Ashley Santoro

Ashley Santoro – Designer

Book Designer, and Illustrator. Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, Rom-Com, YA, Women's Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. Accepting new projects!


I'm a Canadian Graphic Designer, who specializes in lettering-based designs and contemporary illustration. I work with clients both big and small, some notable companies are Wattpad, Harlequin Canada and Source Books.

Genres I work in are Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, Rom-Com, Young Adult, Women's Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries.

I also work on many projects such as guided journals and gifts!

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 also apply my knowledge to book interior projects.

I have a background in Print Design, where I worked in-house for 3+ years through every stage of the printing process. My knowledge of print is used every day. I want to provide everything I can to my clients to make the publishing process seamless and stress-free!

Projects typically take 2-4 weeks - I work on cover design and interior formatting for both print and ebooks.

Cost ranges from $500+ depending on Design/Illustration and complexity of the project.

Biographies & Memoirs
Chick Lit Contemporary Romance Cozy Mysteries Romantic Comedy Young Adult
  • Mohawk College - Graphic Design Digital Media Diploma
  • Sheridan College - Media Fundamentals

Work experience


Jul, 2017 — Present

As a freelance graphic designer, I provide services such as book cover design, interior formatting/typesetting, custom illustration, lettering, and branding to clients of all sizes.
Some notable commercial clients are Harlequin Canada, Wattpad, Source Books, Tule Publishing, Rising Action Publishing, and Alcove Press of Crooked Lane Books.

The Printing House

Aug, 2015 — Jul, 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.


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Bolen, Sydney

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Ashley has 101 reviews





Colin W.

Colin W.

Nov, 2023

Cary F.

Cary F.

Oct, 2023

So far, Ashley is doing a great job. She is working on my book cover design and has not yet started on my interior work because she does not yet have my manuscript.
Kim D.

Kim D.

Oct, 2023

This is my second project with Ashley and it was went just as smoothly as the first one! She is so talented, professional, and makes the cover design process feel effortless. Would definitely work with her again!
Sydney B.

Sydney B.

Oct, 2023

I absolutely loved working with Ashley. This was my first time self-publishing and she really brought my book to life. She was a great collaborator, patient, kind and really helped me throughout the design and upload process. I will 100% be using her in the future.
Kristy B.

Kristy B.

Sep, 2023

I can’t give a full review of Ashley’s work since she was unable to complete the job. While she was responsive to my messages, she failed to deliver drafts on two separate deadlines. At that point we decided to end the collaboration. She was pleasant during our interactions.

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