David Ter-Avanesyan

David Ter-Avanesyan - Designer

New York, United States

Exceedingly detail oriented and organized, with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills; highly dedicated, and reliable.

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Overview

I am a creative book cover designer with over 19 years experience designing book covers for various publishers: Skyhorse Publishing, Sterling Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Inc., Schaffner Press, TouchPoint Press, Island Press, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, University of Nevada Press, Dutton,She Writes Press, RosettaBooks, Prospect Park Books, St. Martin’s Press, Basic Books, McGraw-Hill.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Design
History
Photography
Psychology
True Crime
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

Awards

  • PubWest Silver Design Award
  • Second Place Award, 31st Annual New York Book Show
  • PRINT Magazine, Color Competitio
  • HOW Magazine International Design Annual, Merit Award

Work experience

Senior Designer

Skyhorse Publishing
February, 2021 – Present (almost 2 years)

–Creating dynamic book covers.
Job responsibilities:
• work closely with editors to conceptualize and successfully design original
and innovative book jackets that fulfill company’s high standards and reputation
• design, prepare, color correct, and review printer proofs of jacket mechanicals

Senior Designer

Sterling Publishing
October, 2013 – August, 2020 (almost 7 years)

–Creating dynamic book covers.
Job responsibilities:
• work closely with art director and editors to conceptualize and successfully design original
and innovative book jackets that fulfill company’s high standards and reputation
• design, prepare, color correct, and review printer proofs of jacket mechanicals

Owner/Freelancer

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (about 18 years)

Intern to Senior Designer

Simon and Schuster
June, 2002 – June, 2013 (about 11 years)

Advanced from intern to senior-level designer, creating dynamic book covers two of which were award winning featured in prestigious design magazines.
Job responsibilities:
• successfully designed and redesigned original book jackets for all imprints
• art directed photoshoots and acted as immediate contact with photographers and illustrators
• designed, prepared, color corrected, and reviewed printer proofs of jacket mechanicals
• worked closely with art directors and editors to conceptualize and produce innovative
designs that fulfill company’s high standards and reputation
• stayed up to date with publishing industry advancements in order to improve efficiency
and creativity
• offered support to other coworkers as needed

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Target Churchill

Warren Adler, James C. Humes

As Great Britain and the United States celebrate a victorious end to WWII, Joseph Stalin’s relentless Soviet Union is creeping across Eastern Europe leaving a trail of devastation and murder in its wake. Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit embarks on a crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin’s mission. Westminster College in Fulton, Misso... read more

As Great Britain and the United States celebrate a victorious end to WWII, Joseph Stalin’s relentless Soviet Union is creeping across Eastern Europe leaving a trail of devastation and murder in its wake. Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit embarks on a crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin’s mission. Westminster College in Fulton, Misso... read more

Crash and Burn

Artie Lange

Veteran comedian Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, the #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.At a high point in his career, Artie Lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed—yet during his sta... read more

Veteran comedian Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, the #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.At a high point in his career, Artie Lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed—yet during his sta... read more

After Abel and Other Stories

Michal Lemberger

Finalist, 2015 National Jewish Book AwardHonorable Mention, Sophie Brody Medal, American Library AssociationOne of the Jewish Book Council's "15 fiction books that shaped Jewish literature in 2015"Eve considers motherhood.Miriam tends Moses.Lot’s wife looks back. Vividly reimagined with startling contemporary clarity, Michal Lemberger’s debut collection of short stories gives voice to silent, ... read more

Finalist, 2015 National Jewish Book AwardHonorable Mention, Sophie Brody Medal, American Library AssociationOne of the Jewish Book Council's "15 fiction books that shaped Jewish literature in 2015"Eve considers motherhood.Miriam tends Moses.Lot’s wife looks back. Vividly reimagined with startling contemporary clarity, Michal Lemberger’s debut collection of short stories gives voice to silent, ... read more

Love Maps

Eliza Factor

"Powerfully written....Factor reveals this arresting tale through solid character development and a well-paced narrative. From its tense opening chapter to its memorable conclusion, this is a read-in-one-sitting trip."--Publishers Weekly"Compelling...a poignant picture of familial and romantic love and their complexities."--Library JournalOne of The L Magazine's 50 Books You’ll Want to Read Th... read more

"Powerfully written....Factor reveals this arresting tale through solid character development and a well-paced narrative. From its tense opening chapter to its memorable conclusion, this is a read-in-one-sitting trip."--Publishers Weekly"Compelling...a poignant picture of familial and romantic love and their complexities."--Library JournalOne of The L Magazine's 50 Books You’ll Want to Read Th... read more

The Hope

Herman Wouk

“One of our best writers today—a modern Charles Dickens—is Herman Wouk… The Hope is not only a good read, but it also causes a good think.”—William Safire, New York TimesStarting in 1948 and reaching its climax during the Six-Day War of 1967, The Hope begins the story of Israel, a country fighting for its life—outmatched and surrounded by enemies. Zev Barak, Sam Pasternak, Don Kishote, and Ben... read more

“One of our best writers today—a modern Charles Dickens—is Herman Wouk… The Hope is not only a good read, but it also causes a good think.”—William Safire, New York TimesStarting in 1948 and reaching its climax during the Six-Day War of 1967, The Hope begins the story of Israel, a country fighting for its life—outmatched and surrounded by enemies. Zev Barak, Sam Pasternak, Don Kishote, and Ben... read more

South Haven

Hirsh Sawhney

"A vivid portrait of second-generation immigrants living in suburban New England...Sawhney is pitch-perfect when describing the uneasy relationship between adolescents and their parents...There is much emotional truth in the author's sensitive portrayal of the despair and rage that can simmer away throughout adolescence Hirsh Sawhney's quietly devastating conclusion is both unexpected and deep... read more

"A vivid portrait of second-generation immigrants living in suburban New England...Sawhney is pitch-perfect when describing the uneasy relationship between adolescents and their parents...There is much emotional truth in the author's sensitive portrayal of the despair and rage that can simmer away throughout adolescence Hirsh Sawhney's quietly devastating conclusion is both unexpected and deep... read more

Naughtier than Nice

Eric Jerome Dickey

New York Times bestseller Eric Jerome Dickey revisits the scene of his holiday romp Naughty or Nice, featuring the McBroom sisters, whose romantic adventures make for a white (hot) Christmas. Readers first met the McBroom sisters in Eric Jerome Dickey’s New York Times bestseller Naughty or Nice. In the highly anticipated sequel, Naughtier than Nice, we find out what happens on the other side o... read more

New York Times bestseller Eric Jerome Dickey revisits the scene of his holiday romp Naughty or Nice, featuring the McBroom sisters, whose romantic adventures make for a white (hot) Christmas. Readers first met the McBroom sisters in Eric Jerome Dickey’s New York Times bestseller Naughty or Nice. In the highly anticipated sequel, Naughtier than Nice, we find out what happens on the other side o... read more

Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography

Richard Sylla

Find out who lived and who died in the incredible story of the founding father who made America modern—and became the toast of Broadway. This richly illustrated biography portrays Alexander Hamilton’s fascinating life alongside his key contributions to American history, including his unsung role as an early abolitionist. An immigrant from the West Indies, he played a crucial part in the politi... read more

Find out who lived and who died in the incredible story of the founding father who made America modern—and became the toast of Broadway. This richly illustrated biography portrays Alexander Hamilton’s fascinating life alongside his key contributions to American history, including his unsung role as an early abolitionist. An immigrant from the West Indies, he played a crucial part in the politi... read more

The Scientology Murders: A Dead Detective Novel

William Heffernan

"Many readers will enjoy the peek inside the organization's hierarchy. Also enjoyable is the spirited romance between Doyle and Vicky Stanopolis, his partner in more ways than one. And the surprise ending is a wowser."―Mystery Scene Magazine"This is Heffernan's second novel about the 'Dead Detective,' Harry Doyle, a Pinellas County homicide detective, who in this book investigates a series of ... read more

"Many readers will enjoy the peek inside the organization's hierarchy. Also enjoyable is the spirited romance between Doyle and Vicky Stanopolis, his partner in more ways than one. And the surprise ending is a wowser."―Mystery Scene Magazine"This is Heffernan's second novel about the 'Dead Detective,' Harry Doyle, a Pinellas County homicide detective, who in this book investigates a series of ... read more

Mothers and Other Strangers

Gina Sorell

"My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted."Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are com... read more

"My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted."Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are com... read more

The New York Times Book of Crime: More Than 166 Years of Covering the Beat

From the archives of The New York Times, 165 years of the most notorious real-life crimes. For 166 years, The New York Times has been a rich source of information about crime, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life. This fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, captures the full sweep of the newsp... read more

From the archives of The New York Times, 165 years of the most notorious real-life crimes. For 166 years, The New York Times has been a rich source of information about crime, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life. This fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, captures the full sweep of the newsp... read more

The Whole of the Moon: A Novel

Brian Rogers

The Whole of the Moon consists of six crisscrossing narratives set along the old Route 66, from the Inland Empire to the terminus just off Sunset Boulevard. The stories span the years from the late 1950s to the present, and the characters are bound by a fact unknown to them: they have each checked out the same public library copy of The Great Gatsby. An actor sits poolside waiting to hear whet... read more

The Whole of the Moon consists of six crisscrossing narratives set along the old Route 66, from the Inland Empire to the terminus just off Sunset Boulevard. The stories span the years from the late 1950s to the present, and the characters are bound by a fact unknown to them: they have each checked out the same public library copy of The Great Gatsby. An actor sits poolside waiting to hear whet... read more

Daditude: The Joys & Absurdities of Modern Fatherhood

Chris Erskine

Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine's house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that's exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn't. Every week in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune (and now and then in many other papers), Erskine distills, mocks, and makes us laugh at the absurdities of suburban fatherhood. A... read more

Life is never peaceful in Chris Erskine's house, what with the four kids, 300-pound beagle, chronically leaky roof, and long-suffering wife, Posh. And that's exactly the way he likes it, except when he doesn't. Every week in the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune (and now and then in many other papers), Erskine distills, mocks, and makes us laugh at the absurdities of suburban fatherhood. A... read more

All In: The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States (Gambling Studies Series)

Gambling, the risky enterprise of chance, is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Office March Madness brackets, a day at the race track, a friendly wager, the random ridiculous Super Bowl prop bet, bingo night, or the latest media frenzy over the Powerball jackpot—all emphasize the ubiquity of this major economic force and cultural phenomenon. Approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly en... read more

Gambling, the risky enterprise of chance, is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Office March Madness brackets, a day at the race track, a friendly wager, the random ridiculous Super Bowl prop bet, bingo night, or the latest media frenzy over the Powerball jackpot—all emphasize the ubiquity of this major economic force and cultural phenomenon. Approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly en... read more

David has 44 reviews

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Ellen Moscovitz
David is the consummate professional. He delivers more than promised and has incredible patience. David is a true artist with great instincts. He grasped the concept of our book quickly and delivered a cover that was so perfect we never could have done it without him. Put your trust in David, he will not disappoint.

Ellen Moscovitz, January 2023

David Ter-Avanesyan
Thank you for such a great review. It was wonderful to work with you!

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Kelly Wabiszewski
David was an absolute pleasure to work with! He is efficient, professional, incredibly talented and kind! I appreciated his professional opinion and prompt responses. I look forward to working with him again someday!

Kelly Wabiszewski, December 2022

David Ter-Avanesyan
Thank you Kelly! You are awesome!

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Jeremy Tompkins
My interaction with David is everything I could have hoped for. If he's not the best cover designer out there, it would surprise me. The resume speaks for itself. And he always had time to answer questions and make suggestions. I sincerely hope to work with David again.

Jeremy Tompkins, October 2022

David Ter-Avanesyan
Thank you for such a lovely review. I can't wait to work with you again.

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Adam Klein
This is my second time working with David and just like the last time, he was an absolute pleasure to work with. He completed work in an extremely timely manner and was always in constant communication with me. When my next book comes out, I will, without a doubt, work with David again. I cannot recommend his services high enough.

Adam Klein, September 2022

David Ter-Avanesyan
Thank you Adam for such a nice review!

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Laura Crawshaw
Working with David Ter-Avanesyan has been an absolute pleasure. He carefully considered my requests and designed a book cover that I am enormously pleased with. He has been patient, prompt, and responsive.

Laura Crawshaw, September 2022

David Ter-Avanesyan
Thank you Laura. It has been great to work with you as well.

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