Author Websites Portfolio

Explore sites we've designed and built in our unique WordPress theme for authors.

We design websites from the ground up for authors – from assembling the sites in our author theme to helping our clients craft a visual design and home page layout to match their marketing priorities!

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In the Spotlight

The select sites below have all been built in the latest iteration of our WordPress theme for authors. The theme uses a fill-in-the-blank approach to content management, making it easier for our clients to do updates vs wrangling with a page builder. Consequently, many of our clients manage their own sites. Of course, we happily lend a hand to those who prefer to be hands off – ask about our Website Wellness plans!

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A Case Study - Tricia Skinner

Tricia Skinner, author and literary agent

Tricia Skinner is a longtime Austin DesignWorks client. When her career focus changed from author to literary agent, she approached us to transform her author website into a showcase for her agent services. Her desired new brand would be more personalized and especially reflect her commitment to her clients’ success.

As a part of the transformation, she wanted to utilize the core functions of our custom author theme to feature her clients’ books but to forego the usual series and book grouping pages. To meet her objective, we developed a special page template for client bio pages and reconfigured the standard code to be able to include client’s book(s) on their respective bio pages.

Tricia manages her own site, which is built in WordPress and Bootstrap.    

Check out Tricia’s Skinner’s literary agent website

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“I’ve always managed my own website redesigns, but after adding a new career (literary agent) to my author life, I suddenly found ‘free time’ to be a myth. I wanted to streamline my author site, adjust my branding away from individual projects, and cut away as much fat as possible. Dawn’s process is ridiculously easy to follow.

“Once she had the basics, the redesign received the Cinderella treatment. Like magic, everything I wanted was ready to go. Dawn was quick, efficient, professional, and accessible. She answered all of my questions promptly, making this a worry-free process. I’d recommend Austin DesignWorks to anyone in publishing.”

– Tricia Skinner, literary agent and author 

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Project Archive

Over the past 15+ years, Austin DesignWorks has built more than 200 sites for authors. The following selection of sites use previous versions of the theme (for now) but we feel the visual design and/or content of these sites merit a mention here. Have fun exploring!


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