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Darlene Swanson

Darlene Swanson - Designer

Clearwater, FL, United States

Book, cover, ebook designer and publishing consultant with over 30 years experience. I can hand-hold you through the whole process.

Overview

Van-garde Imagery, Inc. is Darlene and Dan Swanson. We each have almost thirty years experience in designing books, covers, ebooks, magazines, and other publications.

We started our book design careers working under a project manager for companies such as: American Philosophical Society, Smithsonian Books, Johns Hopkins University Press, and others. We then took that knowledge and applied it to help self-publishers see their work published without getting approval from a large publisher. We love books! and also love helping self-publishers to create their books and covers into something that they love.

We take your text and images and flow and assemble them onto attractive, easily legible books, book covers, magazines and promotional pieces. We make sure that every smallest detail about your publication is just right, so that your presentation, story, and message come through to your readers with impact. We can also gladly “hand hold” you, as needed, through the process.

Our credo is to always strive for an emotional response in the viewer, and whenever possible, to correct and perfect our work until that is accomplished.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Photography Religion & Spirituality Technology
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Historical Fiction Inspirational

Work experience

CEO/Creative Director

Self-employed
April, 1987 – Present (over 30 years)

We design custom covers and interiors for self-published authors and small to large publishing companies. We can work with any printer's specs to get your book set up correctly. And we can also offer a discount on setup fees if you print your book through IngramSpark.

Portfolio (30 selected works)

No Fail Hiring: Your Ultimate Guide to Attracting and Recruiting Top Players in a Troubled Economy

Patrick V. Valtin

This book is about helping business owners surround themselves with loyal, productive, and dedicated people who can share their passion for performance, profits, and purposes. It is a practical guide to select only real performers while avoiding potentially fatal legal trouble related to personnel selection. In the new job environment, hiring right is the number one challenge of any expansion-... read more

This book is about helping business owners surround themselves with loyal, productive, and dedicated people who can share their passion for performance, profits, and purposes. It is a practical guide to select only real performers while avoiding potentially fatal legal trouble related to personnel selection. In the new job environment, hiring right is the number one challenge of any expansion-... read more

JOI LANSING - A BODY TO DIE FOR - A Love Story

Alexis Hunter

"Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented ‘50’s “blonde bombshell” star’s fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral dis... read more

"Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented ‘50’s “blonde bombshell” star’s fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral dis... read more

The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time

Wesley Hyatt

You’re probably still laughing. If you have seen The Carol Burnett Show, you remember the unbridled hilarity of the sketches performed by Carol, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Dick Van Dyke, Lyle Waggoner, and frequent guest stars Cass Elliot, Bernadette Peters, Paul Lynde, Eydie Gorme, Jim Nabors, Mel Torme, and Nancy Wilson. Discover the complete history of The Carol Burnett Show... read more

You’re probably still laughing. If you have seen The Carol Burnett Show, you remember the unbridled hilarity of the sketches performed by Carol, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Dick Van Dyke, Lyle Waggoner, and frequent guest stars Cass Elliot, Bernadette Peters, Paul Lynde, Eydie Gorme, Jim Nabors, Mel Torme, and Nancy Wilson. Discover the complete history of The Carol Burnett Show... read more

The Essential Jim Carrey

Mary Anne Cassata

From the author's introduction: "The main purpose of The Essential Jim Carrey is to celebrate the life and career of this man - an enormous talent, who has inspired people through laughter and instilled a sense of hope with his acting craft. Whether you are a new fan, or an old one, these pages will connect you with one of the most beloved actors of our generation and give you a greater apprec... read more

From the author's introduction: "The main purpose of The Essential Jim Carrey is to celebrate the life and career of this man - an enormous talent, who has inspired people through laughter and instilled a sense of hope with his acting craft. Whether you are a new fan, or an old one, these pages will connect you with one of the most beloved actors of our generation and give you a greater apprec... read more

Eddie Green: The Rise of an Early 1900s Black American Entertainment Pioneer

Elva Diane Green

A good man is hard to find, as the famous 1919 song by Eddie Green attests, but the pioneering Black filmmaker, movie star, Old Time Radio icon, and composer established himself as the living portrait of all that is admirable. His legacy now inspires a whole new generation. In an era when Black entertainers struggled to gain a foothold in show business, Eddie Green rivaled Oscar Micheaux for h... read more

A good man is hard to find, as the famous 1919 song by Eddie Green attests, but the pioneering Black filmmaker, movie star, Old Time Radio icon, and composer established himself as the living portrait of all that is admirable. His legacy now inspires a whole new generation. In an era when Black entertainers struggled to gain a foothold in show business, Eddie Green rivaled Oscar Micheaux for h... read more

Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise (Re-Think)

The Center for Global Enterprise, Samuel Palmisano

The modern corporation exists in a world today defined by speed, scale, & connectivity. But while technological advances have made it easier to operate across borders, managing a Globally Integrated Enterprise (GIE) remains a challenge for business leaders. Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise, published by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), examines the forces transforming glob... read more

The modern corporation exists in a world today defined by speed, scale, & connectivity. But while technological advances have made it easier to operate across borders, managing a Globally Integrated Enterprise (GIE) remains a challenge for business leaders. Growing Global: Lessons for the New Enterprise, published by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), examines the forces transforming glob... read more

Screwed in Business! 101 Reality Checks and Harsh Lessons Learned in Business that Cost You a Ton of Money, Wastes Your Time and Drains Your Energy

Marlene Green

Have you ever gotten Screwed in Business but just had to Grin and Bear it and Suffer the consequences in Silence? Perhaps someone stole money or other property from you, you took a big financial hit, you made a huge bet in your business and lost big time, you got sued, you had to sue someone, you had to file bankruptcy, you had creditors chasing you down, or you had a falling out with a family... read more

Have you ever gotten Screwed in Business but just had to Grin and Bear it and Suffer the consequences in Silence? Perhaps someone stole money or other property from you, you took a big financial hit, you made a huge bet in your business and lost big time, you got sued, you had to sue someone, you had to file bankruptcy, you had creditors chasing you down, or you had a falling out with a family... read more

The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Defeat of the Cyber Bully

Ben Halpert

The adventures of CyberThunder (Tony) and CyberPrincess (Emma) continue in The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Defeat of the Cyber Bully! While playing an online game, CyberPrincess and CyberThunder encounter a cyber bully. Throughout the book, Tony and Emma learn strategies on how to appropriately respond to a bully online. Like most important life lessons, teaching online safety begins in earl... read more

The adventures of CyberThunder (Tony) and CyberPrincess (Emma) continue in The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Defeat of the Cyber Bully! While playing an online game, CyberPrincess and CyberThunder encounter a cyber bully. Throughout the book, Tony and Emma learn strategies on how to appropriately respond to a bully online. Like most important life lessons, teaching online safety begins in earl... read more

The Top of the Bottom: Inky to the Rescue, Volume 1

Lucille Menard

Little Inky the octopus wonders why she is not as gifted as her friends in school.One day when the small group decides to play a game together,Inky stands up to them,reminding them of what their mothers said about safety. Left out of the game,Inky really begins to doubt herself; but it doesn't take her little friends very long to realize that she was right,and that safety is always the best de... read more

Little Inky the octopus wonders why she is not as gifted as her friends in school.One day when the small group decides to play a game together,Inky stands up to them,reminding them of what their mothers said about safety. Left out of the game,Inky really begins to doubt herself; but it doesn't take her little friends very long to realize that she was right,and that safety is always the best de... read more

The Beauty Cookbook: 200 Recipes to Make Your Kitchen Your Spa -- for Your Face, Your Body and Your Hair

Kym Douglas, Cindy Pearlman

Looking good is in. Spending a lot of money on beauty treatments is out. Forget about $200 facial creams and break-the-bank treatments at your local spa. You can achieve the same results in your own home by just looking in your pantry, your fridge and your medicine cabinet. This is the first-ever recipe book where what you create will be used on your body instead of put on your plate. It featu... read more

Looking good is in. Spending a lot of money on beauty treatments is out. Forget about $200 facial creams and break-the-bank treatments at your local spa. You can achieve the same results in your own home by just looking in your pantry, your fridge and your medicine cabinet. This is the first-ever recipe book where what you create will be used on your body instead of put on your plate. It featu... read more

Young Thomas Edison

Michael Dooling

How did Thomas Edison grow up to be America's greatest inventor? Author Michael Dooling explores the beginnings of Edison's genius: from his difficulty in school, to his early years as a young scientist, to the man everyone called "The Wizard".

How did Thomas Edison grow up to be America's greatest inventor? Author Michael Dooling explores the beginnings of Edison's genius: from his difficulty in school, to his early years as a young scientist, to the man everyone called "The Wizard".

George Washington's Army and Me

Michael Dooling

A poignant story told through the eyes of a young boy and based on letters and diaries of people who marched with Washington’s Army.

A poignant story told through the eyes of a young boy and based on letters and diaries of people who marched with Washington’s Army.

The Daniel Fast

Annette Reeder

Simple. Inspirational. Complete. This book covers it all! Do you desire to see God working more profoundly in your life? Are you physically in need of relief? The treasures found in this book will open up the benefits experienced by Daniel both spiritually and physically. • Planning Tips - A 21-day complete menu plan, comprehensive shopping list, plus tips to get started. • Recipes - Over 45 b... read more

Simple. Inspirational. Complete. This book covers it all! Do you desire to see God working more profoundly in your life? Are you physically in need of relief? The treasures found in this book will open up the benefits experienced by Daniel both spiritually and physically. • Planning Tips - A 21-day complete menu plan, comprehensive shopping list, plus tips to get started. • Recipes - Over 45 b... read more

The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine

Laurie Forster

Do you know how to:* Get a broken cork out of the bottle?* Remove that red wine stain from your white sofa* Open a champagne bottle without putting someone s eye out* Read a wine list as long as the New York city phonebook?You may not, but Laurie Forster does. In The Sipping Point she reveals the real essentials of wine . . . In The Sipping Point, find out how to:* Order wine when you re out t... read more

Do you know how to:* Get a broken cork out of the bottle?* Remove that red wine stain from your white sofa* Open a champagne bottle without putting someone s eye out* Read a wine list as long as the New York city phonebook?You may not, but Laurie Forster does. In The Sipping Point she reveals the real essentials of wine . . . In The Sipping Point, find out how to:* Order wine when you re out t... read more

Drowning In The Light: Memories Of The New Age

I.J. Rosen

In Drowning In The Light: Memories Of The New Age, author I.J. Rosen takes the reader along in an exhilarating dive into the depths of the sea of consciousness in search for his soul and the structure of reality. Along the way the author shares his experiences with some of the most profound thinkers and renowned artists of our time. With a perfect blend of dark humor and deep spiritual wisdom,... read more

In Drowning In The Light: Memories Of The New Age, author I.J. Rosen takes the reader along in an exhilarating dive into the depths of the sea of consciousness in search for his soul and the structure of reality. Along the way the author shares his experiences with some of the most profound thinkers and renowned artists of our time. With a perfect blend of dark humor and deep spiritual wisdom,... read more

Waiting Hearts (English and German Edition)

Beth Ann Stifflemire

*Book no longer in print.* Living with a rare heart condition, Kayla Parker a twenty-six year old elementary school teacher chooses to keep things simple, never yearning for love or the drama that inevitably comes with it, especially after experiencing the pain of losing her father to a similar condition. That is until the charismatic easy on the eyes musician Gabe Sanderson falls into her lif... read more

*Book no longer in print.* Living with a rare heart condition, Kayla Parker a twenty-six year old elementary school teacher chooses to keep things simple, never yearning for love or the drama that inevitably comes with it, especially after experiencing the pain of losing her father to a similar condition. That is until the charismatic easy on the eyes musician Gabe Sanderson falls into her lif... read more

1-800-Oh-My-Donald: OMD: Opinions Of Mass Destruction of the Status Quo

Chris Bent

1-800-OH-MY-DONALD is a commentary on the politics of our times. It seems that Mr. Donald Trump has stirred the spirit of the nation and forced a long overdue conversation on the inefficiencies of government and bureaucracy and politics. It is not an endorsement of any political figure but more so provides the talking points they are missing. LOL The Donald is sure controversial, but who cares... read more

1-800-OH-MY-DONALD is a commentary on the politics of our times. It seems that Mr. Donald Trump has stirred the spirit of the nation and forced a long overdue conversation on the inefficiencies of government and bureaucracy and politics. It is not an endorsement of any political figure but more so provides the talking points they are missing. LOL The Donald is sure controversial, but who cares... read more

Talking to the Piano Player 2

Stuart Oderman

Internationally known silent film pianist Stuart Oderman brings together a collection of personal interviews with prominent personalities from music and film: Artie Shaw, Lita Grey, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Harry Richman, Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, Janet Blair, Veronica Lake, David Burns, Marie Windsor, Vivian Blaine, Joan Blondell, Lou Jacobi, Gloria DeHaven, Tallulah Bankhead. Includes photographs... read more

Internationally known silent film pianist Stuart Oderman brings together a collection of personal interviews with prominent personalities from music and film: Artie Shaw, Lita Grey, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Harry Richman, Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller, Janet Blair, Veronica Lake, David Burns, Marie Windsor, Vivian Blaine, Joan Blondell, Lou Jacobi, Gloria DeHaven, Tallulah Bankhead. Includes photographs... read more

Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-1951

Returning to our collective humanity, "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old little girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home. Winner of two 2014 CIPA EVVY Awards.

Returning to our collective humanity, "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old little girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home. Winner of two 2014 CIPA EVVY Awards.

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer: Take Charge of Your Recovery and Remission

Janet Maker

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer is intended to empower patients go beyond the one-size-fits-all "standard of care" and make the decisions that are best for themselves and their loved ones. Because she has a research background, Dr. Maker was able to find a great deal of information that is not commonly known to patients. This information helped her tremendously, and it can help you... read more

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer is intended to empower patients go beyond the one-size-fits-all "standard of care" and make the decisions that are best for themselves and their loved ones. Because she has a research background, Dr. Maker was able to find a great deal of information that is not commonly known to patients. This information helped her tremendously, and it can help you... read more

Ann Harding - Cinema's Gallant Lady (Hardback)

Scott O'Brien

This is the HARDBACK version. Ann Harding. Laurence Oliver, who starred with her in Westward Passage (1932), referred to her as an "angel." Director Henry Hathaway, who directed her and Gary Cooper in Peter Ibbetson (1935), claimed she was a "bitch." Critics hailed her as the finest actress to venture from Broadway to Hollywood. The Ann Harding story follows her from humble beginnings as the d... read more

This is the HARDBACK version. Ann Harding. Laurence Oliver, who starred with her in Westward Passage (1932), referred to her as an "angel." Director Henry Hathaway, who directed her and Gary Cooper in Peter Ibbetson (1935), claimed she was a "bitch." Critics hailed her as the finest actress to venture from Broadway to Hollywood. The Ann Harding story follows her from humble beginnings as the d... read more

Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies

Tom Lisanti

This is the HARDBACK version. Talking Sixties Drive-in Movies is a collection of profiles, interviews, and tributes about actors and films popular with the drive-in movie crowd during the sixties. Interviewees include Arlene Charles, Nancy Czar, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu talking Elvis Presley musicals; Bobbi Shaw and Steven Rogers talking beach party movies; Jan Watson an... read more

This is the HARDBACK version. Talking Sixties Drive-in Movies is a collection of profiles, interviews, and tributes about actors and films popular with the drive-in movie crowd during the sixties. Interviewees include Arlene Charles, Nancy Czar, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu talking Elvis Presley musicals; Bobbi Shaw and Steven Rogers talking beach party movies; Jan Watson an... read more

The History of Independent Cinema

Phil Hall

From the flickering silent images of the nickelodeon to the roaring vibrancy of today's digital video productions, independent cinema has always challenged the way films are created, released and viewed. The History of Independent Cinema presents an extraordinary journey that revisits the innovative men and women who stood up to the status quo and brought revolutionary new ideas and technologi... read more

From the flickering silent images of the nickelodeon to the roaring vibrancy of today's digital video productions, independent cinema has always challenged the way films are created, released and viewed. The History of Independent Cinema presents an extraordinary journey that revisits the innovative men and women who stood up to the status quo and brought revolutionary new ideas and technologi... read more

Dance with Destiny, Boogie to Oblivion

Charles Hardy Kelley

A journey of body, mind, and spirit takes a young boy from the Himalayas to the High Sierras, and to the discovery of an unwanted lifelong mission. The journey is one of adventure and odd characters, some who help and some who hinder. History, anthropology, perfumery, ecology, and horticulture combine with spies, shamans, murderers, thieves, tribal peoples, and ballet dancers to make this an e... read more

A journey of body, mind, and spirit takes a young boy from the Himalayas to the High Sierras, and to the discovery of an unwanted lifelong mission. The journey is one of adventure and odd characters, some who help and some who hinder. History, anthropology, perfumery, ecology, and horticulture combine with spies, shamans, murderers, thieves, tribal peoples, and ballet dancers to make this an e... read more

First Do No Harm (Benjamin Davis Book Series, Book 1)

A. Turk

Recently retired, A. Turk has embarked on a second career, writing fiction inspired by the remarkable stories and events from his personal and legal experiences. This first novel in the book series features A. Turk’s fictitious alter ego Attorney Benjamin Davis, a young New York transplant seeking to make a name for himself in the Nashville legal community. After miscalculating the huge risks ... read more

Recently retired, A. Turk has embarked on a second career, writing fiction inspired by the remarkable stories and events from his personal and legal experiences. This first novel in the book series features A. Turk’s fictitious alter ego Attorney Benjamin Davis, a young New York transplant seeking to make a name for himself in the Nashville legal community. After miscalculating the huge risks ... read more

Second Degree (Benjamin Davis Book Series 2)

A. Turk

A. Turk, retired trial attorney, now writes fiction, inspired by true events and the cases he handled during his more than thirty-year career. Second Degree, the next installment in the Benjamin Davis Book Series, is a story about sex, drugs, addiction and country music. A. Turk’s alter ego, Nashville attorney Ben Davis, together with his faithful team, is thrown into several sexually explicit... read more

A. Turk, retired trial attorney, now writes fiction, inspired by true events and the cases he handled during his more than thirty-year career. Second Degree, the next installment in the Benjamin Davis Book Series, is a story about sex, drugs, addiction and country music. A. Turk’s alter ego, Nashville attorney Ben Davis, together with his faithful team, is thrown into several sexually explicit... read more

Third Coast (Benjamin Davis Book Series 3)

A. Turk

A. Turk, retired Nashville attorney with thirty years of trial experience, has now released the third book in the Benjamin Davis series. Third Coast, a pharmaceutical malpractice case, involves the misfiling of a prescription of the childhood friend of Morty Steine, Davis’s mentor. This prequel is Davis’s first important jury trial, and the reader watches him develop as a lawyer and a person. ... read more

A. Turk, retired Nashville attorney with thirty years of trial experience, has now released the third book in the Benjamin Davis series. Third Coast, a pharmaceutical malpractice case, involves the misfiling of a prescription of the childhood friend of Morty Steine, Davis’s mentor. This prequel is Davis’s first important jury trial, and the reader watches him develop as a lawyer and a person. ... read more

Fly Home, Bluebird

Ronald I. Goodman

A story of a tragic young woman's great and perilous journey in seach of her siblings.

A story of a tragic young woman's great and perilous journey in seach of her siblings.

The Serapis

Arthur C Cofresi

Romantic and exotic pirate adventure set in the mid-1990's when supposedly the world was at peace.

Romantic and exotic pirate adventure set in the mid-1990's when supposedly the world was at peace.

Solving 9-11: The Deception That Changed the World

Christopher Lee Bollyn

An independent analysis of the events of September 11, 2001. Includes historical and geo-political background and examines the motivation of the people who played key roles in the destruction of the evidence and the obstruction of justice for the families of the victims.

An independent analysis of the events of September 11, 2001. Includes historical and geo-political background and examines the motivation of the people who played key roles in the destruction of the evidence and the obstruction of justice for the families of the victims.

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