Elena Makansi

Elena Makansi - Designer

Tucson, AZ, United States

Young, passionate graphic designer and artist with several years experience in book cover design.

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Overview

I am co-owner of Blank Slate Communications alongside my mother Kristy. We work with authors at every stage of the publishing process and we offer a variety of services. I've been drawing and painting my whole life and have been working as a graphic designer and editor since graduating from college several years ago. I graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College in Ohio. I am a foodie, vegan chef, vegetable enthusiast, and tree-hugger and author (co-author of The Seeds Trilogy). I am a young, passionate designer who is constantly seeking to improve my craft and hone my skills.

Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Music
Fiction
Literature
Poetry
Romance
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Chief Designer

Self-employed
May, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

I joined BSC after graduating from college and jumped right into the world of books. We offer a full-range of services including content editing, manuscript review, line editing, copyediting and proofreading, interior layout and formatting, cover and jacket design, ebook conversion, self-publishing consultation, and supplementary marketing materials such as bookmarks, postcards, etc.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Broken Homes & Gardens: A Novel

Rebecca Kelley

A girl, a guy, a broken-down house. Not exactly on-again, off-again, Malcolm and Joanna are in-again, out-again: in love, out of each other's arms, in an awkward co-living arrangement, out of the country. Their unconventional relationship is the only way, Joanna says, to protect herself from the specter of commitment, which inevitably leads to heartbreak. When Harry Met Sally for the Millennia... read more

A girl, a guy, a broken-down house. Not exactly on-again, off-again, Malcolm and Joanna are in-again, out-again: in love, out of each other's arms, in an awkward co-living arrangement, out of the country. Their unconventional relationship is the only way, Joanna says, to protect herself from the specter of commitment, which inevitably leads to heartbreak. When Harry Met Sally for the Millennia... read more

Tax Path for Middle-Income Households: Explore Income Tax Savings & Keep More of Your Money

Lisa Bushur CPA

Tax Path for Middle-Income Households helps folks learn ways to pay less income tax, so those extra funds can be used elsewhere. Explanations of how employees should maximize participation in employer retirement plans, AND contribute to an IRA or Roth IRA are included, as well as in depth discussion how to use college income tax credits and deductions to help pay for college. The book includes... read more

Tax Path for Middle-Income Households helps folks learn ways to pay less income tax, so those extra funds can be used elsewhere. Explanations of how employees should maximize participation in employer retirement plans, AND contribute to an IRA or Roth IRA are included, as well as in depth discussion how to use college income tax credits and deductions to help pay for college. The book includes... read more

Bobby Joe's Recess Rebellion: Thoughts on Surviving the Playgrounds of Life

Robert Joseph

In this heartfelt collection of stories based on events in his own life, Robert Joseph explores three “playgrounds” that shaped his young life: Catholic school, the Army, and an inner-city public school where he worked as a teacher. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, the stories in this collection reveal the author’s love for his hometown and his Midwestern roots, even as he travels to such far... read more

In this heartfelt collection of stories based on events in his own life, Robert Joseph explores three “playgrounds” that shaped his young life: Catholic school, the Army, and an inner-city public school where he worked as a teacher. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, the stories in this collection reveal the author’s love for his hometown and his Midwestern roots, even as he travels to such far... read more

The Myth of Dr. Kugelman

DAVID MARGOLIS MD

The Greek god Zeus is depressed for no one has worshiped him for almost two thousand years. At the same time, he suffers from gastrointestinal maladies which have not been remedied by the mythological methods of the physician-god Asclepius and his four physician daughters. He subsequently sends Hercules and King Midas to earth in to attempt to bring Greek mythology to modern man but they are m... read more

The Greek god Zeus is depressed for no one has worshiped him for almost two thousand years. At the same time, he suffers from gastrointestinal maladies which have not been remedied by the mythological methods of the physician-god Asclepius and his four physician daughters. He subsequently sends Hercules and King Midas to earth in to attempt to bring Greek mythology to modern man but they are m... read more

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