Alex Head

Alex Head – Designer

Graphic designer specializing in design and layout of books and magazines, and production management for independent authors

Overview

As a book designer, magazine designer, and book compositor, I enjoy obsessing over details of tracking, page breaks, and whether to go ragged or justified. As publishing project manager, I enjoy obsessing over details of schedules, budgets, and distribution plans.

I spend half my time designing books, collaborating with authors and editors, preparing files for ebook conversion or for print, and adhering to rigorous timelines. As a partner in a publishing services firm focused on independent authors, I spend the other half helping authors publish their books by managing the process, advising them on distribution and fulfillment options, and pulling together the right team to produce the highest quality book.

In both, I leverage my years of client service experience, the best aspects of current technology, and a drive for efficiency and quality.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Finance & Accounting Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2014 — Present

—Collaborate with authors to assess publishing options and develop the right strategies for print and ebook distribution to meet their unique goals.
—Develop project plans, schedules, and budgets and manage a small team of experienced freelance editors, indexers, and designers.
—Design book covers and interiors, manage conversion to electronic formats, and coordinate distribution and fulfillment requirements for various vendors and platforms.

Kirkus Media

Aug, 2012 — Present

—Produce a 140-240 page magazine every two weeks.
—Manage cover, page layout, and feature design through multiple editorial rounds, working with the editorial management team, section editors, and advertising and marketing department.
—Coordinate schedules and printing timelines and deliver print-ready files on tight timelines.
—Through process improvements, reduced hours for magazine layout by 25 percent.

Self-employed

Sep, 2008 — Dec, 2013 (about 5 years)

—Offered book design and composition services to small publishers
—Created technical illustrations for use in books
—Produced marketing materials for sales teams and online ads

Portfolio

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46 Days, 2,774 Miles, and the Bike Trip of a Lifetime Two professionals in their 50s made a choice that some might call crazy: they pulled out of their busy lives for two months and tackled what is called the most challenging bike route in North America. In Th... read more
A Life of Love and Adventure--and LossWhen her husband, Don, called on his way to the hospital, Kathi Koll had no idea how dramatically their lives would change--or how her loving heart and indomitable spirit would fight it.From childhood, her life might have ... read more
Defy Gravity

Rebel Brown

Cutting through phrases like ''It's our biggest seller'' and ''They're our best customer,'' growth expert Rebel Brown helps managers and leaders shed the weight and drag that are holding their companies back.Defy Gravity offers a unique, nimble approach to mar... read more
Raising children is life’s greatest gift and accomplishment, but it can also come with an overwhelming amount of stressors, anxiety and self-doubt. Am I modeling the type of person I want my child to become? Am I doing enough to prepare my child to strive in a... read more
"Board cronyism" has run rampant for too long. The playing field must be leveled so board seats are obtainable to a wider, richly qualified, more diverse range of talent. To remain competitive and profitable, our corporations and free enterprise system depend ... read more
It is 1862. A massive Union army is invading the verdant peninsula of Virginia to take Richmond and end the Civil war. In the rumble of this conflict, a young woman's wounded lover stands in harm's way. To rescue him, she must risk everything she holds dear an... read more
Women Make Great Leaders is about women who have beaten the odds. Early on, they heard the whispers, the inner-call to leadership. They answered, and continue to answer it, with fierce passion—and the courage, boldness, and resilience required to rise to the n... read more
Stock Footage Millionaire is a step-by-step guide on how to produce and sell stock footage for profit. As a long time industry insider, Robb Crocker writes from personal experience and shares all of the tips and tricks he's learned along the way. Read this boo... read more
Creating a financial blueprint can give you the knowledge to banish anxiety and fear, take control of your finances, work to secure your future, and get on with pursuing your fullest life!In Better, Richer, Fuller, Greg Powell will help you develop Your Financ... read more
How do the really exceptional CEOs get more done in less time than everyone else? What is their technique for getting their work done while still having the time to spend pursuing hobbies and spending quality time with their friends and family? The truth is th... read more

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