Heather VenHuizen

Heather VenHuizen - Designer

Chicago, IL, USA

Experienced cover designer of adult fiction and non-fiction genres. Let's make your book a best seller!

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I'm a Chicagoland based Designer with several years of experience as an Art Director and Cover Designer for adult fiction and non-fiction imprints. Prior to working in publishing, I worked as a Designer in marketing and advertising; which gives me an edge when it comes to designing book covers that will resonate well with readers. I've worked on covers for several best-selling books, and would love to add your book to that list!

As your designer, it is my goal to create a cover that you will love. I enjoy partnering with authors who have a clear vision of what they want their book to be/look like. I also enjoy the challenge of helping an author to determine what that vision should be. Either way, I appreciate receiving a lot of information about your book (the content, the setting, the main characters, the other books that you feel are good comps) up front so that I can provide you with the best concepts possible.


"Heather!!! You did the best job on my cover and I am eternally grateful." —Layla F. Saad, bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy

"Wow that's some serious design magic! I think this cover will pop in real life and digitally. Nicely done! And, THANK YOU!" —Meagan Church, author of The Last Carolina Girl

"I'm so flipping happy with this. I've been looking at the cover for the last three weeks and my last, strongest, and longest-lasting feeling was that THIS is the one. So Excited!!!" —Jennifer Coburn, author of Cradles of the Reich

"To say that I love this cover would be a total understatement!!!!" —Lo Patrick, author of The Floating Girls
Business & Management
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Coming of Age
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Magical Realism
Psychological Thriller

Work experience

Senior Art Director

October, 2016 – Present (about 6 years)

During my time at Sourcebooks, I have managed and designed covers for Adult Non Fiction and Adult Fiction imprints (including Landmark, Poisoned Pen Press, Sourcebooks Trade, The Library of Congress, Fiske, Simple Truths, and more.)

Heather has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Taylor Stanecek
I enjoy working with Heather. She does the job and she does it right. She communicates with her clients and knows how to find what they're looking for when they are unsure of what they want. I will be hiring Heather again!

Taylor Stanecek, November 2022

Chad Peterson
Heather was absolutely fantastic. Clear and quick with communication, listened to my overabundance of ideas and distilled it down into five phenomenal options, took feedback and executed second drafts and eventually a final version beyond anything I had imagined. I will absolutely be reaching out to her when I'm ready for my next cover design. Fantastic experience.

Chad Peterson, October 2022

David Fidler
Simply a brilliant experience! Heather’s communications were clear and helpful, and she generated diverse and interesting design concepts on the agreed schedule. She took my ideas and input seriously, and she produced impressive designs that opened my eyes to what was possible for the cover. Most importantly, through the interactive process, she delivered a creative, distinctive design that wil...
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David Fidler, October 2022

Taylor Stanecek
Heather maintained a professional service and was very easy to work with. She was amazing with communication and collaboration when I wanted expert opinions on ideas and layouts. She was patient when I needed time to think about options and presented drafts in a very reasonable amount of time. I am proud of the cover she created for me and will definitely hire her for others in the near future!

Taylor Stanecek, September 2022

Harlie Sponaugle
Heather was consistently ahead of schedule and delivered high quality products. She answered my questions thoroughly and was responsive to my requests for changes.

Harlie Sponaugle, July 2022

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