
Newsletter sign up
About the Author
Media or Press Page
News or Blog area
The main factor that increases or decreases the cost for an author website is the number of published books. Below are typical cost ranges for authors, which are broken down based on the number of published books and/or additional content.
Average author website: most author websites average between $1500 and $2500. What defines an average author website as far as cost? Typically, to stay in the $1500 - $2500 range, your published books will fall between 10 to 35 books.
Larger author website: larger websites average between $2500 - $4500. Typically, to stay in the $2500 - $4000 range, your published books will fall between 35 to 100 books.
Higher cost author website: higher cost websites are defined as $4500+ and usually involve a very large number of published books (100+) and/or a dynamic website with a custom back end system or complex interactivity. Please see Susan Mallery's Book section as an example of complex interactivity.
We give estimates for all new websites or website redesigns based on each individual author's needs and content. However, the above will give you a good idea of how much you should anticipate spending. If you've gotten estimates from other companies and have received a quote for more than the amounts above (based on your published book numbers and content requirements), please reach out to us before you sign on the dotted line! With over 20 years in the business, we've seen authors spend more than they need to on services that don't build their careers. We know you work hard for your money and will never sell you on website functionality or packages that you simply don't need.
Please contact us and we'll be happy to give you an estimate for your website design/redesign.
Small Business Website
Small business website costs include design time along with all or some of the following (typical) content:
Home page featuring your services
About your business
Products or Services page
Clients or testimonials
Average website cost: most small business websites average between $1250 and $1850 for the content above. If you need a more customized website for reservations or selling products, please contact us with your requirements and we'll be happy to give you an estimate.
Artist & Creative Website
Artist or creative website costs include design time along with all or some of the following (typical) content:
Home page featuring your art or creation
Gallery or Portfolio
Average website cost: most artist websites average between $1000 and $1500 for the content above. If you need a more customized website for selling products, please contact us with your requirements and we'll be happy to give you an estimate.
WEBSITE UPDATES, MAINTENANCE & SUPPORT
Don't have the time or ability to update your website? Something not working properly or you've been hacked? Leave that to us! We maintain websites for 95% of our clients. There are no contracts or set monthly fees. Our rate is $55 an hour billed in 15 minute increments and invoiced monthly. Contact us if you'd like us to update/maintain your website, you have a website fix or just need support with technical issues.
NEWSLETTER & MAILING LIST MANAGEMENT
Need help setting up your newsletter system, managing your list, or formatting and sending newsletters? Our rate is $55 an hour billed in 15 minute increments and invoiced monthly. Most newsletters take an average of 1 hour to format and 15 minutes to send. Contact us if you'd like help with your newsletter or mailing list management.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Need help with your social media? Whether it's graphics, cover photos & branding or assistance with posting, let us help! Our rate is $55 an hour billed in 15 minute increments and invoiced monthly. Contact us if you'd like help with your social media management.
GRAPHIC & PRINT DESIGN
Our rate is $55 an hour billed in 15 minute increments and invoiced monthly. Whether it's graphic design for your website or social media, a logo design or print design for book marks, business cards or ads, we can give you a great design at an affordable price. Contact us for an estimate on your design.
BOOK COVER DESIGN
Rate is $55 an hour billed in 15 minute increments and invoiced monthly. Budget design: $110 - you supply artwork and/or search for design images using our stock photography site, maximum 2 images + title and author name. Custom design: usually takes between 3-5 hrs. total ($165 - $275) + cost of artwork (if you don't use our stock photography site, otherwise included) maximum 5 images + title and author name. Contact us now to get started on your book cover design!
E-BOOK FORMATTING, CONVERSION & SCANNING
Rate is $55 an hour billed in 15 minute increments and invoiced monthly. E-book conversions run from $200-$300 depending on the size of the book, whether or not we are starting with a digital file or a paperback/hardback and how many photos or graphics are involved.
Book Scanning - 300 pages or less: $85; 300 - 500 pages: $110; 500 - 700 pages: $150
Contact us with details on your book formatting and we'll be happy to give you an estimate.