Colleen Cunningham

Colleen Cunningham - Designer

Boston, MA, USA

Senior book designer at an imprint of a big five publisher offering twenty-three years of experience in book design and layout.

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Overview

You have your book cover beautifully designed and your manuscript carefully edited. I'm ready to make your galleys come to life and complete the package!

I'm a professional book designer with twenty-three years of experience in trade book design and layout, as well as ebook production. My specialties include fiction, self-help, inspiration, lifestyle, and cookbooks. I also have experience typesetting for university presses, science journals, and textbooks.

Whether your manuscript is straight text /or/ multicolumn with images, sidebars, tables, charts, the sun and the moon /or/ in between, you can feel confident that your book layouts will be crafted with a strong sense of information hierarchy, ease of legibility, and visual appeal to shine in the marketplace...in short, the level of professional attention that it deserves.

Teaching book production is as fun as actually doing it! I've taught ebook production as an adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston. Additional venues at which I have presented and taught include the Minnesota Book Publisher's Roundtable, Tech Forum's Ebookcraft, Digital Book World Conference, HOW Design Conference, Boston InDesign User Group, PePCON, Book Builders of Boston Spring Forum Series, The Art Institute of Boston, Creative Relay, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

My bookshelves are filled with graphic design books and my mug is full of coffee. It's time to work!

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Entertainment
Home & Garden
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Boston Page Pro

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (almost 17 years)

This is the name under which I freelance.

Senior Book Designer

Adams Media
April, 2000 – Present (over 21 years)

PRINT BOOKS: Create original designs and pages for one-, two-, and four-color book interiors / Ensure consistency across series titles / Train junior designers / Input corrections into page proofs / Package interior files for uploading to printers / Created and update the Production Department manual; EBOOKS: Prepare EPUB3/2 and KF8 files that pass validation / Conduct QA on outsourced ebooks and provide technical feedback / Review backlist ebooks for QA and user experience / Keep up-to-date with current developments in ebook standards and specifications for all major ebook vendors, including Amazon, Apple, and Barnes and Noble

Adjunct Professor

Emerson College
September, 2012 – December, 2015 (about 3 years)

Teach ebook production in the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate program

Textbook Typesetter

Laurel Technical Services
October, 1999 – April, 2000 (6 months)

Paginate text, tables, and graphics / Input corrections into page proofs

Book and Journal Typesetter

Peirce Graphic Services
June, 1996 – August, 1999 (about 3 years)

Create book designs and layouts / Typeset articles in journal templates / Input corrections into page proofs

Production Artist

Fort Pierce Tribune
May, 1992 – June, 1996 (about 4 years)

Paste-up section fronts, inside pages, and the classified section for the daily editions of the newspaper / Design and typeset advertisements

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The I Love My Instant Pot® Recipe Book: From Trail Mix Oatmeal to Mongolian Beef BBQ, 175 Easy and Delicious Recipes ("I Love My" Series)

Michelle Fagone

The cookbook that makes using your Instant Pot easier than ever! This is the must-have cookbook for the must-have appliance—the Instant Pot!The Instant Pot has been taking the culinary world by storm—and for good reason. It can speed up cooking by almost six times while using seventy percent less energy than traditional cooking methods. The “I Love My Instant Pot” Recipe Book features deliciou... read more

The cookbook that makes using your Instant Pot easier than ever! This is the must-have cookbook for the must-have appliance—the Instant Pot!The Instant Pot has been taking the culinary world by storm—and for good reason. It can speed up cooking by almost six times while using seventy percent less energy than traditional cooking methods. The “I Love My Instant Pot” Recipe Book features deliciou... read more

The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook: 300 simple and satisfying recipes without gluten or dairy

Audrey Roberts

300 gluten- and dairy-free recipes from popular food blogger Audrey Roberts to reset your eating habits to live a healthier life. Millions of people now suffer from celiac disease and food sensitivity. But switching to a diet without gluten or dairy not only benefits those with gluten sensitivity or lactose intolerance, but benefits anyone who needs more energy, wants to lose weight, or simply... read more

300 gluten- and dairy-free recipes from popular food blogger Audrey Roberts to reset your eating habits to live a healthier life. Millions of people now suffer from celiac disease and food sensitivity. But switching to a diet without gluten or dairy not only benefits those with gluten sensitivity or lactose intolerance, but benefits anyone who needs more energy, wants to lose weight, or simply... read more

The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games to Choose, How to Play, and the Best Ways to Win!

Bebo

Tabletop and board games aren’t just for rainy days or awkward family events anymore. As the game industry grows, people of all ages are jumping to play “the original social network.”In our ever-increasing technological world, playing old-school games is a welcome retreat from the overexposure to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media. Over the past few years, board games h... read more

Tabletop and board games aren’t just for rainy days or awkward family events anymore. As the game industry grows, people of all ages are jumping to play “the original social network.”In our ever-increasing technological world, playing old-school games is a welcome retreat from the overexposure to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media. Over the past few years, board games h... read more

The Everything Kids' Scratch Coding Book: Learn to Code and Create Your Own Cool Games!

Jason Rukman

Teach kids the concepts of coding in easy-to-understand language and help them develop games of their own with The Everything Kids’ Scratch Coding Book!Understanding computer science is becoming a necessity in the modern age. As our world shifts towards becoming increasingly more technical and automated, the ability to code and understand computers has become one of the most valuable skills an... read more

Teach kids the concepts of coding in easy-to-understand language and help them develop games of their own with The Everything Kids’ Scratch Coding Book!Understanding computer science is becoming a necessity in the modern age. As our world shifts towards becoming increasingly more technical and automated, the ability to code and understand computers has become one of the most valuable skills an... read more

Geeks Who Drink Presents: Duh!: 100 Bar Trivia Questions You Should Know (And the Unexpected Stories Behind the Answers)

Christopher D. Short

100 hilarious essays, based on blindingly obvious questions, from the creators of Geeks Who Drink—led by six-time Jeopardy! champion, Christopher D. Short.The best trivia questions are usually the ones that are right on the tip of your tongue—so obvious that you may not know the answer offhand, but you should. In Duh, America’s foremost masters of pub quiz, Geeks Who Drink, will take trivia lo... read more

100 hilarious essays, based on blindingly obvious questions, from the creators of Geeks Who Drink—led by six-time Jeopardy! champion, Christopher D. Short.The best trivia questions are usually the ones that are right on the tip of your tongue—so obvious that you may not know the answer offhand, but you should. In Duh, America’s foremost masters of pub quiz, Geeks Who Drink, will take trivia lo... read more

Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials: Inspiration for Constructing Tiny Homes Using Salvaged and Reclaimed Supplies

Ryan Mitchell

Join the tiny house trend! The tiny house movement is a big trend with a very small footprint. Extremely small house, with less than 1,000 square feet of space, are environmentally friendly, less expensive than typical homes, and often movable. Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials is full of ideas for using reclaimed materials and upcycled goods to construct a tiny house that is good for ... read more

Join the tiny house trend! The tiny house movement is a big trend with a very small footprint. Extremely small house, with less than 1,000 square feet of space, are environmentally friendly, less expensive than typical homes, and often movable. Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials is full of ideas for using reclaimed materials and upcycled goods to construct a tiny house that is good for ... read more

Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Indoor Plants to Help You Breathe Better, Sleep Better, and Feel Better All Year Round

Jon VanZile

This A-to-Z guide illuminates the numerous health benefits of 50 common, easy-to-grow houseplants along with detailed care instructions and beautiful illustrations of each plant.With plant-scaped rooms popping up all over Pinterest, style blogs, and home décor magazines, houseplants are the hottest home accessory right now—and for good reason. Plants are a quick and easy way to add life, color... read more

This A-to-Z guide illuminates the numerous health benefits of 50 common, easy-to-grow houseplants along with detailed care instructions and beautiful illustrations of each plant.With plant-scaped rooms popping up all over Pinterest, style blogs, and home décor magazines, houseplants are the hottest home accessory right now—and for good reason. Plants are a quick and easy way to add life, color... read more

Bushcraft Illustrated: A Visual Guide

Dave Canterbury

“An appealing coffee table book.” —The Wall Street Journal From Dave Canterbury—wilderness expert, New York Times bestselling author, and YouTube sensation—comes a fully illustrated guide to everything you need to know to hone your bushcraft, or wilderness survival skills, from types of shelter, to useful tools, to edible plants—and much more!Before you venture into the wilderness, learn exact... read more

“An appealing coffee table book.” —The Wall Street Journal From Dave Canterbury—wilderness expert, New York Times bestselling author, and YouTube sensation—comes a fully illustrated guide to everything you need to know to hone your bushcraft, or wilderness survival skills, from types of shelter, to useful tools, to edible plants—and much more!Before you venture into the wilderness, learn exact... read more

#FutureBoards: Learn How to Create a Vision Board to Get Exactly the Life You Want

Sarah Centrella

Learn to create the ultimate vision board to actualize the life you want with this essential guide!A #FutureBoard takes the idea of a vision board one step further—it’s a true visual representation of your desired future life. When utilized correctly, it can be a great tool to help you to turn your dreams into reality—and this book shows you how to do exactly that. #FutureBoards explains how t... read more

Learn to create the ultimate vision board to actualize the life you want with this essential guide!A #FutureBoard takes the idea of a vision board one step further—it’s a true visual representation of your desired future life. When utilized correctly, it can be a great tool to help you to turn your dreams into reality—and this book shows you how to do exactly that. #FutureBoards explains how t... read more

Simply Stitched with Appliqué: Embroidery Motifs and Projects with Linen, Cotton and Felt

Yumiko Higuchi

Embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi offers modern makers a fresh new spin on her beloved designs by combining embroidery stitches with hand appliqué. Learn how to use felt, cotton, and linen to create beautifully layered designs full of texture and contrast, then embellish with just a handful of basic embroidery stitches. With over 30 motifs inspired by nature, you’ll find designs for hydrangeas,... read more

Embroidery artist Yumiko Higuchi offers modern makers a fresh new spin on her beloved designs by combining embroidery stitches with hand appliqué. Learn how to use felt, cotton, and linen to create beautifully layered designs full of texture and contrast, then embellish with just a handful of basic embroidery stitches. With over 30 motifs inspired by nature, you’ll find designs for hydrangeas,... read more

The Lost Art of Handwriting: Rediscover the Beauty and Power of Penmanship

Brenna Jordan

Revisit the lost art of writing with these fun prompts, worksheets, exercises—and more!—and experience the many benefits of writing by hand, including increased focus and memory, relaxation, and creative expression.Writing by hand may seem passé in the digital age, but it shouldn’t be dismissed as simply an activity for grade schoolers—it offers countless benefits that have been studied by res... read more

Revisit the lost art of writing with these fun prompts, worksheets, exercises—and more!—and experience the many benefits of writing by hand, including increased focus and memory, relaxation, and creative expression.Writing by hand may seem passé in the digital age, but it shouldn’t be dismissed as simply an activity for grade schoolers—it offers countless benefits that have been studied by res... read more

Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep

Jennifer Williamson

The perfect bedside companion, with 200 affirmations that will help you get to sleep—and stay asleep—and wake up refreshed.One out of three American adults have trouble getting to sleep each night—chances are you’ve spent some nights either tossing and turning, or waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. This book helps you get into the best mindset for sle... read more

The perfect bedside companion, with 200 affirmations that will help you get to sleep—and stay asleep—and wake up refreshed.One out of three American adults have trouble getting to sleep each night—chances are you’ve spent some nights either tossing and turning, or waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. This book helps you get into the best mindset for sle... read more

Things to Do Before You're 30: The Try-It-Out, Get-It-Done, Live-It-Up List!

Jessica Misener

Make the most of your twenties with this must-have millennial bucket list featuring the essential skills, knowledge, and goals to achieve before reaching the big 3-0.There’s no time in your life like your twenties. Let Things To Do Before You’re 30 be your tour guide through this weird and wonderful decade, with advice on everything from traveling the world to learning new languages. In this s... read more

Make the most of your twenties with this must-have millennial bucket list featuring the essential skills, knowledge, and goals to achieve before reaching the big 3-0.There’s no time in your life like your twenties. Let Things To Do Before You’re 30 be your tour guide through this weird and wonderful decade, with advice on everything from traveling the world to learning new languages. In this s... read more

Simple Acts of Kindness: 500+ Ways to Make a Difference

Adams Media

Practice kindness every day with these easy, accessible activities that range from helping the elderly to supporting animal welfare to protecting the local environment.In Simple Acts of Kindness, you’ll discover many ways to bring help and happiness to those around you, including: -Calling your elderly relatives just to say hello -Bringing a box of doughnuts to the office to share with your co... read more

Practice kindness every day with these easy, accessible activities that range from helping the elderly to supporting animal welfare to protecting the local environment.In Simple Acts of Kindness, you’ll discover many ways to bring help and happiness to those around you, including: -Calling your elderly relatives just to say hello -Bringing a box of doughnuts to the office to share with your co... read more

The Self-Care Planner: A Weekly Guide to Prioritize You

Meera Lester

Incorporating self-care into your busy schedule has never been easier with this helpful, organized planner—including prompts, reminders, and checklists, so you can make your well-being a top priority. Set your self-care intentions and make time to achieve them! The Self-Care Planner helps you choose your wellness goals, offering weekly reminders, inspiration, and tracking so you can create a s... read more

Incorporating self-care into your busy schedule has never been easier with this helpful, organized planner—including prompts, reminders, and checklists, so you can make your well-being a top priority. Set your self-care intentions and make time to achieve them! The Self-Care Planner helps you choose your wellness goals, offering weekly reminders, inspiration, and tracking so you can create a s... read more

How to Overcome Shyness: Step-by-Step Instructions, Exercises, and Scenarios

Adams Media

Learn how to overcome shyness and increase your confidence in common social situations with this simple and approachable guide.In today’s world, we have come to rely so heavily on technology to communicate that it has led to increased anxiety for many when talking face-to-face. In How to Overcome Shyness, you’ll learn to step away from distractions, overcome your shyness, and be more successfu... read more

Learn how to overcome shyness and increase your confidence in common social situations with this simple and approachable guide.In today’s world, we have come to rely so heavily on technology to communicate that it has led to increased anxiety for many when talking face-to-face. In How to Overcome Shyness, you’ll learn to step away from distractions, overcome your shyness, and be more successfu... read more

Snow Falling

Jane Gloriana Villanueva

“Just the thing for a cold winter’s night between episodes.” —The Washington Post Book World “Fans of the show will undoubtedly enjoy the chance to read Jane’s book in real life.” —Entertainment Weekly It’s been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut!Jane the Virgin, the Golden Globe, AFI, and Peab... read more

“Just the thing for a cold winter’s night between episodes.” —The Washington Post Book World “Fans of the show will undoubtedly enjoy the chance to read Jane’s book in real life.” —Entertainment Weekly It’s been a lifetime (and three seasons) in the making, but Jane Gloriana Villanueva is finally ready to make her much-anticipated literary debut!Jane the Virgin, the Golden Globe, AFI, and Peab... read more

The Everything Learning French

Bruce Sallee, David Hebert

Learning a foreign language can be both challenging and intimidating. Lucky for you, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) makes it simple. Featuring easy-to-follow vocabulary lists, along with complete instruction on written and spoken grammar, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) will have you learning how to follow everyday language and carry on basic conv... read more

Learning a foreign language can be both challenging and intimidating. Lucky for you, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) makes it simple. Featuring easy-to-follow vocabulary lists, along with complete instruction on written and spoken grammar, The Everything Learning French Book (Enhanced Edition) will have you learning how to follow everyday language and carry on basic conv... read more

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