kay maybe this is overkill, but how can I resist it when people say stuff like this....
"Utterly gorgeous! It makes me think of magic!"
"IT LOOKS FANTASTIC! I love it. I love that you love it. I want to live inside it, too, or at least go there on bad days. In lieu of that, I'll just open a bottle of wine and stare at the rotating quotes. It's perfect."
"You all are a fantastic company to deal with in every way. (I've spent 17 years as a lawyer representing companies and you all could teach the Fortune 500 a lot)."
"ALL your sites are gorgeous. I can tell the amount of time you put into each site and it shows the colossal talent you have. You seem to capture the soul of each of the writers you work with which is an amazing gift.
As for mine: I LOVE it!! I love the use of the photo, the blood spatter, discreetly, and the cabin... eerie, but sophisticated..."
"Thanks again for agreeing to work with me. I can't tell you how much of a relief it's been to find someone who does such beautiful work, and also has a fabulous business ethic."
"Woo-hoo!! It's PERFECT!! It is completely excellent!! You've hit the color changes spot-on and I just love the sweeping photo, the name, the flourishes, everything. THANK YOU SO MUCH MADDEE! Weeeee!!!"
"If you ever had a prospective client who wanted to talk more in-depth, I would be happy to sing your praises. I've worked with web designers before, and this is absolutely the best experience I've had."
"Spectacular, Maddee! Looks great. Easy to navigate. All the little visual touches are just right. And again, the sensibility is just what I had hoped for and wanted: bold, sophisticated, elegant. It's a great site."
"Looks fantastic....Yay!!... I think you hit upon the Essence of Chrisness!"
"My editor was telling me today how so many authors she knows have the hardest time with their websites and how they complain about their webmavens doing a good job. I told her, 'Yeah...well that's because they don't have my Maddee!' Once again...I marvel at your genius!"
"I LOVE IT! It is gorgeous and beautiful and magical and I like it even better than the last one. Well done! Hurray!"
Amy Kathleen Ryan
"I spoke at a mtg of freelance editors and writers yesterday, and got a lot of compliments on the website. Some said it was the most attractive author website they'd ever seen."
"OMG I love the new look so much.
You're more than skilled—you're a genius. It's absolutely stunning. I'm thrilled."
"The overall design is superb: the old photos; the typewriter keys; the colors. Lovely! I love it. It's just what I wanted! Stylish and retro!"
"Beautiful job Maddee—I can't thank you enough! I'm delighted!"
"I love that you do all these magic things."
"The update on your site looks fantastic (your site, by the way,
stands as a great example of what author websites should be).
Sarah Melnyk, St. Martins Press on Sophie's site
"Maddee, one of the things I enjoy about working with you is you take such care with your work. That's partly due to your enormous talent, but also to your character. Thank you so much."
"Honey, pat yourself on the back. You have not only done great work but you have also built a community. That's a special talent."
Cassy Pickard (this means a lot to me, as I love having my clients all know they're part of the xuni team)
"I *LOVE* it!! All of your sites are amazing, but I think this one is now the best. : ) I love the depth of colorit's exactly what I wanted. : ) Thank you for such a wonderful design! Did I tell you that my oldest son looked at it and asked how you can get into the author's head like that. lol. In other words, the site is so *me*. He was really impressed."
"I love it! You've captured the mood perfectly. Seriously, I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to show it off."
"There's a stupid, silly word I never use but today, due to my utter joy and excitement, I HAVE TO say it: SQUEEE! Gorgeous! OMG, I'm so proud. The site is beautiful. I'm so impressedyour work is impeccable. Thank you for making me look so cool."
"OMG LOVE IT! It's perfect! You're a freakin' genius."
Juliet Blackwell (on the bookplates that match her site)
"Wow, this is AMAZING! Like, way beyond my expectations already!! Thank you SO much! I can't wait to show my agent and editor. They are gonna flip!"
"Just wanted to let you know two more authors looking for website designers have reached out to me, inquiring about xuni.com. Can I tell you what a pleasure it is to recommend you so enthusiastically and wholeheartedly?"
"Simply visually magnificent...thank you...you are a true artist."
Dr. Janet Brill
"Wow Maddee you did it, somehow you found a way for it all to come together and it works beautifully!! Thank you so much I can't gush enough. And one of the best things about working with you is the guidance you give me."
"Maddee, I have to thank you for all that you have done, and are doing, to make my 'launch' look so presentable and operate smoothly. This is such an upgrade from how I used to do it. I'm so relieved to have found you!"
"Wow, Maddee! The site is sooo gorgeous! I love it. I can't tell you how happy this makes me. You did such a great job. I really appreciate all your hard work."
"My editor just sent me Helen Grant's debut novel and when I went to Helen's website I gasped at its gorgeousness. THEN I REALIZED IT WAS YOURS! My God, you're a freaking genius. You really are."
"It's gorgeous, fantastic and exactly the look and feel I wanted! Well done."
"I just had to send you a note about your incredible website designs for authors. You inspire me...literally. I'm working to finish my first mystery novel and whenever I get stuck or need a little inspiration to keep going, I visit xuni. You are so talented! There is no question in my mind where I need to turn when it's my turn for an author site."
"I LOVE IT! Seriously, pink is my favorite color, so you rocked this! eeeeek!! BUT OMG ITS SO PRETTY!!! I love it! And I love the blog! So great! Thank you so much!"
"Overall it's just really, really pretty without being too girly-frou-frou, which is exactly what I wanted."
"My editor just said: was just looking at your website compared to [deleted]yours is so amazingly more robust. Maddee, thought you'd like this. I know you're the best, but so does my editor, now."
"I am getting ever more compliments on the gorgeousness of the website! People are really impressed, and I think actually they take me more seriously as a writer when they see itit looks so glossy and professional!"
"Gorgeous! It's all working & beautiful & I couldn't love it more! So far I'm getting words like: wonderful, beautiful, warm, engaging, organized, easy to navigate, stylish, a gem . . . It's a win! It's so beautiful I can't stop staring at it! LOVE it! Oh, and my editor is enchanted by the new site, said it's the best website makeover she's ever seen!"
"Maddee! You are awesome! Oh my gosh. I just love how you seem to get me when I don't even get me! Sort of just embodies who I am in a way I never thought would be able to happen as I have such a hard time defining myself :)"
"Looking forward to working with yousuch an incredibly talented designer...the best on the web!"
Dr. Janet Brill
"OMG!!! It's so fantastic. LOVE the colors and how the header works. Oh, my gosh this is so coooool. And the nav bar is really fun. Very different. I'm gonna be staring at it all frickin' day. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is a theme that tells a story about my books too. Love it. Thanks so much for your amazing talent and for the collaboration."
Jordan Dane (YA site)
"Yep, a xuni site is definitely recognizable. I think it has something to do with the strong graphic design and flow of elements. I'm proud I talked you into being my web designer, and admit that I judge other authors by whether or not they're your clients."
"Again, I'm so completely thrilled! You were so lovely to work with."
"I've long been a fan of your work, Maddee your designs are so sleek, sophisticated and eye-catching. I gave you a challenging image to build a design around, and you worked magic with it! I was so GRATEFUL for your patience as we discussed and tweaked the design. It was an absolute delight to work with you, and I love my website more with each passing day."
"Wow! thank you. and you are so special to me. i could never imagine working with anyone else."
"You're terrific! People say it's warm, welcomingand reflects the feel of the book and me quite well. All credit goes to you! I think you're amazingly talented and I'm so happy to be working together."
"You Rock!! Thanks for all you do Maddee!! I know you do much more than you charge for and much more behind the scenes that I will never know! Thank you!"
"OMG OMG OMG! IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL YOU JUST MADE ME CRY, and my daughter and her boyfriend think you're a genius, too."
"Just went through it again, and gotta say, it looks fookin fantastic! I love having the best website in the business..."
"Thank you for doing an absolutely stellar job on my website! I love the atmosphere, the color scheme, the functionality, everything. You are the best!"
"Looks awesome! I'm so happy to have the best web designer on the planet doing my site. Can't wait to see the end result."
Jeff Alcorn (on his holding page)
"We love it, all of us. Truly do. It certainly takes us up a notch in quality and the design is not only perfect for us as authors, it is really easy to navigate and all that good technical stuff! Everything on every page looks terrific. And so much easy to find that before. We are delighted. And for the record, you have been a delight to work with. We are looking forward to a long and happy partnership."
"YOU ARE AWESOME! I LOVE the design concept! And I SUPER DUPER love the fontclassic Sherrhonda!! LOL I am an over-the-top kinda woman! The colorfulness and uplifting mood definitely fit my personality, while the other images show my quiet "contemplative" side. I am very pleased with your work as I knew I would be."
"It makes my heart sing! Lovely, lovely, lovely! I am so excited, I could squeal! In fact, I am squealing! It's really lovely, Maddee, just great."
"omg, I LOVE it! You do such amazingly incredible fabulous work."
Janet Reid on Patrick Lee's site
"I absolutely LOVE it! Love the colors, love the shapes, love the dragonfly, the layering, the font, the praying mantis looking across at the woman on the other side. It all looks great. Amazing work!"
Cara Lopez Lee
"I adore the site, and I'm getting nothing but compliments on it!"
"Things look absolutely gorgeous, fabulous, wonderful, and stupendous! I couldn't be happier with this website. Thank you for making me look so professional. What I love about the site is that it is so clean and easy to navigate. Everything looks elegant and well thought out. I also love how the mysterious design juxtaposes with the crispness of the text. It is a perfect balance."
"I can't tell you enough, how happy I am that we worked together. Your professionalism and expertise made this transition a dream, and yes, you can quote me! I know you kept the costs down as much as possible, and feel your expenses are well worth the investment."
"I have to say it again. It's spectacular. Stunning."
"Maddeeoh, you are just the best, best, best!! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkk I love it. i truly think that when you are given free reign you do the best stuff because that crazy creative brain of yours just channels it right into place. Thank you darlin, you have another winner here."
Sophie on her YA site
"I'm EXSTATIC, even enough to type that word knowing it's misspelled. All you need to do is look over your client profiles on that impressive page you have online and see what a designer you always have been. Every site is so different. It's not like others who have a signature trait. You really work with each client to deliver a unique product. And your taste is impeccable. Seriously. You have plenty to be proud of."
"Loving it more than ever!! It's spectacular! I want to live in it. Seriously, I get teary every time I look at it. You're a genius!"
"WOW! Absolutely gorgeous. I think the overlaying of images, repeating shapes blending into each other, etc., is quite stunning. I love the color palette. I wanted moody and atmospheric and you've nailed it. I'm totally blown-away. The images and the overall feel is exactly what I wanted and you've delivered. My gosh, I can't stop looking at it! I've never been so happy to put a cheque in the mail. You exceeded my expectations on every project."
"Maddee, you have given me SO MUCH personal attention this time around (but then, you always do)."
April Dammann (on edits)
"I'm crying!! I couldn't be happier with absolutely everything! Seriously—thank you! I've been so stressed and felt so out of my league during this whole process, so to see this come together in such an amazing, inspiring, and beautiful way—I just couldn't be more thankful for the amazing amount of work you have put into this to help me achieve my goals and dreams. Seriously—thank you so much. It's obvious how much you care and how hard you've worked."
Sarah Leith Bahn
"Maddee . . . it's just so COOL! I love it. So profesional and yet fun. I'm so glad I went with a designer who knew what she was doing."
"I have to say I am just so impressed by your operation. It's a great relief for me that this side of my business is so well taken care of now."
"I think its wickedly perfect! My youngest's exact words were, 'that's frickin awesome!' What more can I say, besides I love it, it's perfect, you're a artistic marvel."
"Thank you so much for making the updates/additions to the website. You've been one of the most reliable people I've dealt with on this publication journey, and it's really helped to keep me (mostly) sane. Thank you for that!"
"I LOVE what you've done! Wow! I was afraid that I wouldn't have enough content, but you made it appear so much more substantial. I'm in awe—you really brought the site to life! And it's such a wonderful place to linger! Thank you so much, Maddee."
"Wow! The website is beautiful—even better than I imagined it would be. Thank you sooo much. The entire site is easy to navigate, and has a friendly all-American feel to it. Thanks again for a terrific job. You are the da Vinci of design."
"EVERYONE loves the site. And getting unanimous consensus on something from Josie's peeps is a rarity. :)"
Albert Leon (Josephine Angelini site)
"The book covers are so beautiful—I honestly have no words.... LOVE LOVE LOVE! AHHHHHH where do I send the check and my firstborn?"
"I love it! It looks so great. As you know, I'm picky, so it's saying something that I've sent you so few changes. You did an excellent job!
And I thought you'd like to know that my visitors have tripled from my previous site and web hits have increased by a factor of five!"
"It's AMAZING. Oh my goodness, i absolutely love it. i LOVE it. it is exactly what i wanted. i love how sleek it is. it's not too busy at all and very easy to read, navigate, and understand."
"You totally caught the mood and simplicity and beauty that I wanted for the design. It really is great."
"I've had a lot of folks volunteering to help get the word out about the book, to tell all their friends to buy it, etc. I think, even if it's on a subconscious level, the professionalism of the site and the slickness of the design is making people feel like this is something they can really get behind. And that's totally a tribute to your talent.
Probably my favorite comment so far came from our very own Sophie Littlefield, who said, 'you look like bad news on a silver platter.'"
"Thank you SO much. Everyone loves the page and we think your design gives us a real legitimacy and sophistication that not all grogs have."
Pens Fatales (blog)
"I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! You've done an amazing job. It's wonderful, fun, exactly the right tone, visually lively and inviting. Could not be happier!"
"THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER WEBSITE ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET. NEVER EVER EVER. I am almost in tears over it."
Hank Phillippi Ryan
"You are simply not of this earth Maddee. I know this. The world knows this. I think you came from another dimension, where style and elegance are part of the DNA. Andrew's site is fabulous. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Janet Reid (Andrew Grant's agent)
"You are so fantastic, efficient, and just plain great. I cannot tell you how, in my new experiences as a writer, I have found that so few people do their jobs and do them well! ... Left to their own work ethic, people just don't do what they're expected to do. Not you. You come through every time for me. I never have to check and correct and fix and ....then...ultimately....do the job myself because that's the only way to get it done. Thank you!"
Amy Silverstein (about a site edit)
"When I look at my home page and my header on my normal pages I still get a shiver of delight. I don't think I'll ever get tired of my site. THANK YOU for designing something so absolutely beautiful for me..."
"I LOVE IT!! Seriously it exceeds my hopes, it's beautiful and gorgeous! I just feel like you really "got" me, that is the biggest thing of all. I can't tell you how much that means to meit's such an emotional process, trying to communicate themes through writing, and to have it reflected on my siteamazing."
"I LURVE it! Thank you so muchhonestly, it's so beautiful and eerie and everything I wanted. Thank you thank you."
"You did this in an hour? And when they asked Michelangelo how he did a sculpture he said "I take a piece of marble and chop off what I don't need." This is GREAT! My holding page looks better than most people's website. Just beautiful."
"You are truly fantastic. Before long though, the clamor for your services is going to be so great that you will have to create an army of clones to do the work. Mostly, thank you for the usual truly astounding, wonderful job. You make me look a whole lot better."
"Eeeek! It's beautiful!! Great work, Maddee you are gifted!
Feeling a little giddy I can't WAIT to share this beautiful new site."
"I really love what you've done here. I have to say, you really nailed it, color and personality-wise. You have no idea what a shock it is to me that you nailed it in one. So you did exceptionally well, here. Seriously. Really feel great about this."
Toni McGee Causey
"Everyone says: "it's so YOU." That's what makes you a great designer!"
"I am so impressed with your work, Maddee, this is far beyond what I had ever dreamed of. I'm convinced that I now have the most awesome site ever. Thank you so, so much..."
"Maddee darling, you are an absolute genius! The second this design hit my eye, I thought, YES, THAT'S IT! It is EXACTLY "energetic, warm, approachable, intriguing"! The font is spot-on, too. It looks hip and serious and fun, all at the same time. You NAILED it. I bow reverently to your awesomeness!! Thank you, thank you!"
"I can't thank you enough. You did such an amazing job. I love itabsolutely LOVE it! And my whole family loves it. They agree with me: you are BRILLIANT!"
"Maddee, you are a dream. I LOVE YOUR DESIGN, as to all the folks in my circle! It's so cool and calm and contemporary and now and WOW! You are great."
"It looks so so so so so awesome, I can hardly stand it.
It looks wonderful to me. I'M SO PSYCHED!!
I'm OBSESSED with it! I haven't even showered today!
I'm SOOOOOOOOOO jazzed!! You completely rule!! Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much! I absolutely love it."
"The verdict? I LOVE IT! I'm so, so happy with this. It's clean, easy to navigate, and flat-out puur-ty. Thank you!"
"You are so fantastic at what you do. I feel so lucky to have found you."
"I love it. The thing is, it really feels like me to me."
"YOU ARE SO TOTALLY AWESOME! The colors, the layout, the LOOK is so damned perfect for my personality and my kind of writing."
"You continue to astonishthe late hours, the unequivocal devotion, the constant attention to detail. Are you seeing a professional for this disorder?"
"I just got home from a library panel, and just saw it, and I so love it, I can't even tell you. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It is perfect. I am speechless. No white, but not too dark, great colors, serious, but also aliveI love it. Thank you. You're the woMAN."
"I Really Really LOVE this site! Thank you for all of your hard work, and for getting it done early even!"
"I can't imagine how difficult it is to capture the expectations of someone
who makes a living off fiction, but you've done it!! You've risen
above my wildest fantasyand that's saying something!! Your design blew me
away and your color choices were outstanding. The navigation is simple,
covers all the bases, and even gives me room to grow. You make it look
effortless when I know it is anything but. Thanks again for being you!
(Now all I have to do is make sure my writing measures up.)"
"You are divine! It's perfect! Thank you! There's no doubt that I now have the tightest, most thought-through, most internally consistent site on earth."
"This entire website thing has been a blastthank you so much. Everything about the experience, and the work, has exceeded my expectations. It looks fantastic. The sites look so slick and professional, I may have to start bathing and brushing my teeth now when I go out in public."
"oh, my GOD! It is GORGEOUS! I am in LOVE WITH THIS!!!
One day I want to find a man I can love as much as I love this website."
Harley Jane Kozak (this makes me smile every time I read it!)
"As always, thanks for getting everything done so quickly. This website is the best promotional tool I have. I get lots of compliments on it, and my editors and agent love it, too."
"...you've got the elegant touch. Very cool. The cache of Richard Hawke gets a huge boost with a site this bold and classy."
"You are just too quick on the draw. It's astounding."
"It looks absolutely splendid. You're talented, tolerant, and a bit of a visual genius. I'm lucky to have you."
"It's stunning! The dark colors worka reflection of John's writingvisually it's compelling. Easy to navigate and I love the layout...Very, very easy on the eyesyou're a genius!"
a friend on John Connolly's site
"I love the site... marvelous, you are a genius."
"Looks beautiful. Crisp, dynamic, clean, charged. Thank you so very muchI'm thrilled!"
"Once again you've managed to amaze me with your
seemingly endless ideas for eye pleasing designs and
color schemes! Brilliant!... you've got
a great ability to somehow match the aura of the site
to that of the person."
the guy who works for me (and I didn't even pay him)
"Very stylish and clean, with just the right tone. And those two eastern portals staring out like eyes, seeming to offer a choice of mysterious entries. Well done!"
"xuni.com moved my website from "fine" to "sensational." She's a dream to work with and I constantly receive compliments on the site because it's beautiful, peaceful, and easy to understand. My book sales are steadily increasing and going into second and third printingsis it me? Or Maddee?"
Marne Davis Kellogg
"Madeiragenerous, intuitive, and intelligentcares deeply about writers: our words, our websites, our wishes. She always goes the extra distance for me; Madeira is my Web Fairy Godmother."
"Thanks to xuni.com, I finally have a professional and absolutely wonderful website which draws more hits than I would have thought possible. I thoroughly enjoy working with someone who manages to be creative, efficient, on-the-ball, and pleasant all at the same time. xuni.com is a find!"
"It's not just the logical layout, the ease of
navigation, the well-edited content (especially
considering the amount of material you had to
organize)what I am most impressed by is your eye for
color and design. The color scheme is truly a knockout, and
you've got a mean hand with borders, photo layout,
font choice, and all other visual motifs throughout.
It's fresh, it's consistent, and it "pops" on every
page I saw. Congratulations on some truly gorgeous work."