Laura Duffy

Laura Duffy - Designer Tick

New York, NY, USA

I create stunning book packaging that stands out in the marketplace and contributes to the sales of my clients' books. See below for more.

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MY FEES
My fee for cover design is $1050. This includes:
• at least 3 unique cover concepts to choose from
• changes based on your feedback
• 3D mockup
• eBook cover
• 1 fully designed, printer ready mechanical layout (front, spine and backad)

Having a professionally designed book cover is crucial to the success of a book. Choosing a designer who has the experience of working with two of the largest publishing houses in the world, Random House and Simon and Schuster is one of the most important—and wisest—investments you’ll make in your book’s journey towards publication.

My years of experience of working with some of the most talented editorial, marketing and publicity people in the world gets passed on to my clients as we work collaboratively towards a stunning package that will stand out and sell books in a very crowded marketplace.

I support my clients from the initial phase of cover concept right through to creating the final, fully designed, printer ready files. All aspects of the packaging are carefully considered including messaging on both the front and the back covers using the cover to it's fullest selling potential.

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PROCESS
We begin with an initial conversation which serves as the cover concept discussion.

I prefer to read as much of a manuscript as possible to get inspiration, so I ask for at least 2 weeks from receipt of the script to delivery to you of the first round of comps. If time is of the essence I can work with a summary.
Most of my clients prefer to communicate over the phone rather than soley through email, and I am more than happy to do that. After the delivery of the first round we'll go over changes and move on the next round of revised comps.

Once the cover is approved, and the interior design is complete we move on to the creation of the mechanical. With the back-ad copy and an author photo if needed, I put together a fully designed layout. Once that is approved I put together a printer ready PDF that you can upload to the printer you are working with.
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ADDITIONAL DESIGN SERVICES FOR AUTHORS:
• Landing Pages $500
• Websites 2-5 Pages $800
• Imprint Logo Design $300
• Marketing Material (Social headers, Bookmarks, Ads, Fliers, etc.) @ hourly rate of $55
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CROSS PROMOTION on SOCIAL MEDIA
It's very exciting when a book comes to fruition, and I am often very proud to announce the publication of my clients' books on my Instagram and FB feeds.

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TESTIMONIALS

"In my experience, the world of book publishing essentially boils down to three levels of art designers: many are decent, some have real talent, and a tiny fraction are stone-cold, lights-out pros that can make an author do backflips out of sheer delight. Laura Duffy is that third one. "
—Kent Hartman, bestselling author of
The Wrecking Crew and Goodnight, L.A. and editor of Life In the Key of Rubini


"I came to Laura from one of the big box self publishing companies that do it all for you. My experience with this company had been disappointing at every step. But when I saw the cover they had designed, I knew that I needed to jump ship and find a professional graphic artist to completely rework the cover.

Laura did an awesome job. After reading through my book, she provided several different conceptual suggestions for a cover. From that group, we worked together to fine tune the image, text and font. In the end, Laura provided me with an absolutely perfect cover for my book. She was good natured and easy to work with. In addition, I found Laura to be flexible, attentive and most important, artistically talented and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Laura for book cover design." —Rob Brown M.D., author of Toxic Home | Conscious Home


"Laura is a fantastic book cover designer. Beyond the creative inspiration she has brought to my novel's cover, she has also been available night and day to promptly answer my emails. She brought together the e-book and mechanical covers, and actually helped me when I ran into issues with my interior epub/MOBI formatting--which I hadn't even hired or paid her for. Very professional and personable. Strongly recommend."
—Sean Dunn, author of Anthem's Fall


"Laura did excellent creative work designing the book cover for Double Happiness. She was patient, inventive, and knowledgeable, and she created not just a stunning front cover, but also a gorgeous back cover for the book, as well as a set of special covers for the book's Advanced Review Copies and a fully functional cover for the e-book that works beautifully across electronic platforms and formats. She was also incredibly patient as I requested numerous copy and design changes throughout the creative process, and she always responded in a timely manner. Dynamite creative!" —Tony Brasunas author, of Double Happiness

Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Health & wellbeing
History
Parenting & Families
Politics & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literature

Work experience

Graphic Designer | Art Director

Self-employed
August, 2012 – Present (about 6 years)

Print and digital design/production of book covers (traditional and eBook), as well as promotional
material, presentations, corporate identity, print ads, web site development, marketing campaigns
including photo research, editing and manipulation for clients on a national level.
Clients include: Teachers College Press, Springer/Demos Health Publishing, Judge Judy Sheindlin,
Sourcebooks Publishing

Senior Art Director • Lead Art Director Image Books

Random House
October, 1996 – August, 2012 (almost 16 years)

Designed and managed over 40 book jackets and covers a year from concept and design to final production. Responsibilities included hiring outside designers, illustrators, and photographers, photo research, organizing and directing photo shoots, attending press runs and over-seeing in-house freelance designers. Highly skilled at photo retouching and manipulation.

Specific projects: Ryan O’Neal, Tim Ferris, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, Patti LuPone, Mindy Kaling, Jean Auel, Carol Burnett, Jillian Michaels, Joe McGinniss, Suzanne Somers, Alice Hoffman, Deepak Chopra, Chris Bohjalian, Bryan Batt

Portfolio (55 selected works)

The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov

Ani Tuzman

A story inspired by the legendary spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Good Master of the Name, who beckoned forth love from the hearts of rag pickers, ruby merchants, midwives, and murderers. Poor orphan. Simpleton. Harder to tame than the wind.He hears what they call him.But he listens to the presence his father promised would never leave him.Yisroel f... read more

A story inspired by the legendary spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Good Master of the Name, who beckoned forth love from the hearts of rag pickers, ruby merchants, midwives, and murderers. Poor orphan. Simpleton. Harder to tame than the wind.He hears what they call him.But he listens to the presence his father promised would never leave him.Yisroel f... read more

TBD—To Be Determined: Leading with Clarity and Confidence in Uncertain Times

Brenda Kline Reynolds

Become a master of the “now what?” moment. As a leader, you know that complexity, responsibility, change, and uncertainty come with the job. How you manage uncertainty sends a big ripple through your organization. Learning how “to be” when the answer is unclear may be the most important leadership muscle you need to build. Leadership expert Brenda Reynolds equips you with information, strategi... read more

Become a master of the “now what?” moment. As a leader, you know that complexity, responsibility, change, and uncertainty come with the job. How you manage uncertainty sends a big ripple through your organization. Learning how “to be” when the answer is unclear may be the most important leadership muscle you need to build. Leadership expert Brenda Reynolds equips you with information, strategi... read more

Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You

Jillian Michaels

Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds that stand between looking perfectly okay and looking knock-their-eyes-out great? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see for yourself what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had in your life? Then you need this book.Making the Cut is a unique, i... read more

Are you in good shape but struggling with those last ten to twenty pounds that stand between looking perfectly okay and looking knock-their-eyes-out great? Do you have an event on the calendar where you’d love to make jaws drop? Or do you just want to see for yourself what it would be like to have the best body you’ve ever had in your life? Then you need this book.Making the Cut is a unique, i... read more

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) (Hardback) - Common

By (author) Cathie Black

Histoire Du Bas-Empire V19: En Commencant a Constantin Le Grand (1776)

Histoire Du Bas-Empire V19: En Commencant a Constantin Le Grand (1776)

Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place

Suzanne Somers

In Knockout, Suzanne Somers interviews doctors who are successfully using the most innovative cancer treatments—treatments that build up the body rather than tear it down. Somers herself has stared cancer in the face, and a decade later she has conquered her fear and has emerged confident with the path she's chosen.Now she shares her personal choices and outlines an array of options from docto... read more

In Knockout, Suzanne Somers interviews doctors who are successfully using the most innovative cancer treatments—treatments that build up the body rather than tear it down. Somers herself has stared cancer in the face, and a decade later she has conquered her fear and has emerged confident with the path she's chosen.Now she shares her personal choices and outlines an array of options from docto... read more

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhap... read more

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhap... read more

Do Black Lives Matter To God: Black Characters of Purpose in Scripture

Jefferson D. Edwards

Political and religious leaders—past and present—have shaped the thinking of society to see blacks and people of color as inferior. As a result, cultural, social, political and religious groups devalued the importance of blacks. This negative mindset has existed for centuries in the Western hemisphere and has escalated to even higher levels today.Do Black Lives Matter to God? takes us on a his... read more

Political and religious leaders—past and present—have shaped the thinking of society to see blacks and people of color as inferior. As a result, cultural, social, political and religious groups devalued the importance of blacks. This negative mindset has existed for centuries in the Western hemisphere and has escalated to even higher levels today.Do Black Lives Matter to God? takes us on a his... read more

I'm One of The Lucky Ones: Remembering a Soul Mate

Joseph Alvaro

I’m One of The Lucky OnesThere is a continuing bond with those we have loved and lost that we should embrace and celebrate. However, in our society there is a natural propensity to avoid any discussion of our lost ones for fear of making those around us uncomfortable. So, we keep our thoughts and remembrances to ourselves. When his wife passed away, the author turned his attention to raising t... read more

I’m One of The Lucky OnesThere is a continuing bond with those we have loved and lost that we should embrace and celebrate. However, in our society there is a natural propensity to avoid any discussion of our lost ones for fear of making those around us uncomfortable. So, we keep our thoughts and remembrances to ourselves. When his wife passed away, the author turned his attention to raising t... read more

The Gay Detective: Nick and Norm in Chicago

Kenneth D. Michaels

The premier of Nick Scott’s TV talk show, The Gay Detective, appears to be a big hit until his first guest ends up murdered. Nick, also a gay detective with the Chicago Police Department, and his older, straight partner Detective Norm Malone hunt this heinous serial killer tagged The Reaper. This odd couple encounters both personal and professional conflict as this suspenseful noir thriller ra... read more

The premier of Nick Scott’s TV talk show, The Gay Detective, appears to be a big hit until his first guest ends up murdered. Nick, also a gay detective with the Chicago Police Department, and his older, straight partner Detective Norm Malone hunt this heinous serial killer tagged The Reaper. This odd couple encounters both personal and professional conflict as this suspenseful noir thriller ra... read more

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

Donald Spoto

Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unpre... read more

Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unpre... read more

Foster Girl, A Memoir

Georgette Todd

Georgette Todd's mother was shot in the head when she was a small child. Her father was never in the picture and with hardly any available or "appropriate" family members willing to care for Georgette and her baby sister, both girls had no choice but to enter foster care. And that's when life really spun out of control for the Todd sisters. In "Foster Girl, A Memoir," Georgette relives the mos... read more

Georgette Todd's mother was shot in the head when she was a small child. Her father was never in the picture and with hardly any available or "appropriate" family members willing to care for Georgette and her baby sister, both girls had no choice but to enter foster care. And that's when life really spun out of control for the Todd sisters. In "Foster Girl, A Memoir," Georgette relives the mos... read more

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain

The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Ca... read more

The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Ca... read more

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

Joe McGinniss

rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon. In his critically accl... read more

rogue (r¯og), n: An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone,in which state it is very savage.—Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary After three years of research, bestselling journalist Joe McGinniss presents his already controversial and much anticipated investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon. In his critically accl... read more

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

Annabelle Gurwitch, Jeff Kahn

In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence, and pinot noir. After thirteen years of being married, Annabelle and Jeff have found “We’re just not that into us.” Instead of giving up, they’ve held their relationship together by ... read more

In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence, and pinot noir. After thirteen years of being married, Annabelle and Jeff have found “We’re just not that into us.” Instead of giving up, they’ve held their relationship together by ... read more

The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years

Richard M. Lerner PH.D

For many parents the thought of the teen years holds more dread than all the sleepless nights of infancy and scraped knees of childhood combined. After all, teens are obstinate, inconsiderate, and defiant; they sulk and stress; they are prone to bad decisions and unreasonable behavior. Given the option, most parents would happily skip the storms of adolescence and move right in to the relative... read more

For many parents the thought of the teen years holds more dread than all the sleepless nights of infancy and scraped knees of childhood combined. After all, teens are obstinate, inconsiderate, and defiant; they sulk and stress; they are prone to bad decisions and unreasonable behavior. Given the option, most parents would happily skip the storms of adolescence and move right in to the relative... read more

The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom

Izzy Rose

Meet Izzy Rose–a hilarious and chic new stepmom trying to come to terms with the package deal. A single “middle-class socialite” living in San Francisco, Izzy loved her career as a successful, Emmy Award-winning TV producer and she was fine with the fact that she was unmarried and kid-less at thirty-five. But, then she fell in love with an irresistible Southern man named Hank and her Izzy-cent... read more

Meet Izzy Rose–a hilarious and chic new stepmom trying to come to terms with the package deal. A single “middle-class socialite” living in San Francisco, Izzy loved her career as a successful, Emmy Award-winning TV producer and she was fine with the fact that she was unmarried and kid-less at thirty-five. But, then she fell in love with an irresistible Southern man named Hank and her Izzy-cent... read more

Patti LuPone: A Memoir

Patti LuPone

The legendary Patti LuPone is one of the theatre’s most beloved leading ladies. Now she lays it all bare, sharing the intimate story of her life both onstage and off--through the dizzying highs and darkest lows--with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.With nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a workin... read more

The legendary Patti LuPone is one of the theatre’s most beloved leading ladies. Now she lays it all bare, sharing the intimate story of her life both onstage and off--through the dizzying highs and darkest lows--with the humor and outspokenness that have become her trademarks.With nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a workin... read more

A Piece of Cake: A Memoir

Cupcake Brown

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty. And that’s when things got interesting... You have before you the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhil... read more

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness. Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she’d even turned twenty. And that’s when things got interesting... You have before you the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhil... read more

Anthem's Fall

S.L. Dunn

S.L. Dunn's riveting debut channels Michael Crichton style science fiction with high flying action that falls nowhere short of Marvel Comics.The genius. The dreamer. The leader.A technology unleashes a genocide upon a race of gods.Two lost warriors are willing to die for their divided beliefs.And a lone young woman will decide the fate of two worlds. Above a horrified New York City, genetics a... read more

S.L. Dunn's riveting debut channels Michael Crichton style science fiction with high flying action that falls nowhere short of Marvel Comics.The genius. The dreamer. The leader.A technology unleashes a genocide upon a race of gods.Two lost warriors are willing to die for their divided beliefs.And a lone young woman will decide the fate of two worlds. Above a horrified New York City, genetics a... read more

The Path to Get There: A Common Core Road Map for Higher Student Achievement Across the Disciplines

Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Cristina Alfaro

The Common Core State Standards represents a call for all teachers to focus on the literacy learning of their students. Together, these skills reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing comprise the literacies that students must develop if they are to master content and be successful in college or the workplace. This book will assist content-area teachers in understanding the Common Co... read more

The Common Core State Standards represents a call for all teachers to focus on the literacy learning of their students. Together, these skills reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing comprise the literacies that students must develop if they are to master content and be successful in college or the workplace. This book will assist content-area teachers in understanding the Common Co... read more

Your Best Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Easing the Aches, Pains, and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your Pregnancy

Jill Hoefs MPT, Denise Jagroo DPT MTC WCS

" Have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience helping women ease sore feet, aching backs, incessant peeing, and many other uncomfortable conditions, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help women feel their best from head to toe. Through detailed photographs, illustrations, and... read more

" Have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience helping women ease sore feet, aching backs, incessant peeing, and many other uncomfortable conditions, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help women feel their best from head to toe. Through detailed photographs, illustrations, and... read more

Educating Literacy Teachers Online Tools, Techniques, and Transformations (Language & Literacy)

Lane W. Clarke, Susan Watts-Taffe

''Be prepared to experience a compelling journey through underlying principles of effective professional development, practical examples of how online and hybrid learning experiences benefit both learners and teachers, and instructional models that have been used successfully to strengthen critical learning outcomes for reading professionals. This might very well be the book that inspires you,... read more

''Be prepared to experience a compelling journey through underlying principles of effective professional development, practical examples of how online and hybrid learning experiences benefit both learners and teachers, and instructional models that have been used successfully to strengthen critical learning outcomes for reading professionals. This might very well be the book that inspires you,... read more

Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget

David Wessel

The Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, columnist, and bestselling author of In Fed We Trust, dissects the federal budget in this New York Times bestseller.In a sweeping narrative about the people and the politics behind the budget--a topic that is fiercely debated today in the halls of Congress and the media, and yet is often misunderstood by the American public--Wessel looks at the 2011 fiscal ... read more

The Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, columnist, and bestselling author of In Fed We Trust, dissects the federal budget in this New York Times bestseller.In a sweeping narrative about the people and the politics behind the budget--a topic that is fiercely debated today in the halls of Congress and the media, and yet is often misunderstood by the American public--Wessel looks at the 2011 fiscal ... read more

Gold Diggers and Deadbeat Dads: True Stories of Friends, Family, and Financial Ruin

Valerie Rind

Winner, 2015 Plutus Award for Best New Personal Finance BookFew people other than close friends and family knew I suffered a financial disaster after loaning money to my husband's startup. Plus, I uncovered a shocking secret he kept for a decade.I felt stupid, ashamed, and embarrassed. Here you can read riveting, true stories of ordinary people like me who faced financial hardships thanks to s... read more

Winner, 2015 Plutus Award for Best New Personal Finance BookFew people other than close friends and family knew I suffered a financial disaster after loaning money to my husband's startup. Plus, I uncovered a shocking secret he kept for a decade.I felt stupid, ashamed, and embarrassed. Here you can read riveting, true stories of ordinary people like me who faced financial hardships thanks to s... read more

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

Pierre Dukan

Devised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like. Originally published in 2000, the Dukan Diet swept across France, championed by people who successfully lost weight following its unique four phase regime. T... read more

Devised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like. Originally published in 2000, the Dukan Diet swept across France, championed by people who successfully lost weight following its unique four phase regime. T... read more

The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley and the Wailers' Album of the Century

Vivien Goldman

Follow the Sacred Journey to Create One of the Lasting Musical Masterpieces of Our TimeBob Marley is one of our most important and influential artists. Recorded in London after an assassination attempt on his life sent Marley into exile from Jamaica, Exodus is the most lasting testament to his social conscience. Named by Time magazine as “Album of the Century,” Exodus is reggae superstar Bob M... read more

Follow the Sacred Journey to Create One of the Lasting Musical Masterpieces of Our TimeBob Marley is one of our most important and influential artists. Recorded in London after an assassination attempt on his life sent Marley into exile from Jamaica, Exodus is the most lasting testament to his social conscience. Named by Time magazine as “Album of the Century,” Exodus is reggae superstar Bob M... read more

Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela, D. Michael Cheers

One of today's few living world-class artists--and rare spirits--narrates a magical journey around the world in this epic, music-soaked tale of love, excess, exile, and home. Hugh Masekela is a prodigiously talented giant of jazz and world music and a pioneer in bringing the voice and spirit of Africa to the West, but his globe-trotting tale transcends music. Masekela has lived a rich and rele... read more

One of today's few living world-class artists--and rare spirits--narrates a magical journey around the world in this epic, music-soaked tale of love, excess, exile, and home. Hugh Masekela is a prodigiously talented giant of jazz and world music and a pioneer in bringing the voice and spirit of Africa to the West, but his globe-trotting tale transcends music. Masekela has lived a rich and rele... read more

13 Is the New 18: And Other Things My Children Taught Me--While I Was Having a Nervous Breakdown Being Their Mother

Beth J. Harpaz

“I wonder sometimes if there’s something to the old superstition about the number thirteen. Maybe that superstition was originally created by the mothers in some tribe who noticed that in their children’s thirteenth year, they suddenly became possessed by evil spirits. Because it did seem that whenever Taz was around, things spilled and shattered, calm turned into chaos, and tempers were lost.... read more

“I wonder sometimes if there’s something to the old superstition about the number thirteen. Maybe that superstition was originally created by the mothers in some tribe who noticed that in their children’s thirteenth year, they suddenly became possessed by evil spirits. Because it did seem that whenever Taz was around, things spilled and shattered, calm turned into chaos, and tempers were lost.... read more

Mother on Fire: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting!

Sandra Tsing Loh

This is a story about the year I exploded into flames...which turns out to be more common than you’d think among forty-something humans. Yeah, we can hold it together in our thirties, with a raft of hair products and semi-tall nonfat half-caf beverages....Come the forties, though, cracks begin to appear....Gourmet coffee splats; the wig slips askew. In other words, my friends, THE WHEELS COME ... read more

This is a story about the year I exploded into flames...which turns out to be more common than you’d think among forty-something humans. Yeah, we can hold it together in our thirties, with a raft of hair products and semi-tall nonfat half-caf beverages....Come the forties, though, cracks begin to appear....Gourmet coffee splats; the wig slips askew. In other words, my friends, THE WHEELS COME ... read more

Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin

Paul Feig

Lost in love and don't know much? Paul Feig knew even less...Like any other red-blooded, straight young man, Paul Feig spent much of his teenage years trying to solve the mystery of women. Unlike most red-blooded, straight teenage boys, however, Paul Feig was sadly at a considerable disadvantage. He was tall and gangly. He had a love for musical theater. And, perhaps the death knell for his bu... read more

Lost in love and don't know much? Paul Feig knew even less...Like any other red-blooded, straight young man, Paul Feig spent much of his teenage years trying to solve the mystery of women. Unlike most red-blooded, straight teenage boys, however, Paul Feig was sadly at a considerable disadvantage. He was tall and gangly. He had a love for musical theater. And, perhaps the death knell for his bu... read more

Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe

A gothic horror story that imagines what happens to Frnkenstein's monster after the death of his creator, Victor. What becomes of a monster without its maker? At the end of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the creator dies but his creation still lives, cursed to a life of isolation and hatred. Frankenstein’s Monster continues the creature’s story as he’s compelled to discover his humanity, to esc... read more

A gothic horror story that imagines what happens to Frnkenstein's monster after the death of his creator, Victor. What becomes of a monster without its maker? At the end of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, the creator dies but his creation still lives, cursed to a life of isolation and hatred. Frankenstein’s Monster continues the creature’s story as he’s compelled to discover his humanity, to esc... read more

Architects of the Unintended

Matthew F Coz

'What we got here is a brick building. Bricks. Got it? Nothin' but a big old rectangle in the middle of Oklahoma. I remember it used to be barren land back some. Nothin' special. It's gonna be full of offices. People will come and go and some of them will be there a long time. And some not. I seen this plenty of times before.' With an array of unforgettable linked stories that rhythmically cap... read more

'What we got here is a brick building. Bricks. Got it? Nothin' but a big old rectangle in the middle of Oklahoma. I remember it used to be barren land back some. Nothin' special. It's gonna be full of offices. People will come and go and some of them will be there a long time. And some not. I seen this plenty of times before.' With an array of unforgettable linked stories that rhythmically cap... read more

Beneficiaries of Deceit

Christopher Hallowell

Jake Lambrusco, a recent graduate of financially foundering Cabot College in Boston, finds himself ensnared in the Peruvian jungle fighting questions of morality and ethics as the sacking of an unknown ruin is masterminded by archaeology professor Jaime De Cardo, a new hire at the college. De Cardo turns out to be an irrepressible sexual predator, a crime which Arthur Malvey, the college’s dri... read more

Jake Lambrusco, a recent graduate of financially foundering Cabot College in Boston, finds himself ensnared in the Peruvian jungle fighting questions of morality and ethics as the sacking of an unknown ruin is masterminded by archaeology professor Jaime De Cardo, a new hire at the college. De Cardo turns out to be an irrepressible sexual predator, a crime which Arthur Malvey, the college’s dri... read more

The Irish Tempest

Elizabeth J Sparrow

Ireland, 1911: After seven centuries of unyielding oppression, there is a tempest rising, a national yearning for Irish independence. It threatens to sweep away all that is precious to the very privileged O'Rourke and de la Roche families. Seismic changes are but a whisper away. What begins as a squabbling friendship between the wastrel Courtland O'Rourke and the defiant, mischief-making Lacey... read more

Ireland, 1911: After seven centuries of unyielding oppression, there is a tempest rising, a national yearning for Irish independence. It threatens to sweep away all that is precious to the very privileged O'Rourke and de la Roche families. Seismic changes are but a whisper away. What begins as a squabbling friendship between the wastrel Courtland O'Rourke and the defiant, mischief-making Lacey... read more

The Red Garden

Alice Hoffman

In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting more than three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its hi... read more

In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting more than three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions.The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its hi... read more

The Witch's Trinity: A Novel

Erika Mailman

“A gripping, well-told story of faith and truth.”—Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner“A disturbingly effective historical novel.”—Boston Globe“Beautifully written, nary a word out of place, and with a few moments that throw you beyond—the way good books do ... deeply satisfying.”—San Francisco ChronicleA San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007In 1507, when a severe fami... read more

“A gripping, well-told story of faith and truth.”—Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of The Kite Runner“A disturbingly effective historical novel.”—Boston Globe“Beautifully written, nary a word out of place, and with a few moments that throw you beyond—the way good books do ... deeply satisfying.”—San Francisco ChronicleA San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007In 1507, when a severe fami... read more

Red Carpet Ready: Secrets for Making the Most of Any Moment You're in the Spotlight

Melissa Rivers, Tim Vandehey

Be ready the next time the spotlight is on you! She’s interviewed “glamazons,” watched stars shine (Sharon Stone in a Gap T-shirt at the Oscars) and bomb (Jennifer Aniston in dreadlocks, Cher in an Egyptian headdress), and witnessed many a celebrity rise to the top only to come crashing down a mere year later. And she’s both reveled in kudos and despaired over criticism of herself.As the daugh... read more

Be ready the next time the spotlight is on you! She’s interviewed “glamazons,” watched stars shine (Sharon Stone in a Gap T-shirt at the Oscars) and bomb (Jennifer Aniston in dreadlocks, Cher in an Egyptian headdress), and witnessed many a celebrity rise to the top only to come crashing down a mere year later. And she’s both reveled in kudos and despaired over criticism of herself.As the daugh... read more

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

Pattie Boyd, Penny Junor

Instant #1 New York Times BestsellerFor the first time, rock music’s most famous muse tells her incredible storyPattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, finally breaks a forty-year silence and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most legendary muse in the hist... read more

Instant #1 New York Times BestsellerFor the first time, rock music’s most famous muse tells her incredible storyPattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, finally breaks a forty-year silence and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most legendary muse in the hist... read more

Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They'd Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens

Justin Richardson, Mark Schuster

If you’ve ever tried to tell your six-year-old how babies are made or your fourteen-year-old how condoms work, you know that grappling with telling your kids about sex can be a sweat-drenched exercise. But it doesn’t have to be. Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask) is a one-of-a-kind survival guide that will help you stay sane through every stage... read more

If you’ve ever tried to tell your six-year-old how babies are made or your fourteen-year-old how condoms work, you know that grappling with telling your kids about sex can be a sweat-drenched exercise. But it doesn’t have to be. Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask) is a one-of-a-kind survival guide that will help you stay sane through every stage... read more

To Fool The Rain: Haiti's Poor and their Pathway to a Better Life

Steven Werlin

To Fool the Rain thoughtfully chronicles Steven Werlin’s journey with Fonkoze, but it is also the story of Fonkoze itself. Presented in vivid detail are the lived experiences of Mirlene, Micheline, Ti Rizib, Monique, Rose Marthe, Alta, and other Chemen Lavi Miyò participants, who have benefited in many ways from this remark­able program. As Werlin makes clear in To Fool the Rain, there is no s... read more

To Fool the Rain thoughtfully chronicles Steven Werlin’s journey with Fonkoze, but it is also the story of Fonkoze itself. Presented in vivid detail are the lived experiences of Mirlene, Micheline, Ti Rizib, Monique, Rose Marthe, Alta, and other Chemen Lavi Miyò participants, who have benefited in many ways from this remark­able program. As Werlin makes clear in To Fool the Rain, there is no s... read more

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: An American Woman's Adventures in the Oldest City on Earth

Jennifer Steil

"I had no idea how to find my way around this medieval city. It was getting dark. I was tired. I didn’t speak Arabic. I was a little frightened. But hadn’t I battled scorpions in the wilds of Costa Rica and prevailed? Hadn’t I survived fainting in a San José brothel? Hadn’t I once arrived in Ireland with only $10 in my pocket and made it last two weeks? Surely I could handle a walk through an ... read more

"I had no idea how to find my way around this medieval city. It was getting dark. I was tired. I didn’t speak Arabic. I was a little frightened. But hadn’t I battled scorpions in the wilds of Costa Rica and prevailed? Hadn’t I survived fainting in a San José brothel? Hadn’t I once arrived in Ireland with only $10 in my pocket and made it last two weeks? Surely I could handle a walk through an ... read more

God's Pen: My Story from Guilt to Grace to Peace

Jennifer Hoerl

God's Pen: My Story from Guilt to Grace to Peace started several years ago when I decided I wanted to electronically record all of my diaries and journals. As I did this, and as I was rereading my words, I realized universal truths were in my writings. These truths kept building on each other, so I think God had been guiding me all along. I really feel like He gave me the title to this book. H... read more

God's Pen: My Story from Guilt to Grace to Peace started several years ago when I decided I wanted to electronically record all of my diaries and journals. As I did this, and as I was rereading my words, I realized universal truths were in my writings. These truths kept building on each other, so I think God had been guiding me all along. I really feel like He gave me the title to this book. H... read more

God Stories: Inspiring Encounters with the Divine

Jennifer Skiff

A collection of inspiring stories describing the moment when people received personal proof God existsHave you ever experienced a miracle? A prayer was answered or an accident was averted? For many, these mysterious and inspiring events are proof positive that God exists. This collection of life-changing stories celebrates the breakthrough moments when the hand of a divine power is felt: A doc... read more

A collection of inspiring stories describing the moment when people received personal proof God existsHave you ever experienced a miracle? A prayer was answered or an accident was averted? For many, these mysterious and inspiring events are proof positive that God exists. This collection of life-changing stories celebrates the breakthrough moments when the hand of a divine power is felt: A doc... read more

The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure

Sakyong Mipham

One of Tibet's highest and most respected lamas elucidates for us the principles of Shambhala, or the path to happiness, set down by his legendary father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.Dear Reader, We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future. The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the pers... read more

One of Tibet's highest and most respected lamas elucidates for us the principles of Shambhala, or the path to happiness, set down by his legendary father, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.Dear Reader, We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future. The Shambhala Principle offers the principle of basic goodness as a way of addressing the pers... read more

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence (Chopra, Deepak)

Deepak Chopra

As elegant as his bestselling How to Know God and as practical as his phenomenal The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this groundbreaking new book from Deepak Chopra contains a dramatic premise: Not only are everyday coincidences meaningful, they actually provide us with glimpses of the field of infinite possibilities that lies at the heart of all things. By gaining access to this wellspring o... read more

As elegant as his bestselling How to Know God and as practical as his phenomenal The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, this groundbreaking new book from Deepak Chopra contains a dramatic premise: Not only are everyday coincidences meaningful, they actually provide us with glimpses of the field of infinite possibilities that lies at the heart of all things. By gaining access to this wellspring o... read more

On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone

Florence Falk

At some point over the course of the average American woman’s life, she will find herself alone, whether she is divorced, widowed, single, or in a loveless, isolating relationship. And when that time comes, it is likely that she will be at a loss as to how to handle it. As a society, we have an unspoken but omnipresent belief that a woman alone is an outcast, inherently flawed in some way. In ... read more

At some point over the course of the average American woman’s life, she will find herself alone, whether she is divorced, widowed, single, or in a loveless, isolating relationship. And when that time comes, it is likely that she will be at a loss as to how to handle it. As a society, we have an unspoken but omnipresent belief that a woman alone is an outcast, inherently flawed in some way. In ... read more

The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate--and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top

Steve Santagati

How many times have you and your friends asked one another these questions without ever coming up with any good answers? Your girlfriends just tell you what you want to hear. At the end of the day, the only person who can give you insight into man problems is—that’s right—a man! But guys have hidden agendas. What guy would give up all his dating advantages by spilling the goods?Steve Santagati... read more

How many times have you and your friends asked one another these questions without ever coming up with any good answers? Your girlfriends just tell you what you want to hear. At the end of the day, the only person who can give you insight into man problems is—that’s right—a man! But guys have hidden agendas. What guy would give up all his dating advantages by spilling the goods?Steve Santagati... read more

If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?: Ten Strategies That Will Change Your Love Life Forever

Susan Page

Susan Page’s bestselling relationship book has been translated into 18 languages, is being read in more than 25 countries, and its mass-market edition has sold more than 158,000 copies. At the heart of this book are Page’s famed 10 strategies for readers to better self-understanding and ultimately a fulfilling relationship. Filled with revealing anecdotes, case studies, and quizzes, the book’s... read more

Susan Page’s bestselling relationship book has been translated into 18 languages, is being read in more than 25 countries, and its mass-market edition has sold more than 158,000 copies. At the heart of this book are Page’s famed 10 strategies for readers to better self-understanding and ultimately a fulfilling relationship. Filled with revealing anecdotes, case studies, and quizzes, the book’s... read more

Why Men Want Sex and Women Need Love: Solving the Mystery of Attraction

Barbara Pease, Allan Pease

Allan and Barbara Pease, the international bestsell­ing authors of Why Men Don’t Listen & Women Can’t Read Maps, deliver their most exciting book yet. Will men and women ever see eye-to-eye about love and sex? How will relationships ever be rewarding if men only want to rush into bed and women want to rush to the altar? In this practical, witty and down-to-earth guide, couples experts Allan an... read more

Allan and Barbara Pease, the international bestsell­ing authors of Why Men Don’t Listen & Women Can’t Read Maps, deliver their most exciting book yet. Will men and women ever see eye-to-eye about love and sex? How will relationships ever be rewarding if men only want to rush into bed and women want to rush to the altar? In this practical, witty and down-to-earth guide, couples experts Allan an... read more

Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps: How We're Different and What to Do About It

Allan Pease, Barbara Pease

Have you ever wished your partner came with an instruction booklet? This international bestseller is the answer to all the things you've ever wondered about the opposite sex.For their controversial new book on the differences between the way men and women think and communicate, Barbara and Allan Pease spent three years traveling around the world, collecting the dramatic findings of new researc... read more

Have you ever wished your partner came with an instruction booklet? This international bestseller is the answer to all the things you've ever wondered about the opposite sex.For their controversial new book on the differences between the way men and women think and communicate, Barbara and Allan Pease spent three years traveling around the world, collecting the dramatic findings of new researc... read more

Winning Sounds Like This: A Season with the Women's Basketball Team at Gallaudet, the World's Only University for the Deaf

Wayne Coffey

The Gallaudet women’s basketball team has just defeated the number one ranked team in the country, the College of New Jersey. A reporter, not wanting to be insensitive, delicately broaches the obvious question: “How can you play so well despite your hearing impairment?” Nanette Virnig, a forward for Gallaudet, puts him at ease. “We’re not hearing impaired,” she says. “We’re deaf.”Winning Sound... read more

The Gallaudet women’s basketball team has just defeated the number one ranked team in the country, the College of New Jersey. A reporter, not wanting to be insensitive, delicately broaches the obvious question: “How can you play so well despite your hearing impairment?” Nanette Virnig, a forward for Gallaudet, puts him at ease. “We’re not hearing impaired,” she says. “We’re deaf.”Winning Sound... read more

Digital Teaching Platforms: Customizing Classroom Learning for Each Student (Technology, Education-Connections (the Tec Series))

Chris Dede, John Richards

Digital Teaching Platforms is an essential read for those who believe that education needs to be reimagined to prepare students for tomorrow. Dede and Richards provide a compelling collection of some of the best minds in education and education technology to describe how educators, policymakers, and the public should be thinking about these disruptive technologies that hold the promise of indi... read more

Digital Teaching Platforms is an essential read for those who believe that education needs to be reimagined to prepare students for tomorrow. Dede and Richards provide a compelling collection of some of the best minds in education and education technology to describe how educators, policymakers, and the public should be thinking about these disruptive technologies that hold the promise of indi... read more

Writing Assessment and the Revolution in Digital Texts and Technologies (Language & Literacy Series) (Language and Literacy) (Language and Literacy Series) (Language and Literacy (Paperback))

Michael Neal

Writing and the teaching of writing is changing at a rapid pace. How can educators understand writing assessment as and with technology in the 21st-century classroom? Michael Neal contends that new technologies are neither the problem nor the solution. Instead, educators need to tap into digital resources only inasmuch as they promote writing and its assessment as rhetorical with authentic pur... read more

Writing and the teaching of writing is changing at a rapid pace. How can educators understand writing assessment as and with technology in the 21st-century classroom? Michael Neal contends that new technologies are neither the problem nor the solution. Instead, educators need to tap into digital resources only inasmuch as they promote writing and its assessment as rhetorical with authentic pur... read more

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GetWarriorTough Network

Laura is a pure delight to work with! So grateful she has shared her genius with the world. I give her my highest recommendation.

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GetWarriorTough Network, July 2018


Anne Janzer

Laura is a true pro - easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and creative. Her designs have elevated my book. I consider this one of my best investments in production.

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Anne Janzer, June 2018

Laura Duffy

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Rand Leeb-du Toit

Laura is a thorough professional. She took the time to understand the brief and the message of my book and then produced a top quality cover to match. I enjoyed working with her.

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Rand Leeb-du Toit, June 2017

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