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Eric Coates

Eric Coates - Designer

Keene, United States

Classically trained book-interiors designer with years of experience in the New York publishing world — and a best-selling writer to boot!

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First of all, I'm a book-interiors designer, setting up classically proportioned and stylishly designed book pages so that the inside of your book looks as good as the outside. I've typeset everything from J.K. Rowling to Jack Kerouac, from Zora Neale Hurston to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from Dr. Oz to Suzie Ormond. Second, I'm also a writer and an editor, producing smooth, readable prose that makes even the most complex and difficult ideas easy to understand. I've even had a bestselling self-published book on Amazon, so I understand the needs of writers who are choosing to go it on their own.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Christian (Non-Fiction) Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Economics Health & wellbeing Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Crime & Mystery Poetry

Work experience

Designer

Self-employed
July, 2004 – Present (over 13 years)

After working in college libraries and an independent bookstore, I moved to New York City to get into the heart of book publishing itself. Working at first as an editor and as a freelance writer (Macmillan, Crown, Scholastic, Harcourt), I then jumped into book design (Random House, Penguin Putnam, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and others too numerous to mention). Along the way, I received a thorough training in classical typesetting — the kind they did even before computers came along, a lot of which has been lost as the technology becomes easier to get but the training is not. I think that that difference shows, which I hope you'll see in my book design samples, which I've set up to look like the kind of book-design sample that we really use in the industry.

I'm also a successful self-published author myself, with a book produced entirely by myself that was usually in the top 20 for its category for almost 2 years (with an average customer rating of higher than 4.5, which, if you know anything about publishing, you'll know is pretty hard to achieve). Between that and all the book-interiors design work that I've done for self-published authors, I think that I have a pretty good idea of how to help people achieve the look they're going for.

I've also written numerous children's books for school publishers and articles for adults, so I can bring those skills to bear as a ghostwriter as well — if that's what you're looking for. I've sold more than 10 books to Houghton Mifflin in the past couple years, for their cutting-edge literacy program that only recruits the best children's writers. But whatever it might be that you require, I understand that authors need to feel they are taken seriously, and I do my absolute best to deliver an outstanding finished product that is neat, clean, stylish, and that meets every professional standard, whether that's in book-interiors design or in writing. Anything less is unacceptable.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Hearing Voices: A Memoir of Madness

Eric Coates

Available for the last time: The original version of Hearing Voices, available exclusively through Amazon. A treasure for collectors, researchers and students interested in the evolution of a writer and a schizophrenic who hears voices. There is no other other book like it. "I remember an instance at one point, during my late twenties or early thirties, when I wondered what it would be like to... read more

Available for the last time: The original version of Hearing Voices, available exclusively through Amazon. A treasure for collectors, researchers and students interested in the evolution of a writer and a schizophrenic who hears voices. There is no other other book like it. "I remember an instance at one point, during my late twenties or early thirties, when I wondered what it would be like to... read more

Smoking: An Intimate History

Eric Coates

Looking for a book about quitting smoking? This isn’t it. Smoking has been with us a long time. From the native Americans, for whom smoking the sacred pipe was a way of communing with the ­spirits, to the early feminists for whom the “little white slaver” was ­ironically a sign of liberation, smoking has meant many things to many people. Whether it’s the early entrepreneurs who opened up world... read more

Looking for a book about quitting smoking? This isn’t it. Smoking has been with us a long time. From the native Americans, for whom smoking the sacred pipe was a way of communing with the ­spirits, to the early feminists for whom the “little white slaver” was ­ironically a sign of liberation, smoking has meant many things to many people. Whether it’s the early entrepreneurs who opened up world... read more

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Rubina Mian

Eric is an outstanding experienced professional who is a master of text layout. He is exceptionally creative and highly knowledgable about publishing. His attention to detail is incredible. My book had passed through many a seasoned editor and Eric picked up on details that others had left out. He arranged the book so it looked amazing. He exceeded expectations and literally worked through the ...

, November 2017

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