David Ter-Avanesyan

David Ter-Avanesyan – Designer

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


I am a creative book cover designer with 20 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.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Design History Photography Psychology True Crime
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense
  • 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

Skyhorse Publishing

Feb, 2021 — Present

–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

Sterling Publishing

Oct, 2013 — Aug, 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


Jan, 2005 — Present

Simon and Schuster

Jun, 2002 — Jun, 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


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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 T... 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 u... 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... 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, cru... 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'... 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 America... 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 Yo... 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... 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 t... 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 poignan... 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 ba... 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 ... read more
Target Churchill

Warren Adler

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... read more

David has 62 reviews





Theresa C.

Theresa C.

Apr, 2024

It's hard to describe what we want to sum up about David. He was so responsive to everything we needed to capture in our book cover. It was a very complicated story and it was hard to decide on the correct artistic version to best represent our cover. David gave us almost immediately (in probably less than a week) 4 to 5 options, all very unique and different. WE LOVED ALL OF THEM and it made i...
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David T.
Thank you Theresa! Can't wait to see the finished product!
Christopher H.

Christopher H.

Apr, 2024

The cover David made for my novel is amazing! He really understood what I wanted and tweaked things I asked about. Also, communication was never an issue. He answered any questions or concerns I had in a timely manner. I can’t say enough good things. I can’t wait to ask for his expertise again for my next novel!
David T.
Thank you Chris. It was a pleasure to work with you. Hopefully again soon for the next book.
James Q.

James Q.

Mar, 2024

David is a professional through and through; he is a great communicator and exceeded my expectations. As a newbie in the realm of publishing, I feel so fortunate to have had David guide me along the path. With patience and understanding, he delivered in spades.
David T.
Thank you Jim for such a fun project and I am glad it came out so well!
Fleur I.

Fleur I.

Mar, 2024

Working with David was easy. He kept me informed of progress and expected timelines, was responsive, and came up with some great concept designs. I'm very happy with the result!
David T.
Thank you Fleur! You have been a great client to work for and hope to working with you again in the future.


Feb, 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed partnering with David on this collaboration project. With this being my first time publishing as a self-publisher, there were so many unknowns. David was very patient throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend him to others!
David T.
Thank you Julie for such a nice review. I look forward to Book 2!

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