Ashley Santoro

Ashley Santoro - Designer

Welland, ON, Canada

Freelance Designer, Illustrator and Lettering Artist. Clients: Harlequin Canada, Source Books, Wattpad + more.

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Overview

I'm a Graphic Designer, who specializes in lettering based illustration. I have worked with commercial clients such as Harlequin, Harper Collin's, Hachette Book Group, Little Brown Company and James Patterson on a variety of book covers in genres such as Fiction, Young Adult, Children's, Mystery/Crime.

When I'm not working with commercial clients I work with self-published authors bringing their writing to life.
I have worked in genres such as Romance, Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Inspirational, Memoirs and Biographies.

I've always had a passion for book covers and design. I know they say "don't judge a book by its cover" but as a Designer, I always do!

I didn't know it was something I could get into until turning to freelance to make some extra money while working as an in-house Print Designer. I found my passion for hand lettering while drawing during my lunch breaks, continuously striving to get better.

My time and practice paid off when I discovered hand lettering was commonly used for book covers. That's when combined lettering and illustration and made them a continuous pair in my work.

My first project was working with James Patterson on his first Children's board book "The Candies".
From then on, I couldn't see myself doing anything else.
If it has a cover, count me in!

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Chick Lit
Contemporary Romance
Romantic Comedy
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Mohawk College - Graphic Design Digital Media Diploma
  • Sheridan College - Media Fundamentals

Work experience

Freelance Designer & Lettering Artist

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

As a freelance Designer and Lettering Artist, I handle all aspects of my business personally.
I have worked with clients from Wattpad, Harlequin Canada, Harper Collin's Canada, James Patterson, Little Brown Company and Hachette Book Group. I also work with local clients on their self-published projects.

Design Specialist

The Printing House
August, 2015 – July, 2017 (almost 2 years)

I started my career at The Printing House, working from Finishing to Print and eventually Design.
My time as a Designer was spent creating business stationery, large format projects and to my surprise book covers for self-published authors.

When designing books I was responsible for everything. Cover, Interior, Jacket, and Illustrations. It was a great learning opportunity and helped me discover my strengths as a Designer.

The Candies Save Christmas

James Patterson

Christmas candy characters come to life in this charming holiday board book from New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.No sugar, no fat.C'mon, take a look!The best Candies ever . . . Candies in a book!Treat yourself to the sweetest story you'll read this holiday! The Candies save Christmas when they rescue the loneliest, scraggliest little tree from the lot in a happy ending kids w... read more

Christmas candy characters come to life in this charming holiday board book from New York Times bestselling author James Patterson.No sugar, no fat.C'mon, take a look!The best Candies ever . . . Candies in a book!Treat yourself to the sweetest story you'll read this holiday! The Candies save Christmas when they rescue the loneliest, scraggliest little tree from the lot in a happy ending kids w... read more

False Alarm

Veronica Heley

The Little Book for Big Anxiety

Kyle Atkinson

A tried and tested guide for overcoming anxiety. The Little Book for Big Anxiety acts as a compass to help you navigate through the treacherous waters of life and escape from the clutches of relentless anxiety. This book was born from firsthand experience. The tips and suggestions in this guide are easy to understand and implement. Over many years, and much trial and error, this book was produ... read more

A tried and tested guide for overcoming anxiety. The Little Book for Big Anxiety acts as a compass to help you navigate through the treacherous waters of life and escape from the clutches of relentless anxiety. This book was born from firsthand experience. The tips and suggestions in this guide are easy to understand and implement. Over many years, and much trial and error, this book was produ... read more

Ashley has 17 reviews

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Lacey Locke
Ashley helped my dreams come true. With this being my first time publishing, I was surprised by a kind and professional soul who didn't mind answering my questions, no matter how silly. I absolutely cannot wait to work with her again!

Lacey Locke, October 2020


Rebecca Taylor
I highly recommend Ashley for your cover and interior formatting needs. She immediately got the concept for my cover (even before I really knew what I wanted!) and shared beautiful designs to choose from. Incredibly accommodating and friendly and excellent value for money. Hope to use Ashley again when I get my next book finished!

Rebecca Taylor, October 2020


Kate Burrows
Ashley was so helpful and patient. She was willing to make all the changes I wanted to make my vision come to life!

Kate Burrows, October 2020


Rebecca Joslin
I really enjoy working with Ashley. She has done two book covers for me now and both were just what i had imagined.

Rebecca Joslin, September 2020


Heidi Boyd
Ashley is amazing, talented, and professional. She is a delight to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone.

Heidi Boyd, September 2020

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