Joe Montgomery

Joe Montgomery - Designer

Nashville, TN, USA

I'm a book jacket designer with a proven track record of success in the world of jacket design. Your cover will fit in as well as stand out.

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I'm a book jacket designer with almost 20 years of experience working with top publishing houses. I have worked with Penguin RandomHouse, W. W. Norton, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins to name a few. My job is to not put my own design stamp on a cover, but to capture the essence of each title and make the end result so graphically strong that it's too irresistible not to pick up.

Authors that I've designed covers for include Laura Hillenbrand, James Ellroy, Joe R. Lansdale, Laurie R. King, Ivan Doig, Karin Slaughter, Alan Bradley, Robert Reich, Ron Chernow, Daniel Dennett, and Barry Unsworth, among others.

If you want an impactful cover that matches the quality and professionalism of your own work (as well as working with someone who is friendly, prompt and flexible), please consider me for your next project. Thanks!
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience

Book Jacket Designer

January, 2002 – Present (about 20 years)

Portfolio (18 selected works)


Ellroy, James


Ellroy, James

Brown's Requiem

Ellroy, James

The Good Daughter: A Novel

Slaughter, Karin

Joe has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ed Chambliss
Hire Joe Montgomery. It's that simple. Why? He exceeded my expectations on every aspect of my project . At the conceptual stage, he explored a wide range of ideas (rather than just iterating on one idea.) At the refinement stage, he was open to my feedback while also being articulate in why he did something or what the impact of a change might be. And, at the mechanical stage, he delivered all ...
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Ed Chambliss, December 2021

Joe Montgomery
Ed Chambliss was truly a joy to work with. He is the epitome of professionalism and a great communicator. I wish him all the best on his new book, and I hope I can work with him again in the future!

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Donald Levin
Joe was a joy to work with. His ideas were stellar, he was always prompt and clear in communications, and the project came in well ahead of schedule. I'm very happy with the cover he designed for me, which is lovely and perfectly captures the spirit of the novel. It's garnered lots of rave reviews from readers. I'm looking forward to working with him again on my next project.

Donald Levin, December 2021

Joe Montgomery
Wonderful client. Very organized, professional and had clear ideas about what he wanted. I'd love to work with Don again!

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