Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - Designer

Cardiff, United Kingdom

A highly collaborative designer, producing impactful covers, interiors and marketing images for a wide range of genres. I cannot scuba dive.

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5+ years in business. Over 350 book collaborations. 220+ Reedsy 5-Star reviews :-)


A book cover and interior format designer, with many (many!) years of multi-discipline creative experience in graphics, illustration, photography, video & marketing.

Happy working for either print or e-book / digital, I like direct, punchy and – occasionally – intriguing (in my book covers!). Oftentimes my work is character-focussed and photographically-based.

On occasion, some of my work may now include little bits of CGI. (Oh, my giddy Aunt... '.' )

Client-centric, highly collaborative and quality driven: your needs are mine to fulfil (and are normally fulfilled quickly, too).

All of my design offers - whether for e-book, print, or both - always include promotional images such as simulated 3D paperback and hardcover book covers, on-device ebook cover renders. Nice!

I provide full interior formatting services for both print and ebook; whether with cover design or just interiors only. For such work, a first interior proof is normally back to the client within 2-3 working days from receipt of manuscript.
My interior layouts are completely professional in appearance and can include full-image title pages, use of cover fonts for chapter headings (print versions only), drop capitals for starts of chapters and excellent attention to detail and flow. (Psst: ask me for some of my interior samples!).

I can also advise on technical matters, marketing options and even book titles, taglines and back cover blurbs, if needs be.

My motto: always a pleasure, never a chore. *nods*


Full Service List:

Any or all of the following services can be commissioned either together, or totally separately from each other (a good example here: if another designer is already doing your book cover design, I’m totally happy to do the interior formatting elements…)

• Print book cover design (inc. paperback, dustjacket hardback and case-laminate hardback)
• Ebook cover design
• Print book interior formatting & design
• Ebook interior formatting & design
• Book promotional images (ie: simulated images of your finished print book or ebook)
• Author websites: I'm now providing author websites. These include various pages, image galleries, blogs, contact forms and more. Website packages include design, hosting and support for the first year, with further annual support available on the site's anniversary. Ask for details!
African American Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Designer / Owner

March, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

I own and run my own busy book design and media illustration company, providing a full range of services to traditional and self-publishers. Services include interior and cover design, marketing imagery and adaptable author website design.

Head of Creative Services

Visit Wales
August, 2012 – June, 2015 (almost 3 years)

Creative Services Manager

Visit Wales
May, 2011 – August, 2012 (over 1 year)

Mark has 229 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

DS Quinton
It's always great working with Mark. He's quick and professional, and although we haven't met in person I feel like I can trust him with my projects. I'll keep coming back.

DS Quinton, May 2022

Davide Tarsitano
Great as per usual. Mark is a real pro.

Davide Tarsitano, May 2022

Julie Mulligan
I needed to make changes to my manuscript based on an additional round of proofreading. Mark was so helpful, thorough, and worked very quickly so I could get the best version of my manuscript as soon as possible. I love working with Mark!

Julie Mulligan, May 2022

Alan Priest
Mark was terrific to work with. Very professional and incredibly timely. Even with eight hours time difference, it felt like we were working in the same room. Also provided great advice to a first-time novelist that helped me avoid embarrassing errors in formatting. Looking forward to working together again!

Alan Priest, April 2022

Jacqueline Owens
I really enjoyed working with Mark on my first self-published manuscript, especially as a cover design newbie! Mark was very helpful and inspirational and put up a lot of great ideas, and was very patients with my beginner questions. I am very happy with how the manuscript is looking now, so thanks for everything, Mark

Jacqueline Owens, March 2022

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