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Designers that have got your book covered

Your book doesn’t need to look good — it has to look great. A striking, brilliant design is a fundamental element in your book and is central to your marketing efforts. All of the designers on Reedsy can help you create that beautiful book, both inside and out. We have managed to source some of the finest and most decorated book designers working in publishing today. On the Reedsy marketplace you will find talented and experienced book cover designers, illustrators and typographers, who have dedicated their careers to creating beautiful books.

Look no further, here are some professionals who can help!

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Alyssa Stepien
Alyssa Stepien

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Rachel Lawston
Rachel Lawston

I am an experienced publishing designer with a friendly and flexible approach. Specialising in fiction, children's books and YA publishing.

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Cinyee Chiu
Cinyee Chiu

I enjoy making conceptual illustrations and character design. My style has the warmth of traditional media with some digital touches.

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David Schmelling
David Schmelling

I focus my work mainly on the genres Fantasy and Science Fiction, which may also include Horror or Adventure genres.

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Andy Allen
Andy Allen

London-based designer with 7 years experience. Working on book covers for publishers in the UK and USA. Enjoys long walks on the beach.

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Why do you need to hire a book design professional?

The truth is that if you fail to properly address the external appearance of your book, it will seriously reduce the chances of your work ever being noticed. Your book’s cover is the first thing readers will see about you, and you know what they say about first impressions… Why risk all those hours of hard work on your book going unnoticed, since people really do judge a book by its cover?

“The importance of hiring a cover design professional” Rachel Lawston - 8 min

Learning from a world-class designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann - 5 min

It’s just about the cover, right?

Not exactly. The cover is just the “packaging” of your book. Whilst you certainly want the packaging to be as beautiful and relevant as possible, you don’t want your readers to be let down once they open the book. Typesetting, typography and illustrations all play an enormous role in the inside design of your book. Here’s a great example of how you can stand out in print books through innovative layout design and typography:

Book Design in Self-Publishing: Breaking New Ground 8 min

Success stories

It’s been an incredible journey so far, watching authors build the perfect editorial, design and marketing teams around them. We’re particularly excited about great book design, so we love to highlight some of the best covers and projects that Reedsy has enabled. Here are just a couple of examples:

Publishing our investor’s book: a Fundraising Field Guide

A Reedsy Success Story — Matt Bieber’s Life in the Loop

These book covers were designed on Reedsy by professional book designers

Book designer interviews

What happens when you bring the best book designers in the industry together? You learn a thing or two about their craft. Check out some of our interviews; we guarantee you’ll learn something new, just like we did.

What To Expect From Your Book Cover Designer Simon Avery - (5 min)

The Perfect Book Cover: Interviewing Graphic Designer Nuno Moreira

Surrealist Cover Design: Interview with Jeff Huang

Design services definitions

“Book Design” encompasses quite a wide range of different skills and services. On our marketplace, you’ll be able to search specifically for cover designers, illustrators, typesetters and typographers.

Book cover design Your book cover design is your first and foremost marketing tool. It needs to both reflect your genre and have an originality element that will draw the eyes of the reader, even in thumbnail size. Read more

Book illustration Book illustrations are vital in certain genres and totally optional in others. Finding an illustrator who can put images on your words is no easy task, but it can become the most rewarding partnership in your writing career. Read more

Book layout design The layout design, or typesetting, of a print book is what usually marks the difference between an amateur writer and a professional one. For ebook formats, the formatting is just as important, and can be quite complex for certain types of books. Read more

Typography Typography is the art of arranging words and other elements on the page. It will play an important role on your cover, and an even more important one on your typesetting. Read more

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Alyssa Stepien
Alyssa Stepien

view profile
Rachel Lawston
Rachel Lawston

I am an experienced publishing designer with a friendly and flexible approach. Specialising in fiction, children's books and YA publishing.

view profile
Cinyee Chiu
Cinyee Chiu

I enjoy making conceptual illustrations and character design. My style has the warmth of traditional media with some digital touches.

view profile
David Schmelling
David Schmelling

I focus my work mainly on the genres Fantasy and Science Fiction, which may also include Horror or Adventure genres.

view profile
Andy Allen
Andy Allen

London-based designer with 7 years experience. Working on book covers for publishers in the UK and USA. Enjoys long walks on the beach.

view profile

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