Website Makeover

My website’s makeover is in progress. The hard part, for me, was telling the designer what I want. I’m not that great with visual stuff and when I organize things, they tend to spiral on and on and on rather being laid out in tidy grids. Luckily for me, the designer had a questionnaire for me to fill out.

It’s much easier for me to formulate my website ideas around what I like and dislike rather than just imagining what I want it to look like. I now know a lot about what I don’t like.

Things I like: organization, organization, and organization. Open space, so it doesn’t feel cluttered. Black print on white background.

Things I dislike: blinky lights; animation; splash pages; image maps; blinky animated splash pages that lead to image maps. Sea green backgrounds. Also, I am not fond of taglines for authors, but I understand why some people have them.

What about you? What do you absolutely detest on author websites?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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2 Responses to Website Makeover

  1. Crystal Jordan says:

    I hate any kind of animation or sound. Just give it to me simple, people.

    Hmm…I have a blue-green background and a tagline. You hate my site, right? ;-)

    Never fear, I'm getting my site revamped in January. And I'm with you. Thank goodness she had a questionnaire. Even then, I'm like "I want it to FEEL like this," because I'm sucktastic at visuals.

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    Blue-green is nice. There's a particular shade of pale aqua that just…no.

    "Feel." Yeah!

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