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Jessica Reed

Jessica Reed - Designer

Portland, United States

Professional designer formally with Penguin • Author of self-pub book bought by Clarkson Potter • Passionate about bringing words to life

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Hello! A bit about me:

My family and I just moved to Portland, OR after 15 years in NYC. For fourteen of those, I worked for the Penguin Publishing Group, the last nine as a Senior Designer in Creative Marketing Services. I now work full-time as a freelance book designer.

Not only do I have experience in design and the Big Five publishing industry; I also have experience in self-publishing. In early 2014 I wrote, designed, and self-published my book, The Baker's Appendix and in late 2015 it was bought by Clarkson Potter! In March 2017 the revised, updated, gorgeous hardcover was published and is now sold worldwide.

How might I help you?
• I am skilled in layout, composition, typography, interior design, cover design, online and print advertising, and social media campaigns.

• I have worked with every genre and type of book over the years, but am especially interested in cookbooks, food writing, general non-fiction, classics, historical works, memoir & biography, and genre fiction (LOVE mysteries and thrillers!).

• I am very familiar with the highs and lows of self-publishing and can help you not only with book design, but am happy to answer questions related to the process as well

• I recently started a small press, Yellow Wallpaper Press, as a vehicle for my own work; I am currently writing a new book which I plan to self-publish in February 2018

I would love to hear your story and see how I can help you bring your words to life. Thanks for reading!

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Publishing
Fiction
Classics Historical Fiction Literature Thriller

Work experience

Freelance design

Self-employed
August, 2017 – Present (7 months)

Senior Designer

Penguin Random House
February, 2002 – June, 2017 (over 15 years)

From February 2002–August 2008 I worked within the Berkley/NAL Marketing team, first as an assistant, eventually rising to the rank of Marketing Manager. I was responsible for copywriting, some design work, project management, supervising of assistants and interns, and all assorted tasks involved in the Advertising and Promotion of books within a variety of imprints.
From August 2008–June 2017, I was a Senior Graphic Designer working at one time or another with every imprint under the Penguin Publishing Group umbrella. I was responsible for all areas of Advertising and Promotional design including, but not limited to, catalogs, promotional swag, online ads, print ads, promotional kits, mock-ups, ARC cover design, blad and recipe bundle design, press releases, postcards, brochures, flyers, and, most recently, plenty of social media headers, ads, and social shares. I worked with colleagues on projects as well as dealing with vendors and production specialists outside the company.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Ghost Bully

Brian Corley

Roommates can be hell. Like when they’re late with the rent, late on bills, or constantly trying to kill you. Jonah Preston thought he knew what he was getting into after signing the paperwork to buy his new home: yardwork, a leaky pipe here and there, maybe the occasional squirrel in the attic. He just didn’t expect to share that new home with a ghost. Before all the boxes are unpacked, Jonah... read more

Roommates can be hell. Like when they’re late with the rent, late on bills, or constantly trying to kill you. Jonah Preston thought he knew what he was getting into after signing the paperwork to buy his new home: yardwork, a leaky pipe here and there, maybe the occasional squirrel in the attic. He just didn’t expect to share that new home with a ghost. Before all the boxes are unpacked, Jonah... read more

Four Voices, Four Continents: How we Eluded Hitler, Survived Stalin, Made a Life in Africa, and Eventually Arrived in America

Ada Moszkowski Harrison, Sofia Moszkowski Freer

The Moszkowski family was one of the fortunate ones. The family’s journey during and after World War II began when they fled Poland in 1939, under Hitler’s Luftwaffe aerial assault. Theirs is not a typical Holocaust escape story. Father Arthur Moszkowski’s position as an engineer afforded the family a path that was not possible for many Jews. Although they endured life-threatening hardships du... read more

The Moszkowski family was one of the fortunate ones. The family’s journey during and after World War II began when they fled Poland in 1939, under Hitler’s Luftwaffe aerial assault. Theirs is not a typical Holocaust escape story. Father Arthur Moszkowski’s position as an engineer afforded the family a path that was not possible for many Jews. Although they endured life-threatening hardships du... read more

Creating Real Wealth: Successful Stock Market Investment

Bossman

Imagine that you had an investment methodology that identified the "best of the best" companies listed on the stock market and often found them when they were still cheap. These super companies usually out-perform the general stock market averages by a wide margin over the long run and so will you. Add to this the ability to step out of the market when the big recessions roll past and you have... read more

Imagine that you had an investment methodology that identified the "best of the best" companies listed on the stock market and often found them when they were still cheap. These super companies usually out-perform the general stock market averages by a wide margin over the long run and so will you. Add to this the ability to step out of the market when the big recessions roll past and you have... read more

Power Palettes: Renovate, Flip, Build

Kelly Heaps

In this first-of-its-kind self-help guide, Award Winning designer, Kelly Heaps, pulls back the curtain on the home design industry as she reveals insider secrets. Learn what great hard surface design is, how it will increase your financial bottom line and what it takes to design like the pros. Refreshingly straight forward, Kelly turns complicated design formulas, concepts and theories into a ... read more

In this first-of-its-kind self-help guide, Award Winning designer, Kelly Heaps, pulls back the curtain on the home design industry as she reveals insider secrets. Learn what great hard surface design is, how it will increase your financial bottom line and what it takes to design like the pros. Refreshingly straight forward, Kelly turns complicated design formulas, concepts and theories into a ... read more

The Baker's Appendix: The Essential Kitchen Companion, with Deliciously Dependable, Infinitely Adaptable Recipes

Jessica Reed

The ultimate quick, yet thorough, reference for bakers, with every metric conversion and ingredient substitution you could want, plus 18 recipes for basic, fail-proof cakes, frostings, and cookies--with variations that combine to make dozens of desserts.

The ultimate quick, yet thorough, reference for bakers, with every metric conversion and ingredient substitution you could want, plus 18 recipes for basic, fail-proof cakes, frostings, and cookies--with variations that combine to make dozens of desserts.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

An instant New York Times bestsellerTwo spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.In April 2015... read more

An instant New York Times bestsellerTwo spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.In April 2015... read more

The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy)

Lev Grossman

The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy“The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.” —George R.R. Martin “Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.” —Joe Hill “A very knowing and wonderful take ... read more

The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy“The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.” —George R.R. Martin “Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.” —Joe Hill “A very knowing and wonderful take ... read more

The Vanilla Bean Baking Book: Recipes for Irresistible Everyday Favorites and Reinvented Classics

Sarah Kieffer

A beautiful and thoughtful baking book with 100 recipes for delicious treats and desserts from the founder of the Saveur Award–winning Vanilla Bean baking blog.Readers find the Vanilla Bean blog while hunting for the perfect chocolate cake or cinnamon roll recipe, or another everyday favorite. They stay for founder Sarah Kieffer’s simple approach to home baking, the utterly transporting, dream... read more

A beautiful and thoughtful baking book with 100 recipes for delicious treats and desserts from the founder of the Saveur Award–winning Vanilla Bean baking blog.Readers find the Vanilla Bean blog while hunting for the perfect chocolate cake or cinnamon roll recipe, or another everyday favorite. They stay for founder Sarah Kieffer’s simple approach to home baking, the utterly transporting, dream... read more

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

Amanda Quick

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAmanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins… When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself... read more

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAmanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins… When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself... read more

Generation Chef: Risking It All for a New American Dream

Karen Stabiner

Inside what life is really like for the new generation of professional cooks - a captivating tale of the make-or-break first year at a young chef's new restaurant. For many young people, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. Skill and creativity in the kitchen are more profitable than ever before, as cooks scramble to reach the top - but talent isn... read more

Inside what life is really like for the new generation of professional cooks - a captivating tale of the make-or-break first year at a young chef's new restaurant. For many young people, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. Skill and creativity in the kitchen are more profitable than ever before, as cooks scramble to reach the top - but talent isn... read more

Jessica has 8 reviews

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Susan Soesbe

Jessica created a beautiful book cover for my memoir according to my specifications. She was professional and helpful. She worked closely with me, listening to my ideas, answering my questions and responding quickly with feedback as requested. I am very pleased with the result. I would recommend Jessica!

, February 2018


Caitlin Gola

Working with Jess was a breeze and she delivered exactly what I was looking for. She was helpful and insightful every step of the process and worked with me to adjust concepts until the cover was exactly what I wanted. Would work with Jess again in a heartbeat!

, February 2018


Kayla Church

Jess was fabulous to work with in every step of the process. She was flexible and communicative, and she understood exactly what we were looking for and delivered!!

, January 2018


Brian Corley

Jessica is a lot of fun to work with and I love the finished product! She seems to want the book to succeed just as much as I do and offered great tips and advice along the way while being completely open to feedback. Would love to work with her again!

, January 2018


Julia Goldstein

I hired Jessica to design the cover for the first book I've published, on which I'm also an editor. She designed a beautiful cover that I am so proud to share with anyone, and the quality vastly exceeds anything I would have been able to create. She drafted three options and then combined what we liked best from two of them. Jessica was both patient and responsive through many rounds of editin...

, December 2017

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