Iram Allam

Iram Allam - Designer

London, UK

Internal book designer with over 20 years experience: 10 years with Macmillan Publishers. Beautiful and classical designs across all genres.

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I have over 20 years experience in book publishing and specifically in internal book design and layout. I've worked for some of the largest publishers in London namely HarperCollins, Orion Books and Macmillan Publishers and Macmillan is still my main customer. I have worked on big name authors such as Kate Moss and David Baldacci. I have now been working freelance with my own company since 2019 and I can design your fiction, non-fiction, kids and poetry books. That includes plate sections and endpapers. I can also do family trees and infographics. I especially like designing historical fiction but I have designed science fiction, parenting and business books. My design skills are all encompassing as is normal with in-house trade designers.

I have been working with authors for a long time and I'd like to think that I can bring your ideas to life. I would normally get a brief and then provide some sample pages for you to approve. Upon approval I will typeset your book and provide you with a print ready pdf for printing. I am also happy to give advice from the perspective of a traditional publisher. I'm very much a heads down and get it done person and I will often complete a project before the deadline.

Please give me as much information about the text as possible ie whether there are headings, how many diagrams need to be done by me, any pictures or illustrations to be supplied or any special design. I think I am pretty knowledgable about publishing and I hope that comes across!
Business & Management
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance book designer

February, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

Senior Text Designer

Macmillan Publishers
January, 2008 – July, 2018 (over 10 years)

Senior Book Designer

Orion Publishing Group
April, 2004 – December, 2007 (over 3 years)

Book Designer

Orion Publishing Group
March, 2001 – March, 2004 (about 3 years)

Junior Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
April, 1998 – March, 2001 (almost 3 years)

Production Controller

HarperCollins Publishers
April, 1997 – March, 1998 (11 months)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Buster's Secret Diaries

Hattersley, Roy

The Fred Files

Graham, Alex

Iram has 26 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Michael Manz
Iram was very accommodating in helping make some last minute corrections to my book

Michael Manz, July 2022

Michael Manz
Iram did a wonderful job with my book's interior design, replied and made edits in a timely manner, was professional and easy to work with.

Michael Manz, June 2022

Bonnie Callahan
Iram was incredibly patient and helpful throughout the entire design process. The final product was beautiful, clean, and exactly what I was looking for. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Iram on this project.

Bonnie Callahan, June 2022

Glenn Swamy
We are very happy to have picked Iram for our project. I felt that this book needed a very special hand so that it looked nice for the children reading it and she did not disappoint. She communicated with us throughout the project, and answered many of the questions I had as well. It felt like an actual collaboration to make sure we put together a good book and the end result is a very beautifu...
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Glenn Swamy, April 2022

Joanne Mershon
Iram Allam was a joy to collaborate with. I have never published a book before, and the process had me terrified. I want my book to look professional and be easy to read and not distracting because of the layout. Discussed these concerns with Iram & she created a design that is exactly what I want. It looks great! Iram was easy to communicate with throughout this process. She was available and...
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Joanne Mershon, April 2022

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