Hello! A bit about me:
My family and I recently moved to Portland, OR after 15 years in NYC. For fourteen of those, I was with the Penguin Publishing Group. During that time I had the opportunity, first as a Marketing Manager then as a Senior Designer in Creative Marketing Services, to work with every single imprint in the company. 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 book cover layout, composition, and typography. As well, I am available to help with online and print advertising and social media campaigns on a limited basis.
• 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 your cover, but am happy to answer questions related to the process as well
I would love to hear your story and see how I can help you bring your words to life. Thanks for reading!
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.
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