Alex Head

Alex Head - Designer

Austin, TX, USA

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

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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.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Finance & Accounting
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Design Lead and Publishing Project Manager

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (almost 6 years)

—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.

Designer, Kirkus Reviews magazine

Kirkus Media
August, 2012 – Present (over 7 years)

—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.

Freelance Graphic Designer

Self-employed
September, 2008 – December, 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 (11 selected works)

Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Caregiving

Kathi Koll

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 seemed charmed: play dates with Lucie Arnaz, real dates with a future TV idol, and a big brother engaged to film star Dolores Hart. But ... 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 seemed charmed: play dates with Lucie Arnaz, real dates with a future TV idol, and a big brother engaged to film star Dolores Hart. But ... read more

The Spirit of the Trail: A Journey to Fulfillment Along the Continental Divide

Carrie Morgridge

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 The Spirit of the Trail, Carrie Morgridge and her husband John take you along this journey. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route runs from... read more

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 The Spirit of the Trail, Carrie Morgridge and her husband John take you along this journey. The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route runs from... read more

Sales Success Stories: 60 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals

Scott Ingram, Trong Nguyen, Phil Terrill, Kyle Gutzler, David Weiss, Dayna Leaman, DeJuan Brown, George Penyak, Jacquelyn Nicholson

Want to learn the insider secrets of the top 1% sales achievers? Discover the inspiring techniques of 20 sales VIPs so you can climb the ranks and bring in the biggest commissions of your career.Fed up with the same old sales results? Tired of advice from so-called sales gurus who don't actually sell for a living? Want to learn closing techniques from real-world doers? Account director, podcas... read more

Want to learn the insider secrets of the top 1% sales achievers? Discover the inspiring techniques of 20 sales VIPs so you can climb the ranks and bring in the biggest commissions of your career.Fed up with the same old sales results? Tired of advice from so-called sales gurus who don't actually sell for a living? Want to learn closing techniques from real-world doers? Account director, podcas... read more

Great Ceos Are Lazy: How Exceptional Ceos Do More in Less Time

Jim Schleckser

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 that great and lazy CEOs know a secret when it comes to time management. Rather than spending a little time on a lot of things, the best C... 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 that great and lazy CEOs know a secret when it comes to time management. Rather than spending a little time on a lot of things, the best C... read more

Better Richer Fuller: How Building Your Financial House Can Help Protect Your Loved Ones, Grow Your Assets, and Free You to Live the American Dream

Greg Powell

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 Financial House® and empower you to:Identify your goals and dreams and create a strategy for pursuing them.Ask the right (surprising) question... 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 Financial House® and empower you to:Identify your goals and dreams and create a strategy for pursuing them.Ask the right (surprising) question... read more

Stock Footage Millionaire: The Complete Insiders' Guide to Producing Stock Footage for Fun and Fortune

Robb Crocker

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 book if you want to learn how to research and find a profitable niche market; decide on the best equipment to buy; find, cast and direct ta... 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 book if you want to learn how to research and find a profitable niche market; decide on the best equipment to buy; find, cast and direct ta... read more

Women Make Great Leaders: Real-World Lessons to Accelerate Your Climb

Jill Griffin

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 next level and the next, and the next. They continually polish their talent with a capacity to work really hard, help others succeed, and... 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 next level and the next, and the next. They continually polish their talent with a capacity to work really hard, help others succeed, and... read more

The Fairness of Beasts (The Widow Walk Saga) (Volume 3)

Gar LaSalle

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 and cross enemy lines. The fate of her young family hangs in the balance, as does that of the entire nation. The risk she takes turns out ... 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 and cross enemy lines. The fate of her young family hangs in the balance, as does that of the entire nation. The risk she takes turns out ... read more

Earn Your Seat On a Corporate Board: 7 Actions to Build Your Career, Elevate Your Leadership, And Expand Your Influence

Jill Griffin

"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 on it. In their June 2011 Harvard Business Review article "Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women," Anita Woolley 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 on it. In their June 2011 Harvard Business Review article "Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women," Anita Woolley a... read more

The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children & Teenagers: How to Let Go of Excessive Stress, Anxiety and Worry and Raise Happy, Healthy, Resilient Families

Nick Ortner

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 an ever-changing world? Are my children happy and confident in themselves?In The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children & Teenagers, Nick... 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 an ever-changing world? Are my children happy and confident in themselves?In The Tapping Solution for Parents, Children & Teenagers, Nick... 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 market analysis and strategy. Rebel guides readers step-by-step through the process of defining their value in terms of market needs, asses... read more

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 market analysis and strategy. Rebel guides readers step-by-step through the process of defining their value in terms of market needs, asses... read more

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