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Laura Duffy

Laura Duffy - Designer

Brooklyn NYC

I'm proud of the creativity that I put into my work. I know my clients appreciate my flexibility, patience and professionalism as well.

Overview

I gained my experience working in the the trenches at some of the largest publishing houses, where I gained the ability to work on a wide range of projects in every possible genre. Now I pass on all that I've learned to my freelance clients who are working at getting their books out into the world in the best possible way.

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

Work experience

Design Director

Self Employed

August, 2012 – Present (over 4 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. Extremely proficient in PDF workflow.
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 (17 selected works)

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 Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

John M. Gottman, Nan Silver

John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, The Seven Principles ... read more

John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years. Here is the culmination of his life's work: the seven principles that guide couples on the path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, The Seven Principles ... 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

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

You can have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help you feel your best during this exciting yet often uncomfortable time. In this practical, honest, and straight-talking guide you'll learn how to feel better from head to toe, including:... read more

You can have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help you feel your best during this exciting yet often uncomfortable time. In this practical, honest, and straight-talking guide you'll learn how to feel better from head to toe, including:... read more

Cooking Through Cancer: Easy, Flavorful Recipes to Prevent and Decrease Side Effects at Every Stage of Cancer Therapy

Lisa A. Price ND, Susan Gins MA MS CN

There is an abundance of whole foods that can successfully get you through cancer treatment. Food choices can affect outcomes of therapies, help to decrease interruptions in treatments, promote healing, decrease risk of infection and increase quality of life. Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery is full of nourishing, simple to prepare recipes to help prevent and relieve the side effec... read more

There is an abundance of whole foods that can successfully get you through cancer treatment. Food choices can affect outcomes of therapies, help to decrease interruptions in treatments, promote healing, decrease risk of infection and increase quality of life. Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery is full of nourishing, simple to prepare recipes to help prevent and relieve the side effec... 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

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

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

“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.” 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... read more

“I have been incredibly fortunate over the course of my career to have been associated with some extraordinary dramatic and musical productions, and also some rather spectacular disasters. Looking back, I can find gifts and life lessons in every one.” 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... 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 in your hands 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 in your hands the strange, heart-wrenching, and exhil... read more

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