Euan Monaghan

Euan Monaghan - Designer

The Hague, Netherlands

Specialising in fiction, memoir and poetry, I work directly with authors as well as for publishers like Melville House, Hodder and Zuleika.

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Overview

I am a British book designer based in the Netherlands. Since 2011, I have worked with a diverse group of publishers—including Melville House, Hodder, Zuleika, Hallmark Publishing, and the literacy charity First Story—as well as many talented independent authors.

I design both covers and the internals of books.

The covers I design are driven by clear typography and strong imagery. In the modern publishing world, every book needs to work equally well as a thumbnail on Amazon as on the shelves of your favourite indie bookstore. Research is one of my favourite parts of the whole process, so if your cover needs to fit the look of a particular genre, you can be sure it will do so, while at the same time standing out in all the right ways.

When designing inside pages, my focus is on clarity and readability. These qualities turn on the smallest of details, from the font used for page numbers to the letter spacing of small caps. Many of these details are received subconsciously by your readers—the book will simply feel good to read.

Each book I design employs styles throughout. This, together with a clear, efficient workflow, means all books designed for print can be smoothly converted into beautiful, flexible ebooks.

I am a member of the Independent Publishers Guild and AIGA, the professional association for design. In addition to my day-to-day book design work, I run Structo, a Stack Award-nominated literary magazine and its book-publishing arm, Structo Press.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Nature
Fiction
Fantasy
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Science Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • Member of AIGA
  • Member of the Independent Publishers Guild

Work experience

Freelance book designer and typesetter

Self-employed
May, 2011 – Present (over 10 years)

Designing and typesetting books for various freelance publishing clients including—Melville House, Hallmark Publishing, Hodder, and Zuleika—as well as for First Story, a literacy charity serving low-income communities in the UK.

Art director

Structo Press
July, 2008 – Present (over 13 years)

Overall responsibility for the design and art direction of this three-time Stack Award-nominated literary magazine and small press.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

El Llano in flames

For a writer so reserved in what he saw into print, Juan Rulfo has had a disproportional influence on writers of literature, in Spanish and beyond, on a par with Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garca Mrquez. His single story collection, El Llano in flames, provides a pithy and moving expression of life in central and western Mexico in the decades following the Revolution. These stories have the ... read more

For a writer so reserved in what he saw into print, Juan Rulfo has had a disproportional influence on writers of literature, in Spanish and beyond, on a par with Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garca Mrquez. His single story collection, El Llano in flames, provides a pithy and moving expression of life in central and western Mexico in the decades following the Revolution. These stories have the ... read more

Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech

Cyrus Farivar

From Ars Technica senior business editor Cyrus Farivar, a critical and historic look at how 50 years of American privacy law is inadequate for the near-future of surveillanceShow me the data! Until the 21st century, just about all of our activities were private by default, public through effort; today anything that touches digital space has the potential (and likelihood) to remain somewhere on... read more

From Ars Technica senior business editor Cyrus Farivar, a critical and historic look at how 50 years of American privacy law is inadequate for the near-future of surveillanceShow me the data! Until the 21st century, just about all of our activities were private by default, public through effort; today anything that touches digital space has the potential (and likelihood) to remain somewhere on... read more

Coming out of the Black Country

Stanley Underhill

Towards the end of Stanley Underhill s autobiography, Coming Out of the Black Country, he quotes the advice that Polonius offers to his son, Laertes, in Shakespeare s Hamlet: 'above all, to thine own self be true. He could hardly have anticipated that this advice would precipitate in himself a lifetime of self-examination and searching and serve as a crucial leitmotif that would recur througho... read more

Towards the end of Stanley Underhill s autobiography, Coming Out of the Black Country, he quotes the advice that Polonius offers to his son, Laertes, in Shakespeare s Hamlet: 'above all, to thine own self be true. He could hardly have anticipated that this advice would precipitate in himself a lifetime of self-examination and searching and serve as a crucial leitmotif that would recur througho... read more

We Once Belonged to the Sea

Diriye Osman

Two women - a reclusive queer Somali artist and a gifted Iranian-Somali teenage punk. Both have survived extraordinary circumstances, and find unexpected solace, inspiration and friendship when their lives intersect. In a novel anchored by memory and loss, art-making and ambition, both women will have to learn how to make peace with their ghosts.Told with poeticism, moral acuity and a sense of... read more

Two women - a reclusive queer Somali artist and a gifted Iranian-Somali teenage punk. Both have survived extraordinary circumstances, and find unexpected solace, inspiration and friendship when their lives intersect. In a novel anchored by memory and loss, art-making and ambition, both women will have to learn how to make peace with their ghosts.Told with poeticism, moral acuity and a sense of... read more

There was Music

Grubb, J.D.

Unspoken

Amoah, Abena

On the Brink

Fox, Charles

Invisible

Fraser, Andrew

The Disciple

Mallon, Michael

Euan has 106 reviews

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Skylar Cheung
Working with Euan was fantastic. He was super patient throughout the process and 100% committed to delivering the perfect product in line with my vision. Would definitely work with him again!

Skylar Cheung, November 2021


Jessa Hastings
Completely adored working with Euan, great at everything he does. So happy with the final product and was so grateful for his patience with me. Looking forward to working with him again in the future.

Jessa Hastings, November 2021


Daniel L
Euan provided me with great guidance in the formatting of my book. Euan stayed true to my creative direction and provided me with advice when needed. The turn around time was quick as I needed the work done on a short notice. I'd definitely recommend Euan to others.

Daniel L, October 2021


Loup Gajigianis
Absolutely FANTASTIC to work with!

Loup Gajigianis, October 2021


Tony Kohler
Worked really well with me and my thoughts as well as letting me know what can and should be done.

Tony Kohler, September 2021

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