Dan Van Oss

Dan Van Oss - Designer Tick

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.

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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.

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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 (about 2 years)

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 (21 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

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

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

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.

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

Zodiac: Operation Zodiac

A.J. Markam

Operation Zodiac - where man becomes machine, and machine becomes man.It's the year 2021, and the U.S. Military has created the ultimate weapon in Zodiac - an elite unit of soldiers using bleeding-edge tech, where mechanized armor and experimental physics combine to create the biggest tactical advantage in warfare since the atom bomb.However, a group of international mercenaries seems to know ... read more

Operation Zodiac - where man becomes machine, and machine becomes man.It's the year 2021, and the U.S. Military has created the ultimate weapon in Zodiac - an elite unit of soldiers using bleeding-edge tech, where mechanized armor and experimental physics combine to create the biggest tactical advantage in warfare since the atom bomb.However, a group of international mercenaries seems to know ... read more

Sealing Fate

David P. Warren

Successful attorney and newly elected congressman Brian Madsen has a beautiful wife and a great career. He has done everything right.Until now.At his inaugural, a congratulatory kiss from a campaign worker leads to passionate lovemaking. He waits for guilt to find him, but instead becomes embroiled in an affair, and his fate is sealed. A single decision in a moment of passion changes Brian's l... read more

Successful attorney and newly elected congressman Brian Madsen has a beautiful wife and a great career. He has done everything right.Until now.At his inaugural, a congratulatory kiss from a campaign worker leads to passionate lovemaking. He waits for guilt to find him, but instead becomes embroiled in an affair, and his fate is sealed. A single decision in a moment of passion changes Brian's l... read more

Unofficial Detective (Half-Wizard Thordric Book 1)

Kathryn Wells

For his whole life, Thordric has been told that his magic is dangerous, and that he must never use it. All over Dinia, half-wizards are treated the same, their magic labelled as dangerous and uncontrollable.When High Wizard Kalljard is murdered, it falls to young Thordric to solve the case. The only trouble? The murder was done by magic, and though Thordric is a half-wizard, he has never fully... read more

For his whole life, Thordric has been told that his magic is dangerous, and that he must never use it. All over Dinia, half-wizards are treated the same, their magic labelled as dangerous and uncontrollable.When High Wizard Kalljard is murdered, it falls to young Thordric to solve the case. The only trouble? The murder was done by magic, and though Thordric is a half-wizard, he has never fully... read more

Scouring Majula (Ellen's Friends Book 3)

Matthew Satterlee

Ellen has made peace with the past, and is now finally ready to begin searching for her friends who she was separated from when she left the Monad Fortress. But first she has to help Alice find her friend, who's gone missing in the mysterious region known as Majula.Strange monsters and stranger people are lurking behind every tree and shrub, but nothing is stranger than what she discovers insi... read more

Ellen has made peace with the past, and is now finally ready to begin searching for her friends who she was separated from when she left the Monad Fortress. But first she has to help Alice find her friend, who's gone missing in the mysterious region known as Majula.Strange monsters and stranger people are lurking behind every tree and shrub, but nothing is stranger than what she discovers insi... read more

Lifeblood (The 11th Percent Series Book 3)

T.H. Morris

Jonah Rowe thought he had The 11th Percent figured out.Spirits were real, and he had access to ethereal powers. He got that. But he hadn’t expected this: this was one threat too many. One revelation too many.As ethereal monsters prepare to ravage Rome, Jonah is the only thing in the way of the ancient city being bathed in lifeblood. The worst part of it is that his survival hinges on him confr... read more

Jonah Rowe thought he had The 11th Percent figured out.Spirits were real, and he had access to ethereal powers. He got that. But he hadn’t expected this: this was one threat too many. One revelation too many.As ethereal monsters prepare to ravage Rome, Jonah is the only thing in the way of the ancient city being bathed in lifeblood. The worst part of it is that his survival hinges on him confr... read more

Terminus Gate (Survival Wars Book 5)

Anthony James

After their recent victory over an incredibly powerful alien foe, Captain John Duggan and his crew are expecting some downtime while the ESS Crimson is refitted. It is not to be.In a war for survival, the Space Corps’ best officer can’t be permitted to languish on base with his feet up. Soon after landing on planet Atlantis, Duggan gets the call once more. This time there’s to be no holding ba... read more

After their recent victory over an incredibly powerful alien foe, Captain John Duggan and his crew are expecting some downtime while the ESS Crimson is refitted. It is not to be.In a war for survival, the Space Corps’ best officer can’t be permitted to languish on base with his feet up. Soon after landing on planet Atlantis, Duggan gets the call once more. This time there’s to be no holding ba... read more

All the Shiny Things (A Kate Reid Novel Book 1)

Robin Mahle

MEET KATIE REID A young woman with a good job and a good life, until she discovers it was all a lie. Now, her desperate search for the truth begins and it will change her forever. A past revealed. A vengeance unleashed.Compelled to dig into a past no one wants to relive, Katie soon turns to Detective Marshall Avery. He is the only one willing to give her the resources she needs to find answers... read more

MEET KATIE REID A young woman with a good job and a good life, until she discovers it was all a lie. Now, her desperate search for the truth begins and it will change her forever. A past revealed. A vengeance unleashed.Compelled to dig into a past no one wants to relive, Katie soon turns to Detective Marshall Avery. He is the only one willing to give her the resources she needs to find answers... 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

For the Good of All (First of my Kind Series)

Marc Stevens

Nathan Myers and the crew of the Legacy find themselves at war with the predatory races and murderous corruption prevalent throughout the galaxy. The shadowy criminal figures who stand to lose the most from Nathan's victories, has put a billion-credit bounty on his head. To make matters worse, the Scrun and Murlaks have assassination squads actively pursuing Nathan and his crew. In order to su... read more

Nathan Myers and the crew of the Legacy find themselves at war with the predatory races and murderous corruption prevalent throughout the galaxy. The shadowy criminal figures who stand to lose the most from Nathan's victories, has put a billion-credit bounty on his head. To make matters worse, the Scrun and Murlaks have assassination squads actively pursuing Nathan and his crew. In order to su... read more

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Riley Quinn

I worked with Dan on the cover for my YA novel, Lost Boys. Dan is extremely skilled at getting inside an author's mind and pulling out a perfect picture of the story, without reading a single chapter. He asked a lot of questions and returned with a cover concept that exactly captured the essence of my story. Dan was prompt and professional, and willing to tweak or change any elements of the ...

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, June 2018


Maria Alegre

Dan did an outstanding job of bringing to life my cover art – he actually did better than what I had imagined. I am very pleased with his work, his professionalism, and the vision he has. I will consult him for future work as well.

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, June 2018


Martin Birch

Dan is a really great guy to work with. He is keen to fully collaborate over any project or offer leadership and guidance when you're not too sure where you're going. His experience; skill and professionalism is of the highest level but remains fully approachable and a joy to work with. Thanks Again Martin D. Birch - Author of Emain Ablach (Centaurean Tribes Part 1)

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, May 2018


Abe Falls

Fantastic work!

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, May 2018


Abe Falls

Fantastic work. Loved the design, but even more so Dan was great to work with. Making it the best case scenario. 10/10 would recommend!

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, April 2018

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