David Ter-Avanesyan

David Ter-Avanesyan - Designer Tick

New York, United States

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I am a creative book cover designer with over 14 years experience designing book covers for various publishers: Sterling Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Inc., Prospect Park Press, University of Nevada Press, Dutton, RosettaBooks, Akashic Books, Prospect Park Books, Heraklid Books, Penn State, University Press, St. Martin’s Press, Basic Books, McGraw-Hill, Joggling Board Press.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
Entertainment
History
Nature
Photography
Psychology
True Crime
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literature
Thriller

Work experience

Senior Designer

Sterling Publishing
October, 2013 – Present (about 5 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 (almost 14 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 (25 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

American Quartet (Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries Book 1)

Warren Adler

Detective Fiona Fitzgerald is an unlikely force for justice in Washington, D.C.’s predominantly male police force. As a Senator’s daughter and top investigator in the homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department, Fiona maneuvers between two vastly different worlds, moving quickly from opulent State galas to gritty crime scenes. Born into the elite social circles of the nation’s capi... read more

Detective Fiona Fitzgerald is an unlikely force for justice in Washington, D.C.’s predominantly male police force. As a Senator’s daughter and top investigator in the homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department, Fiona maneuvers between two vastly different worlds, moving quickly from opulent State galas to gritty crime scenes. Born into the elite social circles of the nation’s capi... 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

Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster

Jonathan Eig

The real story of how the federal government finally apprehended and convicted America’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone.Drawing on recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone’s handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation’s most infamous criminal in rich new detail.F... read more

The real story of how the federal government finally apprehended and convicted America’s most notorious criminal, Al Capone.Drawing on recently discovered government documents, wiretap transcripts, and Al Capone’s handwritten personal letters, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Eig tells the dramatic story of the rise and fall of the nation’s most infamous criminal in rich new detail.F... read more

The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol: A Cocktail of Amusing Anecdotes and Opinion on the Art of Imbibing

Ben McFarland, Tom Sandham

Inspired by its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol presents a dryly humorous cultural history of liquor for those who long to drink less—but drink better. Written by two of the UK's top drinks journalists, it celebrates alcohol's influence on life, love, literature, and learning. The amusing alternative and intellectual guide spans the ages... read more

Inspired by its successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Thinking Drinker's Guide to Alcohol presents a dryly humorous cultural history of liquor for those who long to drink less—but drink better. Written by two of the UK's top drinks journalists, it celebrates alcohol's influence on life, love, literature, and learning. The amusing alternative and intellectual guide spans the ages... read more

Fractal 3D Magic

This groundbreaking 3D showcase offers a rare glimpse into the dazzling world of computer-generated fractal art. Prolific polymath Clifford Pickover introduces the collection, which provides background on everything from the classic Mandelbrot set, to the infinitely porous Menger Sponge, to ethereal fractal flames. The following eye-popping gallery displays mathematical formulas transformed in... read more

This groundbreaking 3D showcase offers a rare glimpse into the dazzling world of computer-generated fractal art. Prolific polymath Clifford Pickover introduces the collection, which provides background on everything from the classic Mandelbrot set, to the infinitely porous Menger Sponge, to ethereal fractal flames. The following eye-popping gallery displays mathematical formulas transformed in... read more

I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford

Richard Snow

A fresh, meticulous, and entertaining account of Henry Ford, the Model-T, and the invention of the American car industry in the early twentieth century that “will make you rethink the man whose legacy sits in your garage” (Parade).From the acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow, who “writes with verve and a keen eye” (The New York Times Book Review), comes a fresh and entertaining account of... read more

A fresh, meticulous, and entertaining account of Henry Ford, the Model-T, and the invention of the American car industry in the early twentieth century that “will make you rethink the man whose legacy sits in your garage” (Parade).From the acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow, who “writes with verve and a keen eye” (The New York Times Book Review), comes a fresh and entertaining account of... read more

Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America

Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists take an unbridled look into one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations, a breathtaking race to avert a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.How safe are we? What do we sacrifice to feel safe? And who pays the ultimate price? Two Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists examine one of the most sensitive post–9/11 nationa... read more

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists take an unbridled look into one of the most sensitive post-9/11 national security investigations, a breathtaking race to avert a second devastating terrorist attack on American soil.How safe are we? What do we sacrifice to feel safe? And who pays the ultimate price? Two Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists examine one of the most sensitive post–9/11 nationa... read more

The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception

Robin Gaby Fisher, Angelo J Guglielmo Jr.

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There is a riveting real-life mystery, a probe into the inner depths of humanity. This is a page-turner for every American” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis). Tania Head’s astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001, was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow, of horror and inspiration. It transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of t... read more

“The Woman Who Wasn’t There is a riveting real-life mystery, a probe into the inner depths of humanity. This is a page-turner for every American” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis). Tania Head’s astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001, was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow, of horror and inspiration. It transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of t... read more

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

James W. Douglass

The acclaimed book Oliver Stone called “the best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance,” JFK and the Unspeakable details not just how the conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy was carried out, but WHY it was done…and why it still matters today.At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horri... read more

The acclaimed book Oliver Stone called “the best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance,” JFK and the Unspeakable details not just how the conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy was carried out, but WHY it was done…and why it still matters today.At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horri... 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

Inside, Outside

Herman Wouk

From Pulitzer Prize–winning American author Herman Wouk, Inside, Outside is a rich and compelling story—beautifully focused and often hilarious…Israel David Goodkind is a minor bureaucrat in the Nixon White House, killing empty office time by writing the story of four generations of his large, sprawling Russian-Jewish immigrant family. As he recounts his brief stint in show business, his torri... read more

From Pulitzer Prize–winning American author Herman Wouk, Inside, Outside is a rich and compelling story—beautifully focused and often hilarious…Israel David Goodkind is a minor bureaucrat in the Nixon White House, killing empty office time by writing the story of four generations of his large, sprawling Russian-Jewish immigrant family. As he recounts his brief stint in show business, his torri... read more

The Glory

Herman Wouk

The gripping sequel to Pulitzer Prize–winner Herman Wouk’s stunning historical novel The Hope…The Glory plunges immediately into the violence and upheaval of the Six-Day War of 1967—and continues the dramatic story of Israel’s struggle for survival. A sprawling, action-packed novel, Wouk takes readers through the terrors of the Yom Kippur War, the famous Entebbe rescue, and the airstrikes on S... read more

The gripping sequel to Pulitzer Prize–winner Herman Wouk’s stunning historical novel The Hope…The Glory plunges immediately into the violence and upheaval of the Six-Day War of 1967—and continues the dramatic story of Israel’s struggle for survival. A sprawling, action-packed novel, Wouk takes readers through the terrors of the Yom Kippur War, the famous Entebbe rescue, and the airstrikes on S... 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

Simply Human: Reflections on the Life We Share

Alan Bodnar Ph.D.

In this book of sixty-six essays selected from his long-running “In Person” column in Massachusetts Psychologist and New England Psychologist, Alan Bodnar provides a window into the mind and heart of a practicing psychologist as he goes about his work and life. What began for him as an attempt to describe the lives of people who are considered very different because of severe mental illness qu... read more

In this book of sixty-six essays selected from his long-running “In Person” column in Massachusetts Psychologist and New England Psychologist, Alan Bodnar provides a window into the mind and heart of a practicing psychologist as he goes about his work and life. What began for him as an attempt to describe the lives of people who are considered very different because of severe mental illness qu... 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

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Judith Dr

David did a wonderful job with the front and back covers of my novel and on the interior. I highly recommend him. I wanted a book cover that said "pick me up" and he delivered. I was very impressed with his consistent and timely responses to my numerous first time author questions and mistakes. He was very patient and obliging . I will differently be using him for my second

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Judith Dr, September 2018


Jerad Wolfrum

David was a pleasure to work with and he did an amazing job on the cover art for my book. He provided several options at the beginning of the process and we worked together to quickly narrow down the design. He was very responsive and easy to work with. I'll definitely work with him again on my next book.

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Jerad Wolfrum, December 2017


DB Rhys

Working with David Ter-Avenesyan is the easiest thing to do in the world of books. The back and forth and communication was always quick and professional (he usually replied well within an hours time). He far exceeded any expectations that I had with my book, Freakshow. We talked about it and some design ideas I had, and when he sent me the first round of mock-ups I was surprised to see that he...

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DB Rhys, June 2017


Bruno Jambor

David's professionalism is of very high quality. He responds fast, his work is artistic. He made several suggestions that improved the cover design. His knowledge extends to the details of what it takes to get the cover uploaded for publication. I enjoyed cooperating with David and would recommend him without any hesitation.

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Bruno Jambor, March 2017


Allyn Reid

My project was in great hands with David. He was responsive, provided value and goes above and beyond. He's now my go-to for book needs. Highly recommend working with him.

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Allyn Reid, February 2017

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