Carrie Kabak

Carrie Kabak - Designer

Kansas City, MO, USA

A production designer for Pan Macmillan and Hallmark Cards, I create covers for women's fiction, YA, historical fiction, and much more.

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Overview

My novel, Cover the Butter, was an Independent Booksellers' Pick published by Penguin Putnam, Little Brown, Archipel, Random House, and Gruner & Jahr. My essays appear in For Keeps and He Said What? (Seal Press), Exit Laughing (North Atlantic Books), Faith (Simon and Schuster), and Dumped (She Writes). My second novel is in progress. All this means I’m experienced in writing as well as design, which has its benefits when it comes to creating book covers! I’m also a regular guest consultant for UCLA essay courses.

Previously a designer, editor, and copywriter for two affiliate companies of Amazon.com, I now work full time as a production designer at Hallmark Cards. Specializing in the publishing industry, I was commended as an illustrator by Writer's Digest, named Artist of the Month by the Society of Children's Writers and Artists, and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer (Da Vinci Eye) Award for superior cover design. My clients, from the UK, USA, and Australia, include Amazon, Bookmasters, February Partners, McAllister PR, Nancy Berland PR, Greenleaf Group LLC, Friday Project, CreateSpace, PageWorks, Momentum, Pan Macmillan, The Bold and the Beautiful TV series, and Ali Smith Photography for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Bloomsbury, and Harper Collins.

Specializing in photo editing, layout, and lettering, I’m highly creative and dependable, and work with a variety of project budgets and deadlines.
Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Dystopian
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
History

Work experience

Production Designer

Hallmark Cards
January, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

Production Designer

Pan Macmillan & Momentum
January, 2008 – January, 2018 (about 10 years)

Production Designer

Self-employed
January, 1995 – Present (over 25 years)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Blitz Kid

Eliza Graham

London 1940. Young schoolgirl Rachel is alone and adrift in a stricken city as the Blitz reaches its most deadly stage and thousands die in nightly air raids. Her father is under arrest as a suspected spy, her mother seriously ill in hospital. As bombers pound the city each night, she struggles to survive in the blackout alongside London’s criminals and to unearth the real traitors. A young ma... read more

London 1940. Young schoolgirl Rachel is alone and adrift in a stricken city as the Blitz reaches its most deadly stage and thousands die in nightly air raids. Her father is under arrest as a suspected spy, her mother seriously ill in hospital. As bombers pound the city each night, she struggles to survive in the blackout alongside London’s criminals and to unearth the real traitors. A young ma... read more

The Happy Endings Book Club

Jane Tara

This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending ... or beginning, as they're often the same thing. Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the w... read more

This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending ... or beginning, as they're often the same thing. Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the w... read more

Ambitious Brew: A History of American Beer: Revised Edition

Maureen Ogle

AMBITIOUS BREW is the story of how beer became American. In the mid-nineteenth century, a wave of German immigrants, dismayed by Americans' penchant for whiskey and drunkenness, re-created their beloved, old-world bier culture. Fifty years later, the American-style lager beer they invented was the nation's most popular beverage---and brewing was the nation's fifth-largest industry, ruled by ti... read more

AMBITIOUS BREW is the story of how beer became American. In the mid-nineteenth century, a wave of German immigrants, dismayed by Americans' penchant for whiskey and drunkenness, re-created their beloved, old-world bier culture. Fifty years later, the American-style lager beer they invented was the nation's most popular beverage---and brewing was the nation's fifth-largest industry, ruled by ti... read more

Sovay

Celia Rees

In 1794 England, the beautiful Sovay dons a man's cloak and holds up stagecoaches in broad daylight. Posing as a highway robber began as a lark to test a suitor's devotion. But when she lifts the wallet of one of England's most dangerous men, Sovay begins to unravel a web of deceit and duplicity. Acclaimed author Celia Rees' talent for romance and intrigue are sure to thrill a paperback audience.

In 1794 England, the beautiful Sovay dons a man's cloak and holds up stagecoaches in broad daylight. Posing as a highway robber began as a lark to test a suitor's devotion. But when she lifts the wallet of one of England's most dangerous men, Sovay begins to unravel a web of deceit and duplicity. Acclaimed author Celia Rees' talent for romance and intrigue are sure to thrill a paperback audience.

Palace of Mirrors (2) (The Palace Chronicles)

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Cecelia looks like a peasant girl and lives in a village so small that it's not even on the map. But she knows that secretly, she is the true princess, hidden away as a baby to be kept safe from the enemies of the kingdon. A commoner named Desmia was placed on the throne as a decoy. Cecelia has always known that when it was safe, she would be taken out of hiding and returned to her rightful pl... read more

Cecelia looks like a peasant girl and lives in a village so small that it's not even on the map. But she knows that secretly, she is the true princess, hidden away as a baby to be kept safe from the enemies of the kingdon. A commoner named Desmia was placed on the throne as a decoy. Cecelia has always known that when it was safe, she would be taken out of hiding and returned to her rightful pl... read more

Misadventures of Oliver Booth

David Desmond

Oliver Booth dreams of becoming one of the beautiful people of Palm Beach, but with his arrogant personality, his garish wardrobe, and his incompetent stewardship of an antique shop stuffed with gilded Mexican reproductions of classic French designs, there is nothing beautiful about him. Thus it is luck rather than merit that leads Oliver to hire Bernard Dauphin, a young French waiter at a ton... read more

Oliver Booth dreams of becoming one of the beautiful people of Palm Beach, but with his arrogant personality, his garish wardrobe, and his incompetent stewardship of an antique shop stuffed with gilded Mexican reproductions of classic French designs, there is nothing beautiful about him. Thus it is luck rather than merit that leads Oliver to hire Bernard Dauphin, a young French waiter at a ton... read more

Hallmark All Occasion Handmade Boxed Set of Assorted Greeting Cards with Card Organizer (Pack of 24)-Birthday, Baby, Wedding, Sympathy, Thinking of You, Thank You, Blank

Stock up for celebrations and events throughout the year with this set of individually-wrapped greeting cards with coordinating envelopes. Storage box features a magnetic closure and dividers to keep cards organized by occasion. Each card is individually crafted with special embellishments to elevate any heartfelt message. Buy this card assortment with confidence; the Hallmark brand is widely ... read more

Stock up for celebrations and events throughout the year with this set of individually-wrapped greeting cards with coordinating envelopes. Storage box features a magnetic closure and dividers to keep cards organized by occasion. Each card is individually crafted with special embellishments to elevate any heartfelt message. Buy this card assortment with confidence; the Hallmark brand is widely ... read more

Cover the Butter

Carrie Kabak

Returning home from an unsatisfying trip with her sports-buff husband to discover that their teenage son has thrown a party and wrecked her lovingly restored home, middle-aged housewife Kate Cadogan remembers her coming-of-age years and rediscovers her creative and resourceful nature. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.

Returning home from an unsatisfying trip with her sports-buff husband to discover that their teenage son has thrown a party and wrecked her lovingly restored home, middle-aged housewife Kate Cadogan remembers her coming-of-age years and rediscovers her creative and resourceful nature. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.

Cover the Butter

Carrie Kabak

Returning home from an unsatisfying trip with her sports-buff husband to discover that their teenage son has thrown a party and wrecked her lovingly restored home, middle-aged housewife Kate Cadogan remembers her coming-of-age years and rediscovers her creative and resourceful nature. A first novel. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Returning home from an unsatisfying trip with her sports-buff husband to discover that their teenage son has thrown a party and wrecked her lovingly restored home, middle-aged housewife Kate Cadogan remembers her coming-of-age years and rediscovers her creative and resourceful nature. A first novel. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

For Keeps

Nearly every aging woman has a complicated relationship with her body.For Keeps, an inspirational collection of personal essays from writers on their ever-changing bodies, will resonate with every maturing woman. Editor Victoria Zackheim brings together women with unique voices who have all struggled, at one time or another, to make peace with the bodies that at times they don’t even recognize... read more

Nearly every aging woman has a complicated relationship with her body.For Keeps, an inspirational collection of personal essays from writers on their ever-changing bodies, will resonate with every maturing woman. Editor Victoria Zackheim brings together women with unique voices who have all struggled, at one time or another, to make peace with the bodies that at times they don’t even recognize... read more

Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death (Io Series)

There’s nothing funny about dying … or is there? Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and 22 more share hilarious and moving stories of confronting death. Exit Laughing makes death more approachable as it reveals the funny side of “passing on.” As painful as it is to lose a loved one, Exit Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even healing. Best-selling au... read more

There’s nothing funny about dying … or is there? Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and 22 more share hilarious and moving stories of confronting death. Exit Laughing makes death more approachable as it reveals the funny side of “passing on.” As painful as it is to lose a loved one, Exit Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humor can help us with coping and even healing. Best-selling au... read more

He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed

Victoria Zackheim

I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement—and our lives are turned upside down forever.In He Said What?, twenty-six gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably. Joyce Maynard reveals the profound humiliation and trauma she suff... read more

I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement—and our lives are turned upside down forever.In He Said What?, twenty-six gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably. Joyce Maynard reveals the profound humiliation and trauma she suff... read more

Second Chances: The Bold and the Beautiful

Ros Baxter

Brand new stories with the characters you love from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.It's the anniversary of Phoebe's death and Steffy is overwhelmed by the memories of her twin.Rick knows just how Steffy is feeling. He, too, is thinking of Phoebe and the accident.When Liam sees Rick and Steffy comforting each other, he is furious and demands that Steffy choose either Rick or him. Brooke tells Rick ... read more

Brand new stories with the characters you love from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.It's the anniversary of Phoebe's death and Steffy is overwhelmed by the memories of her twin.Rick knows just how Steffy is feeling. He, too, is thinking of Phoebe and the accident.When Liam sees Rick and Steffy comforting each other, he is furious and demands that Steffy choose either Rick or him. Brooke tells Rick ... read more

Collision Course: The Bold and the Beautiful

Shannon Curtis

Brand new stories with the characters you love from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.Bill can't get the plane crash out of his head.Flashbacks and nightmares plague his sleep, and his only escape is a bottle of Scotch.He's fooled everyone with his bravado-everyone except Taylor, who realizes he has post-traumatic stress disorder.She tricks him into accompanying her to a PTSD clinic and, slowly, Bill... read more

Brand new stories with the characters you love from THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.Bill can't get the plane crash out of his head.Flashbacks and nightmares plague his sleep, and his only escape is a bottle of Scotch.He's fooled everyone with his bravado-everyone except Taylor, who realizes he has post-traumatic stress disorder.She tricks him into accompanying her to a PTSD clinic and, slowly, Bill... read more

Heart's Desire: The Bold and the Beautiful

Amy Andrews

Taylor is being threatened by a stalker in New York.Rick Forrester is in town for Fashion Week and insists on helping her through this trauma.They enjoy their days together but when they kiss in Central Park, the moment is 'snapped' by the paparazzi.The next day, their kiss is on the front page of every scandal sheet in the country.And so the fallout begins ...

Taylor is being threatened by a stalker in New York.Rick Forrester is in town for Fashion Week and insists on helping her through this trauma.They enjoy their days together but when they kiss in Central Park, the moment is 'snapped' by the paparazzi.The next day, their kiss is on the front page of every scandal sheet in the country.And so the fallout begins ...

Blindsided by Love: The Bold and the Beautiful

Hilary Rose

Caroline has left Forrester Creations, heartbroken after her divorce from Rick.Ridge senses Caroline's pain for he, too, is reeling from heartache but he is drawn to her spark and smile.When Ridge is injured in a wildfire in Malibu Canyon, Caroline returns to Forrester Creations to help them with a fashion fundraiser.Rick and Ridge begin a battle for Caroline's heart. But who can she trust?

Caroline has left Forrester Creations, heartbroken after her divorce from Rick.Ridge senses Caroline's pain for he, too, is reeling from heartache but he is drawn to her spark and smile.When Ridge is injured in a wildfire in Malibu Canyon, Caroline returns to Forrester Creations to help them with a fashion fundraiser.Rick and Ridge begin a battle for Caroline's heart. But who can she trust?

Dangerous Love: The Bold and the Beautiful

Ros Baxter

Donna is convinced that Eric is the man she needs to get her life back on track.But then Ridge returns to Forrester Creations determined, it seems, to tease and taunt her.When Donna, Eric and Ridge travel to the South of France for a photo shoot, Donna thinks that, finally, Eric is about to reveal his love for her.But a yachting accident changes everything ...

Donna is convinced that Eric is the man she needs to get her life back on track.But then Ridge returns to Forrester Creations determined, it seems, to tease and taunt her.When Donna, Eric and Ridge travel to the South of France for a photo shoot, Donna thinks that, finally, Eric is about to reveal his love for her.But a yachting accident changes everything ...

Dumped

Nina Gaby

Candid, relatable stories by established and emerging women writers about being discarded by someone from whom they expected more: a close female friend. There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., and Thelma and Louise made history. When a romantic relationship breaks up, no problem—t... read more

Candid, relatable stories by established and emerging women writers about being discarded by someone from whom they expected more: a close female friend. There are 161 million women in America today, and our friendships are still as primary and universal as back when Ruth and Naomi, Elizabeth and Susan B., and Thelma and Louise made history. When a romantic relationship breaks up, no problem—t... read more

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