Deborah Leask

Deborah Leask – Designer

Designer with nearly 25 years print experience and 7 years working with Pan Macmillan on internal book design and layout, across all genres.

Overview

I have nearly 25 years experience in the design industry and over 7 years in book publishing (freelance and contract) specifically in internal book design and layout. I have mainly worked for Macmillan publishers, working on some amazing books such as the Allie Esiri poetry collections (A poem for every day of the year, Shakespeare for every day of the year, etc) Greenwild, The Adventures on Trains series, Marcus Rashfords Breakfast Club Adventures and Homebody: Discovering What It Means To Be Me, to name a few. I can design your fiction/non-fiction kids, YA and poetry books.

I’ve always been a book nerd since I was a small child, permanently in the library and a firm member of the book worm club. Working in publishing is definitely my happy place.

I work well when given as much information as possible – nothing makes a designer happier than an excellent brief. I will provide some sample pages once the brief is sent through, for your approval. Once approved, I will typeset your book and provide a print-ready pdf.

I work well with deadlines and enjoy getting a job done well and on time.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Poetry Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2014 — Present

I work for several clients on a variety of work from book layouts to leaflet and brochure design and everything inbetween!

Pan Macmillan

Jul, 2022 — Dec, 2023 (over 1 year)

As design manager I managed the creative day to day running of MCB 6+ interior text design, creating and correcting innovative, sympathetic integrated interior layouts.

Portfolio

Book Interior Design
The Breakfast Club Adventures

Alex Falase-Koya

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
THE BREAKFAST CLUB ADVENTURES: THE GHOUL

Alex Falase-Koya

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
The Arctic Railway Assassin PB MME

M.G. Leonard

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design
Homebody

Parish, Theo

HarperAlley

Book Interior Design
Greenwild: The World Behind the Door

Thomson, Pari

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Book Interior Design
The Ice Children

Leonard, M G

MacMillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
The Headmaster's List

de la Cruz, Melissa

Roaring Brook Press

Book Interior Design
The Changing Man

Oyemakinde, Tomi

Feiwel & Friends

Book Interior Design
William Again (Just William series Book 3)

Crompton, Richmal

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
Shaping the World: 40 Historical Heroes in Verse

Brownlee, Liz

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya Book 1)

Faizal, Hafsah

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Book Interior Design
Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Allie Esiri

Penguin Books

Book Interior Design
Festival Frenzy! (5) (Girls Can Vlog)

Moss, Emma

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design
A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Esiri, Allie

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design
She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women

Sampson, Ana

Macmillan Children's Books

Book Interior Design

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