Phillip Gessert

Phillip Gessert – Designer

Over ten years experience in typesetting and formatting books for print and ebook, with hands-on experience in press environments.

Overview

I’m a book designer, typesetter and print/ebook formatter in Madison, WI. I began building books full time in 2011, and am especially passionate about page typography. I pride myself on building books to the highest standard of quality, both aesthetically and functionally.

I provide fully validated ePub files, suitable for publishing on the Kindle Store and other retailers. All ebooks are created using hand-coded HTML & CSS, and take the unique considerations for different devices into account. The books are built to be flexible and render predictably across a range of e-readers. And I use traditional and classical typographical principles to give the books an appealing look.

I also provide PDF files suitable for print. I’m happy to build to KDP or Ingram Spark specifications, or simply build to industry-standard print-readiness. I use my prepress experience to preflight and prepare PDF files that most any print service provider would be delighted to receive.

Why Choose Me?

Value. I pride myself in finding high-quality, low cost solutions to common design problems. I aim to find a good nexus between beauty and price. This means I am not the cheapest book designer, but I do deliver the best bang for your buck.

Quality. I do not treat your book as a rote technical task. I am a designer, first and foremost, and strive to create tasteful and elegant designs.

Honesty. I aim to be candid and frank with you about your project, alert you to potential issues as quickly as I can, and never obscure anything about the process. This means I immediately alert you to anything that could possibly affect your project. There may be occasional false alarms, but I think it is better to be safe than sorry.

Tenacity. I work tirelessly to correct any issues you may encounter. If you have any sort of problem with your files, at any time, I will do my level best to help.

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Please note that I'll typically ask to review a copy of your manuscript in order to prepare your quote. It is used only to get a count on various formatting elements and to assess scope. Feel free to send it in MS Word format with your quote request!

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"Phillip is a pure delight to work with. He’s meticulous, professional, punctual, and highly capable. He’s met my exacting demands time and time again, even when under pressure of timeline and budget. He’s my only choice when it comes to laying out a book, and I plan on using him for many more projects to come."

--Ben Dutter, Sigil Stone Publishing

"Phillip and I have worked together for a few years now and with each project he has devoted himself to the task and will not quit until the job is done to satisfaction. Very personable and detailed-oriented, I recommend him highly!"

--Kwasi Konadu, Diasporic Africa Press
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Education & Reference History
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2011 — Present

I design custom interiors for indie and self-published authors, suitable for Createspace, IngramSpark, Kindle, and others.

Data Print

Dec, 2007 — Dec, 2011 (about 4 years)

Graphic design and prepress.

Portfolio

"One of the most exciting debuts of 2016," --Richard Peabody, Editor GargoyleA novel in montage, Eisenstein’s Monster is a wild romp through the terrains of our consciousness. A man with termi... read more
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After your spouse dies, how do you go forward? This beautifully-written memoir faces the realities of a loved one dying.Following a long fight with breast cancer, Tracy's death ended their 13-... read more
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"This is a great book. Any parent, teacher, grandparent, or anyone else who wants to learn about learning differences, run, right now and buy this book. Concise, yet comprehensive; reader-frie... read more
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THE GODS WHO CHOSE US (hard science-fiction) is a reimagining of global mythology from a science fiction perspective. Various established mythos have been transformed into unique civilizations... read more
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Are you struggling with decisions regarding social media and smartphone access for your child? The middle school and teen years are now more challenging than ever. Bullying and suicide are on ... read more
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Unlock the key to building successful businesses in challenging international markets.Why do so many investors fail in frontier and emerging markets? How can entrepreneurs increase their odds ... read more
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AngelFire

Luke Valen

Fairytales, we’ve all been told them.Witches and warlocks,Vampires and werewolves. Myths made to keep you awake at night. Children stories.But what about the stories we’re not told?What about ... read more
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Discover what dreams are made of . . .Ten-year-old twins Ashlynne and Julian share a special ability: the power to enter each other's dreams. They call it 'sharing' dreams. It's usually a grea... read more
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Fake news. Alternative facts. Ideological agendas. How do you tell the difference between true and false? How do you know what it all means? In Actually, It's Not Easy, novices and experts ali... read more
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The breakup of his San Francisco rock band is a hard shove that has Jim Shalabon struggling to stay on his feet. What he needs is balance. What he gets is an earthquake. His best friend and fo... read more
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An anthology of writing by members of the Maryland Writers' Association's Teen Writing Clubs.
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A rural community in southeast Tennessee is tested when a teenage girl goes missing. Deputy Galloway suspects his girlfriend's husband of foul play and launches an investigation.Nestled in the... read more
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Admit it. You dont have much time. You love God, but sometimes your prayer life is virtually nonexistent. Guilt keeps you away from it even longer. And that distance leaves you feeling spiritu... read more
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A body is no match for an idea. Esteemed NYC anchorwoman, Margi Hall, spends her days reporting on the lives—and lies—of others. When the studio cameras show her imperfections, she seeks out a... read more
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A string of shattering experiences results in Tara, putting her ambitions aside to marry her college sweetheart at twenty-five. She wakes up as a wife, numbingly empty, but for the next nine y... read more
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Times have changed and it's harder than ever to build influence. The world is getting better at ignoring you and your message is being smothered by all the noise.That's why influence is no lon... read more
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Frances experiences three major life changes that led her to new-found freedoms allowing her to explore the Spectrum that makes up life. Frances did all society expected her to do: Married a h... read more
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Remember Me

Yola Dunne

Betrayed, Carmen saw her life come crashing down. Her world would never be the same. But in the midst of chaos and suffering, she discovered her most powerful ally… “I am Carmen Agnes Sirota. ... read more
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We see it everywhere: at the park, in restaurants, and inside our homes and cars—kids connected to handheld devices and disconnected from the world around them. According to the latest researc... read more
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It is no secret that modern knowledge has become specialised into increasingly narrower ‘silos’. While this has had its advantages, more are becoming aware that important connections are being... read more
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The Black Terrorist

Tierno Monénembo

The Black Terrorist is a fictional account built around the true, extraordinary, but little-known story of Addi Bâ. Addi Bâ was born in Guinea about 1916, brought to France in the late 1930s, ... read more
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The Chimera Sequence

Elliott Garber

Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa. When a humanitarian aid hospital... read more
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Deep down, Robert Goldner knows he's a mistake. His mother told him so when he was just five years old. But he never found the courage to ask just what she meant before she was murdered under ... read more
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The true story of two teenagers who were determined to ascend some of Colorado's tallest peaks. A broken down car turned it into an adventure they hadn't anticipated.
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Phillip has 197 reviews

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Farhana M.

Farhana M.

Apr, 2024

Phillip was an incredible designer and exceeded our expectations in every way. We couldn't be more grateful to him for his professionalism, expertise and going above and beyond. We would work with Phillip again in a heartbeat and recommend him as high as they come!
David P.

David P.

Mar, 2024

Excellent work putting together the interiors of every book in my series. Responsive to the minor tweaks needed along the way. Highly recommended.
William R.

William R.

Mar, 2024

Phillip was an amazing editor. The finished product was more than I could have imagined. We started out a little rough, with me initiating most of the communication. But once we ironed that out, it was amazing. I kept adding images and changing the manuscript at the last minute, and he just rolled with the punches. "No problem" was his standard answer to all my changes. A joy to work with,...
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Kaelyn B.

Kaelyn B.

Mar, 2024

Phillip did a splendid job helping me with some formatting issues I ran into with my book. I'm so appreciative of his quick and effective quality of work and highly recommend him to anyone else seeking his professional skills!
Tate B.

Tate B.

Mar, 2024

Outstanding just like before. Very easy to work with.

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