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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
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Dystopian Fantasy Horror Science Fiction Thriller Urban Fantasy Young Adult & Teen

Awards

  • Fiction Cover Design Award Winner for the July, 2017 Book Cover Designer Awards
  • Gold Star Winner in the August, 2017 Book Cover Designer Awards
  • Gold Star Winner in the June, 2017 Book Cover Designer Awards

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 (16 selected works)

No Justice

Sean Platt, David W. Wright

Two years ago, detective Mallory Black’s world was ripped to pieces when her daughter was murdered by a serial killer with an unspeakable fetish and the truly twisted desire to carry it out.Now the man who killed Mallory’s daughter is back, and if she doesn't act fast another child will die.Jasper Parish is a vigilante who punishes killers trying to escape traditional justice. Relying on the p... read more

Two years ago, detective Mallory Black’s world was ripped to pieces when her daughter was murdered by a serial killer with an unspeakable fetish and the truly twisted desire to carry it out.Now the man who killed Mallory’s daughter is back, and if she doesn't act fast another child will die.Jasper Parish is a vigilante who punishes killers trying to escape traditional justice. Relying on the p... 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

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 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

Breaking Into The Light (Dark Fey Book 3)

Cynthia A. Morgan

The Reviled are the enemy: merciless and untrustworthy, they embody brutality and devastation. The Fey of the Light have lived with these truths for millennia; daring to think otherwise invites tragedy.Gairynzvl was a Reviled Fey and lived the riotous life of all Dark Ones, yet now he is rescuing younglings from the darkness. The actions taken by him and his band of Liberators are fulfilling a... read more

The Reviled are the enemy: merciless and untrustworthy, they embody brutality and devastation. The Fey of the Light have lived with these truths for millennia; daring to think otherwise invites tragedy.Gairynzvl was a Reviled Fey and lived the riotous life of all Dark Ones, yet now he is rescuing younglings from the darkness. The actions taken by him and his band of Liberators are fulfilling a... read more

The Joker: A Thriller (The Meta-Human Series Book 2)

Julia Derek

A gang of bank robbers known as the Jokers has the authorities scratching their heads. The FBI believes the bank robbers consist of meta-humans—genetically engineered humans with superior abilities—because not only are they extremely elusive, but one of them outran a speeding car. Having experience with metas, Special Agents Gabi Longoria and Ian Armory are called in to catch them. Gabi and Ia... read more

A gang of bank robbers known as the Jokers has the authorities scratching their heads. The FBI believes the bank robbers consist of meta-humans—genetically engineered humans with superior abilities—because not only are they extremely elusive, but one of them outran a speeding car. Having experience with metas, Special Agents Gabi Longoria and Ian Armory are called in to catch them. Gabi and Ia... read more

Behind The Iron Curtain

Sonador Snow, Elizabeth N. Love

A lot has been written about communism and the life of people under its rule, but what about the true stories?The narrations Behind The Iron Curtain are all based on true stories, told by those who experienced them. These stories are expressed the way they remained embedded in their minds for the rest of their lives.What drives an old man and a crying boy to venture outside in the freezing nig... read more

A lot has been written about communism and the life of people under its rule, but what about the true stories?The narrations Behind The Iron Curtain are all based on true stories, told by those who experienced them. These stories are expressed the way they remained embedded in their minds for the rest of their lives.What drives an old man and a crying boy to venture outside in the freezing nig... read more

Knowledge Revealed (The Nememiah Chronicles Book 1)

D.S. Williams

After a tragedy, Charlotte Duncan moves to the small town of Puckhaber Falls. The unexpected kindness of the residents catches her by surprise, and one day, a fateful accident introduces her to Lucas Tine.Charlotte finds herself drawn to this man for reasons she cannot understand. What is it about Lucas that she finds so difficult to ignore?As time passes, she uncovers Lucas’s ancient past — a... read more

After a tragedy, Charlotte Duncan moves to the small town of Puckhaber Falls. The unexpected kindness of the residents catches her by surprise, and one day, a fateful accident introduces her to Lucas Tine.Charlotte finds herself drawn to this man for reasons she cannot understand. What is it about Lucas that she finds so difficult to ignore?As time passes, she uncovers Lucas’s ancient past — a... read more

The Nemesis Cell

Brian L. Porter

A group of women gather at a fertility clinic where Dr. Margherita Dumas offers a revolutionary, experimental treatment for their infertility problems. A year later, each of them gives birth to a healthy baby boy.Thirty years later, a killer begins to wipe out the children born as a result of Dumas’ programme. Detective Inspector Harry Houston and his team are assigned to piece together the ca... read more

A group of women gather at a fertility clinic where Dr. Margherita Dumas offers a revolutionary, experimental treatment for their infertility problems. A year later, each of them gives birth to a healthy baby boy.Thirty years later, a killer begins to wipe out the children born as a result of Dumas’ programme. Detective Inspector Harry Houston and his team are assigned to piece together the ca... read more

The Melting Dead

Doug Lamoreux

Flesh eating zombies? Like none you've ever seen. These are The Melting Dead: everything they grab catches fire. Everyone they touch dies. Everything they kill comes back from the dead.A secluded Mississippi River island is the perfect vacation getaway... until the space rocks land. An innocent family is killed by searing radiation. That same cosmic force returns Dad, sis, and the two boys fro... read more

Flesh eating zombies? Like none you've ever seen. These are The Melting Dead: everything they grab catches fire. Everyone they touch dies. Everything they kill comes back from the dead.A secluded Mississippi River island is the perfect vacation getaway... until the space rocks land. An innocent family is killed by searing radiation. That same cosmic force returns Dad, sis, and the two boys fro... read more

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