Laura Duffy

Laura Duffy - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Specializing in LITERARY and HISTORICAL FICTION | BUSINESS | MEMOIRS. I will provide you with a stunning cover!

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Overview

My two decades as an Art Director working with some of the most talented editorial, marketing, and publicity professionals in the world of publishing, gets passed on to my clients as I work towards creating a stunning book cover design that will stand out in a crowded marketplace.


MY PROCESS
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.

After the delivery of the first round, we'll go over changes and move on to 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 full layout.


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
Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Graphic Designer | Art Director

Self-employed
August, 2012 – Present (about 10 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 (16 selected works)

Powerless

O'Handley, Jeff

Love the Dark Days

Mathur, Ira

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

The Surprising Power Of Not Knowing What To Do: Discovering Creativity and Compassion in a Time of Chaos

Cone Ph.D., Jay Gordon, Rinzler, Alan, Tilley, Leslie, Duffy, Laura, Cohen, Elina

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

The Evolved Masculine: Be the Man the World Needs & the One She Craves

Destin Gerek

Every Crisis Has an Answer.The public spotlight showcasing what not to do or be as a man has a new level of severity, but few role models are lighting the way forward. Drawing on his 20-year career as a sexuality and leadership coach for men, Destin Gerek brings the full tour de force of his extraordinary lived experience as the Erotic Rockstar and acclaimed professional expertise to create in... read more

Every Crisis Has an Answer.The public spotlight showcasing what not to do or be as a man has a new level of severity, but few role models are lighting the way forward. Drawing on his 20-year career as a sexuality and leadership coach for men, Destin Gerek brings the full tour de force of his extraordinary lived experience as the Erotic Rockstar and acclaimed professional expertise to create in... read more

Everyone Needs a Larry: Love with a Twist of Cancer

Greenhut Tollin, Jennifer, Tollin, Larry

The Prisoner's Apprentice

Richards, Cheyenne

girls in search of cover: part one

Mshana PhD, Pamela Mariva

Beyond The Utmost Bound: A young man's adventure in search of freedom

Joseph Clinton

To Find Yourself...Disappear.On the evening of high school graduation, an outcast teenager leaves his small country town on a quest to find himself when he comes face to face with an evolutionary roadblock that has derailed most of humanity. With the help of an eighty-year-old American Indian Zen philosopher, an ex-marine cowboy, a reverend river guide, a Hopi D.J., an Iranian dancer, a ten-ye... read more

To Find Yourself...Disappear.On the evening of high school graduation, an outcast teenager leaves his small country town on a quest to find himself when he comes face to face with an evolutionary roadblock that has derailed most of humanity. With the help of an eighty-year-old American Indian Zen philosopher, an ex-marine cowboy, a reverend river guide, a Hopi D.J., an Iranian dancer, a ten-ye... read more

Tunnel of Mirrors

Arfin, Ferne

Laura has 29 reviews

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Katie Love
Laura Duffy is a talented designer, expert communicator, and a fun collaborator. I knew right away I was in great hands. She's extremely knowledgeable and incredibly gracious. I will definitely call upon her talents again! Thank you, Laura!!!

Katie Love, September 2022


Nina Heide
Thank you so much Laura for the work you do for me. I’m very satisfied with all parts of the process. This was my second time using you and I guess not the last.

Nina Heide, June 2022


K Schachter
Laura is great. The first thing I noticed is that she responded promptly - a habit that continued throughout the job. She asked the right questions and listened to the answers. And I loved that she sat down and read my book all the way through. Maybe all designers do this, but I'm new to book publishing, so I wasn't sure if that would happen. I can imagine that some designers would read a ...
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K Schachter, June 2022

Laura Duffy
Thank you so much for this amazing review! Working with you was very much a pleasure for me as well.

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Robert Rietz
I'm a retired actuary, not a right-brained thinker, but I had a concept for a book cover. It turns out that the concept was good but Laura presented a much better interpretation of that concept that I had anticipated. We Emailed ideas back and forth for a final tweak and she again blew my expectations out of the water. Laura has very good listening and client management skills, and excellent...
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Robert Rietz, May 2022


Ingrid Wassenaar
Laura was fantastic throughout. From our initial meeting, to her actually reading the book (a major honour for any author), to her early powerful, subtle designs, and then the process of finessing, she was always prompt, clear and patient. I highly recommend working with her — Laura, I’m truly grateful to you for an awesome job!

Ingrid Wassenaar, May 2022

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