Amanda Kirk

Amanda Kirk – Designer

I have been an Art Director for over 15 years. I design non-fiction books (covers and interiors), happy to chat!

Overview

I have been an Art Director for over 15 years. I design books. For the last 4 years I have designed over 40 of them! All genres of books are equally exciting for me to work on! I have designed fiction and non-fiction such as cookbooks, self-help/psychology, and kids books. I can provide a range of services such as initial visual ideas, overall designs, cover designs, interior designs and templates. I can research and assign illustrations, we can use stock imagery. I can even produce entire photoshoots.
Services
Fiction
Children's
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Home & Garden Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2020 — Present

I design books! I offer my services ranging from initial book ideas through to preparing a book for print. I will design covers and/or interiors. I can research art, whether it be stock art or original. I can produce photoshoots for cookbooks. I can research the right illustrator for your book. I can assign illustration or find fun stock illustration packages for you.

Self-employed

Jan, 2019 — Oct, 2022 (over 3 years)

• Mentored, directed and managed a team of art directors and designers
• Worked with data analysts to create over 75 books on diverse subjects from cooking to sports. Through competitive analysis, detailed research, and prototyping, created multiple best sellers in various categories with thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon.
• Assigned complex photography and illustration programs which heavily focused on instructional design, including hundreds of instructional photos and illustrations.

Projects

Vegetable Stir Fry Cookbook: 70 Vegetable-forward Recipes for your Wok

I designed and photo directed this book. I really wanted to emphasize the action and energy of a wok in use. The result was a dynamic cover truly showing movement and drama. https://www.amazon.com/Vegetable-Stir-Fry-Cookbook-Vegetable-Forward-Recipes/dp/164876701X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3RTFG1F4KKUR8&keywords=Vegetable+Stir+Fry+Cookbook%3A+70+Vegetable-forward+Recipes+for+your+Wok&qid=1684523393&s=books&sprefix=vegetable+stir+fry+cookbook+70+vegetable-forward+recipes+for+your+wok%2Cstripbooks%2C131&sr=1-1

Habits: A 12-Week Journal to Change Your Habits, Track Your Progress, and Achieve Your Goals

A hugely successful book published March 2021, I designed the cover and interior, from initial outline/manuscript I came up with the concept and created a moodbaord for approval, followed by creating the artwork used.
https://www.amazon.com/Habits-12-Week-Journal-Progress-Achieve/dp/1648760899/ref=sr_1_16?crid=1HUISOFDE1R4I&keywords=habits+book&qid=1684522721&s=books&sprefix=habits+book%2Cstripbooks%2C92&sr=1-16

Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities to Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety and Stay Focused

The path to calm and inner peace (for you and your child) starts here―with Meditation for Kids. I designed the cover and interior, from beginning to end. I chose and assigned the illustrator. https://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Kids-Activities-Emotions-Anxiety/dp/1646115325/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2MISF4ND9EGG0&keywords=meditation+for+kids+book&qid=1684522037&s=books&sprefix=meditation+for+kids+book%2Cstripbooks%2C72&sr=1-3

Making Friends with Riley: A Friendship Book for Kids

I designed this book from beginning to end. This included the cover and interior of the book. I chose and assigned the illustrator and commissioned over 20 illustrations.

Empowered Girls: Activities and Affirmations for Empowering Strong, Confident Girls

Encourage girls to celebrate what makes them unique with this uplifting choice in empowering books for girls. I designed this book from beginning through to preparing the files for the printer. This included the initial concepts and the choice of illustrator. 5-star rating on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Empowered-Girls-Activities-Affirmations-Empowering/dp/1648766706

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Gregg H.

Gregg H.

Jan, 2024

I had a wonderful experience collaborating with Amanda Kirk on my recent self-published book "The Mixology Experience." Specifically, Amanda provided the cover design and interior of the book, transforming my bland 12 point Arial font file into a beautiful finished manuscript! I found Amanda to be amazingly creative, technically excellent, responsive, and detail-oriented. She provided numer...
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