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Greg Mortimer

Greg Mortimer - Designer

Brooklyn, NY

Freelance book cover designer with nearly 10 years experience working at 3 of the world's biggest publishers.

Overview

Early on during the better of a decade that I've worked in digital marketing at HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, I learned that a great cover design is a truly powerful marketing tool: the narrative and visual hook for the reader should be encompassed in a single composition that's bold, elegantly simple, and actually says something about the read. In marketing we look to the book's content to provide hooks for potential readers, and the same thing should be done with a good cover.


From concepting to the final product, I love working with authors to design covers that are true to the spirit of the books they've worked so hard to write, no matter the genre.I've freelance designed covers and book interiors for Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie; the Red Hat Lama of Tibet; and the legendary choreographer Paul Taylor, among others.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies Classics Crime & Mystery Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Literature Thriller
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Economics Education & Reference History Music Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Publishing Sports & outdoor recreation Travel

Work experience

Senior Digital Marketing Manager

Simon & Schuster Digital

May, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

Marketing Instructor

Columbia University Publishing Course

July, 2012 – July, 2014 (about 2 years)

Marketing instructor at Columbia School of Journalism's summer publishing course book workshop

Digital Marketing Manager

Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster

February, 2012 – May, 2013 (about 1 year)

Authors worked with: Stephen King, Jeannette Walls, Andrew Solomon, Kathy Reichs, F. Scott Fitzgerald estate, Hemingway estate

Marketing Manager

Random House

July, 2010 – February, 2012 (over 1 year)

Authors worked with: Anna Quindlen, E.L. Doctorow, Justin Cronin, Tom Rachman, Helen Simonson

Marketing Associate

HarperCollins Publishers

August, 2007 – July, 2010 (almost 3 years)

Authors worked with: Patti Smith, Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ron Rash, David Wroblewski

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Language of Houses

Alison Lurie

In 1981 Alison Lurie published The Language of Clothes, a meditation on costume and fashion as an expression of history, social status and individual psychology. Amusing, enlightening and full of literary allusion, the book was highly praised and widely anthologized.Now Lurie has returned with a companion book, The Language of Houses, a lucid, provocative and entertaining look at how the archi... read more

In 1981 Alison Lurie published The Language of Clothes, a meditation on costume and fashion as an expression of history, social status and individual psychology. Amusing, enlightening and full of literary allusion, the book was highly praised and widely anthologized.Now Lurie has returned with a companion book, The Language of Houses, a lucid, provocative and entertaining look at how the archi... read more

The Obedient Assassin: A Novel

John P. Davidson

Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution and the head of The Fourth International, was exiled from Russia in the late 1920's by Joseph Stalin and later assassinated for opposing Stalin's non-aggression pact with Adolph Hitler.In this dark and riveting thriller, John Porterfield Davidson has re-envisioned the life and mission of Ramón Mercader, the Spanish nationalist enlist... read more

Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution and the head of The Fourth International, was exiled from Russia in the late 1920's by Joseph Stalin and later assassinated for opposing Stalin's non-aggression pact with Adolph Hitler.In this dark and riveting thriller, John Porterfield Davidson has re-envisioned the life and mission of Ramón Mercader, the Spanish nationalist enlist... read more

A Season for Martyrs

Bina Shah

The U.S. literary debut of an up-and-coming Pakistani novelist and journalist.Ali Sikandar is assigned to cover the arrival of Benazir Bhutto, the opposition leader who has returned home to Karachi after eight years of exile to take part in the presidential race. Already eager to leave for college in the U.S. and marry his forbidden Hindu girlfriend, Ali loses a friend in a horrific explosion ... read more

The U.S. literary debut of an up-and-coming Pakistani novelist and journalist.Ali Sikandar is assigned to cover the arrival of Benazir Bhutto, the opposition leader who has returned home to Karachi after eight years of exile to take part in the presidential race. Already eager to leave for college in the U.S. and marry his forbidden Hindu girlfriend, Ali loses a friend in a horrific explosion ... read more

My New Orleans, Gone Away

Peter M. Wolf

From Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post: "Engaging…delightful … Wolf returns to the Big Easy after a protracted Yankee education at Exeter and Yale, joins his father's firm in the cotton trade, takes up lodgings on Burgundy Street at the edge of the French Quarter and hangs out at places the mere mention of which sends shivers of pleasure down my spine."Reminiscent of This Boy’s Life, Pet... read more

From Jonathan Yardley in the Washington Post: "Engaging…delightful … Wolf returns to the Big Easy after a protracted Yankee education at Exeter and Yale, joins his father's firm in the cotton trade, takes up lodgings on Burgundy Street at the edge of the French Quarter and hangs out at places the mere mention of which sends shivers of pleasure down my spine."Reminiscent of This Boy’s Life, Pet... read more

The Path To Awakening: How Buddhism's Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness

Shamar Rinpoche, Lara (trans.) Braitstein

Mind training is a comprehensive practice that is suitable for all types of students. It contains the entire path and does not depend on a person's background. Mind Training nurses and cultivates the Buddha Nature, that pure seed of awakening that is at the very heart of every sentient being. It has the power to transform even egotistical self-clinging into self-lessness. Put into practice dil... read more

Mind training is a comprehensive practice that is suitable for all types of students. It contains the entire path and does not depend on a person's background. Mind Training nurses and cultivates the Buddha Nature, that pure seed of awakening that is at the very heart of every sentient being. It has the power to transform even egotistical self-clinging into self-lessness. Put into practice dil... read more

Useful Enemies: America's Open Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals

Richard Rashke

John “Iwan” Demjanjuk was at the center of one of history’s most complex war crimes trials. But why did it take almost sixty years for the United States to bring him to justice as a Nazi collaborator?The answer lies in the annals of the Cold War, when fear and paranoia drove American politicians and the U.S. military to recruit “useful” Nazi war criminals to work for the United States in Europ... read more

John “Iwan” Demjanjuk was at the center of one of history’s most complex war crimes trials. But why did it take almost sixty years for the United States to bring him to justice as a Nazi collaborator?The answer lies in the annals of the Cold War, when fear and paranoia drove American politicians and the U.S. military to recruit “useful” Nazi war criminals to work for the United States in Europ... read more

Clara's Heart

Joseph Olshan

When David's mother brought Clara Mayfield from Jamaica to live in their affluent household, David told the exotic intruder to go back to where she came from. But the indomitable Clara would take no nonsense, and soon began to capture David's affections.

When David's mother brought Clara Mayfield from Jamaica to live in their affluent household, David told the exotic intruder to go back to where she came from. But the indomitable Clara would take no nonsense, and soon began to capture David's affections.

Facts and Fancies

Paul Taylor

“No other dancer ever looked like Paul Taylor, that strapping, elastic, goofy hunk of a guy, and no one else’s dance works look like his either—not the deep, dark ones or the zany ones or the uplifting ones. His vocabulary, his tone are unique and unmistakable. The same thing is true, it turns out, about his writing. His style is utterly his own, and like all real style it isn’t a calculated v... read more

“No other dancer ever looked like Paul Taylor, that strapping, elastic, goofy hunk of a guy, and no one else’s dance works look like his either—not the deep, dark ones or the zany ones or the uplifting ones. His vocabulary, his tone are unique and unmistakable. The same thing is true, it turns out, about his writing. His style is utterly his own, and like all real style it isn’t a calculated v... read more

Wolverine Cirque

Joseph Olshan

Wolverine Cirque, one of the steepest and most dangerous ski runs in North America, looms over this original short—a taut, gripping tale of male athleticism and love—by Joseph Olshan Sam and Mike, top-notch skiers, hike miles off piste to face a harrowing headwall of snow, a sheer descent that challenges their skill, their endurance, and ultimately, their ability to survive.At the center of th... read more

Wolverine Cirque, one of the steepest and most dangerous ski runs in North America, looms over this original short—a taut, gripping tale of male athleticism and love—by Joseph Olshan Sam and Mike, top-notch skiers, hike miles off piste to face a harrowing headwall of snow, a sheer descent that challenges their skill, their endurance, and ultimately, their ability to survive.At the center of th... read more

The Story of a Widow

Musharraf Ali Farooqi

After the death of her husband, Akbar Ahmad, Mona finds herself settling ambivalently into a new life. But the calm rhythm of her days—gardening, cooking, spending time with her neighbors and family in Karachi—is upset by the appearance of Salamat Ali, the new tenant in her friend Mrs. Baig’s house. When Salamat Ali, encouraged by Mrs. Baig, presents Mona with a marriage proposal, she is force... read more

After the death of her husband, Akbar Ahmad, Mona finds herself settling ambivalently into a new life. But the calm rhythm of her days—gardening, cooking, spending time with her neighbors and family in Karachi—is upset by the appearance of Salamat Ali, the new tenant in her friend Mrs. Baig’s house. When Salamat Ali, encouraged by Mrs. Baig, presents Mona with a marriage proposal, she is force... read more

Futility Closet: An Idler's Miscellany of Compendious Amusements

Greg Ross

For nine years the popular website Futility Closet has collected arresting curiosities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics. This book presents the best of them: pipe-smoking robots, clairvoyant pennies, zoo jailbreaks, literary cannibals, corned beef in space, revolving squirrels, disappearing Scottish lighthouse keepers, reincarnated pussycats, dueling Churchill... read more

For nine years the popular website Futility Closet has collected arresting curiosities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics. This book presents the best of them: pipe-smoking robots, clairvoyant pennies, zoo jailbreaks, literary cannibals, corned beef in space, revolving squirrels, disappearing Scottish lighthouse keepers, reincarnated pussycats, dueling Churchill... read more

Futility Closet 2: A Second Trove of Intriguing Tidbits

Greg Ross

Here's a second helping of entertaining oddities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics from Futility Closet, the online catalog of beguiling curiosities: joyous dogs, soul-stirring Frenchmen, runaway balloons, U-turning communists, manful hummingbirds, recalcitrant Ws, intractable biplanes, vengeful whales, hairless trombonists, abusive New Zealanders, unreconstitu... read more

Here's a second helping of entertaining oddities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics from Futility Closet, the online catalog of beguiling curiosities: joyous dogs, soul-stirring Frenchmen, runaway balloons, U-turning communists, manful hummingbirds, recalcitrant Ws, intractable biplanes, vengeful whales, hairless trombonists, abusive New Zealanders, unreconstitu... read more

A Hoarse Half-human Cheer

X.J. Kennedy

A medieval schoolmaster whose students stabbed him to death with their pens---his name lives on in the College of Saint Cassian of Imola, a school with spectacular troubles. World War II has ended, and overnight Saint Cash’s has recklessly expanded from a dozen students to 4,500. Unknown to the honest clerics who think they run the place, the Newark Mafia find the college a handy front for dea... read more

A medieval schoolmaster whose students stabbed him to death with their pens---his name lives on in the College of Saint Cassian of Imola, a school with spectacular troubles. World War II has ended, and overnight Saint Cash’s has recklessly expanded from a dozen students to 4,500. Unknown to the honest clerics who think they run the place, the Newark Mafia find the college a handy front for dea... read more

Subtropical High

Gregory Dew

A Florida Cocaine CaperLuck turns when two fishermen, Slim Zimmerman and Barley Weir, stumble across 150 pounds of cocaine adrift in the Gulf Stream. With a street value over eight million dollars, the grungy duo sets up a buyer then rumbles through Florida in their 1973 El Camino to unload the square grouper and end their financial woes. Unfortunately, in their efforts to make the rendezvous,... read more

A Florida Cocaine CaperLuck turns when two fishermen, Slim Zimmerman and Barley Weir, stumble across 150 pounds of cocaine adrift in the Gulf Stream. With a street value over eight million dollars, the grungy duo sets up a buyer then rumbles through Florida in their 1973 El Camino to unload the square grouper and end their financial woes. Unfortunately, in their efforts to make the rendezvous,... read more

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