Jerry Todd

Jerry Todd – Designer

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


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.
Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
History True Crime
  • 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
  • BFA-School of Visual Arts

Work experience


Jun, 2010 — Present

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.

St. Martin's Press

May, 1995 — Jun, 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.


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 se... read more

James P.

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... read more
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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 ... 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... 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... read more

Scott T.

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 ... 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... 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 bl... read more
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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 vic... 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 day... 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 ... 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 Woo... 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 soc... 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. Hi... 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 te... 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, journali... read more

Jerry has 57 reviews





Mike C.

Mike C.

May, 2023

I've now collaborated with Jerry Todd on three projects, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of his work, as he delivered exactly what I'd asked for. I have received many compliments on my three book covers, and I'll be hiring him for the next two in the series, as well my spin off series down the road. I can't recommend him enough.
Chris L.

Chris L.

May, 2023

I highly recommend Jerry. He’s very talented and committed to making the best possible product out of your book. Thanks Jerry. Can’t wait for more in the future.
Michael M.

Michael M.

Apr, 2023

Jerry's professional approach to cover design was evident from the start. I threw him a curve with the book's title, but he took it in stride and delivered!
Jonathan K.

Jonathan K.

Apr, 2023

Jerry is great!
Bob O.

Bob O.

Mar, 2023

Jerry does great work. his designs are awesome.