Kelly Brennan

Kelly Brennan - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Ebook interior and cover designer specializing in image heavy and highly designed books. Passionate about aesthetics and accessibility!

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Overview

Hi there!


I’m an Ebook Production Associate with Penguin Random House, where I create reflowable ebooks for imprints that include Berkley, TarcherPerigee, Plume, Dutton, and Penguin Young Readers.


I specialize in image heavy and highly designed titles for fiction, non-fiction, and middle grade, however I’m experienced in a variety of genres, including Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Fantasy, Self Help, New Age, Self Improvement, and Young Adult. I'm also experienced in updating and refreshing old and outdated ebooks to fit current industry standards.


With my background in graphic design and fine arts, I bring my eye for color, typography, and layout to my ebook conversions. I feel strongly about creating beautifully designed and highly accessible ebooks, so I’m excited to help authors and publishers bring their projects to life in the digital space!

What else? I’m proudly queer, obsessed with my cats, and based in Brooklyn. I spend my spare time reading, painting, running, and binging reality TV.


I'm open to freelance and contract work. Feel free to reach out if you would like to see more samples of my work!


Looking forward to working together!

Languages
English
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Design
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sex & Relationships

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course

Work experience

Ebook Production Associate

Penguin Random House
November, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

• Convert print books to epubs for children’s, fiction, and non-fiction formats. Imprints include: Berkley, TarcherPerigee, Plume, Dutton, and Penguin Young Readers
• Design digital interiors to maintain current epub standards for image display, device compatibility, reflow,
accessibility, and readability
• Manage updates of backlist titles and troubleshoot outdated epubs to match latest ebook standards
• Route files to production and distribute finished epubs to retailers

Design Assistant

Little, Brown for Young Readers
August, 2018 – August, 2020 (about 2 years)

• Designed and formatted book jackets for picture book and middle grade titles
• Performed pre-press production and color correction work
• Flowed copy and designed picture book mechanicals
• Prepared cover assets to be distributed to retailers
• Processed invoices, archived contracts, created expense reports, and other administrative tasks for the Art Department

Designer and Social Media Manager

Schneider Museum of Art
June, 2017 – June, 2018 (about 1 year)

• Designed print and digital marketing assets
• Managed and wrote copy for all social media pro les
• Photographed and archived museum events and artwork
• Assisted in community and educational outreach program planning

Portfolio (34 selected works)

Love on the Brain

Hazelwood, Ali

Who Was Juliette Gordon Low? (Who Was?)

Rau, Dana Meachen, Who HQ, Putra, Dede

Sign Here

Lux, Claudia

Cackle

Harrison, Rachel

The Handler

Woodward, M.P.

Red on the River

Feehan, Christine

Dial A for Aunties

Sutanto, Jesse Q.

Good Rich People

Brazier, Eliza Jane

This Might Hurt

Wrobel, Stephanie

Samira Surfs

Guidroz, Rukhsanna, Azim, Fahmida

Maya and the Robot

Ewing, Eve L., Almeda, Christine

Take My Hand

Perkins-Valdez, Dolen

The Book of Cold Cases

St. James, Simone

Book Lovers

Henry, Emily

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