Erin McMahon

Erin McMahon – Designer

I'm a book cover and interior designer specializing in licensing, children's books, and YA novels. Always looking for a fun, new project!

Overview

My name is Erin, and I'm an accomplished art director and designer with over ten years of experience working in children's publishing, focusing mainly on Licensed Publishing. What is "Licensed Publishing," you ask? In the simplest terms, it means that I get to work with some of the largest brands in the world, creating new lines of publishing that offer people of all ages a new way to interact with their favorite brands.

Services
Fiction
Children's Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Entertainment

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2018 — Present

Scholastic

Jan, 2014 — Dec, 2017 (almost 4 years)

Hachette Book Group

Apr, 2008 — Jan, 2014 (almost 6 years)

Portfolio

Wise Young Fool

Sean Beaudoin

You want ninety? Fine, I'll give you ninety. I'll give them to you coming and going. Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is pretty sure his life has just jumped the shark. Except he hates being called a teen, his band doesn't play rock, and "jumping the shark" is yet a... read more
Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl who's maybe-sorta interested in him.What he doesn'... read more
A guide to the good guys, bad guys, places and vehicles from LEGO(R) STAR WARS(TM) presented by R2D2 and C-3P0. The two fan-favorite Droids introduce each chapter (i.e. heroes, villains, vehicles, places) and occasionally pop in to comment on things via comic ... read more
Kids will love this fun storybook featuring Wyldstyle's incredible LEGO(R) Movie adventure. Plus, this storybook features full-color images from the film.The LEGO Movie is the first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO adventure. It follows the story of Emmet (Chr... read more
This handbook, featuring 26 Shoppies(TM) characters and all of their Shopkins(TM) BFFs, is the ultimate guide to the most fashionable friends in Shopville! Where is Rainbow Kate's favorite place to shop? What's Kirstea's go-to accessory? What is Cocolette's dr... read more
This handbook, featuring 26 Shoppies(TM) characters and all of their Shopkins(TM) BFFs, is the ultimate guide to the most fashionable friends in Shopville! Where is Rainbow Kate's favorite place to shop? What's Kirstea's go-to accessory? What is Cocolette's dr... read more
Children's Book. Gru used to be one of the most villainous villains in the world. He and his army of Minions even stole the moon! But when he adopted Margo, Edith, and Agnes, Gru became a dad. Instead of stealing landmarks, he makes pancakes, blows up unicorn ... read more
Children's book.Not too long ago, Gru gave up being a villain for being a dad. But when the world's biggest organization against treachery, the Anti-Villain League, recruits the former baddie to go on a top secret mission to save the world, he must add to his ... read more
Children's Book. Do you have what it takes to join the Anti-Villain League? Find out in this hilarious companion book to the animated film Despicable Me 2, which includes never-before-published background on the preeminent anti-villain organization, top secret... read more
The LEGO(R) Movie continues to dazzle and delight children everywhere! Now readers can discover Emmet's best tips and tricks for having an awesome day with this hilarious guide book.What's the best way to wake up, make friends, and have a totally awesome day? ... read more
To search for Look-Alikes, you need not roam.They're all around you--right here at home.Start in the bedroom where you lay your head.Is it a pillow . . . or is it bread?The more you look, the more you see here in Look-Alike Land! In this Look-Alikes activity b... read more
In this companion book to Little Bee, Little Acorn proves that great things come in small packages as it grows from a tiny nut to a big tree that shelters its forest friends. Poignant and thoughtful, this board book comes with soft cloth leaves attached to the... read more
All the animals are running away, but what are they afraid of? Find out in this action-packed book that will have all little children wanting to turn the pages and join in. It's simple, it's fun, it's thought provoking, and the surprise ending brings it right ... read more
DJ Rising

Love Maia

The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I've always heard is music.Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, h... read more
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports Maximum Ride: The Final Warning MAX: A Maximum Ride Novel Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel Nevermore: The Final ... read more
Reality Check

Jen Calonita

Sixteen-year-olds Charlie, Keiran, Brooke, and Hallie have just been signed up for their own reality television show. They can't even believe it. "You'll be The Hills meets The Secret Life of the American Teenager," the Armani-suited executive tells them, "and... read more
Dive into the world of your favorite Muppet characters. Editorial prompts and light illustrations sparks your creativity!Inside, you can:- draw your family as Muppets-draw yourself as a Muppet!- create Gonzo's next big stunt- join Kermit and Fozzie in the Wild... read more
Beryl longs for a family that will love her just the way she is, from her pig nose to her curly tail. So, it's with a heavy heart that she embarks on a journey that will put her preconceived notions of wild pigs-and everything else-to the test. With the help o... read more
Clifford the Big Red Dog is back in this classic jacketed hardcover!"I'm Emily Elizabeth,and I have a dog.My dog is a big red dog."This is how it all began -- in 1963, Norman Bridwell published his very first Clifford book, and kids have loved Clifford ever si... read more
A Caldecott Honoree delivers a heartfelt homage to wonderful kisses of all kinds, as beautiful illustrations follow a mama bird's journey across the farm, on her way to give her own baby some special affection. Full color.
As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too.Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and A... read more
The first book in James Dashner’s #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series is now a major motion picture featuring the star of MTV's Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster and the second book, The... read more
This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers-one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family, hustling on the streets and trying to survive. Acclaimed author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a riveting narrative... read more
Torn Away

Jennifer Brown

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows... read more
Thousand Words

Jennifer Brown

I bit my lip as I typed in the words "sexting and teens" and hit "search." Articles popped up, one after another, and I groaned inwardly. Most of them were about me.Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college. So at a legendary end-of-summer poo... read more
Perfect Escape

Jennifer Brown

Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. To Kendra, the only way she can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art -- until... read more
Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known only as the kid brother of sports star Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brothe... read more
Purity

Jackson Pearce

A novel about love, loss, and sex -- but not necessarily in that order. Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby'... read more
The Queen of Kentucky

Alecia Whitaker

Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and and fit in with the popular crowd at her small-town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen m... read more
“Sorry, John Green fans, but McDaniel’s been making us cry . . . for decades.” —Bustle.com Love, family, acceptance, and forgiveness are at the center of this heartfelt novel that explores the unpredictable paths that allow people to follow their dreams and he... read more
“Sorry, John Green fans, but McDaniel’s been making us cry . . . for decades,” says Bustle.com. Now, in her latest novel, as three high school seniors are in the midst of planning their futures, they must face present-day circumstances that force them to grasp... read more
This is it: one last incredible, explosive Maximum Ride adventure with an astonishing ending no one could have seen coming.Maximum Ride and her faithful friends stand ready to face the two greatest threats that humankind has ever known, now combining forces in... read more
Trinkets

Kirsten Smith

The Shoplifters Anonymous meetings that sixteen-year-old Moe is forced to attend are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world's unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie Shaw walk in. Tabitha has just... read more
It's time to POTTY with Captain Underpants in this hilarious sticker activity book!Nobody loves potty humor more than Captain Underpants! This laff-out-loud book includes 80 pages of hilarious activities for fans of the book series, the movie, and the hit Netf... read more
George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created TONS of awesome Captain Underpants comics. Want to know how George and Harold come up with such hilarious heroes and wretched villains? Now's your chance to find out! In this hilarious guide, the boys give step-by-... read more
Forty full-color posters inspired by the hit animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!Filled with gorgeous stylized images and illustrations inspired by actual events and items seen on the television show, all the pages in this awesome book can be r... read more
The Football Girl

Thatcher Heldring

For every athlete or sports fanatic who knows she's just as good as the guys. This is for fans of The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, Grace, Gold, and Glory by Gabrielle Douglass and Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan. The summer before Caleb and... read more
Wands at the ready! Whether you’re a Hufflepuff or a Slytherin, from an old wizarding family or new to the wizarding world, your magical journey usually begins at Ollivanders wand shop. In this spellbinding hardcover book, Harry Potter film fans of all ages ca... read more
Available just in time for the theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!Reveal what beasts Newt Scamander keeps in his suitcase, draw a habitat for the mysterious merpeople deep under the lake, and locate the Basilisk that is slitherin... read more
From Fizzing Whizbees to Cockroach Clusters, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans to Chocolate Frogs, the Harry Potter films abound with sweets to enchant and astonish!Now for the first time, fans can scratch and savor the scents of delectable confections straight... read more

Erin has 2 reviews

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Dan B.

Dan B.

Apr, 2021

Erin is awesome! She got what I was going for and did an outstanding job. She brought a lot of her own sensibility and creativity to the process and created the perfect cover for my book. So happy to have worked with her!
Hindi B.

Hindi B.

Aug, 2020

Erin was so amazing to work with! I could tell from the very beginning that she understood my project -- she asked the right questions and was extremely enthusiastic about the work. She helped polish my book to make it look more professional and I was blown away by the results. She is extremely talented and I plan to hire her again soon!

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