Danna Mathias Steele

Danna Mathias Steele - Designer

Charleston, SC, USA

Cover/interior designer with 10+ years experience. Worked for Amazon.com and small publishers. A passion for beautiful, simplistic books.

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Overview

With over a decade of experience in the professional publishing industry, I’m a firm believer that you should always judge a book by it’s cover. I’m passionate about well-executed, thoughtful design and aim to bring that understanding to every book I help create.

With degrees in both graphic design and English literature, I've curated a distinct skill set when it comes to visually communicating a book's themes and tones. I can't wait to help you bring your project to life!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Poetry
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Owner & Principal Designer

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (almost 6 years)

Book covers, typesetting, branding/logos and wedding invitation design.

Design Specialist

Amazon.com
January, 2011 – January, 2017 (about 6 years)

Develop and manage creative direction for top-selling authors and public figures entering the publishing industry. Create strong publication series identities in house, including interior layout design and typesetting, production design, cover concept development, and print file creation.

The Pomegranate

Schwaidelson, S. J.

Salt the Snow

Callaghan, Carrie

The Flowing Sand

Jon Garcia

Marc Caldwell is a decorated veteran detective for the Briscoe, Texas, Police Department. He has seen his fair share of crime through his time of service, but when local teen Mercedes Vargas goes missing, Detective Caldwell and his partner, Shawn Peterson, are in a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnapper, who wears a scarecrow mask to hide his identity. After threats and warnings from the kidnap... read more

Marc Caldwell is a decorated veteran detective for the Briscoe, Texas, Police Department. He has seen his fair share of crime through his time of service, but when local teen Mercedes Vargas goes missing, Detective Caldwell and his partner, Shawn Peterson, are in a cat-and-mouse game with the kidnapper, who wears a scarecrow mask to hide his identity. After threats and warnings from the kidnap... read more

Revival on King Street: Book #1 Lowcountry Liaisons

Suzie Webster

Charlie Finley had an idyllic life. At 23 years old, she was married to her childhood sweetheart, was a successful real estate agent and lived in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. Some days she wondered if she should pinch herself because it was such a dream. But sometimes when things seem too good to be true, they often are, and Charlie's perfect life came crashing down around... read more

Charlie Finley had an idyllic life. At 23 years old, she was married to her childhood sweetheart, was a successful real estate agent and lived in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. Some days she wondered if she should pinch herself because it was such a dream. But sometimes when things seem too good to be true, they often are, and Charlie's perfect life came crashing down around... read more

Sunshine in the Delta: A Novel

Erica M. Sandifer

From author Erica Sandifer comes Sunshine in the Delta, a tale of life and love and everything in between, set in the Mississippi Delta during the early 1960s. Money, Mississippi, just beyond the Tallahatchie River, the town is a vast, flat land with fields of corn and cotton, split in half by the long and dusty Money Road. Right alongside the road in an old shack, lives Miss Neeyla Jean, alon... read more

From author Erica Sandifer comes Sunshine in the Delta, a tale of life and love and everything in between, set in the Mississippi Delta during the early 1960s. Money, Mississippi, just beyond the Tallahatchie River, the town is a vast, flat land with fields of corn and cotton, split in half by the long and dusty Money Road. Right alongside the road in an old shack, lives Miss Neeyla Jean, alon... read more

Broken and Breaking Free

Amy Fillion

Is it possible to transcend the boundaries of the life you were born into, and if so, what will you sacrifice?Susan Dubois is the youngest member of a poor French-Canadian Catholic family residing in a small and uniform central New Hampshire town in the 1950s. From a young age, this God of her parents’ fills her with extreme trepidation. Susan has been taught that, as a child, it is your duty ... read more

Is it possible to transcend the boundaries of the life you were born into, and if so, what will you sacrifice?Susan Dubois is the youngest member of a poor French-Canadian Catholic family residing in a small and uniform central New Hampshire town in the 1950s. From a young age, this God of her parents’ fills her with extreme trepidation. Susan has been taught that, as a child, it is your duty ... read more

The King of Kreskin Avenue

A.K. Vitberg

The King of Kreskin Avenue is the powerful tale of the connection between Mario Colucci, a highly decorated, emotionally scarred Korean War hero who’s the neighborhood oddity, and a sixteen-year-old neighborhood kid, Robbie Shumstein, trying to come to grips with the death of his brother in Vietnam.Set in Buffalo, NY over a 30-year time frame, the story’s dramatic climax occurs in the late 196... read more

The King of Kreskin Avenue is the powerful tale of the connection between Mario Colucci, a highly decorated, emotionally scarred Korean War hero who’s the neighborhood oddity, and a sixteen-year-old neighborhood kid, Robbie Shumstein, trying to come to grips with the death of his brother in Vietnam.Set in Buffalo, NY over a 30-year time frame, the story’s dramatic climax occurs in the late 196... read more

HARBOR BLUES a novella

Cheryl Devenney

A decades old cold murder case. A fed-up LAPD cop's wife. A fresh homicide. All collide amid a sea of blackmail and murder.A 24 year-old unsolved murder case re-surfaces when Melanie, wife of the next chief of the L.A. Police Department, inherits her estranged father's seaside bar. She swore she'd never set foot in the place again after moving out. But decides to re-open the bar, hoping to rec... read more

A decades old cold murder case. A fed-up LAPD cop's wife. A fresh homicide. All collide amid a sea of blackmail and murder.A 24 year-old unsolved murder case re-surfaces when Melanie, wife of the next chief of the L.A. Police Department, inherits her estranged father's seaside bar. She swore she'd never set foot in the place again after moving out. But decides to re-open the bar, hoping to rec... read more

The Devil's Workshop

Miller, Donnally

Danna Mathias has 116 reviews

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Nicki Ehrlich
Once again, Danna came through. I wanted to make some updates to the original Cover and interior files, adding reviews, and she delivered on time and beautifully done. Can't thank her enough!

Nicki Ehrlich, September 2022


Dobie McArthur
Danna is simply awesome to work with. She has a unique ability to take a concept and turn it into a cover image. And she does a great job getting my manuscript ready for publication. Can't say enough good things about her work!

Dobie McArthur, August 2022


John Deal
Hired Danna to help with the interior design of my book... as always, she was great!

John Deal, August 2022


Nicki Ehrlich
I’m not sure how she did it, but Danna gave me the cover of my dreams on the first try. This was my first experience hiring a designer, and I felt I was taking a chance on someone who does both cover and interior design, (those two things requiring very different skills), but Danna made my debut novel something to be proud of, both inside and out. She went above and beyond, and I hope to work w...
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Nicki Ehrlich, August 2022


Brandon Moore
I love working with Danna. I look forward to many more projects with her. Of course leaving reviews like this may make it harder to get on her schedule. Anyone who chooses to work with Danna will be very satisfied and glad they did.

Brandon Moore, July 2022

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