My wife is a comic book writer and artist. She has two books out right now with the third coming soon (http://faminelands.com). She has been putting a lot of work into her website and I suggested she just pay someone to do that. She told me she investigated that option but didn't find anyone that she liked.
I browse craigslist all the time and knew there were always a lot of people advertising web design so I told her I would look into it.
Turns out she was right. Most of the ads are really poorly done and quite a few don't even have portfolios. I suspect a lot of them are folks who took a community college course on HTML and are now "web designers".
I heard back from a few who said "their plate was full" or a nice way of saying they didn't want to work on the site (then why are you advertising?).
Now that isn't to say we didn't find anybody. Some of the folks had real skill but also wanted $2k for a site redesign - I wasn't willing to pay more than $500.
So for now I guess its up to her.
By the way if your a web designer please contact me