Domini Dragoone

Domini Dragoone - Designer

San Francisco, United States

Cover and interior designer with 20 years experience. I use passion and precision to create volumes readers love to spend time with.

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I am typically booked solid at least 2–3 weeks out.
I would love to speak with you about your project if you have a long lead-time.

I am a book cover and interior designer with twenty years of industry experience. I combine a passion for art history and classic elements with professionalism and precision to create books that are a pleasure for a reader to spend time with.

I consider myself an interior design specialist and am adept at any style of book, from novels to technical non-fiction. I have a special interest in wrangling complex and sprawling interiors—no amount of footnotes or formatting is too much! I'm a quick worker, and a great choice for if you need a fast turn-around.

After spending 10 years as Senior Designer for Perseus Books Group (now Hachette), I have transitioned to full time free-lancing — I would love to bring my talents and expertise to your project! My passion for art, design, and making things with my hands led me to earn a BFA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University, where I supplemented my graphic design curriculum with courses including printmaking and calligraphy. Since then, I have worked in publishing, designing book covers and interior pages for over 350 unique titles, as well as taken full advantage of the vibrant arts and music culture my city offers to work in photography.

Cover work is below, and please see the PAGES tab on my personal website to see more extensive examples of my interior design work.
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
LGBTQ (non fiction)


  • BFA in Graphic Design


  • Lambda Literary, Best Book Covers of 2010

Work experience

Freelance Book Cover and Interior Designer

August, 2004 – Present (about 15 years)

Clients include: Counterpoint Press, Soft Skull Press, Four Winds Press, Seal Press, Avalon Travel, Bibliomotion, LeafStorm Press, University of California Press, University of Windsor, Red Hill Publishing, and Rosetta Books, as well as dozens of independent authors.

My freelance work is primarily in publishing: designing book covers from concept to completion, designing book interiors, and all related production work (page layout, interior art management, mechanical prep). I'm also adept at content architecture for manuals and other info-packed multi-page documents.

I really enjoy the production side of design work - photo editing and manipulation (Photoshop), complex and detailed page layout (InDesign), working with vector illustrations and logos (Illustrator).

Senior Designer

Perseus Books Group
January, 2005 – December, 2014 (almost 10 years)

At Perseus, I worked on books produced under the Avalon Travel (Moon Handbooks travel guides, Road Trip USA) and Seal Press imprints. Key recent projects included the series re-design of the Moon Handbooks guidebooks, and the complete re-design and interior art overhaul of our Road Trip USA's 6th and 7th editions, as well as layout of all 900+ unique spreads.

Work for both Seal and Avalon included: book cover/full jacket design and mechanical production, interior page design and production on hundreds of books for Seal Press and Moon Handbooks, photo sourcing for covers (trade and travel), interior photo sourcing and coordination (dealing with permissions, copyright issues, stock sites, author submissions, outreach to private organizations), photo editing (re-touching, prep for print production).

I also worked closely with in-house editorial, cartography, marketing, and publicity departments on day-to-day book production; coordinated production needs with our authors (photo and art submissions, design issues); hired, art directed, and managed freelance designers for Seal titles; and worked efficiently with our book printers.

Production Assistant

William-Sonoma, Inc.
July, 2004 – December, 2004 (5 months)

Worked on the Williams-Sonoma Home catalog. Management of all product photography and photo shoot images, file prep for designers, database management, text corrections and other file production, and assisted editors, producers, photographers, marketing, and the buyers on any task needed towards producing the catalog.

Designer, Production, & Comp Artist

Orange Avenue Children's Publishing
September, 2002 – May, 2003 (8 months)

Book cover design and production, comp production for new projects, photography for covers and interiors, photo shoot art direction and styling, tech support, photo editing, illustration editing, package design, production for packaging mechanicals. Worked with all of shapes & sizes of books and book-like objects: boxes, trays, inserts, fold-outs, flash cards, etc.


One Heart Press
September, 2002 – January, 2003 (4 months)

Helped staff and press operators with any task, learned how to operate the press, made photo-polymer plates, learned about letter press paper stock/variances, and all related letter press knowledge.


Primo Angeli:Fitch
July, 2000 – September, 2001 (about 1 year)

Some packaging design work. Responsible for making comps of new/potential packages for client presentations. Digital photo editing in support of design staff. Responsible for documentation photos of the studio's work, and well as managing and digitizing the existing libraries. Assisted staff with small design and production tasks.

Graphic Designer

JC Graphics and Printing
February, 1999 – June, 2000 (over 1 year)

All manner of graphic design and production: logos, post cards, flyers, menus, posters, brochures, etc., for a wide range of clients (large tech companies, restaurant and hotel chains, individual business owners). Learned from the on-site high-volume press operators (offset lithography) about the nuts and bolts of production and making files press-ready.

Domini has 11 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Molly Jo Realy
I've self published minor works before for a tiny audience. This novel is my first "big" endeavor. From Day One, Domini talked me through the process, advised what she could do, and when my ideas wouldn't work, she still tried, and showed me her suggestions. I felt that she really listened to me from the beginning, incorporating much of what I asked for, and adding her professional expertise f...
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Molly Jo Realy, June 2019

Corin Gadsby
I absolutely love Domini! She is a true professional, so easy to work with and she is VERY involved with whatever project you give her. I was quite impressed with how thorough she is. She captured my book cover perfectly! As a new, first time self-published and this being my first book, I wanted everything to look as professional and polished as possible. I couldn't be happier and would defini...
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Corin Gadsby, May 2019

Jeff Teresi
Domini is a joy to work with. She goes above and beyond what's expected, delivering in every way! Domini is a fantastic communicator and collaborator. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again, and you shouldn't either! She's a true expert in her field and would add tremendous value to your project.

Jeff Teresi, April 2019

Domini Dragoone
Thanks so much, Jeff! Your enthusiasm and positivity made the project great to work on, and I enjoyed collaborating with you to make the project it's best. Would be happy to work with you on future...
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Dan Hague
Domini is a gem. The work was performed on time even though a number of iterations and changes were made along the way. The quality was excellent and Domini's creativity produced a very attractive book. I could not have hoped for a better outcome, and if I publish again I will be contacting her first.

Dan Hague, March 2019

Domini Dragoone
Hi Dan, thanks very much! It was great working with you — I'm pleased that you are happy with the project! I'm really happy with how it turned out as well. I hope that your readers will find it to ...
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Aaron Isley
My experience working with Domini Dragoone as an Interior Book Designer was absolutely incredible and exceeded my wildest expectations. Where others were intimidated by a daunting task with a pressing deadline she excelled. She really has it all and I cannot recommend her enough. I am so very lucky for Reedsy’s introduction to her. She is simply an All-Star, passionate and skilled. Her enthu...
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Aaron Isley, February 2019

Domini Dragoone
Thanks ever so much, Aaron! You are incredibly kind, and it has been a pleasure to work with you. This was a challenging project, but I enjoyed each part of it. Thanks for being flexible and eager ...
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