Ashley Santoro

Ashley Santoro - Designer

Halton Hills, ON, Canada

Canadian Book Designer, and Illustrator. Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, YA, Women's Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries.

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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 Contemporary Romance, Chick-lit, Young Adult, and Women's Fiction. 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!


Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Chick Lit
Contemporary Romance
Cozy Mysteries
Young Adult

Certifications

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

Work experience

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (over 5 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 Harlequin Canada, Wattpad, Source Books, Tule Publishing, Rising Action Publishing, and Alcove Press/Crooked Lane Books.

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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Olivia, Among Others

Torino, Charlie

Ashley has 78 reviews

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Don Carey
I really enjoyed working with Ashley. The cover she designed for me is great, and she was very easy to work with.

Don Carey, November 2022


Wilma F.
I loved working with Ashley. She is not only a very talented designer but also a good listener who takes your idea and makes it way better than you could imagine. She is an excellent professional and kept working on our project despite a personal emergency that occurred. I would highly recommend her to others.

Wilma F., November 2022


Jeffrey Barker
I really enjoyed working with Ashley. In fact, we're still working together as we finish up the project. I was worried the payment deadline would be the end, but she's stuck with me to finish the job. I can be a bit of a perfectionist, and she never made me feel guilty for pestering her with minute changes, and she really took my ideas and made them better.

Jeffrey Barker, November 2022


Cortney Raymond
Ashley is extremely talented and delivered a beautiful book cover - one that I couldn’t have come up with on my own. She displayed dedication and professionalism when working on the project despite a personal emergency. I greatly appreciate her work on my project and would recommend her services to others.

Cortney Raymond, October 2022


H. K. Brown
Ashley has been fantastic to work with. Through everything, she managed to help me understand the process. It has been my first time working with a cover artist and using Reedsy. Ashley was patient and professional; she listened to every little thing I wanted to be changed and turned it into a cover I can be proud of. I look forward to working with her again in the near future.

H. K. Brown, October 2022

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