Danna Mathias

Danna Mathias - Designer

Charleston, SC, USA

Cover/interior designer with 9+ years experience. Worked for Amazon.com and small publishers. A passion for beautiful, simplistic books.

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Overview

With over nine years 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 (over 3 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.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Ride the Horses, Feed the Lions: One Man's Crusade to Humanize Selling

William D. Hatch

Are you an authentic people-person who loves to sell with integrity? Then you are a stylistic salesperson. These salespeople, referred to in William D. Hatch’s latest book as Horses and Lions, will take sales from average to great when they are given the freedom and support they need to really sell. Whether you are a salesperson, a sales manager, or are responsible for new hires, being able to... read more

Are you an authentic people-person who loves to sell with integrity? Then you are a stylistic salesperson. These salespeople, referred to in William D. Hatch’s latest book as Horses and Lions, will take sales from average to great when they are given the freedom and support they need to really sell. Whether you are a salesperson, a sales manager, or are responsible for new hires, being able to... read more

Through the Grapevine

David R. Hudson

"That woman is unstoppable. She's a force of nature."A retired school teacher, Lynn Peterson works alongside her husband Hank as a caretaker of a ranch in the hills of Sonoma County, California. One day, Lynn’s good friend Karen, a nurse at the local clinic, shows up at the ranch and asks Lynn for an extraordinary favor: to hide an undocumented female vineyard worker named Teresa Alvarez—who K... read more

"That woman is unstoppable. She's a force of nature."A retired school teacher, Lynn Peterson works alongside her husband Hank as a caretaker of a ranch in the hills of Sonoma County, California. One day, Lynn’s good friend Karen, a nurse at the local clinic, shows up at the ranch and asks Lynn for an extraordinary favor: to hide an undocumented female vineyard worker named Teresa Alvarez—who K... read more

Changing Your Life to Become a Better You

Ph.D., HHP, HLC, CNC, CMH, Dr. Jodie MacDonald

Changing Your Life to Become a Better You provides information on how the body works and heals. As explained, the body, mind, and soul have to connect for true healing to occur, and this book provides a roadmap for you to use to accomplish this goal. From nutrition and exercise to meditation and the body’s chakras, Changing Your Life to Become a Better You covers the spectrum when it comes to ... read more

Changing Your Life to Become a Better You provides information on how the body works and heals. As explained, the body, mind, and soul have to connect for true healing to occur, and this book provides a roadmap for you to use to accomplish this goal. From nutrition and exercise to meditation and the body’s chakras, Changing Your Life to Become a Better You covers the spectrum when it comes to ... read more

If You Praise Him: 40 Days in the Wilderness Brought 40 Days of Praise

Dee McGinnis

Your life was designed for far more than just the accumulation of things. You were created to praise the Creator. Surrender is where you go when you realize God wants to use you for a great purpose here on earth. It does not matter what you have been through and how broken you feel that you have become—the authentic you was designed for a reason. If You Praise Him will help you discover the re... read more

Your life was designed for far more than just the accumulation of things. You were created to praise the Creator. Surrender is where you go when you realize God wants to use you for a great purpose here on earth. It does not matter what you have been through and how broken you feel that you have become—the authentic you was designed for a reason. If You Praise Him will help you discover the re... read more

Miens of Existence: Two Mind-Bending Journeys to the Limits of Possibility

Alan M. Weber

Miens of Existence is the coming together of two stories that take the reader on adventurous journeys of the mind and heart. Through a blending of genres - science fiction, memoir, fantasy and spirituality - the book delves into deep questions about the nature of reality and the power of love. It leaves the reader to speculate about whether these might be revelations from some place unknown or... read more

Miens of Existence is the coming together of two stories that take the reader on adventurous journeys of the mind and heart. Through a blending of genres - science fiction, memoir, fantasy and spirituality - the book delves into deep questions about the nature of reality and the power of love. It leaves the reader to speculate about whether these might be revelations from some place unknown or... read more

Fitting In: The Mask of Health

Alexandre Carneiro

Recognized as one of the leading trainers in the fitness industry, Alexandre Carneiro has been helping people worldwide get in the best shape of their lives and be the healthiest they can be. From corporations to professional athletes to celebrities to everyday people, Carneiro has worked for a decade to change people’s lives. Now it’s your turn. Modern society is greatly influenced by the med... read more

Recognized as one of the leading trainers in the fitness industry, Alexandre Carneiro has been helping people worldwide get in the best shape of their lives and be the healthiest they can be. From corporations to professional athletes to celebrities to everyday people, Carneiro has worked for a decade to change people’s lives. Now it’s your turn. Modern society is greatly influenced by the med... read more

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

TENDERFOOT CHEECHAKO

Nathan Hart

It's 1980, but the memories of Vietnam still haunt the nights of ex-marine Norm Tanner. He struggles with his feelings, and the bad decisions he has made.. Sitting alone on this cold January morning, he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life. Did he have a life? We live for years, but seconds determine the direction our lives take. A split second decision finds Norm on the run. ... read more

It's 1980, but the memories of Vietnam still haunt the nights of ex-marine Norm Tanner. He struggles with his feelings, and the bad decisions he has made.. Sitting alone on this cold January morning, he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life. Did he have a life? We live for years, but seconds determine the direction our lives take. A split second decision finds Norm on the run. ... read more

Life’s Many Curves

Herbert Abrams

You’re crazy, you will never make it as a soldier! exclaimed my brother when I informed him that I joined the U.S. Army. I was 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing only 117 pounds. Yes, I probably should have listened to him but as you have already read, I was too stubborn. The day quickly came when I went to the railroad station to leave for basic training. In 1952, Herb Abrams was barely out of h... read more

You’re crazy, you will never make it as a soldier! exclaimed my brother when I informed him that I joined the U.S. Army. I was 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing only 117 pounds. Yes, I probably should have listened to him but as you have already read, I was too stubborn. The day quickly came when I went to the railroad station to leave for basic training. In 1952, Herb Abrams was barely out of h... read more

If..., Then..., Else...;: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Anyone Who Works In or With Information Systems Professionals

Michael Davids, Dan Secor, Stephen Farnum, Roydon Lewis

If . . . , Then . . . , Else . . . ; is a collaboration of information systems professionals and accredited professional career counselors combining over one hundred years of IT and behavior-guidance experience. It is a realistic and pragmatic analysis of the personalities typically found in information systems organizations. These personalities are then placed in common situations found in th... read more

If . . . , Then . . . , Else . . . ; is a collaboration of information systems professionals and accredited professional career counselors combining over one hundred years of IT and behavior-guidance experience. It is a realistic and pragmatic analysis of the personalities typically found in information systems organizations. These personalities are then placed in common situations found in th... read more

Back to Boundary Waters: One Man's Emotional Journey

Douglas M. Doty

The decisions that we make in life make us the people we are today.The consequences of those choices present a crossroad daily of how we will grow as a result. We can either wallow in self pity or move forward after the bad decision. Mistakes made in life do not doom us to a life of misery. This is the story of my relationship with my father and no matter how great a rift I had created by deci... read more

The decisions that we make in life make us the people we are today.The consequences of those choices present a crossroad daily of how we will grow as a result. We can either wallow in self pity or move forward after the bad decision. Mistakes made in life do not doom us to a life of misery. This is the story of my relationship with my father and no matter how great a rift I had created by deci... 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

Danna has 22 reviews

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Kimberly D
Danna has, time after time, taken care and paid detailed attention to my needs. She is warm and kind with words, and the quality of her work is exemplary. The interior and cover of my novel are simply beautiful, due to Danna. I worked hard to write the best book I could. Asking Danna for the finishing touches was one of the smartest things I did in the whole process. An author would be well adv...
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Kimberly D, May 2020


Amanda Madison
She was very professional and worked hard to get the concept I was looking for for my cover. Still waiting to see the finished cover idea and finished book.

Amanda Madison, May 2020


Mia Rose
Excellent work! 😊 Thank you Danna

Mia Rose, May 2020


Megan Deppner
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Danna. From the beginning even in early talks, I felt that she understood the overall tone and feel of my work and that she was genuinely interested in working with me on this project. Her responses to my questions and specifications for this project were always kind, thoughtful, prompt, and professional, and she was always honest about whether what I wa...
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Megan Deppner, April 2020


Leslie Cadet
I really enjoyed working with Danna. She listened to my idea and delivered an amazing product. Good communication, quick turn around time, exactly what you would expect from a true professional!

Leslie Cadet, April 2020

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