Jerry Todd

Jerry Todd - Designer

New York City, NY, USA

Designer, Art Director and Illustrator. I specialize in Big, Bold Thrillers and True Crime.

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Overview

I have designed over a thousand book covers in my career, many of them landing on The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly and USA Today bestseller lists. I have worked on titles in every genre from Regency Romance, True Crime and Cozy Mysteries to books that just need that BIG BOOK LOOK!
What I truly specialize in is helping new authors develop innovative packaging to increase their visibility and sales in a very crowded marketplace. I create illustrations from original content and inexpensive stock photography. Provide clients with customized typography. I deliver on time and on budget.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Non-Fiction
History
True Crime

Certifications

  • BFA-School of Visual Arts

Awards

  • First Place cover, General Trade, New York Book Show, 2010
  • Margo L.H. Hammerschlag Scholarship, Art Students League, 2015–2016
  • Other awards include: Society of Illustrators; Bookbinders Guild; Creativity

Work experience

Art Director

Self-employed
June, 2010 – Present (over 11 years)

Consult with authors to develop concept and design for covers. Create packaging for all genres including mystery and romance series. Design multiple true crime and military non-fiction titles. Revitalizes backlists to the current design. Delivers on time and on budget.

Senior Art Director

St. Martin's Press
May, 1995 – June, 2010 (about 15 years)

Oversaw the art and cover design of sixteen titles per month. Supervised three full-time employees and two
part-time freelancers, mentored and trained junior staff. Collaborated with members of both the editorial and
production departments to insure the best final outcome for all titles. Maintained the department’s monthly budget, production deadlines and art schedule. Established a strong visual style for the St. Martin’s True Crime Library. Created new looks for mid-list authors to help place them on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Handled all aspects of photo shoots. Hired, managed and directed photographers, stylists and models.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The 18th Abduction (Women's Murder Club)

James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Detective Lindsay Boxer's investigation into the disappearance of three teachers quickly escalates from missing persons to murder in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco's entire school system at stake, Lindsay ha... read more

Detective Lindsay Boxer's investigation into the disappearance of three teachers quickly escalates from missing persons to murder in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue -- until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco's entire school system at stake, Lindsay ha... read more

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

Charles Graeber

"CHILLING." -- Stephen KingAn intimate -- and frightening -- glimpse inside the mind of America's most prolific serial killer, Charles Cullen, whose 16-year long "nursing" career left as many as 400 dead.When nurse Charlie Cullen was arrested in 2003, journalists were quick to dub him "The Angel of Death." But Cullen was neither a mercy killer nor a simple monster. He was a son, a husband, a f... read more

"CHILLING." -- Stephen KingAn intimate -- and frightening -- glimpse inside the mind of America's most prolific serial killer, Charles Cullen, whose 16-year long "nursing" career left as many as 400 dead.When nurse Charlie Cullen was arrested in 2003, journalists were quick to dub him "The Angel of Death." But Cullen was neither a mercy killer nor a simple monster. He was a son, a husband, a f... read more

The First Lady

James Patterson

In James Patterson's new stand-alone thriller, one secret can bring down a government when the President's affair to remember becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget. Sally Grissom is a top secret service agent in charge of the Presidential Protection team. She knows that something is amiss when she is summoned to a private meeting with the President and his Chief of Staff without any wi... read more

In James Patterson's new stand-alone thriller, one secret can bring down a government when the President's affair to remember becomes a nightmare he wishes he could forget. Sally Grissom is a top secret service agent in charge of the Presidential Protection team. She knows that something is amiss when she is summoned to a private meeting with the President and his Chief of Staff without any wi... read more

Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Janet Evanovich

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollarsDom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. The Cousin: Joe MorelliJoe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, ... read more

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollarsDom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. The Cousin: Joe MorelliJoe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom's sister, Loretta, ... read more

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

Bradley K. Martin

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Kore... read more

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Kore... read more

The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock Book 1)

Sarah Bailey

A tight-knit community is shocked by revelations from decades past in this "enthralling" (Associated Press) literary mystery that "will keep you racing toward the end" (Lisa Gardner). The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but ... read more

A tight-knit community is shocked by revelations from decades past in this "enthralling" (Associated Press) literary mystery that "will keep you racing toward the end" (Lisa Gardner). The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, but ... read more

Into the Night (Gemma Woodstock Book 2)

Sarah Bailey

After the shocking murder of a high-profile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim's friends and family can be trusted--and who may be the killer. Troubled and brilliant, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone after a recent move to Melbourne, brokenhearted by the decisions she's had to make. Her new workp... read more

After the shocking murder of a high-profile celebrity, Gemma Woodstock must pull back the layers of a gilded cage to discover who among the victim's friends and family can be trusted--and who may be the killer. Troubled and brilliant, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone after a recent move to Melbourne, brokenhearted by the decisions she's had to make. Her new workp... read more

The Burial Hour (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel)

Jeffery Deaver

DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER.Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in this newest installment of Jeffrey Deaver's New York Times bestselling series.A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzl... read more

DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER.Forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme is back with his most harrowing case yet in this newest installment of Jeffrey Deaver's New York Times bestselling series.A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman's noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzl... read more

Smokin' Seventeen

Janet Evanovich

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.Short on time to find evidence proving the kill... read more

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.Short on time to find evidence proving the kill... read more

The Cutting Edge (A Lincoln Rhyme Novel)

Jeffery Deaver

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} Coming soon to NBC as Lincoln, starring Russell Hornsby and Arielle Kebbel. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000} Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to investigate a triple murder and confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest--and most vulner... read more

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} Coming soon to NBC as Lincoln, starring Russell Hornsby and Arielle Kebbel. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000} Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to investigate a triple murder and confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest--and most vulner... read more

The People vs. Alex Cross

James Patterson

With explosive charges and shocking evidence, Alex Cross is about to face the trial of the century in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, he is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?W... read more

With explosive charges and shocking evidence, Alex Cross is about to face the trial of the century in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, he is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?W... read more

Ambush (Michael Bennett Book 11)

James Patterson, James O. Born

Only Detective Michael Bennett stands in the way of two lethal cartels fighting for New York City's multi-million-dollar opioid trade. And they know where Bennett, and his family, live. An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down--and, despite the attackers' efforts, it's not Michael Bennett. New York's top cop is not the only one at risk. O... read more

Only Detective Michael Bennett stands in the way of two lethal cartels fighting for New York City's multi-million-dollar opioid trade. And they know where Bennett, and his family, live. An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down--and, despite the attackers' efforts, it's not Michael Bennett. New York's top cop is not the only one at risk. O... read more

Testimony

Scott Turow

Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author and "one of the major writers in America" (NPR), returns with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance.At the age of fifty, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his... read more

Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author and "one of the major writers in America" (NPR), returns with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance.At the age of fifty, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his... read more

Allergies, Away!: Creative Eats and Mouthwatering Treats for Kids Allergic to Nuts, Dairy, and Eggs

Frances Park, Ginger Park

When sisters Ginger and Frances Park opened up a chocolate shop in Washington, D.C., they couldn't wait to share their gourmet sweets with their friends and family. Unfortunately, Ginger's son, Justin, was born with severe food allergies, and even visiting the shop made Justin sick. Far from discouraged, Ginger and Frances vowed they would find alternatives for Justin that tasted better than t... read more

When sisters Ginger and Frances Park opened up a chocolate shop in Washington, D.C., they couldn't wait to share their gourmet sweets with their friends and family. Unfortunately, Ginger's son, Justin, was born with severe food allergies, and even visiting the shop made Justin sick. Far from discouraged, Ginger and Frances vowed they would find alternatives for Justin that tasted better than t... read more

101 Bets You Will Always Win: Jaw-Dropping Illusions, Remarkable Riddles, Scintillating Science Stunts, and Cunning Conundrums That Will Astound and Amaze Everyone You Know

Richard Wiseman

Everyone loves a winner. Imagine being able to challenge anyone with seemingly impossible bets, safe in the knowledge that you will always win. Imagine no more. Richard Wiseman is a psychologist who has traveled the globe in search of the world's greatest bets and in "101 Bets You Will Always Win" he shows you how to use science, logic and a healthy dose of trickery always to be on the winning... read more

Everyone loves a winner. Imagine being able to challenge anyone with seemingly impossible bets, safe in the knowledge that you will always win. Imagine no more. Richard Wiseman is a psychologist who has traveled the globe in search of the world's greatest bets and in "101 Bets You Will Always Win" he shows you how to use science, logic and a healthy dose of trickery always to be on the winning... read more

Shark Island

Chris Jameson

A shark attack survivor believes she has already lived through her worst nightmare. She's dead wrong. . .Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight―and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she’s joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor’E... read more

A shark attack survivor believes she has already lived through her worst nightmare. She's dead wrong. . .Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight―and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she’s joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor’E... read more

The President Is Missing: A Novel

James Patterson, Bill Clinton

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Revenge

James Patterson, Andrew Holmes

From the World's #1 Bestselling Author, comes a story of revenge as a former SAS soldier is ready to settle into civilian life when he's hired to solve the mysterious death of a daughter, diving into a seedy world that a parent never expects to see their child in.Former SAS soldier David Shelley was part of the most covert operations team in the special forces. Now settling down to civilian li... read more

From the World's #1 Bestselling Author, comes a story of revenge as a former SAS soldier is ready to settle into civilian life when he's hired to solve the mysterious death of a daughter, diving into a seedy world that a parent never expects to see their child in.Former SAS soldier David Shelley was part of the most covert operations team in the special forces. Now settling down to civilian li... read more

Jerry has 33 reviews

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David Cascio
Jerry was great to work with. Flexible and talented he improved the vision of my book cover immensely. I'm looking forward to working with him again soon.

David Cascio, January 2022


Valerie Van Clieaf
Jerry has been a pleasure to work with in every way. He is a truly gifted designer who met and then exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be calling on him again for my next book. Val Van Clieaf

Valerie Van Clieaf, January 2022


Chip Riggs
Jerry is an incredible collaborator. This was my first project and he showed enormous patience dealing with my questions and requests. Ultimately, the result is something that I am extremely proud of and can't wait for the world to see.

Chip Riggs, November 2021


Felipe Ortiz Jr.
Once again Jerry came through for me big time; so honored to have his covers gracing my work! Jerry’s professionalism truly makes a struggling self published author like me feel like a New York Times best seller. Couldn’t recommend his services enough!

Felipe Ortiz Jr., November 2021


John Barr
I'm still working with Jerry and just finishing things up with him. The cover he designed is simply outstanding! He listened to my needs, provided advice and was very patient with me. I could not ask for a better professional to work with and will seek Jerry out for my next book cover.

John Barr, November 2021

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