Kelly Guthauser

Kelly Guthauser – Designer

Hi, I'm Kelly! Designing best-selling, marketable covers that can find your ideal readers since 2018 ♥


I'm Kelly, a book cover designer and illustrator. My goal is to create highly marketable illustrations and designs that also reflect the uniqueness of your story. I strive to design a beautiful piece of art every time I work on a cover!

Please note, no AI is used within any of my work.

My work includes everything below for your publishing needs:


-Blank Artwork

-Paperback, Hardback, and Dust Jacket (KDP or Ingram)

-Separate Title (Black and White Interior Title)

Areas of Expertise

- Romantasy

- Cozy Fantasy

What I've Done

I have worked on 200+ illustrations, including multiple award-winning and bestselling designs.

Clients Include:

Simon & Schuster

Penguin Random House

Laura Thalassa

Chloe C. Peñaranda

Carissa Broadbent

Arcane Book Box

Harper L. Woods

Ivy Asher

Raven Kennedy

J.E. Reed

Eva Chase

A Cover's Purpose

Creating a cover that appeals to new readers is the primary goal of a cover. With that comes my creativity and your general overview of needed elements!

My Process

After my offer is accepted, I will send over a series of questions tailored to figuring out an ideal direction for attracting readers to your cover.

If I have any questions, I will reach out and then begin to work on sketches for you to review. The sketches will have the primary elements, but not be a polished piece of work, Instead at this stage you may let me know of anything major needing revision. Once we are done, the final payment is sent and files are delivered.

If you have any additional add-ons, I am happy to talk through them and give you a quote.

Next Steps

I look forward to your request, even if you aren’t sure, feel free to send it and I will see if I am a good fit for you. I hope to work with you soon!


"I love working with Storywrappers Design! They are such a wonderful collaborator, and to date I have worked with them for seven covers (surely with more to come!). They have a keen eye for balancing the commercial and artistic elements of a cover. Their work speaks for itself!"

- Carissa Broadbent, Author of The Serpent and the Wings of Night

“Kelly does incredible work, and she's amazing to work with. I can't recommend her enough!”

- Laura Thalassa, Author of the Bargainer Series

“Amazing to work with! She is great with customs, premades and also recovers. I love what she did for my Fallen Academy series re-cover. She’s on time, easy to work with and super creative. I always love the end result and her covers sell well in the market. Highly recommended!”

— Leia Stone, Author of the Fallen Academy Series

“Terrific to work with-so positive and talented, and I LOVE how she meets her deadlines. I'm definitely booking with her again.”

— Teddy Harrison, NYT Bestselling Author

Coming of Age Cozy Mysteries Epic Fantasy New Adult Paranormal Romance Romantic Fantasy Urban Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience


May, 2018 — Present

Kelly has 21 reviews





Sue F.

Sue F.

Jun, 2024

Working with Kelly far exceeded my expectations. As a newbie author, I had many questions and uncertainties. Kelly helped guide me through the entire process, and the end result was a book cover more amazing than I could have envisioned. I had a concept in the back of my mind but couldn't quite articulate what I wanted. But Kelly was able to piece my jumble of ideas into a cohesive design that ...
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Loganne N.

Loganne N.

Oct, 2023

I cannot say enough great things about my experience working with Kelly!! She was able to expertly and creatively capture the essence of my novel in ways I hadn't even considered. She was super kind and patient throughout the whole process, especially since this is my first novel. It's very clear that she is passionate about cover design and puts so much care into every detail of the project. I...
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Lena V.

Lena V.

Jul, 2023

Kelly was nothing but professional and accommodating throughout the entire process. She seemed to know exactly what I wanted despite my (admittedly) unclear vision. I am beyond happy with the results and more than recommend working with her for all of your bookish needs!
Deena G.

Deena G.

Jun, 2024

Kelly was an absolute joy to work with. I had visions of what I wanted my cover to be, but the final product was so much more than I could have imagined. I would absolutely work with her in the future again.
Caitlin F.

Caitlin F.

Feb, 2024

Kelly was an absolute dream to work with. She is kind, responsive and extremely talented. I went into this project not having a vision and the one she helped me to create was more than I could have ever imagined. I cannot wait to work with her on my next cover soon!

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