Brook Cottage Books is an awesome book promotion site that features cover reveals, blog tours, book reviews, and lots of other promotions supporting independent and established authors. I was introduced to the site’s owner and promoter extraordinaire, JB Johnston, through another book blogger, just as Brook Cottage Books was venturing into the book promotion arena. The previous website design was great for book reviews and general book blogging, but with its added purpose, we needed a way to better organize areas and make more information available at a glance on the home page.
I started with a theme designed for something anime related. It had all the functionality we wanted but none of the overall look, so I got to customizing. In the process, I designed the site’s new logo, customized the theme to match, and removed some things that just didn’t fit. The drop-down menu action allows easy navigation without clutter, and the accordion sidebar fits more information without stretching too far down the page. I got a little carried away, even designing the advertising panels for BCB, as well as an editing service promoted in the sidebar — I really just wanted everything to be clean and built out! Since redesigning the site, I’ve continued working with JB by designing tour banners for all the books she promotes on the site.