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Dan Van Oss

Dan Van Oss - Designer

Solon, Iowa, USA

I specialize in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Thriller covers, and will work with you to make sure your cover is both creative and commercial.

Overview

It's now well-known among authors that you *can* judge a book by its cover. It can make the difference between rejection and acceptance, whether it's a reader, a publisher, or a promoter. Here's a quote from one of my customers: "Dan just did a cover for me and I was very pleased. Prompt and professional. This was a title on my backlist which was in need of an updated cover. I had submitted it to RobinReads back in late March for a promo, but was rejected. I resubmitted this week with a new cover and was accepted immediately." - Dave B.

I'd like to help you make your book be the best it can. I love working on covers for all genres, but especially Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Thrillers.

Your project will get exclusive attention. Can’t help it; I'm a detail addict. I won’t stop until every last flare, grunge and text tweak in your design are perfect, whether it’s a pre-made cover, a redesign for an old title, or full custom package.

I've had 20 years of digital design experience, first with a large music company, where I handled the graphic design and layout of their national music education catalog, and next with a large church, where I designed everything from logos to CD covers to weekly series graphics. I also have extensive marketing and web design experience, and I'm a writer myself, so I know the necessity of having a well-presented brand that includes a top-notch, genre-specific cover.

Services
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Dystopian Fantasy Horror Paranormal Romance Science Fiction Thriller Urban Fantasy Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Graphic Design

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Marketing and Web Site Design

Parkview Church
October, 2004 – June, 2016 (over 11 years)

Marketing and Graphic Design

West Music
May, 1989 – October, 2004 (over 15 years)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Mad Outta Me Head: Addiction and Underworld from Ireland to Colombia

Colin Post

Mad Outta Me Head follows the life of Christopher Kavanagh from Dublin, Ireland to Bogotá, Colombia. Along the way is an unbelievable story of addiction and underworld."The Mick" was the nickname given to Christopher Kavanagh when his stories first appeared on the Expat Chronicles blog. A case could be made that sexual abuse by Catholic priests or his IRA family connections contributed to his ... read more

Mad Outta Me Head follows the life of Christopher Kavanagh from Dublin, Ireland to Bogotá, Colombia. Along the way is an unbelievable story of addiction and underworld."The Mick" was the nickname given to Christopher Kavanagh when his stories first appeared on the Expat Chronicles blog. A case could be made that sexual abuse by Catholic priests or his IRA family connections contributed to his ... read more

The Forum

Luis Samways

Somewhere deep within the underbelly of London lies a place of fear and everlasting violence. It’s a place where death lingers. A place where screams are muffled and lives are taken. This secret place is run by a maniac named Mr. Big Bucks. He envisions an underground club where he can live out his wildest fantasies. Fantasies that see members of his club going against each other for his enjoy... read more

Somewhere deep within the underbelly of London lies a place of fear and everlasting violence. It’s a place where death lingers. A place where screams are muffled and lives are taken. This secret place is run by a maniac named Mr. Big Bucks. He envisions an underground club where he can live out his wildest fantasies. Fantasies that see members of his club going against each other for his enjoy... read more

Shopping Survival Guide for Men: How a Guy Can Survive a Shopping Experience Without Having to Gnaw His Own Arm Off (Survival Guides for Men Book 1)

Dan Van Oss

A frank and hilarious guide to every man’s mind-numbing nemesis: Shopping."In one word, hysterical."Guys: spent one too many Saturdays marooned at The Mall? Rejuvenate your manhood with the Shopping Survival Guide for Men. This indispensable sanity-saver exposes the hidden history and insidious psychology of shopping (Hint: it’s crazy), plus cool-headedly guides you through the treacherous, cr... read more

A frank and hilarious guide to every man’s mind-numbing nemesis: Shopping."In one word, hysterical."Guys: spent one too many Saturdays marooned at The Mall? Rejuvenate your manhood with the Shopping Survival Guide for Men. This indispensable sanity-saver exposes the hidden history and insidious psychology of shopping (Hint: it’s crazy), plus cool-headedly guides you through the treacherous, cr... read more

Judgement: A Shadows and Light Short Story

Hayley Camille

In the shadow of Mortwood Forest dwells the most prolific murderer of the Kingdom. The curse he carries, however, may also make him their saviour.In a world where magic is lost and innocence is stolen, a prophecy begins. The darkest intentions hidden within every man's soul are exposed, as Shadows and Light, and only one has the power to Judge them. But he is not what you expect...

In the shadow of Mortwood Forest dwells the most prolific murderer of the Kingdom. The curse he carries, however, may also make him their saviour.In a world where magic is lost and innocence is stolen, a prophecy begins. The darkest intentions hidden within every man's soul are exposed, as Shadows and Light, and only one has the power to Judge them. But he is not what you expect...

The Kurt Vetter Trilogy (The Reluctant Hero)

William Esmont

All ex CIA-analyst Kurt Vetter wants is some peace and solace after facing loss after loss. But fate has other plans for this reluctant hero. Danger and destruction pull him back into a world he thought he left long ago. Teaming up with Amanda Carter, an enigmatic woman of strength and confidence, they take on perilous and death-defying missions in this three-book Reluctant Hero Series. Grab o... read more

All ex CIA-analyst Kurt Vetter wants is some peace and solace after facing loss after loss. But fate has other plans for this reluctant hero. Danger and destruction pull him back into a world he thought he left long ago. Teaming up with Amanda Carter, an enigmatic woman of strength and confidence, they take on perilous and death-defying missions in this three-book Reluctant Hero Series. Grab o... read more

Educating Anthony (The Captain's Orders Series Book 3)

Kara Keen

She has a gift for creating success—except in her love life.Liz Carleton built her wildly successful public relations firm from the ground up, and now she’s looking to expand her sexy nightclub, La Vida. But after years of relationships that broke her heart, she’s hit forty without a family of her own. She wanted Plan A, get married and have kids…Now it’s time for Plan B!Thrilled to discover i... read more

She has a gift for creating success—except in her love life.Liz Carleton built her wildly successful public relations firm from the ground up, and now she’s looking to expand her sexy nightclub, La Vida. But after years of relationships that broke her heart, she’s hit forty without a family of her own. She wanted Plan A, get married and have kids…Now it’s time for Plan B!Thrilled to discover i... read more

Law of Five (A Kate Reid Novel Book 2)

Robin Mahle

Kate Reid thought her past was long buried, but one man's obsession could threaten her future. "A gripping, psychological mystery" - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review The nationwide manhunt for a killer begins and the media quickly dubs him the “Highway Hunter.” Bodies left roadside on display with horrific markings; a calling card. But this case is miles away from Katie Reid and Detective Marsh... read more

Kate Reid thought her past was long buried, but one man's obsession could threaten her future. "A gripping, psychological mystery" - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review The nationwide manhunt for a killer begins and the media quickly dubs him the “Highway Hunter.” Bodies left roadside on display with horrific markings; a calling card. But this case is miles away from Katie Reid and Detective Marsh... read more

The Pretty Ones (A Kate Reid Novel Book 6)

Robin Mahle

A string of inexplicable murders brings Special Agent Kate Reid back to familiar grounds in this latest action-packed thriller. It’s no secret Los Angeles is known for beautiful people, and when victims begin to turn up on the streets of South L.A., beauty seems to be the sole motivation of a vicious killer. With prompting from long-time friend and reporter, Marc Aguilar, Special Agent Kate Re... read more

A string of inexplicable murders brings Special Agent Kate Reid back to familiar grounds in this latest action-packed thriller. It’s no secret Los Angeles is known for beautiful people, and when victims begin to turn up on the streets of South L.A., beauty seems to be the sole motivation of a vicious killer. With prompting from long-time friend and reporter, Marc Aguilar, Special Agent Kate Re... read more

Deadly Dreams: A gripping suspense novel that will have you hooked (A Cooper and White Mystery Book 2)

Julia Derek

WHAT IF YOU KILLED SOMEONE IN YOUR SLEEP? When Lily Hartman goes to wake Annie, a visiting family friend, she discovers to her horror that the woman isn't sleeping in the guestroom. She's dead. Someone suffocated her the night before. Detectives Cooper and White are called in to solve the murder. They soon learn that beautiful Annie was really Lily's husband Rick's friend. Lily's DNA is all ov... read more

WHAT IF YOU KILLED SOMEONE IN YOUR SLEEP? When Lily Hartman goes to wake Annie, a visiting family friend, she discovers to her horror that the woman isn't sleeping in the guestroom. She's dead. Someone suffocated her the night before. Detectives Cooper and White are called in to solve the murder. They soon learn that beautiful Annie was really Lily's husband Rick's friend. Lily's DNA is all ov... read more

Sins of the Past: A riveting suspense novel that keeps you guessing until the end (A Cooper and White Mystery Book 1)

Julia Derek

YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM THE PAST...Stay-at-home mom Kate's life is turned upside down when her husband Diego is stabbed to death, leaving her with no means to support their toddlers. Detectives Cooper and White are put on the case, and their only lead is the unusual knife left at the crime scene. Kate insists neither Diego nor she have any enemies.It turns out that Diego may have more enemies than... read more

YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM THE PAST...Stay-at-home mom Kate's life is turned upside down when her husband Diego is stabbed to death, leaving her with no means to support their toddlers. Detectives Cooper and White are put on the case, and their only lead is the unusual knife left at the crime scene. Kate insists neither Diego nor she have any enemies.It turns out that Diego may have more enemies than... read more

The Wedding Stipulation

Faye Larson

It was like something out of a Victorian novel: Kenneth's friend, Bradley, had to marry or forfeit his father's inheritance. Back then, the hero of such a tale would have their hands tied. Today they could sue.Bradley, meanwhile, had an alternative. He doesn't believe in romantic love but he believes in them. He will fight the outdated clause... by marrying Kenneth.One kiss, though, and both h... read more

It was like something out of a Victorian novel: Kenneth's friend, Bradley, had to marry or forfeit his father's inheritance. Back then, the hero of such a tale would have their hands tied. Today they could sue.Bradley, meanwhile, had an alternative. He doesn't believe in romantic love but he believes in them. He will fight the outdated clause... by marrying Kenneth.One kiss, though, and both h... read more

Metal Samaritan

Martin J. Lajoie

A custodian robot working on an orbital transport station at the edge of the galaxy stumbles upon an unusual package while on duty. It had found lost objects before but nothing like this, and matters are further complicated when dangerous space raiders enter the picture.Metal Samaritan is a 11,400 words Science-Fiction novelette.

A custodian robot working on an orbital transport station at the edge of the galaxy stumbles upon an unusual package while on duty. It had found lost objects before but nothing like this, and matters are further complicated when dangerous space raiders enter the picture.Metal Samaritan is a 11,400 words Science-Fiction novelette.

Synapses: Novella

DJ Erfert

Listening to other people’s thoughts can be fatal. After a horrific car crash robs Gabriella Williams of all her memories, she works to rehab her legs while trying to regain her lost power of speech—and to remember her husband who walked away from the wreck uninjured. With the help of a top doctor and his experimental speech therapy, Gabriella’s synapses are rerouted, awakening a part of her b... read more

Listening to other people’s thoughts can be fatal. After a horrific car crash robs Gabriella Williams of all her memories, she works to rehab her legs while trying to regain her lost power of speech—and to remember her husband who walked away from the wreck uninjured. With the help of a top doctor and his experimental speech therapy, Gabriella’s synapses are rerouted, awakening a part of her b... read more

the Acquisition of Swords (the New Age Saga Book 1)

Timothy A Ray

It was said that in England’s darkest hour that Merlin would return…2,000 years have passed since the fall of Mankind and an evil long thought extinguished has returned. The Phoenix has risen and her armies are on the move.In a desperate attempt to save the free races, Merlin sets out with a small band of heroes in search of the sword of legend; Excalibur, in hopes that by giving it to the Elv... read more

It was said that in England’s darkest hour that Merlin would return…2,000 years have passed since the fall of Mankind and an evil long thought extinguished has returned. The Phoenix has risen and her armies are on the move.In a desperate attempt to save the free races, Merlin sets out with a small band of heroes in search of the sword of legend; Excalibur, in hopes that by giving it to the Elv... read more

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