Lindsey Cleworth

Lindsey Cleworth – Designer

Cover designer, illustrator, editor, and longtime publishing pro


I'm a book cover designer and illustrator who has been in the book biz in various roles for a decade. With years of experience working in house at real book publishers, I deliver covers and art that look anything but self-published. My services include:
- Book cover design
- Illustration

I understand the constraints of book budgets, so I like to be up front about my rates.
- Book cover designs are $500-$1,500
- Interior illustrations are $75-$500

I pride myself on being responsive and easy to work with. My goal is for you to love your book cover or illustrations, and I will work hard to ensure that you do.

Be sure to check out my portfolio at to ensure that my work fits your desired aesthetic.
Art Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Entertainment
Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Women's Fiction

Work experience


Aug, 2018 — Present

Chicago Review Press

Aug, 2015 — Mar, 2019 (over 3 years)

Design and illustrate book covers, web and print ads, and other marketing materials. Illustrate kids’ activity book interiors. Create publisher branding guides. Preflight files for printer.


Happiness is big business. Books, consultants, psychologists, organizations, and even governments tout happiness secrets that are backed by scientific findings. The problem is that all of this science is done by and for cis white men. And some of the most voca... read more
From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History is the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915-1990), a pioneer historian in the field that is now called Holocaust studies. Dawidowicz was a house... read more
Research is all about writing, but most PhD programs don't teach students how to produce the writing needed to get a PhD, publish research, or win fellowships and grants. Plus, the academic environment can feel as cold and harsh as the South Pole. But just as ... read more
Words like Thunder: New and Used Anishinaabe Prayers is a collection of poetry by award-winning Ojibwe author Lois Beardslee. Much of the book centers around Native people of the Great Lakes but has a universal relevance to modern indigenous people worldwide. ... read more
"Gut Botany charts my body / language living on indigenous land as a white settler and traveler," Petra Kuppers writes in the notes of her new poetry collection. Using a perfect cocktail of surrealist and situationist techniques, Kuppers submits to the work an... read more
Inspired by Machiavelli, modern philosophers held that the tension between the goals of biblical piety and the goals of political life needed to be resolved in favor of the political, and so they attempted to recast and delimit traditional Christian teaching t... read more
Life and Other Shortcomings is a collection of linked short stories that takes the reader from New Orleans to New York City to Madrid, and from 1970 to the present day. The women in these twelve stories make a number of different choices: some work, others don... read more
When China opened its doors in the 1980s, it shocked the world by allowing private enterprise and free markets. Dori Jones was among the first American correspondents to cover China under Deng Xiaoping, who dared to defy Maoist doctrine to try to catch up with... read more
Pirates are a perennially popular subject, depicted often in songs, stories, and Halloween costumes. Yet the truth about pirates—who they were, why they went to sea, and what their lives were really like—is seldom a part of the conversation. In this Seven Seas... read more
LETTERS TO A YOUNG FEMINIST is a visionary message from a leading feminist to the next generation of feminists. Phyllis Chesler discusses basic aspects of feminism, explains feminism's relevance in a world that has taken it for granted and derided it, and help... read more
Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America’s most popular spectator sport wasn’t baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (nev... read more
Black Bart was not the Old West’s only stagecoach robber, but he was the most famous. To many people, he was a folk hero: a robber who didn’t threaten or harm passengers. He was a bandit with a sense of humor who wrote poetry. In robbing at least 28 Wells Farg... read more
I Am Not Your Slave is the true story of a young African girl who was abducted from southwestern Africa and funneled through an extensive yet almost completely unknown human trafficking network spanning the entire African continent. As she is transported from ... read more
Phantom Lady chronicles the untold story of Hollywood’s most powerful female writer-producer of the 1940s. In 1933, Joan Harrison was a twenty-six-year-old former salesgirl with a dream of escaping her stodgy London suburb and the dreadful prospect of settling... read more
The Coroner's Jury found that the boy hanged in the school gymnasium had killed himself, but Sgt. Beef disagrees. He takes a job as a temporary school caretaker, abetted by the reluctant Townsend, Beef's biographer, whose brother is a master at the school. Bee... read more
When the police fail to arrest the seemingly obvious suspect in the murder of an eccentric millionaire with a croquet mallet, Sergeant Beef is called in to investigate
Lionel Townsend, Sergeant Beef's priggish biographer, has surprisingly found himself the prime suspect of a murder. When his aunt in Hastings is found poisoned, Townsend must turn to Beef for assistance. When an unpopular publisher is found hanged in the Cotsw... read more
Women and Madness

Phyllis Chesler

Feminist icon Phyllis Chesler’s pioneering work, Women and Madness, remains startlingly relevant today, nearly fifty years since its first publication in 1972. With over 2.5 million copies sold, this landmark book is unanimously regarded as the definitive work... read more
Fun and easy art-appreciation activities abound in this resource that features 75 American artists from colonial times to the present. A brief biography for each artist tells why his or her work is important, and a kid-tested art activity tries out the artist’... read more
Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to complete NASA’s 1961 Women in Space program. Funk breezed through the rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating those of many of the male candidates—even John Glenn. Just o... read more
In January 1940, navy nurse Dorothy Still eagerly anticipated her new assignment at a military hospital in the Philippines. Her first year abroad was an adventure. She dated sailors, attended dances and watched the sparkling evening lights from her balcony. Bu... read more

Lindsey has 9 reviews





Helen D.

Helen D.

Apr, 2021

This was a an expensive disappointing and stressful experience. It almost made me lose faith in Reedsy. The job took far more time than expected and was finally left uncompleted as the professional was unable to continue due to illness. I was left in the lurch and had to start all over again. Happily I was able to hire another professional who restored my faith in the process and exceeded all...
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Elizabeth C.

Elizabeth C.

Nov, 2020

I enjoy every interaction with Lindsey and am very happy with all her help. We have worked through two books together with excellent results. I highly recommend her.
Elizabeth C.

Elizabeth C.

Aug, 2020

Lindsey was absolutely amazing to work with. She was always on time, her work thoughtful and excellent. Her cover for my novel hit the nail on the head for my historical mystery and really set the tone for the launch of my first book. I couldn't be happier with our partnership.
Elizabeth C.

Elizabeth C.

Jun, 2020

I was very lucky to find Lindsey just when she had an opening in her schedule. As a first time independent author with a historical mystery series to publish I knew I needed to find someone with talent and a vision to help me develop just the right cover for the first book. Lindsey knocked it out of the park. Honestly, I don't know how I got so lucky. She was so patient with my questions and ha...
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Lindsey C.
Thanks, Elizabeth—this project was a blast to work on! Can't wait to to work with you again!
Lauren P.

Lauren P.

Mar, 2020

Lindsey was the consummate professional. She listened to my vision and then created beautiful options for me to choose from. She was prompt, receptive and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her and plan to use her for future projects.

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