I'm a freelance book cover designer and illustrator with previous experience working for Simon & Schuster's adult trade imprint, as well as Scribner and Avid Reader Press. I have experience working on bestselling memoirs, literary fiction, historical nonfiction, mystery, popular science, and self improvement. I aim to create covers that are striking at first glance, but convey the author's deeper themes on further inspection.
Select clients include: Bloomsbury, Google, HarperCollins, Harvard Business Review Press, The New York Times, Nonesuch Records, Pluto Press, Restless Books, Simon & Schuster, Timber Press, Verso Books, and W. W. Norton.
We will determine the scenes and/or symbols that are the most ripe for visuals. Once we know what imagery we'll be focusing on, I will ask you to submit a selection of book covers that you feel encapsulate the look and feel of the cover you're envisioning. This will include the style of artwork, typography, and color scheme. While some authors have a very clear vision of the cover they want, others are open to interpretation and prefer that I direct the design. I'm open to both approaches and the assessment helps clarify the way forward so we both get the most out of our collaboration.
I typically create between 5-10 cover designs that vary in concept and aesthetic style. The first round of designs are usually delivered within 5 days.
You will select 1 or 2 favorites from Round 1 and offer feedback edits to help bring them to a near-final stage. Sometimes authors are happy with a Round 1 cover as-is and require no further design changes, other times authors will prefer borrowing design elements from multiple covers. I will address all design edits and submit a new round of covers typically within 5 days.
You will select a final cover from the latest designs and offer final edits, which I will make and submit a final cover, typically within 5 days.
This will depend on your specific requests, but most commonly I will send a package including:
—Hi-res cover JPG
—Mockups for marketing / social media promotion