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. 200+ 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 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. (Psst: ask me for some of my interior samples!).

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 (over 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 204 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Darren Floyd
It was a pleasure working with Mark again. I think it speaks volumes that i came back to him to work on another book and look forward to working with him again. Very professional with a swift turn around.

Darren Floyd, October 2021

Rod Sweet
Mark was great. We had a technical problem to solve with an already published book and Mark took the time to investigate before submitting a very reasonable quote and fixing the issue efficiently. I would highly recommend him, and will use his services again.

Rod Sweet, October 2021

Jim Keene
You have invested weeks, months and possibly years working on your manuscript. You slaved over it, tweaked it and rewrote sections multiple times. The pages of your work are saturated with your blood, sweat and tears. When it is published you want the cover and interior pages to be a reflection of your passion, your talent and your dedication to your craft. I have done business with many peo...
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Jim Keene, October 2021

Michael Reit
Worked with Mark again for my second novel, Warsaw Fury, after he did a stellar job on the cover and interior formatting of my first. I'm still getting compliments on that stunner a year after release. He suggested using the same style & a number of elements to create a consistent author brand, which I loved. Mark needed just one shot at coming up with the concept for the new cover, which we t...
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Michael Reit, October 2021

Julie Mulligan
I loved working with Mark. Not only did he design a beautiful cover and the interior for my book, but he helped me understand all parts of the process. He responded quickly to questions and talked me through everything to make sure we both knew what I needed to get my book published. I'm so much prouder of the book I created because of his help. I already miss working with him, so I need to get...
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Julie Mulligan, October 2021

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