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John Van Der Woude

John Van Der Woude - Designer

Kelowna, BC, Canada

A professional book designer who has worked on hundreds of projects (covers and interiors), specializing in trade fiction and academia.

Overview

As a professional book designer for over 13 years, I've had the pleasure of working on hundreds (probably getting close to thousands soon) of different cover and interior book design projects for publishers and self-publishers around the globe on a wide range of different genres and topics, both fiction and non-fiction. I've worked both as an in-house designer for a publisher, but more extensively as an independent book design contractor.

I've worked with publishers such as Oxford University Press, Canadian Scholars Press, Lioncrest Publishing (Book In A Box), Georgetown University, University of Regina Press, Fernwood Publishing, Nimbus Publishing, Orca Book Publishers, Breakwater Publishing, as well as many self-publishers.

Although we're recommended not to, we all judge a book by its cover. And that's where I come in. I'm always looking on new exciting projects that I can lend my expertise too, and take the professionalism and design of your book to the next level.

When I work with authors on their projects, my focus is always on communication. I make sure that my clients feel well taken care off and respected throughout the process, and that their feedback is always welcome, both positive and negative. What I ask in return is that they understand that I am being hired because of my knowledge and extensive experience in book design to provide a professional and well-considered final product.

For my process, it depends on the specifics of the project. But in general, for a book cover/jacket project, I provide 3–4 different initial cover concepts showing different directions and marketing options for the book to go in, and then proceed from there based on the client's feedback. Generally, a finished product is achieved in about 4 more iterations.

For book interior projects, I really value having a consistent visual aesthetic from cover to cover of a book, so it will always borrow its design sensibility from the book's jacket, expanding on the aesthetics established there to create a consistent reading experience from a visual standpoint. Generally, I'll create a design sample of the first couple chapters, or about 10–20% of the book's interiors, then proceed from there based on the client's feedback. Once the sample is approved, the rest of the interiors is laid out according to that.

If you're interested in working with me, I'm always open to questions about myself, my experience and my process, so don't hesitate to ask!

I'm looking forward to working with you on a project soon!

Services
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs Design Education & Reference Photography Politics & Current Affairs Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Literature Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Book Designer

Self-employed
April, 2004 – Present (over 13 years)

I’m a professional book designer and have been working with publishing houses and self-publishers for over 13 years now, working on literally hundreds (I don’t think I’m quite at thousands yet…) of book cover and interior projects ranging from non-fiction, to fiction, to children’s picturebooks, to coffee table books, to e-books, to academic, to educational workbooks,…well, I think you get the idea.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. And I look forward to discussing your book project soon!

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Beckoners

Carrie Mac

Holy War: Cowboys, Indians, and 9/11s

Mark Mark Cronlund

Noam Chomsky and George W. Bush seldom agree, but they both argued that 9/11 stood alone in American history. Although the use of airplanes as weapons of mass destruction was new, Mark Anderson maintains that the response to the attack was not: it was, in fact, as old as the Republic itself.Beginning with the Mexican-American War and ending with the invasion of Iraq, Holy War probes presidenti... read more

Noam Chomsky and George W. Bush seldom agree, but they both argued that 9/11 stood alone in American history. Although the use of airplanes as weapons of mass destruction was new, Mark Anderson maintains that the response to the attack was not: it was, in fact, as old as the Republic itself.Beginning with the Mexican-American War and ending with the invasion of Iraq, Holy War probes presidenti... read more

Northern Trader: The Last Days of the Fur Trade

H.S.M. Kemp

With previously unpublished photographs, this new edition of Northern Trader is a vivid personal memoir and valuable primary account of the last days of the fur trade. Harold Kemp recounts the routines and rhythms of that long-lost way of life and paints a portrait of the north as a "vast region of infinite allure."In palpable, often gripping prose, Kemp depicts life on the trail in all season... read more

With previously unpublished photographs, this new edition of Northern Trader is a vivid personal memoir and valuable primary account of the last days of the fur trade. Harold Kemp recounts the routines and rhythms of that long-lost way of life and paints a portrait of the north as a "vast region of infinite allure."In palpable, often gripping prose, Kemp depicts life on the trail in all season... read more

Re-Orienting China: Travel Writing and Cross-Cultural Understanding

Leilei Chen

Re-Orienting China challenges the notion of the travel writer as "imperialistic," while exploring the binary opposition of self and other. Featuring analyses of rarely studied writers on post-1949 China, including Jan Wong, Jock T. Wilson, Peter Hessler, Leslie T. Chang, Hill Gates, and Yi-Fu Tuan, Re-Orienting China demonstrates the transformative power of travel, as it changes our preconceiv... read more

Re-Orienting China challenges the notion of the travel writer as "imperialistic," while exploring the binary opposition of self and other. Featuring analyses of rarely studied writers on post-1949 China, including Jan Wong, Jock T. Wilson, Peter Hessler, Leslie T. Chang, Hill Gates, and Yi-Fu Tuan, Re-Orienting China demonstrates the transformative power of travel, as it changes our preconceiv... read more

Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey (Digestions)

Lenore Newman

"What is Canadian cuisine? Lenore Newman distils much of the current thinking into the erudite and elegantly readable Speaking in Cod Tongues. Her odyssey across the country provides a wealth of culinary detail, giving us a vivid contemporary portrait of Canada's complex and ever-evolving foodways." -- James Chatto, National Culinary Advisor, Gold Medal Plates"A captivating work. Newman recogn... read more

"What is Canadian cuisine? Lenore Newman distils much of the current thinking into the erudite and elegantly readable Speaking in Cod Tongues. Her odyssey across the country provides a wealth of culinary detail, giving us a vivid contemporary portrait of Canada's complex and ever-evolving foodways." -- James Chatto, National Culinary Advisor, Gold Medal Plates"A captivating work. Newman recogn... read more

Red Sea

Diane Tullson

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After being attacked by Red Sea pirates, fourteen-year-old Libby is left alone on a hostile sea, far from home, to fight for survival.

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. After being attacked by Red Sea pirates, fourteen-year-old Libby is left alone on a hostile sea, far from home, to fight for survival.

Merging Fires: Grassroots Peacebuilding Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples

Rick Wallace

The past two decades have witnessed the emerging role of grassroots social movements and community-based peacebuilding as key sites of transformative political and cultural engagement. Merging Fires explores three grassroots alliances between Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous activists in Canada, including the actions of the Chippewa of Nawash, the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the A... read more

The past two decades have witnessed the emerging role of grassroots social movements and community-based peacebuilding as key sites of transformative political and cultural engagement. Merging Fires explores three grassroots alliances between Indigenous communities and non-Indigenous activists in Canada, including the actions of the Chippewa of Nawash, the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the A... read more

Play by Play: The Life and Times of Pat Connolly

Joel Jacobson

Pat Connolly spent more than sixty years talking of, writing about, and analyzing sports in radio, television, and print media in Nova Scotia and central Canada. His clear, sharp voice was known to thousands as the consummate sportscaster and play-by-play man. Pat’s eclectic life encompassed journalism, politics, community work, and an abiding dedication to family. Told with characteristic wit... read more

Pat Connolly spent more than sixty years talking of, writing about, and analyzing sports in radio, television, and print media in Nova Scotia and central Canada. His clear, sharp voice was known to thousands as the consummate sportscaster and play-by-play man. Pat’s eclectic life encompassed journalism, politics, community work, and an abiding dedication to family. Told with characteristic wit... read more

Maritime Murder: Deadly Crimes from the Buried Past

Steve Vernon

In his uniquely homespun style, sinister storyteller Steve Vernon digs up the dirt on Maritime murders from 1770 to 1929--along with a few bodies along the way. Unearthing historically buried, and occasionally unsolved, violent crimes from across Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Vernon's versions of these 19 macabre tales will chill you to the bone. Featuring a bevy of que... read more

In his uniquely homespun style, sinister storyteller Steve Vernon digs up the dirt on Maritime murders from 1770 to 1929--along with a few bodies along the way. Unearthing historically buried, and occasionally unsolved, violent crimes from across Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Vernon's versions of these 19 macabre tales will chill you to the bone. Featuring a bevy of que... read more

Underground Nova Scotia : Stories of Archaeology

Paul and Jonathan Fowler Erickson

Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918

With personal letters gathered from public archives and the relatives of those who fought in the First World War, historian Ross Hebb tells the story of Canadian soldiers, from recruitment to deployment to return, in their own words. Letters Home is a collection of the correspondences of 20 people shipped overseas from across the Maritimes, asking about their homes and farms, wondering at the ... read more

With personal letters gathered from public archives and the relatives of those who fought in the First World War, historian Ross Hebb tells the story of Canadian soldiers, from recruitment to deployment to return, in their own words. Letters Home is a collection of the correspondences of 20 people shipped overseas from across the Maritimes, asking about their homes and farms, wondering at the ... read more

In the Autumn of an Elffynn Year: Elffynn I (The Elffynn Chronicles Book 1)

Blue Griffiths

Masterful story-teller Blue Griffiths introduces us to an ancient, noble race long lost to legend – the nearly immortal Elffynn. Having lived invisibly alongside humanity since 'The Scattering', Elffynn are marked by physical superiority, a vicious nature and the ability to enhance sensuality through the "Cascade". Under the stress of human’s ever-increasing numbers the Elffynn culture begins ... read more

Masterful story-teller Blue Griffiths introduces us to an ancient, noble race long lost to legend – the nearly immortal Elffynn. Having lived invisibly alongside humanity since 'The Scattering', Elffynn are marked by physical superiority, a vicious nature and the ability to enhance sensuality through the "Cascade". Under the stress of human’s ever-increasing numbers the Elffynn culture begins ... read more

Continental Crucible: Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America

Richard Roman, Edur Velasco Arregui

The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pancontinental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States used free-trade ag... read more

The crucible of North American neoliberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pancontinental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico, and the United States used free-trade ag... read more

Research for Social Justice: A Community-based Approach

Adje Van De Sande, Karen Schwartz

Most social work research texts are written from an empiricist and positivist perspective, emphasizing the scientific method and the value of objectivity in research. While acknowledging that certain aspects of the scientific method should be preserved, Adje van de Sande and Karen Schwartz argue that social work research should not be value-free. Social work is committed to social justice and ... read more

Most social work research texts are written from an empiricist and positivist perspective, emphasizing the scientific method and the value of objectivity in research. While acknowledging that certain aspects of the scientific method should be preserved, Adje van de Sande and Karen Schwartz argue that social work research should not be value-free. Social work is committed to social justice and ... read more

Venezuela S Health Care Revolution

Chris Walker

Established under late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Mision Barrio Adentro (MBA) Venezuela s adaptation of the Cuban social medical model utilizes a free, universal health care system to serve and educate rural, poor and marginalized populations and to broaden the very praxis and ideology of what health means in a true Latin American social medicine approach. MBA moves beyond conventional ... read more

Established under late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Mision Barrio Adentro (MBA) Venezuela s adaptation of the Cuban social medical model utilizes a free, universal health care system to serve and educate rural, poor and marginalized populations and to broaden the very praxis and ideology of what health means in a true Latin American social medicine approach. MBA moves beyond conventional ... read more

Wake the Stone Man

Carol McDougall

Set in a small northern town, under the mythical shadow of the Sleeping Giant, Wake the Stone Man follows the complicated friendship of two girls coming of age in the 1960s. Molly meets Nakina, who is Ojibwe and a survivor of the residential school system, in high school, and they form a strong friendship. As the bond between them grows, Molly, who is not native, finds herself a silent witness... read more

Set in a small northern town, under the mythical shadow of the Sleeping Giant, Wake the Stone Man follows the complicated friendship of two girls coming of age in the 1960s. Molly meets Nakina, who is Ojibwe and a survivor of the residential school system, in high school, and they form a strong friendship. As the bond between them grows, Molly, who is not native, finds herself a silent witness... read more

The Big Tree Gang

Jo Ellen Bogart

Reg and Keely are twins. Keely loves painting and bugs. Reg loves rocks. Keely sings crazy rhymes. Reg plays softball. Shawna and Burt are their friends. In this series of linked stories, the children’s deep involvement with their daily activities never falters, from a bug walk, through incidents flying a kite and dividing labor at clean up time, to a chance to swim in the river on a hot summe... read more

Reg and Keely are twins. Keely loves painting and bugs. Reg loves rocks. Keely sings crazy rhymes. Reg plays softball. Shawna and Burt are their friends. In this series of linked stories, the children’s deep involvement with their daily activities never falters, from a bug walk, through incidents flying a kite and dividing labor at clean up time, to a chance to swim in the river on a hot summe... read more

The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada

Geoffrey McCormack, Thom Workman

The global financial and industrial turmoil of recent years has once more brought the crisis-prone nature of the capitalist system to the forefront. In the context of economic stagnation and the retreat of working-class organizations, the rich and powerful around the world have redoubled their attack on the poor through neoliberal policies and austerity measures. In The Servant State, McCormac... read more

The global financial and industrial turmoil of recent years has once more brought the crisis-prone nature of the capitalist system to the forefront. In the context of economic stagnation and the retreat of working-class organizations, the rich and powerful around the world have redoubled their attack on the poor through neoliberal policies and austerity measures. In The Servant State, McCormac... read more

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