Elysia Clapin

Elysia Clapin – Designer

Experienced book designer specialising in Cover Design // Internal Design // Marketing Assets // Illustration // Typesetting

Overview

Hello there, authors/editors/publishers/book professionals!

I'm a book designer originally from Sydney, Australia, and currently located in Vancouver, Canada. I've worked in book publishing (AKA the nicest industry in the world!) for close to a decade. With a background in social media and digital marketing, I'm adept at identifying market trends and designing books that sell.

I love designing across all genres and forms, and can:
- work with you to nail a cover
- lay out internal designs for cookbooks, giftbooks and picture books alike
- typeset your novel (and act as an extra pair of copyediting eyes - I have a keen eye for grammar and spelling!)
- add flair to your non-fiction book using colour, typography and small stylised drawings/illustrations
- create social media and marketing assets to sell your book, working with existing branding and design guides where required
- even fully illustrate your picture book!

Back home in Australia, I'm lucky enough to work as the in-house designer for leading global social purpose publisher Pantera Press (shortlisted in 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 for the Australian Book Industry’s Small Publisher of the Year Award). Through my role at Pantera Press, I work regularly with authors, editors, marketing and publicity teams, publishers, and printing houses, and am very comfortable servicing and balancing the needs of different teams at once.

In 2020, for my internal design of You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell, I was shortlisted alongside illustrator Astred Hicks for the ABDA Best Designed Children's Non-Fiction Illustrated Book.

Aside from books, I also love birds, the cinema, and basketball (watching it, not playing!). I'm friendly, flexible, professional and quick, and I'd love to chat with you about how I can do my part to help share your book with readers around the world.

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"As an editor, I've had the pleasure of working with Elly for over 8 years. She is professional, kind and wonderful to collaborate with, taking on feedback in a timely and thoughtful way. Her designs are beautiful, fresh, considered and always on brief. She also designed my own book, You Can Change the World, and I couldn't have asked for a better person to bring my words to life."

- Lucy Bell, Editor and Author You Can Change the World and You Can Live on the Bright Side


"Elly is a miracle worker! With a very vague brief, an overload of illustrations and weird requests from the author, she turned my book into something magnificent. She worked tirelessly to pull every section together and give it a unique flair, while speaking to the tone of the book. She made this so much more than just a book, she made it something beautiful!"
- Anna Blackie, Author How To Adult


Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Education & Reference
Fiction
Children's Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Young Adult
Languages
English

Work experience

Pantera Press

Oct, 2013 — Present

Self-employed

Oct, 2013 — Present

Portfolio

The Map of Night

Kimberley Starr

‘Dark Matter pulls light waves into curves, and conceals the true location of everything. It distorts reality.’Astronomer Lucy Rutherford is celebrating the refurbishment of the 100-year-old telescope in the Yarra Valley town of Bowness, Victoria. Her husband,... read more
The Success Experiment

Lillian Ahenkan

‘A desperately needed, delightfully digestible conversation on self-betterment that’ll have you in tears and in stitches all at once.’ Sarah Davidson‘This fast-paced how-to packs a millennial sized punch and will make you think differently about the way you li... read more
Change and growth can be challenging, but this practical guide to optimism is full of information and advice to help—highlighting kids around the world who are doing good for themselves and others.From the author of You Can Change the World comes a book of tip... read more
When Only One

Meg Gatland-Veness

‘There’s someone in the school. Someone who’s not supposed to be there. This person is walking towards the classroom. They’re holding something in their hands. Something terrifying.’Sam lives with his mum, dad and four brothers in a small farming town. At his ... read more
I Had Such Friends

Meg Gatland-Veness

Reminiscently capturing the warm and raw voices of Charlie Kelmeckis from The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Clay Jensen from Thirteen Reasons Why, I Had Such Friends is an important story about self-discovery, grief and finding your voice.When Charlie Parker... read more
Kids around the world are working together to make our planet a better, safer, happier place—and now you can join in with this practical guide!You Can Change the World empowers kids to make changes in their lives and communities with the powerful message that ... read more

Elysia has 9 reviews

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Eric C.

Eric C.

Jan, 2024

Elysia did an excellent job making my book into a visually pleasing and easy to read. It was exciting to see the book transformed from a word doc into a professional book. She is very responsive, a bargain at her price point, and very easy to work with. I would highly recommend her for typesetting your book.
Elysia C.
Eric, you were a pleasure to work with!
Holly F.

Holly F.

Sep, 2023

Elysia was great to work with - she had a great vision and offered a ton of options to work with. She was receptive to my feedback and in the end came up with a beautiful cover my book. She was responsive and worked quickly! I would highly recommend her!
Amy M.

Amy M.

Apr, 2023

Elysia is an incredible designer to collaborate with.
Elysia C.
Truly a pleasure working with you Amy - as always!
Jos G.

Jos G.

Apr, 2023

Elysia is absolutely amazing to work with. Her professionalism and creativity has no bounds. She will take an idea and back it up with research and her own experience in the field to make your book come to life. I would recommend her to anyone needing a cover designer!
Lena D.

Lena D.

Mar, 2023

I really enjoyed working with Elysia. I love my finished product and I even more appreciate the wrap around support and Elysia being sure everything was working well with the book before she finished the project. Communication was clear and any delays were minimal. She was flexible and that was greatly appreciated because I was coordinating proofreading at the same time I would definitely h...
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Elysia C.
It was a pleasure working with you on your book, Lena! Thanks for being communicative, courteous and kind.

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