“I have to admit that releasing my book was a bit of a traumatic experience, full of miscommunications, misunderstandings, and a lot of things I simply didn’t understand.
The grand and welcome exception was working with Taughnee Stone and Launch the Book. She made the whole process easy and the layout of a website comprehensible so I could manage it without pestering her every five minutes.
Despite an overfull work schedule, the end of the year holiday press, and even personal tragedies she and her partner Steve Johnson delivered their work before my deadline while other vendors were ignoring my calls and e-mails.
More than that, Taughnee made the process enjoyable. An e-mail from her was the rare moment of surety that I was going to get just what I wanted from someone professional and creatively astute.
Every step of the way I felt that she was on top of things, got what I was aiming for, and was actually eager to deliver the best results because she loved her work.
I would recommend Launch the Book to any author making their web presence in a heartbeat.”
“Taughnee has done a fantastic job redesigning my web site twice in recent years. Her designs are not only creative, but reflect my taste and personality. She has also helped me figure out the best way to showcase my work and my blog on my site and keep the look of my site fresh. She is always cheerful, deadline oriented, and patient when dealing with clients like me who don’t understand the technical side of how web sites run. I really love working with Taughnee.”
“Working with Launch the book and Taughnee Stone was one of those experiences I continue to appreciate, long after the work was completed. As a businessman, the quantity and quality of her work was affordable and topnotch. As an artist, being able to work with someone who has an eye for design and who created a reflection of me as an author was a joy. As a writer, they created a place where I can easily change, alter, and write to my heart’s content. Thank you Miss Stone and LaunchTheBook.com!”
“These guys were fantastic. They “got” what I was trying to do. Though I had no experience with creating a website, they patiently led me through the process. And when I needed some additions and changes, they really went out of their way to help me. From one to five, I give them a five!”
“Taughnee designed a vibrant, unique author’s website that I immediately loved, as did my editor, agent, friends, and family. She’s creative, responsive, incredibly patient, and attuned to an author’s concerns. My highest recommendation.”
“Taughnee’s work designing my blog has been stellar. The results speak for themselves: I’m first in organic search, and I regularly receive fan mail about the design. She is the best – and the only – blog designer I recommend to others.”
“Taughnee is the first Web developer that I’ve trusted with my persona/professional web site, and the site has been up in one form or another for over 10 years. I liked her design sensibility, appreciated her honest approach, and trusted her to think through the complex challenges of containing all of my disparate work in one site. She delivered on all counts. I absolutely love my site and am still amazed at how she nailed it.”
“This was all a new experience for me. At the end of this phase (for it is not the end of my work with Launch the Book), I find myself extraordinarily pleased with the finished product. Even if I might always have had confidence in the outcome, I would never have guessed how enjoyable the process would be. I owe all of that to Taughnee.
So, if you are a writer looking for an introduction, I heartily recommend the following: turn off the television, invest in a good wood-aged bourbon, write from the heart, edit until it hurts, lighten up, and then call Taughnee Stone.”
“I mean, really, think about it. In this business, having a presence on the internet is so important… But it was a pain finding the right designer. Didn’t matter if the person came highly recommended, or if I liked the work they had done for others—some key things those individuals did (or rather, didn’t do) made me part ways with them early in the process. They did not listen to me. They were not open to revisions. They were not invested in giving me as good a product as they had given others, or even themselves. They made little or no effort to understand me, or my books. I could add other things to that list, but you get the drift. I remained undaunted, though. Until, quite by accident, I stumbled upon Taughnee Stone, a designer who did the exact opposite of all those things—and then went above and beyond. Way beyond. While making the process absolutely painless and a lot of fun. So that now, I am happy to report, I have a brand new website that I love. And, better yet, that suits me. So, check it out – and thank you, Taughnee!”
“Working with Taughnee was great! I wanted a website that showed off my personality, and we discovered very quickly that I really had no idea what that looked like! Taughnee was amazingly patient. She had me look at patterns, graphics, colors, etc and then listened to what about them I liked or disliked. She listened as I told her about how I like to work – pen and paper, coffee shops – she listened as I told her what about my chosen genre intrigued me. She took all of this, waived her magic wand – I’m sure it’s much more complicated than that! – and showed me an absolutely beautiful design that spoke to everything that I wanted. Taughnee delivered exactly what I need.”
“Where do I even start explaining how fantastic my experience has been, working with Taughnee on my blog? At the design stage, Taughnee was a wonderful listener—and in fact, the design is based on a page in one of my scrapbooks. It’s such an incredibly empowering experience, as a fairly non-technical person, to be able to make my blog work—and work WELL, without headaches, frustrations, and anxiety. I can spend time on the fun stuff—the writing, photography, and recipe development, and the techie stuff hardly takes any time at all!
I can’t recommend Taughnee highly enough. Working with her has been an incredibly valuable experience, not just because of the fantastic, functional, and beautiful blog she’s created for and WITH me, but also because it’s been so darn FUN. Taughnee took my vision, my dream, and my excitement, and created a warm, wonderful online home for my creativity beyond anything I could have invented on my own. Now, I just enjoy filling my little space with stories, recipes, and photographs.”