Ashley Santoro

Ashley Santoro - Designer

Halton Hills, ON, Canada

Canadian Book Designer specializing in Romance, Chick-lit, YA, Self-Help, and Guided Journals.

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Overview

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 Romance(contemporary and rom-com), Young Adult, and Self-Help.
This also includes activity books of all kinds and guided journals.

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 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!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing
Inspirational
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Chick Lit
Contemporary Romance
Cozy Mysteries
New Adult

Certifications

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

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

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 Wattpad, Source Books and Harlequin Canada.

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 52 reviews

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Lauren Jones
Ashley is a talented artist. She was professional and understood what I wanted for my book cover.

Lauren Jones, November 2021


Lauren Nelson
Ashley did great work, and I was very pleased with the results, though they were a bit late. I would hire her again.

Lauren Nelson, October 2021


Sarah Howley
Ashley was a pleasant person. Changes and corrections or updates to the work were completed in 3-5 days. She needed more direction than expected but once a vision was imparted, it went decently. Unfortunately, none of the deadlines were met. The timing could have been better managed, but the final product is wonderful.

Sarah Howley, October 2021


Catherine Downen
Ashley did an amazing job on my cover. I came to her with a very specific vision and she brought it to life. I loved the final product, and appreciated all the final files she was able to provide me (hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook, chapter typography, and even the individual pieces of the cover to use on my marketing material). My only complaint is issues we had with communication. A pr...
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Catherine Downen, October 2021


Julie Hall
Ashley was a delight to work with, it is clear from the beginning of collaborating with her that she cares about your work and has the ultimate goal of seeing you happy with the outcome. She provided valuable feedback and I could not be happier with the end results - thank you Ashley!

Julie Hall, September 2021

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