Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis - Designer

Seattle, WA, USA

With nearly 20 years' experience in publishing, I've helped usher numerous books from manuscript to final production.

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Overview

I'm an avid reader who became a writer and a graphic designer.

Surrounded by overflowing bookshelves in my home, I decided to use my twenty years of publishing experience to start helping independent authors create great covers for their books.

The fun work steadily grew over the years into a thriving freelance business. I love meeting old and new authors and reading the stories they're bringing to the world. And I feel endlessly lucky to be involved in
launching a successful book.

I live with my two black cats, Sketch and Smudge, and a Maine Coon named Dorian Grey Cloudbottom in
the Seattle area.


TESTIMONIALS

"I want to tell you how blown away I’ve been by all your work so far. I think I speak for the rest of the team when I say we’re so, so lucky to work with you. Every cover you’ve done for us, from THE SAPPHIRE AND THE TOOTH to THE EDGE OF NORMAL to FATAL DESCENT, has been exceptional."
–Andrew Eisenman, editor at Amazon Kindle Singles

"I am so grateful to have found Kerry. Not only is she incredibly talented—she is a wonderfully pleasant person to work with. No matter how many times my schedule changed or how nit-picky I got with revisions, she was always happy to help. I had a vision for my cover and she executed it beautifully. Beyond that, in areas where I was unsure, she stepped in and created solutions that were perfect. I can't recommend her enough. I am already looking forward to working with her on future projects!"
–Asia Citro, author of _Fun at Home with Kids_

"Not only does [Kerry] have clear artistic talents and skills, she carefully reviewed my design brief to create something well-suited, unique, and beautiful for my novel. I had many questions and was rather particular about the details; she made each change, however minute, and clearly understood the importance of getting it exactly how I wanted. It was a pleasure working with her."
–Amrit Chima, author of _Darshan_

"An absolutely delightful designer to work with. So happy we connected with her. Some of the little details she incorporated into her design were just a perfect intellectual and emotional fit for the story line. ...reviews confirmed that this is the book jacket they'd want to pick up and read."
–Nicole Gebhardt, founder of Niche Pressworks

"[Kerry] has become my favorite designer for every aspect of book layout. This is the third project she's completed for me and it will not be the last. Excellent eye for detail, artistic possibility and overall design. In addition she is an effective and highly professional communicator and collaborator. A pure pleasure to work with."
–Kristen Wolf, author of _The Way_




Languages
English
Fiction
Classics
Historical Fiction
Horror
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Book Designer

Self-employed
October, 2006 – Present (almost 14 years)

Writer. Editor. Designer. Creative Outlet.

Specializing in cover design, layout, and photography.

Portfolio (25 selected works)

The Gondola Maker

Laura Morelli

Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardIPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-bookNational Indie Excellence Award FinalistEric Hoffer Award FinalistShortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice Ve... read more

Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardIPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-bookNational Indie Excellence Award FinalistEric Hoffer Award FinalistShortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice Ve... read more

The Sapphire and the Tooth (Kindle Single) (The Family Tooth Book 1)

Ellis Avery

A jeweler with a law degree, for decades Elaine Solari Atwood fought crippling arthritis with hard liquor until she died of a brain aneurysm at sixty-eight, leaving two daughters in their thirties and a lifetime's worth of unfinished business. Forced as a child to play nanny to five siblings, she grew up to become a mother who loved her girls as tenderly as her stifled pain and anger allowed. ... read more

A jeweler with a law degree, for decades Elaine Solari Atwood fought crippling arthritis with hard liquor until she died of a brain aneurysm at sixty-eight, leaving two daughters in their thirties and a lifetime's worth of unfinished business. Forced as a child to play nanny to five siblings, she grew up to become a mother who loved her girls as tenderly as her stifled pain and anger allowed. ... read more

Darshan

Amrit Chima

In 1911 rural India, Baba Singh Toor commits a shocking act of violence to avenge a crippling loss, setting a secret in motion that will haunt—and claim—the Toors for generations.Hardened by a crime for which he was never caught, Baba’s past casts shadows over his sons, even as the era of British Colonial tyranny and oppression reaches its height. In the distant colony of 1940s Fiji, his son, ... read more

In 1911 rural India, Baba Singh Toor commits a shocking act of violence to avenge a crippling loss, setting a secret in motion that will haunt—and claim—the Toors for generations.Hardened by a crime for which he was never caught, Baba’s past casts shadows over his sons, even as the era of British Colonial tyranny and oppression reaches its height. In the distant colony of 1940s Fiji, his son, ... read more

Black Crow White Lie

Candi Sary

Young Carson Calley has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She feeds the boy fantastical stories to convince him of his greatness. At fourteen, Carson finally wises up to her lies and his identity is co... read more

Young Carson Calley has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She feeds the boy fantastical stories to convince him of his greatness. At fourteen, Carson finally wises up to her lies and his identity is co... read more

The Pearl of the Orient (Kindle Single)

Danielle Trussoni

In this historical adventure tale, a Christian missionary named Behaine visits Prince Nguyen Phuc Anh, King of Vietnam, and asks his permission to present Anh’s young son Canh to King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette as a symbol of Christian “friendship,” in the hopes that the French will send ships to aid in Anh’s war against the Trinhs of the north. Part historical fiction, part fairy tale, Th... read more

In this historical adventure tale, a Christian missionary named Behaine visits Prince Nguyen Phuc Anh, King of Vietnam, and asks his permission to present Anh’s young son Canh to King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette as a symbol of Christian “friendship,” in the hopes that the French will send ships to aid in Anh’s war against the Trinhs of the north. Part historical fiction, part fairy tale, Th... read more

Busker's Holiday

Adam Gussow

From award-winning blues scholar and musician Adam Gussow, a taut, sexy first novel about the summer busking scene in Europe and a pair of wild-hearted young men who make a pitch for fame and glory, finding a girl or two along the way. Busker's Holiday is the story of McKay Chernoff, a Columbia University grad student with a harmonica in his pocket and a blues band in his background. Desolate ... read more

From award-winning blues scholar and musician Adam Gussow, a taut, sexy first novel about the summer busking scene in Europe and a pair of wild-hearted young men who make a pitch for fame and glory, finding a girl or two along the way. Busker's Holiday is the story of McKay Chernoff, a Columbia University grad student with a harmonica in his pocket and a blues band in his background. Desolate ... read more

The Windcatcher (The Women of Monkshead Book 1)

Andrew Beahrs

Melode is seventeen: sensuous, spiritual, and fierce. Orphaned as an infant, she has never been able to hope for a true place among the Christian Separatists she serves—until she falls in love with Adam, whose minister father plans to lead the congregation to a new American colony. Melode’s quest for a place and voice of her own will lead her to the wilds of Newfoundland and New England, and f... read more

Melode is seventeen: sensuous, spiritual, and fierce. Orphaned as an infant, she has never been able to hope for a true place among the Christian Separatists she serves—until she falls in love with Adam, whose minister father plans to lead the congregation to a new American colony. Melode’s quest for a place and voice of her own will lead her to the wilds of Newfoundland and New England, and f... read more

A CHILD WENT FORTH

Boston Teran

Historical FictionA Child Went Forth tells of a thirteen-year-old con artist, Charlie Griffin, who journeys from Brooklyn to Missouri to give secret cash to abolitionist leaders in 1851. While the age of the protagonist might lead some to think this is a young adult novel, it should be advised that A Child Went Forth is actually fodder for adult readers as much as mature teens, offering a diff... read more

Historical FictionA Child Went Forth tells of a thirteen-year-old con artist, Charlie Griffin, who journeys from Brooklyn to Missouri to give secret cash to abolitionist leaders in 1851. While the age of the protagonist might lead some to think this is a young adult novel, it should be advised that A Child Went Forth is actually fodder for adult readers as much as mature teens, offering a diff... read more

The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetian Artisans Book 1)

Laura Morelli

Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.2018 WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, HONORABLE MENTIONERIC HOFFER GRAND PRIZE FINALISTEDITOR'S CHOICE, HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEWVenice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Inst... read more

Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.2018 WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, HONORABLE MENTIONERIC HOFFER GRAND PRIZE FINALISTEDITOR'S CHOICE, HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEWVenice, 1510. Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Inst... read more

The Blood Singer: A Haden Church Supernatural Thriller

Patrick McNulty

Sometimes only a demon can save you... Beaten and left for dead as a young child, Haden Church was raised by the mysterious Ministry of Wraith where he was taught to hone his dark talents. Now, as an adult, he uses those same demonic skills to track down evil. When an innocent girl is kidnapped and buried alive, Haden needs more than just his ability to resurrect the dead. If he's going to fin... read more

Sometimes only a demon can save you... Beaten and left for dead as a young child, Haden Church was raised by the mysterious Ministry of Wraith where he was taught to hone his dark talents. Now, as an adult, he uses those same demonic skills to track down evil. When an innocent girl is kidnapped and buried alive, Haden needs more than just his ability to resurrect the dead. If he's going to fin... read more

The Wilderness Within

John Claude Smith

The forest is alive. While visiting fellow writer, Frank Harlan Marshall, Derek Gray senses a palpable dread within Frank's house and the forest that surrounds it; a subtle, malignant sentience. What should be a joyous event, as they await the surprise arrival of a long-lost friend, comedian "Dizzy Izzy" Haberstein, is fraught with unease Derek does not understand. Derek's confusion is upended... read more

The forest is alive. While visiting fellow writer, Frank Harlan Marshall, Derek Gray senses a palpable dread within Frank's house and the forest that surrounds it; a subtle, malignant sentience. What should be a joyous event, as they await the surprise arrival of a long-lost friend, comedian "Dizzy Izzy" Haberstein, is fraught with unease Derek does not understand. Derek's confusion is upended... read more

Diary of a Rad Housewife: Ten Years of Tirades and True Tales

Shannon Drury

Ten years ago, Shannon Drury was a cranky feminist stay-at-home mom whose younger friends had to explain just what a "blog" was. Today she's known in the blogsphere and IRL by the name of her award-winning website: The Radical Housewife.This celebration of her blog-iversary includes her favorite posts, as well as essays from the Minnesota Women's Press, HipMama, Literary Mama, and other region... read more

Ten years ago, Shannon Drury was a cranky feminist stay-at-home mom whose younger friends had to explain just what a "blog" was. Today she's known in the blogsphere and IRL by the name of her award-winning website: The Radical Housewife.This celebration of her blog-iversary includes her favorite posts, as well as essays from the Minnesota Women's Press, HipMama, Literary Mama, and other region... read more

The Lucky One: A Chilling True Account of Child Sex Trafficking and One Survivor's Journey from Brutal Captivity to a Life of Freedom

Jenni S. Jessen

"Jenni masterfully weaves steadfast truths into a story that shakes our world view, our theology and our ideas of what a human can bear." - Hettie Brittz, motivational speaker and author, Fearless. Free. and (un)Natural Mom"Whether you read this book to try to understand some of the darkness of sex trafficking, or to find healing for your own wounds, you will not be disappointed.” - Adele Booy... read more

"Jenni masterfully weaves steadfast truths into a story that shakes our world view, our theology and our ideas of what a human can bear." - Hettie Brittz, motivational speaker and author, Fearless. Free. and (un)Natural Mom"Whether you read this book to try to understand some of the darkness of sex trafficking, or to find healing for your own wounds, you will not be disappointed.” - Adele Booy... read more

Beara: Dark Legends: The Beara Trilogy: Book 1 (Volume 1)

Mr Brian A O'Sullivan

Nobody knows much about reclusive historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin except that he doesn’t share his secrets freely. Mos, however, has a "sixth sense for history, a unique talent for finding lost things”.Reluctantly lured from seclusion, Mos is hired to locate the final resting place of legendary Irish hero, Fionn mac Cumhal. Confronted by a thousand year old mystery, the distractions of a... read more

Nobody knows much about reclusive historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin except that he doesn’t share his secrets freely. Mos, however, has a "sixth sense for history, a unique talent for finding lost things”.Reluctantly lured from seclusion, Mos is hired to locate the final resting place of legendary Irish hero, Fionn mac Cumhal. Confronted by a thousand year old mystery, the distractions of a... read more

Unbound (The Omega Trilogy Book 1)

J.B. Simmons

"The Da Vinci Code meets Hunger Games meets Left Behind...An imagining epic." Hugh Hewitt, New York Times BestsellerElijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter's Basilica? He's never even been to Rome. It's bad timing, too. He's graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the... read more

"The Da Vinci Code meets Hunger Games meets Left Behind...An imagining epic." Hugh Hewitt, New York Times BestsellerElijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destruction of St. Peter's Basilica? He's never even been to Rome. It's bad timing, too. He's graduating soon and applying to be a spy in the... read more

The Hand of Mercy (A Porter Brown Journey Book 1)

Tobin Wells

Porter Brown has much to redeem. His family torn apart by manipulation and abuse, Porter is thrust into the adult world at an early age. Driven by regret and a seething anger, Porter journeys across the globe in his quest to restore that which no man can...innocence. His mission collects all manner of good and evil; Klan members and Mexican cartel bosses; political leaders and innocent girls. ... read more

Porter Brown has much to redeem. His family torn apart by manipulation and abuse, Porter is thrust into the adult world at an early age. Driven by regret and a seething anger, Porter journeys across the globe in his quest to restore that which no man can...innocence. His mission collects all manner of good and evil; Klan members and Mexican cartel bosses; political leaders and innocent girls. ... read more

Honeymoon Alone

Nicole Macaulay

Honeymoon Alone is told through the lens of Lucy Gray - a third grade teacher who's 26 and has never really been away from home. Her family is overbearing and her latest romantic interest ditches her publicly for her own cousin. She's in a rut and on a whim (and the advice from a wedding psychic) she decides to spend her holidays in London - getting away and discovering who she can be without ... read more

Honeymoon Alone is told through the lens of Lucy Gray - a third grade teacher who's 26 and has never really been away from home. Her family is overbearing and her latest romantic interest ditches her publicly for her own cousin. She's in a rut and on a whim (and the advice from a wedding psychic) she decides to spend her holidays in London - getting away and discovering who she can be without ... read more

Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me

Catherine Kapphahn

Winner of The Center for Fiction's Christopher Doheny AwardShortlisted for the Del Sol Press PrizeAmerican-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother's early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, twenty-two-year-old Catherine finds herself cut off from the past she never really knew. As Catherine searches for clues to her mother's elusive history, she discovers that Marijana was ... read more

Winner of The Center for Fiction's Christopher Doheny AwardShortlisted for the Del Sol Press PrizeAmerican-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother's early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, twenty-two-year-old Catherine finds herself cut off from the past she never really knew. As Catherine searches for clues to her mother's elusive history, she discovers that Marijana was ... read more

On Wings of A Lion

Susan Wakeford Angard

ON WINGS OF A LION is a whirlwind of international intrigue and passion set in the last days of the Shah of Iran’s reign.In 1978, daredevil film director Kathryn Whitney comes to Iran to shoot a package of TV commercials at the ruins of Persepolis. She leaves Hollywood behind and arrives in a country exploding with revolution.While visiting the Bank of Tehran, Kathryn is drawn to a display cas... read more

ON WINGS OF A LION is a whirlwind of international intrigue and passion set in the last days of the Shah of Iran’s reign.In 1978, daredevil film director Kathryn Whitney comes to Iran to shoot a package of TV commercials at the ruins of Persepolis. She leaves Hollywood behind and arrives in a country exploding with revolution.While visiting the Bank of Tehran, Kathryn is drawn to a display cas... read more

Shadowed by Death: An Oliver Wright WW II Mystery

Mary Adler

San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, believes the motive is more personal. He and his German shepherd, Harley, try to protect Sophia, but she ... read more

San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on medical leave from the Marines, believes the motive is more personal. He and his German shepherd, Harley, try to protect Sophia, but she ... read more

Murder on the Cantus Firmus

Ian Schuffe

Fear of change is a strong motivator. Upon learning that his newly appointed successor intends to break the 18-year silence between the humans on the Cantus Firmus and the alien life forms on board the ship, Captain Maglishaw would rather kill than allow the mission to be jeopardized. Using a routine blackout to construct an airtight alibi for himself, Maglishaw executes his deadly plan and le... read more

Fear of change is a strong motivator. Upon learning that his newly appointed successor intends to break the 18-year silence between the humans on the Cantus Firmus and the alien life forms on board the ship, Captain Maglishaw would rather kill than allow the mission to be jeopardized. Using a routine blackout to construct an airtight alibi for himself, Maglishaw executes his deadly plan and le... read more

Meltdown

GP James

The Pace of the Bourne Identity The Technical Depth of Michael Crichton The Universal Magnitude of Dan BrownA timely thriller illuminating facts regarding the state of the world's energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energy--inspired by events in Fukushima, unexpected earthquakes across the planet, and the deterioration of nuclear power plants worldwide. Bear Mountain Nuc... read more

The Pace of the Bourne Identity The Technical Depth of Michael Crichton The Universal Magnitude of Dan BrownA timely thriller illuminating facts regarding the state of the world's energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energy--inspired by events in Fukushima, unexpected earthquakes across the planet, and the deterioration of nuclear power plants worldwide. Bear Mountain Nuc... read more

Silk Tether: A Novel

Minal Khan

This is the real world of modern Karachi as seen through the eyes of a young woman in an elite family. Here are the hidden dramatic realities of the upper class, the undertow of religion, revealing the truth sometimes spoken in hushed whispers, more often swept away by the flourish of silk saris at extravagant dinner parties . . . or perhaps never mentioned at all.Often tragic, always youthful... read more

This is the real world of modern Karachi as seen through the eyes of a young woman in an elite family. Here are the hidden dramatic realities of the upper class, the undertow of religion, revealing the truth sometimes spoken in hushed whispers, more often swept away by the flourish of silk saris at extravagant dinner parties . . . or perhaps never mentioned at all.Often tragic, always youthful... read more

Biddy Debeau Rides for His Life: A Novel

Gordon B. Hilton

It's been described as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets The Death of Bunny Munro--and, once you start reading this haunting, deeply personal novel, you'll see why...When Biddy Debeau finds his girlfriend naked and overdosed in a closet, it suddenly seems like the right time to start his own life over. But no sooner than his fresh start begins... read more

It's been described as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets The Death of Bunny Munro--and, once you start reading this haunting, deeply personal novel, you'll see why...When Biddy Debeau finds his girlfriend naked and overdosed in a closet, it suddenly seems like the right time to start his own life over. But no sooner than his fresh start begins... read more

HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY WERE

BOSTON TERAN

A novel about the American theatre of the 1850s.The New York theatre of that era was the Hollywood of its day, with allits trademark insanities. It was everything that was America. Its beautyand excitement, its rise and fall of personalities, its joys anddesperations, selfish corruptions and violence. Even its hatred andracism.Enter Colonel Tearwood's American Theatre Company. Helmed byactor N... read more

A novel about the American theatre of the 1850s.The New York theatre of that era was the Hollywood of its day, with allits trademark insanities. It was everything that was America. Its beautyand excitement, its rise and fall of personalities, its joys anddesperations, selfish corruptions and violence. Even its hatred andracism.Enter Colonel Tearwood's American Theatre Company. Helmed byactor N... read more

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Sherry Stacy
Kerry was amazing. Her covers were great and since my book published SO MANY people, many of them writers, have commented on how much they loved the cover. She worked with me for several weeks as we worked out what seemed to be the components that really spoke of my book. As I was wondering about all the many issues of publication she sent me articles to read and was very helpful beyond just ...
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Sherry Stacy, July 2020

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