Euan Monaghan

Euan Monaghan - Designer

The Hague, Netherlands

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

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Overview

I'm 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 am the editor of Structo, a Stack Award-nominated literary magazine and run Structo Press, the magazine's publishing operation.

Because apparently I can't get enough of books, even in my free time.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction
Poetry
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult

Certifications

  • Member of AIGA
  • Member of the Independent Publishers Guild

Work experience

Freelance book designer and typesetter

Self-employed
May, 2011 – Present (about 9 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
July, 2008 – Present (about 12 years)

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

Portfolio (7 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

Ways to Hide in Winter

Sarah St.Vincent

In a remote corner of Pennsylvania's Blue Ridge Mountains, a woman befriends a fugitive from Uzbekistan, setting in motion this suspenseful, atmospheric, politically-charged debutAfter a freak car accident left her widowed, Kathleen has retreated to Pennsylvania's Blue Ridge Mountains, where she works in an isolated corner of the state park. There she meets a stranger who seems to be hiding fr... read more

In a remote corner of Pennsylvania's Blue Ridge Mountains, a woman befriends a fugitive from Uzbekistan, setting in motion this suspenseful, atmospheric, politically-charged debutAfter a freak car accident left her widowed, Kathleen has retreated to Pennsylvania's Blue Ridge Mountains, where she works in an isolated corner of the state park. There she meets a stranger who seems to be hiding fr... read more

The Past Happens Tomorrow

Tony Hernandez

A serial killer strikes againA nuclear scientist has gone missingTime travel is very much realFBI Special Agent Dan Cotter is hunting a serial killer who preys on the young and kills without mercy. Dan and his partner are also searching for a missing man with sensitive secrets. They are getting close to closing their cases.Until Dan discovers that he may be an unwilling participant in all of i... read more

A serial killer strikes againA nuclear scientist has gone missingTime travel is very much realFBI Special Agent Dan Cotter is hunting a serial killer who preys on the young and kills without mercy. Dan and his partner are also searching for a missing man with sensitive secrets. They are getting close to closing their cases.Until Dan discovers that he may be an unwilling participant in all of i... 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

Euan has 45 reviews

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Shawn Zupa
Euan was a pleasure to work with, he was patient with my "tweaking process" of the cover and very punctual. The final product was professional and he even gave me advice on how to obtain an ISBN number, which I didn't even know I needed!

Shawn Zupa, June 2020


Jan Tegze
Working with Euan has been a pleasure. He was a thorough professional on our project from beginning to end. I recommend him to anyone who is looking for a talented designer and I am ready to come back for him in my future projects.

Jan Tegze, May 2020


A.B. Alexander
This is my second time working with Euan and once again the work and service was top quality. Highly recommended.

A.B. Alexander, May 2020


Henry Bouchot
Euan took a complex subject and helped me turn it into a simple yet beautiful interior, which truly allowed my collection of poems to shine. He has extreme patience and tact and a knack for delivering what the client has envisioned. I would highly recommend him for your next project!

Henry Bouchot, May 2020


Garrett Phillips
Working with Euan was a delight -- worth every dime and then some. He handled both my book cover design and interior design/typesetting flawlessly. Following specific directions and instructions is a given with him, and he took it with good humor and never complained. You've found the right guy to take care of arguably the most important parts of self-publishing! I can't accurately comment on ...
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Garrett Phillips, April 2020

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