Joe Montgomery

Joe Montgomery – Designer

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.


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!
Anthologies Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
History Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience


Jan, 2002 — Present

Joe has 12 reviews





Tony E.

Tony E.

Dec, 2023

Completed work as agreed, came up with great design options, and well worth the cost.
Ian B.

Ian B.

Aug, 2023

I'd have liked more communication with Joe prior to his submitting his five concepts. We'd chatted a little in the engagement phase, and I'd expected him to offer me an opportunity to say more in the planning phase. Instead he produced five designs from the material I'd submitted in the brief, but omitted to include the cover quote I'd requested. The designs were good, and the omission was reme...
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Ruth A.

Ruth A.

Jul, 2023

It was a huge privilege for us to work with Joe—a seasoned, successful professional who never made us feel less than the A-list client for whom he had just finished a package deal. He cordially welcomed our jumbled, overwrought, contradictory ideas, did his own research, then created infinitely better concepts that were hard to narrow down to one choice. Thank you, Joe, for your impeccable wor...
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Joe M.
Ruth is a dream client! She's thoughtful, open and professional — a real delight to work with. I hope we can work together in the future!
David N.

David N.

Jan, 2023

It was a pleasure working with Joe. He not only provided a few awesome samples that I had a hard time choosing which one to go with but also guided me along the way. In the end, the book jacket he designed was fabulous! I will def be working with Joe in the near future. Highly recommended.
Joe M.
David is a great client! He was open to suggestions and was very open-minded and creative. I hope to work with David again in the future!
Jim B.

Jim B.

Oct, 2022

I couldn't be more pleased with using Joe Montgomery to do my book cover! From beginning to end he exceeded my expectations. He gave me a wide choice of options at the beginning and once I decided on the one to work with, he expertly molded it to suit what I asked for. Communication was good throughout and I feel like I got my money's worth. Thanks, Joe!

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