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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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 book covers, on-tablet device 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.

I can also advise on technical matters, marketing options and even book titles and taglines, 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
• 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
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Designer / Owner

March, 2016 – Present (about 5 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 185 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Guy Morris
Mark is a true professional with a strong creative streak.

Guy Morris, April 2021

Michael Ganzberger
I came to Mark hoping to improve on my previous book cover. He created a new design that exceeded my expectations. He's prompt, professional, talented, creative, and a pleasure to work with.

Michael Ganzberger, April 2021

S. L. Ager
Mark goes above and beyond. He has designed all my covers and will do the next trilogy too.

S. L. Ager, April 2021

Chuck Ervin
Very rarely, in a career that now spans more than 50 years, have I enjoyed working with someone as much as I have with Mark. He's a true professional in every sense of the word. I have especially appreciated his sense of humor and tact as he's tried, very patiently, to overcome some of my preconceived ideas. Our collaboration is continuing on two novels to include cover designs, interior man...
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Chuck Ervin, March 2021

Jim Webb
This is my ... umpteenth or so collab with Mark. I keep coming back for a multitude of reasons, but several seem to continually stick out: punctuality, genuine care for mine and his work, and a high level of quality. If you're on the fence--well, you're in the wrong place. Hop off and give Mark a shot. Cheers Mark!

Jim Webb, March 2021

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