Emily Snyder

Emily Snyder – Designer

With a decade working in publishing and a lifetime of writing stories, who better to bring your book to life than a writer/bookmaker?

Overview

I'm an interior book designer with experience working for several trade publishing houses. I have designed interiors for authors such as Veronica Roth, Paul Theroux, Howard Norman, & Ursula Le Guin. My specialities are science fiction, suspense, and memoir, though I'm game to design and typeset almost any narrative book. I'm also comfortable placing run-in art and handling basic photo editing.


I love to work with clients on multiple projects, building a "brand" with their book interiors, and over just the course the last year have had many clients return to me with subsequent manuscripts. I have 7 years experience with book design. Prior to beginning work as a designer, I worked in an editorial department for four and a half years.


My passion for books, however, is lifelong. I’ve been writing stories since childhood and still work on my own fiction, with my first YA novel was published in 2023. I have my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I’d like to think this drive to be a writer in addition to a book designer is what makes me well-suited to design your book: because I get it. Your book is your baby. You want it to read like the book you always dreamed of. I read everything I design, and so am able to capture a book’s unique personality, bringing life to your pages.


Testimonials


"My experience working with Emily far exceeded my expectations. She showed me utmost respect, as well as for my writing, which I’ve come to find is a rare quality in book publishing. . . . Emily is a true professional whose creative gift for book design turned my manuscript into a beautiful novel. She was a pleasure to work with, kept me updated every step of the way, and always included my vision in the design process. I would highly recommend Emily for your book design project. I’m glad I did." -Susan R, romance novelist


"Emily is a fantastic to work with. A great collaborator who explains in detail her work, needs, and expectations. And she delivers on time or early. Very thorough and totally a fair player--even when she probably got more work from me than she bargained for. Above all else, Emily's quality at delivering what was asked was just great." -Warren B, sci-fi novelist


"Emily is efficient and knowledgeable, with excellent communication skills. Quite simply, she exceeds expectations, and it is a joy to work with her!" -Sharon S, sci-fi novelist

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Mystery & Crime Psychological Thriller Romantic Fantasy Science Fiction
Languages
English
Awards
  • New England Book Show 2020 Honorable Mention

Work experience

Self-employed

Jun, 2022 — Present

Starting in June 2022, I decided to step away from trade publishing and pursue the freedom of scheduling and choice of projects that working solely as a freelancer designer affords. I design covers and interiors for my clients, creating print-ready PDFs and reflowable ePubs.

HarperCollins Publishers

May, 2021 — Jun, 2022 (about 1 year)

I designed beautiful book interiors for authors such as Veronica Roth, Ursula Le Guin, Paul Theroux, Ian O’Connor, Howard Norman, and Derek Miller.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Oct, 2017 — May, 2021 (over 3 years)

I designed and typeset interiors for adult general interest, YA, and lifestyle titles.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

May, 2013 — Oct, 2017 (over 4 years)

I worked in the reference, nature, and field guides editorial department, working my way from editorial assistant to Assistant Editor over the course of 4.5 years. I worked on dictionaries, the Peterson Field Guide series, and select narrative nonfiction nature titles.

Portfolio

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TROLL: Book One of the Norse Saga

Jansson, A. F.

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Advent 9

T. Alan Horne

Once, the world had people to look up to. The Powered protected us, inspired us, showed us new possibilities for humanity. But when the great names walked away, when the capes and boots and ch... read more
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The Patient

DeWitt, Jasper

Book Interior Design
Ghosts Of The Missing

Donohoe, Kathleen

Book Interior Design
The Very Nice Box

Gleichman, Eve

Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design
The Apocalypse Seven

Doucette, Gene

Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design
The Ghost Clause

Norman, Howard

Book Interior Design
Chosen Ones

Roth, Veronica

Book Interior Design

Emily has 19 reviews

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Jacob P.

Jacob P.

Feb, 2024

Emily did an excellent job with my novel. The font choices, design decisions, and footnotes were very much what I was looking for. She was informative, helpful, patient, and I would highly recommend her work.
Michelle H.

Michelle H.

Feb, 2024

I've worked with Emily twice now, and as long as she's willing to work with me I'll continue to choose her. She's quick to respond. Her work is clean and, dare I say, perfect. I am immensely happy with her work. I enjoy working with her! I highly recommend.
Mark A.

Mark A.

Dec, 2023

This was my first book. Emily did a fantastic job with formatting the book layout and font design. She was great at capturing the tone of the book and allowing the font style to help bring it out. Emily help my book, Remember When, come to life for the reader. Many thanks Emily
Allie W.

Allie W.

Sep, 2023

10/10 would work with Emily again.
Daniel V.

Daniel V.

Aug, 2023

Emily was a total pro! Her professionalism made the entire process a wonderful experience. She kept me up to date with every step and I always felt I was in the most capable of hands. The finial product is something I am extremely happy with and she delivered way ahead of schedule. I will definitely work with her on my next project and I suggest you do the same.

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