Carlos Esparza

Carlos Esparza – Designer

Award-winning Book cover designer with experience on 100s of titles, including many national bestsellers


I've worked in-house at 3 of the biggest publishers in the country, and designed for many more beyond that, including national best-selling books and titles for celebrities/household names. I love exploring and learning and solving puzzles in collaboration, I look forward to learning about you and your project, and solving the puzzle that is your cover design!

Classics Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Short Story
Economics History Music Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement
  • LitHub—The 11 Best Book Covers of November (2021)
  • LitHub—The 13 Best Book Covers of August (2020)
  • Paste Magazine—The Best Book Covers of January (2020)
  • Casual Optimist—Book Covers of Notes, May (2023)
  • Casual Optimist—Notable Book Covers of 2023

Work experience

1517 Media

Oct, 2022 — Present

Manage production and design of 70 titles a year.

Callisto Media

Sep, 2019 — Jul, 2022 (almost 3 years)

Manage production and design for 60 titles a year, in categories ranging from children's activity books to cookbooks and self-help.

Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers

Feb, 2016 — Nov, 2017 (over 1 year)

Design 15 covers a year for large-format illustrated titles.

Hachette Book Group

Oct, 2015 — Oct, 2018 (about 3 years)

Design 25 covers a year for titles ranging from memoir to narrative non-fiction

Random House, W. W. Norton, Hachette Books, Graywolf Press, Coffee House Press, Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers

Jun, 2012 — Present

Carlos has 1 review





Erika S.

Erika S.

Dec, 2018

Such a fantastic experience working with Carlos. His creativity, attention to detail, timely communications, professionalism, and experience shine through in every aspect of the process and the product he provides. I cannot imagine working with anyone else on the design of future novels. Highly recommend!

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