Donna G. Brown

Donna G. Brown - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Specializing in book design & production, I have worked with famous authors like Philip Roth and Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Overview

With eight years of experience at Penguin and HarperCollins, I am a seasoned book designer based in New York. My specializations include Production Management, Interior Book Design (includes endpaper & insert design), Promotional Materials and e-book conversion.

Why consider a designer who also specializes in Production? This kind of designer can better serve your needs, for they have a better understanding of the overall publishing process and can anticipate issues before they even arise. Additionally, they can advise you on aspects such as the best trim size for your book, and text stock to print on. Feel free to reach out with questions about projects & pricing!
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Classics
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
Art
Design
Photography

Work experience

Manager of Design & Production

Library of America
November, 2016 – Present (almost 5 years)

• Overseeing all aspects of book production for frontlist & reprint titles
• Designing jackets, flyers, spine dies for all titles and all in-house projects and campaigns
• Creating content for company social media accounts (marketing gifs & jpeg)
• Coordinating and managing all freelancers’ projects & designs
• Providing design guidance to typesetters, and freelancers to maintain in-house aesthetics

CEO & Creative Director

Self-employed
October, 2015 – Present (almost 6 years)

I started The Walnut Button in 2015 as my creative outlet outside of my day job. While I do focus primarily on freelance book design (interior layout, illustration, ebook conversion, and book production), I've also explored other mediums such as woodcut block design, and embroidery. Check out my portfolio website.

Digital Production

Penguin Random House
January, 2015 – November, 2016 (almost 2 years)

• Creating ebooks using print ready digital assets
• Quality–checking and archiving digital assets using in-house set standards

Production Manager

HarperCollins Publishers
August, 2010 – January, 2015 (over 4 years)

Overseeing all aspects of book production (from manuscript to bound book) for Harper Perennial,
Harper Paperback, Bourbon Street Books, Broadside Book and William Morrow imprints
• Creating and maintaining book schedules (1c and 4c books)
• Trafficking and routing of cover mechanicals
• Coordinating book components with authors, vendors, and in-house departments
• Budgeting plant and unit costs
• Overseeing accurate ebook conversion of titles to release concurrently with print book
• Color proofing 4c titles to match on press
• Designing spine dies for several HarperCollins imprints
• Creating e-galleys, ebooks & ePDFs

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Sleep with Strangers

Hitchens, Dolores, Cha, Steph

Sleep with Slander

Hitchens, Dolores, Cha, Steph

Fools' Gold

Hitchens, Dolores, Swierczynski, Duane

The Horizontal Man

Eustis, Helen, Finch, Charles

Albert Murray: Collected Novels & Poems (LOA #304): Train Whistle Guitar/The Spyglass Tree/The Seven League Boots/The Magic Keys/Poems (The Library of America)

Albert Murray

Complete in one volume for the first time, the joyous, jazz-saturated fiction of one of our foremost African American writers, including the four-novel Scooter sequenceOne of the leading cultural critics of his generation, Albert Murray was also the author of an extraordinary quartet of semi-autobiographical novels, vivid impressionistic portraits of black life in the Deep South in the 1920s a... read more

Complete in one volume for the first time, the joyous, jazz-saturated fiction of one of our foremost African American writers, including the four-novel Scooter sequenceOne of the leading cultural critics of his generation, Albert Murray was also the author of an extraordinary quartet of semi-autobiographical novels, vivid impressionistic portraits of black life in the Deep South in the 1920s a... read more

Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories Vol. 1 (LOA #296): Rocannon's World/Planet of Exile/City of Illusions/The Left Hand of Darkness/./stories (The Library of America)

Ursula K. Le Guin

The star-spanning story of humanity’s colonization of other planets, Ursula K. Le Guin’s visionary Hainish novels and stories redrew the map of modern science fiction, making it a rich field for literary explorations of “the nature of human nature,” as Margaret Atwood has described Le Guin’s subject. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a definitive... read more

The star-spanning story of humanity’s colonization of other planets, Ursula K. Le Guin’s visionary Hainish novels and stories redrew the map of modern science fiction, making it a rich field for literary explorations of “the nature of human nature,” as Margaret Atwood has described Le Guin’s subject. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a definitive... read more

Ursula K. Le Guin: Hainish Novels and Stories Vol. 2 (LOA #297): The Word for World Is Forest/Five Ways to Forgiveness/The Telling/stories (The Library of America)

Ursula K. Le Guin

The star-spanning story of humanity’s colonization of other planets, Ursula K. Le Guin’s visionary Hainish novels and stories redrew the map of modern science fiction, making it a rich field for literary explorations of “the nature of human nature,” as Margaret Atwood has described Le Guin’s subject. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a definitive... read more

The star-spanning story of humanity’s colonization of other planets, Ursula K. Le Guin’s visionary Hainish novels and stories redrew the map of modern science fiction, making it a rich field for literary explorations of “the nature of human nature,” as Margaret Atwood has described Le Guin’s subject. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a definitive... read more

Philip Roth: Why Write? (LOA #300): Collected Nonfiction 1960-2013 (The Library of America)

Philip Roth

America’s most celebrated writer returns with a definitive edition of his essential statements on literature, his controversial novels, and the writing life, including including six pieces published here for the first time and many others newly revised.Throughout a unparalleled literary career that includes two National Book Awards (Goodbye, Columbus, 1959 and Sabbath’s Theater, 1995), the Pul... read more

America’s most celebrated writer returns with a definitive edition of his essential statements on literature, his controversial novels, and the writing life, including including six pieces published here for the first time and many others newly revised.Throughout a unparalleled literary career that includes two National Book Awards (Goodbye, Columbus, 1959 and Sabbath’s Theater, 1995), the Pul... read more

The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin: A Library of America Special Publication

Space-opera heroines, gender-bending aliens, post-apocalyptic pregnancies, changeling children, interplanetary battles of the sexes, and much more: a groundbreaking new collection of classic American science fiction by women from the 1920s to the 1960sSF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling colle... read more

Space-opera heroines, gender-bending aliens, post-apocalyptic pregnancies, changeling children, interplanetary battles of the sexes, and much more: a groundbreaking new collection of classic American science fiction by women from the 1920s to the 1960sSF-expert Lisa Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling colle... read more

Rachel Carson: Silent Spring & Other Writings on the Environment (LOA #307) (Library of America)

Rachel Carson

The book that sparked the modern environmental movement, with an unprecedented collection of letters, speeches, and other writings that reveal the extraordinary courage and vision of its authorLibrary of America launches its Rachel Carson edition with this deluxe illustrated volume presenting one of the landmark books of the twentieth century together with rare letters, speeches, and other wri... read more

The book that sparked the modern environmental movement, with an unprecedented collection of letters, speeches, and other writings that reveal the extraordinary courage and vision of its authorLibrary of America launches its Rachel Carson edition with this deluxe illustrated volume presenting one of the landmark books of the twentieth century together with rare letters, speeches, and other wri... read more

Some Chinese Ghosts: A Library of America eBook Classic (Library of America E-Book Classics)

Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn was one of the most extraordinary figures in America literature, a journalist and novelist who became, later in life, a major literary icon in his adopted nation of japan. Some Chinese Ghosts (1887), a stylized retelling of ancient legends, was one of his earliest books, a foreshadowing of his later fascination with Asian themes. This collection of six stories reveals his deep f... read more

Lafcadio Hearn was one of the most extraordinary figures in America literature, a journalist and novelist who became, later in life, a major literary icon in his adopted nation of japan. Some Chinese Ghosts (1887), a stylized retelling of ancient legends, was one of his earliest books, a foreshadowing of his later fascination with Asian themes. This collection of six stories reveals his deep f... read more

Dangerous People: The Complete Text of Ursula K Le Guin's Kesh Novella: A Library of America eBook Classic

Ursula K. Le Guin

When it was first published in 1985, Ursula K. Le Guin’s ambitious and experimental novel Always Coming Home, a tapestry of interwoven stories, poems, histories, myths, and anthropological reports from the fictional Kesh society, included one chapter from a short novel called Dangerous People by Arravna, or Wordriver, which Le Guin had “translated” from the Kesh, the invented language of an in... read more

When it was first published in 1985, Ursula K. Le Guin’s ambitious and experimental novel Always Coming Home, a tapestry of interwoven stories, poems, histories, myths, and anthropological reports from the fictional Kesh society, included one chapter from a short novel called Dangerous People by Arravna, or Wordriver, which Le Guin had “translated” from the Kesh, the invented language of an in... read more

Donna G. has 5 reviews

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Lauren Thompson
Donna was a joy to with. She was quick and thorough.

Lauren Thompson, April 2021


Chris Berkness
Donna did an excellent job editing my manuscript.

Chris Berkness, March 2019


Abbot Granoff
Formatting collaboration with Donna Brown lasted 6 months. I was expecting it to be finished much sooner. She seemed to have a somewhat negative attitude as compared to the editor I worked with. Her work seemed to be more of a chore than a fulfilling collaboration. We went through 12 passes of the manuscript. The first 3 produced new problems such as all words in a sentence put together without...
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Abbot Granoff, March 2019


N.S. Elizabeth
I LOVE HER! She not only has good taste and gives you the perfect budget but is able to give you multiple options, most of which are very VERY difficult to choose from!That's just how great she is! Bottom line, if you want your book cover designed or fixed, go to Donna G. Brown.

N.S. Elizabeth, July 2018


Mark Levin
We had a good time and are now finished with Book Design unless we find an error we need to be fixed

Mark Levin, July 2018

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