Anthony Morais

Anthony Morais – Designer

Cover designer 14+ yrs that specializes in mass-market to indie cover designs for adult and YA. Happy to help you create a masterpiece cover


I have been cover designing in publishing for the last 14+ years. Recently I was working as the art director at Little Brown on the adult hardcover titles for James Patterson. Prior to working with Patterson, I have been freelance art directing and designing indie book covers from children to adults as well as some occasional interior and package for a number of publishers and award-winning authors. Open to all types of design work ranging from book cover design /packaging /product/branding.

I am outgoing, creative, communicative, and enjoy working with authors and editors through the design process. I can create designs for all genres but I really enjoy designing thrillers, horror, and suspense. stand-alone. I can design illustrations as well as illustrate accordingly for any project whether it is mass-market or indie, whether it be book cover or interior illustrations. If you are on a limited budget and need a complete cover design I am more than happy to tackle any project

Please find below a list of all the services I offer:

- Book cover design (including print and e-book)

- Book cover illustration

- Retouching

- Typography (custom and semi-custom)

- Advertising material (including social media banners)

I also provide design services, so if you require something not listed above please feel free to ask.

Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Humanities & Social Sciences True Crime
  • PRINT | HOW International Merit Awards | 2016 : Cover design for Fermented Man
  • PRINT | PRINT Regional Awards | 2015 :Book design for Waiting for the Electricity
  • AIGI/Design Observer 50|50 Covers | 2015 : Cover design for Invisible Streets
  • New York Book Binders Guild | 2015 : Book/Jacket design for Missing Reels
  • GD USA Magazine March | April 2014 American Package Design Awards: Book design for Island of Second Sight

Work experience


Apr, 2005 — Present

Freelance Art Director / Graphic Designer
Washingtonville, NY
- Works directly with clients to assess their needs and create tailor-made design solutions
- Designs book covers, book interiors, package designs, web, and other print-related designs
- Specializes in using freehand drawings in commercial designs
- Completed projects ahead of deadlines while working remotely from the home office

Little Brown / Hachette - New York, NY

Feb, 2017 — Feb, 2020 (about 3 years)

- Worked as adult hardcover art director for bestselling author James Patterson
- Designed 6-10 book covers per year and handled all of the jacket mechanicals
including photo retouching,clearing rights and photo research
- Drove change and innovation by improving work product and process
- Exclusively responsible for creative vision and design of James Patterson brand
adult hardcover titles as well as one some paperbacks.
- Worked closely with the Creative Director to schedule and prepare materials
for jacket meetings, as well as Sales and Marketing meetings
- Managed schedules of books to make sure key marketing and sales dates were met,
as well as the creation of sales materials, prepare materials for jacket meetings
- Assisted in overseeing the design process within the department
- Built supportive and constructive relationships within and outside of the organization
- Supervised out-of-house freelance photographers and designers as necessary
- Notable #1 New York Times bestselling covers: The Chef, Texas Ranger, All-American Murder,
Killer Instinct, Womens Murder Club series, Alex Cross series, Michael Bennett series, Harriet Blue series

Overlook Press

Jun, 2013 — Dec, 2016 (over 3 years)

- Designed 20-30 book covers covering 8-10 genres per season and handled all of the hardcover and
paperback mechanicals including photo retouching, photo illustrating, clearing rights, and photo research
- Worked closely with the editorial staff, freelancers, stock houses, and printing
- Notable covers: Waiting for the Electricity, Invisible Streets, Missing Reels, Island of Second Sight

Harper Collins Publishing

May, 2008 — Apr, 2013 (almost 5 years)

- Designed 4-5 hardcover covers per season and 30+ hardcover and paperback mechanicals per year
- Responsible for in-house production and preflight of mechanicals and separations for effects
- Worked effectively with internal colleagues and external vendors to complete projects
within a time frame
- Notable covers: Coolidge, Eels, Cronkite, Prague Winter, Steinbrenner, Got Fight

Anthony has 13 reviews





James K.

James K.

Mar, 2024

Excellent work. Incredibly professional. Excellent communication. I'd definitely work with this individual again.
Dianne O.

Dianne O.

Mar, 2024

I think Anthony is talented and has good interpretation given the project we did. He was enthusiastic and excited about my book and had good ideas for the cover design. He was, however, quite busy with his day job so it took a while to get things done, get responses and finish up the project. We are still not quite done, but hopefully soon. I would caution making sure you leave extra time for c...
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Christina F.

Christina F.

Feb, 2024

He did amazing brining my cover to life! I would definitely want to use him for my next cover. He's very talented and easy to talk with about what my cover needed. I love how he was able to match the dark theme to my last book cover also! I can’t brag enough about how talented he is. I can’t wait to use my cover. My only complaint was that sometimes it’d take a few days to get a response, but...
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Rick Y.

Rick Y.

Nov, 2023

Enjoyed the experience.
mary B.

mary B.

Oct, 2023

Anthony was amazing to work with. We started with some basic ideas and it morphed to a great cover that pops. He was very patient with me as I was slower getting back to him on questions and changes. I would definitely recommend him and hope to utilize his services again.
Anthony M.
Thank you, Mary. I'm pleased with the outcome of the final design of the cover. You were a pleasure to work with and I hope the book cover helps with sales. I really hope I get the opportunity to w...
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