Kelly with KMD Web Designs - Behind the Scenes
This month, Kelly with KMD Web Designs agreed to answer questions for us. Kelly has worked for several publishing houses and now, in partnership with her nephew, Micheal, they have started KMD and another business. So, let’s get started with learning more about the company and the people.
Please share a little about your background?
I started out on computers as an administrative assistant for the State of Montana. While working in that position I took classes in my free time for graphic design. I found out I have a knack for picking up software and how it works. That is how my love of computers started. After a few classes I figured out that I learn better by tearing software apart and learning on my own.
The department I was working in had an opening for web designer and I was asked to apply. I worked as the web design for Department of Commerce for 4 years. When I needed to move to Texas to take care of my parents the state allowed me to telecommute for work. That was wonderful and lasted for about 5 years. Once I was looking for work I knew I wanted to stick with web design. My first client was an author; Claire Thompson, she is still my client today. I design her personal and publishing sites and all her book covers. It has been a wonderful learning experience and I have been meeting great people. I could not have asked for a better career.
My partner, Micheal, has an extensive computer and network background. He knows hardware inside and out. In fact, when we were using Window computers he built our computers. Micheal is in charge of the network and the in home repair part of our business, on top of his busy schedule with databases and website design.
What prompted you to open KMD Web Designs?
KMD was started when I wanted to branch into more complicated designs for my websites. I have the experience and knowledge to do what I wanted but I didn’t have time to do it all. My partner/nephew is a computer guru, but on the more complicated side of the sites. Exactly what I needed. We have always gotten along, and able to communicate as well as complement each other’s work, so I asked him to move to Texas to be close to me. He packed up, moved, and we became KMD Web Designs.
What does KMD Web Designs offer that other sites don’t?
We are committed to our clients 100%. Micheal and I are always ready to try something new, surf the internet for solutions that may not be easy to find, and we keep up on the latest technology.
Our latest trend is our Content Management System. We design the site, maintain the back end and offer help when needed, but the site owner updates their own content in an easy environment by cut and paste. I love our CMS and recommend it to anyone that wants to update their own content rather than have a dedicated web designer. Not to say everyone must have the CMS, sometimes it just is too much for a small site. But larger sites? Yes, you need the CMS.
Are there specific questions an author should ask when they are vetting sites they are considering?
As with anything on the internet, make sure you know who you are talking to. Not saying all the new or unknown companies are bad, and you should avoid them. There are some wonderful companies out there that haven’t built up their reference list.
I encourage everyone to ask for a reference if you don’t know the company, or ask your friends, coworkers, etc., to make recommendations.
Does KMD Web Designs offer a free consultation to determine how is the best way to work with an author in order to meet their specific needs?
At KMD we love to talk to others about how to make their site/blog/etc. more efficient and work for them rather than adding another chore to an already full schedule. We will gladly talk to anyone about their wants or needs and help point them in the right direction, even it isn’t us.
When an author is unsure of promotion items to get for handouts at conferences, etc., does KMD suggest the items they have seen the most results from with other authors?
We always have suggestions, but we do not focus on marketing. We are able to order printed materials for our clients. Let us know what you are looking for and we will provide price quotes. If we are unable to have them printed, or you would like to have them printed somewhere else, we can still set up your art file for you to make it easier to upload.
What are future plans for KMD Web Designs? Do you plan to grow the various areas offered?
KMD will strive to stay on top of new technologies and to offer our clients our best services possible. One thing we love is when a client asks if we can do something they saw somewhere, or have thought up on their own, for them. The answer will always be let’s try! We will also do our best to make sure our clients are happy with anything we provide.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
We have another venture we started just for authors and freelancers in the publishing industry. The site is new, just starting out, but it will grow quickly. Take a look at Publishing Connections if you are connected to publishing in any way.
Contact us anytime. We are here to help you with your business needs.
Columnist Lizzie T. Leaf: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, sprung to adulthood in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.
Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. When she needs a touch of reality, her Contemporary Erotic Romances come into play. Her most recent release is Nordic Heat, available at http://amzn.to/1owng5k
If she’s not creating mischief for paranormal beings, or getting under the covers with her erotic heroes, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write. She is a member of RWA and has served as President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers and VP of Programs.
Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband.