Past Meetup

Author Websites: Finding the Right Website Designer

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Chicago Public Library Lincoln Park Branch

1150 W. Fullerton Avenue · Chicago, IL

How to find us

We'll be in the Auditorium Room. Walk past the desk, turn right, walk to the end of the hall, and turn left.

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Do you need help with your author website, either building a new site or improving an existing one? Web designer Hilary Fosdal will explain how to find and work with a pro to get your site up and running fast. She’ll cover:

· Why your website should be tailored to your book and your author platform

· How to evaluate a web designer’s portfolio

· How to ask for recommendations

· What “the coffee test” is and what can you learn from it

The meeting will be held at our usual location: the Lincoln Park Library, 1150 W Fullerton. It’s about four blocks west of the Fullerton CTA station, and the Fullerton bus stops nearby. There is a small parking lot next to the library and metered street parking in the area.

We’ll be in the library’s Auditorium Room: Walk past the front desk, turn right, walk to the end of the hall, and turn left. The meeting starts at 6:15pm, but feel free to come early to chat and network.

After the meeting, we'll adjourn to The Monkey's Paw at 2524 N Southport for self-pay food and drinks. We'd love to have you join us so we can continue the conversation about author websites.

Speaker bio:

Hilary Fosdal is a digital strategist and web designer who loves to work on web projects that inspire and educate. She owns Bring Your Own Stuff - a web design and digital marketing company based in Chicago. In addition to her web design work, Hilary has been the chairwoman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Digital Media Committee. She organized teaching workshops for journalists led by Google staff and contributed to the SPJ’s Digital Media Handbook. Connect with Hilary at:



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