Anne Glenn

Anne Glenn – Designer

Experienced Art Director having worked in 2 major Publishing houses, including Penguin, now freelance designing Adult and Children's books


I was Art Director at Macmillan Books for 17 extraordinary years, overseeing a team of 20 designers and was proud enough to be part of the success of so many of todays prestigious illustrators and authors including the phenomena that is Axel Schefler and Julia Donaldson's The Gruffallo. As well as exciting concept initiatives such as the million selling Buddy Buggies series and Fiction success the Princess Diaries. I have extensive experience of commissioning high profile globally successful illustrators like Chris Riddell, Tony Ross and Jill Murphy and work with many of the best loved children’s authors Frank Cotterell-Boyce, Meg Cabot and Judy Blume. Working previously at Penguin books, where I worked on Adults and Children's books, I was lucky enough to work with Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl and Alan Ahlberg. I have also been privileged enough to sit on the judging panel of the Macmillan Prize for many years, where we discovered such award-winning talent as Emily Gravitt, Rebecca Patterson and Joel Stewart.

Now as an established freelancer, I can provide extensive experience and a passion for book publishing and a sensibility for both literary and commercial books. Specialising in cover, brochure, poster design and all Sales and Marketing promo material, I can generate fresh, exciting, ongoing creative ideas in an increasingly competitive and complex environment. I have a thorough understanding of the aesthetic, content, and format strengths with the experience of handling the demands of a well-established consumer-focused publishing business. I work effectively with creative, marketing, sales, and other professionals across all levels of your organisation and balance creative integrity with business integrity and pride myself as a good communicator, informal and fun to work with.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Historical Fiction Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult

Work experience


Mar, 2013 — Present

Freelance book designer working on Children's and Adult covers and all marketing and promotional material for Harper Collins, Quarto Books, Bello, Macmillan Books

Pan Macmillan Books

Mar, 1997 — Nov, 2013 (over 16 years)

Art Director across the imprints of Macmillan, Kingfisher, Macmillan Children’s Books and Campbell Books. Overseeing 20 designers. Designing for the most prestigious international authors and illustrators.

Penguin Books

Mar, 1992 — Jan, 1997 (almost 5 years)

Deputy Art Director across all imprints, working with prestigious authors and illustrators like Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and Alan Ahlberg amounts a few.


Record of Sin

Jill McGown

From the bestselling author of The Inspector Lloyd and Sergeant Hill Series...Alan Blake's dead body is discovered at the bottom of a quarry. Above him, a group of people gather in the gloom near his abandoned Mercedes. They're all people whose lives he has to... read more
Behind Closed Doors

Miriam Halahmy (author)

Number 11, Princes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place... read more
Three Strikes

Kat Ellis, Rhian Ivory Lucy Christopher

The Clockwork Crow

Catherine Fisher

A magical story of snow and stars by Catherine Fisher. The Clockwork Crow is a mysterious gothic Christmas tale set in a frost-bound Victorian country mansion. When orphaned Seren Rees is given a mysterious package by a strange and frightened man on her way to... read more
'A darkly wicked thriller of revenge . . . a page turner' Parkersburg News & SentinelThe third in the bestselling Sisterhood series, Fern Michaels’ Vendetta continues the story of seven unlikely women bound by their unbreakable friendships, their dark pasts an... read more
Someone in the House

Barbara Michaels

An imposing stately home, Grayhaven Manor has been transported stone by stone from England to the isolated hills of Pennsylvania. An ideal summer retreat, the house calls to Anne and Kevin – it’s the perfect quiet spot to finally write the book they’ve been pl... read more
A Running Duck

Paula Gosling

Clare Randell has a problem with her boyfriend and a lazy San Francisco Sunday to think it over. That’s the Sunday she helps a passing stranger pick up the papers he’s dropped from his briefcase.From then on Clare’s problems get bigger and more dangerous. Some... read more
She senses their twisted desires before she meets them. It's as if fate is helping her stop these monsters from preying on others the way she was preyed upon. And after she has delivered brutal justice, she'll let the whole world see their guilt."I must pay fo... read more
One Man's Meat is part of The Year of Short Stories and is one of several digital shorts released to celebrate the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s magnificent seventh collection, Tell Tale.Taken from Jeffrey Archer's third collection of short stories, Twelve R... read more

Anne has 6 reviews





Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Dec, 2023

I got a very professional cover that made my books look like they were traditionally published. Anne really "got" it. She gave me tons of options and all my corrections were translated into something more artistic. Couldn't be happier.
Sandy H.

Sandy H.

Dec, 2022

Anne's work is amazing! She created a cover that totally reflects the heart of my children's book - with lots of color and action. She gave me a set of visual ideas to mix-and-match from, with slightly different color schemes, fonts, and pictures. She responded thoughtfully to my feedback and we quickly converged on the final cover. Excellent covers attract readers and Anne has given me a reall...
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Ben G.

Ben G.

Oct, 2022

Anne Glenn is a talented illustrator who captures the heart and tension of my middle grade books with such skill and artistry that I've used her numerous times. I unreservedly recommend her excellent work and good nature.
Jan C.

Jan C.

Sep, 2021

I love Anne's work - she has made some fantastic covers for my middle grade books that I'm so proud to show off. Her covers have given me the confidence to sell the books and promote through more traditional channels too. She gave me plenty of 'roughs' to choose from and then nearing the finished cover - variations on that. Honestly though, that made it even harder to choose - they were all s...
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Ben G.

Ben G.

Dec, 2019

Anne's work on THE EYE OF RA was phenomenal. I am immensely pleased with the high quality of her illustration, her cover design, and her all-around pleasant attitude toward this project. I could tell she really _cared_ about the book and making a cover that would both convey the feeling of the story and appeal to a middle grade audience. She is very talented and I would definitely hire Anne aga...
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