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 (about 11 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 (almost 14 years)

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

Portfolio (14 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

Wolfskin

Lara Moreno

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

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

Euan has 123 reviews

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Loup Gajigianis
Professional and quick turn around! A pleasure always.

Loup Gajigianis, May 2022


Cordelia Brown
After two negative experiences with other people (one of whom I found on Reedsy), I'm happy to say that my collaboration with Euan is a totally positive one for all of the reasons above, e.g. 5-star professionalism, quality, value, communication and punctuality.

Cordelia Brown, May 2022


Jeff Denning
Very patient and understanding. Good cover and copysetter - especially for the first timer. His prices are competitive. He sticks to his commitments. Makes sure you like what he does and very willing to change as needed. This was my second book with him. Didn't bother to seek quotes from anyone else. Can't argue with someone who is a repeat client.

Jeff Denning, May 2022


Michelle DeRusha
Euan was a delight to work with from start to finish. He had a lot of great, creative ideas, and he was very flexible, accommodating and deadline-focused. I especially appreciated that he was willing to make several rounds of edits to the cover design to ensure that it was absolutely perfect. I would 100% hire him again for any future book design projects.

Michelle DeRusha, April 2022


Matthew Derbridge
Euan was understanding, and helpful. He took his time and was willing to make changes and adjustments to the smallest requests.

Matthew Derbridge, April 2022

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