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 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 InDesign 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 10 years)

Designing and typesetting books for various freelance publishing clients including Melville House, 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 13 years)

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

Portfolio (12 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

Grow, Flow, Let go: Wach auf, lass los und lebe deine Wahrheit (German Edition)

Evelin Chudak

Immer mehr Menschen wachen auf und realisieren, dass ihr Leben nach Veränderungen schreit. Doch kommen anstehende Veränderungen oft mit Krisen und Tiefpunkten daher. Wer Tiefpunkte durchlebt, erhält die Möglichkeit zum Wachstum und zu einem neuen Leben. Dieser Prozess kann schmerzhaft und befreiend zugleich sein. Du wirst vieles loslassen müssen. Denn wenn du glücklich sein willst, musst du le... read more

Immer mehr Menschen wachen auf und realisieren, dass ihr Leben nach Veränderungen schreit. Doch kommen anstehende Veränderungen oft mit Krisen und Tiefpunkten daher. Wer Tiefpunkte durchlebt, erhält die Möglichkeit zum Wachstum und zu einem neuen Leben. Dieser Prozess kann schmerzhaft und befreiend zugleich sein. Du wirst vieles loslassen müssen. Denn wenn du glücklich sein willst, musst du le... 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 91 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Loup Gajigianis
Fantastic! Re-hiring for interior book design as well as cover design.

Loup Gajigianis, June 2021


Gabriela Gowdie
Working with Euan has been such a joy! He is incredibly patient and accommodated every change or request I threw his way while answering any questions that arose during the process. The book design was better than anything I could have imagined and he truly brought my vision to life. He was also able to take the cover art and create a beautifully professional design. He was comfortable prov...
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Gabriela Gowdie, June 2021


Ameya Pandit
Euan is a very creative and artistic designer. He is willing to go above-and-beyond to satisfy the needs of the project. I found him extremely diligent; he made sure my needs were attended to. He sent a variety of cover samples, typefaces, inner designs, and was always willing to go over the designs in an iterative fashion. The inner aesthetics of the book were attended to in a careful and a me...
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Ameya Pandit, June 2021


Liz Pearson Mann
I enjoyed working with Euan. He was approachable, patient and quick to respond to my queries. I'm pleased with the designs and would recommend him for anyone looking for a designer, particularly for anyone still finding their way through the process.

Liz Pearson Mann, June 2021


Mario Quimiro
Euan tackled every task efficiently and always delivered on time. I would definitely hire him again.

Mario Quimiro, June 2021

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