web design

Got Quirky?

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For a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can use my skills as both a writer and designer to help authors.

You see, long before I began taking writing seriously, I worked as a graphic and web designer. (You can read more about my journey as a designer here.) Until now I’ve always seen the two skill sets as separate. I write. I do graphic and web design.

But then I started watching the publishing industry change and saw authors trying to create their own covers, marketing materials and websites; and I started thinking, I can help them.

I know what it’s like to be an author, and I know good design.

I have the skills and experience to create great book covers, websites, advertisements, bookmarks, posters, you name it.

And so, I’m excited to announce to  you: Quirky Girl Media.

I am so excited at the possibilities, and have many things planned. Right now, the site offers my basic services. But over time, I plan to add some really fun ways for authors to branch out.

So stay tuned. And if you have any questions about book covers or websites or editing or anything at all, please send me an email.

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I’ll Make You Look Good

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I have 16 years of professional experience as a graphic artist and web designer.

Didn’t know that, did you? I haven’t really mentioned it on here.

My design work began years ago in print advertising and expanded into digital media and web design.

For the most part, I’ve kept my Design self and my Writer self separate. Well, that’s about to change.

I’ve decided to combine my experience in design with my passion for books, and open my freelance doors to include cover design and marketing peripherals. Not to mention, author websites.

Have you decided to publish your book independently? Are you looking for a designer to create a compelling cover for your book? Or the postcards you’ll need to promote it? Or the bookmarks you’re going to give away at your signings? Or the website where your fans can read samples of your work and buy your books?

I’ll make you look good.

All my work is custom. No templates. And my rates are beyond reasonable.

If you’re interested in discussing your project and getting a quote, contact me.

New Look and Lovely Blog Awards

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OK, so I haven’t been posting the last couple of weeks. Ever since I started this blog, it hasn’t felt right. Hasn’t felt like…me. So I took a little break from posting and put some of my web design skills to use on myself for a change. I’m still cleaning up some of the rubble, but now it feels more like a home. I hope you like the new look.

If you’ll notice to the right, I’ve also created a blogging schedule. I’m trying this out, hoping it will give the blog a little structure. That being said, I’m kind of a seat-of-my-pants girl, so I might end up trashing it and just doing whatever floats my biscuit. We’ll just have to see.

Tomorrow I’ll start the schedule. Today, I give away awards! Huzzah!

A while back, I received the One Lovely Blog Award from Megan Frances at On Beyond Words and Pictures. THANK YOU! According to the rules of the award, I’m now passing it along to some of my favorite, newly discovered blogs. Here they are. Check them out. Some of them are writing blogs. Some are art blogs. All of them are lovely and inspiring places.

Thanks, Megan!
  1. Lisa Nowak ~ Tao of Webfoot
  2. Michelle Sussman ~ Reading & Writing By Candlelight
  3. Maggie Mae ~ Barnswallow
  4. Carrie Kei Heim Binas ~ Heim Binas Fiction
  5. S.F. Robertson ~ Wastepaper Prose
  6. Mariana N. Blaser ~ Mariblaser’s Randomities
  7. Suzannah ~ Write It Sideways
  8. Suzanne Conboy-Hill ~ Conboy-Hill-Fiction
  9. Jeri Smith-Ready
  10. Beth Arnold ~ Letter from Paris
  11. Deborah ~ Kickcan and Conkers
  12. Jeannie Lynn Paske ~ Obsolete World
  13. Elizabeth Perry ~ Woolgathering
  14. Kimberly J. Sabatini ~ Jess Free Falcon
  15. Suzanne MacCrone ~ Italian Girl in Georgia
  16. Th. Mafi ~ Call me Tahereh

Keep blogging all you lovely, creative and inspiring bloggers!