Lance Buckley

Lance Buckley – Designer

Former Amazon/KDP book designer with over 11 years of experience working with independent authors and publishers.

Overview

I have a passion for designing book covers.

I spent 8 years as a Design Account Specialist with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing and doing a lot of freelance work on the side. I’ve worked with authors big and small in all kinds of different genres!

My time with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing helped me gain a ton of experience with the process of bringing a cover design to print while gaining a deeper understanding of emerging book cover design trends. Whether you’re a seasoned author or about to self-publish your first book, I can assure you that I will do my best to make sure your book not only looks great but is also highly marketable.

Before I became a graphic designer, I studied Strategic Communication and Marketing at Ohio State. My first passion was marketing and advertising but after working in the advertising industry on the account management and messaging side, I quickly realized that I actually felt more “at home” on the creative side.

That’s when I decided to spend the next few years honing my design skills by taking on all kinds of different design work. I had always been a creative and artistic kid, so the challenges I faced were more technical in nature. This experience gave me a much better understanding of what grabs people’s attention and moves them to make a purchase.
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Fantasy Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2017 — Present

CreateSpace/KDP

Jul, 2011 — May, 2018 (almost 7 years)

Portfolio

Finding James

Nancy Blaha

It's been over eight years since Karen suffered the tragic loss of her brother, a death for which she still blames herself. Since then, she's managed to shove away the pain and guilt, somehow slowly building a new life far from Easley. But she always knew the ... read more
Flip

Christopher J. Fox

Reality is a coin, and you've only seen one side.Trapped by an act of betrayal and sabotage, the mind of neuroscientist Aida Doxiphus is locked in an alternate view of reality where the future can be easily predicted—a view that the profiteering saboteurs beli... read more
Memorable. ★★★★★ - GoodreadsTerrific moods and settings with poetic language. The supernatural descriptions were chilling . Also moving recollections of family and lasting impressions from childhood.On the surface, What Matters Most is a rumination on author A... read more
Lost Warrior: Part 1

Larry Noel Thomas

In the preceding shadows of the American Revolution, Nanye' Hi' and Isaac are thrust into the epicenter of a Nation losing all that is sacred. The Cherokee, British, and Colonists are torn between allegiance/distrust, brotherhood/revenge and love/hatred. The b... read more
The Dance of Light and Shadow is an intense work of literary fiction about Xander Holiday, a writer living alone in a small apartment. His obsession with his upstairs neighbor is irresistible, and the novel he's writing is full of engaging twists and turns. Wh... read more
In a world of pain, who heals a wounded healer? This question bedevils Lukas Vangelis, a hospice physician. For decades, he's been not only a medical doctor, but a spiritual go-between, assisting the dying into peaceful death. He doesn't recognize the extent t... read more
It is impossible for ordinary citizens, or even the news media, to see what happens behind the secret walls of the Internal Revenue Service. In the spring of 2011, Dennis Stewart accepted a temporary position as a mail clerk at a major IRS facility in the Mid-... read more
Medicine has no cure for evil…Ben Oris, a pragmatic med student from Philadelphia, gets cut by an old bone while touring the Paris catacombs. His companion Laurette, a public health student from Haiti, senses danger and worries an evil curse now runs through h... read more
A harrowing escape from a miserable life. Love Rekindled. The hunt to capture a ruthless maniac. Twists turns, and nonstop action infests this thrilling suspense novel. All Quinn Dorsey wants is to escape the misery her life has become. However, after an attem... read more
A deranged madman. A woman held hostage by her desires. The terrifying race against time. You’ll ignore life while devouring this fast-paced, suspenseful thriller. Reed McKinney’s disastrous, near death attempt to stop his girlfriend, Quinn, from leaving Jamai... read more
On a late summer’s day during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, the world seemingly ended for the Hebrew people of Palestine; tens of thousands died as Roman legions torched Jerusalem and demolished the Holy Temple, the very dwelling place of the Lord God Almigh... read more
If you love surprise, even shocking endings to a mystery, Dying To Live, will take you to that place.Four young adults, traveling alone on four different cruise ships, in four different parts of the world, disappear mid-sea and ocean, in the middle of the nigh... read more
Invisible Influence

Larry R. Moran

Spencer Graves is an ordinary man who works as a civil servant for the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau. He has his share of joy-his two children, Natalie and Logan-and difficulty-a custody battle and divorce settlement with his soon-to-be-ex-wife. ... read more
Black in Blue

NyRee Ausler

Chance Carrington would do anything to finally gain his father's acceptance. When he has the opportunity to become Assistant Chief of Police, his dreams are about to come true. But being a black officer comes with its fair share of challenges. The rogue action... read more
An unrepentant true crime memoir about the life of a man who sold and used cocaine daily for thirty-eight years. A man with over fifty years of involvement with illegal drugs starting at the age of thirteen. Offering a fair and balanced account of how drugs an... read more
Raina Willoughby met her Aunt Nancy’s friend and coworker, Dr. James Posey, for the first time at the cinema in 1939. Both women enjoyed the company of the charming and delightfully funny man throughout the evening, but it wasn’t long before they discovered Ja... read more
...gritty yet sentimental...a more mellow, moralistic, less pulse-racing Gone Girl. No Rest in His Bones, by S. A. Nicola, is a gritty yet sentimental story of a marriage and how it is affected by tremors of faith and mind. ...While the book’s more extreme sit... read more
Twisted Fate

Dana Miller

"A truly sympathetic main character, sparkling dialogue, and a deeper message about loving oneself first make this contemporary a must-read." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) “A funny and moving look at the way friendship, grief and destiny inform love . .... read more
VAIN IS NOT THAT DIFFERENT THAN OTHER PEOPLE.She likes action movies, dumb jokes and her best friend, Roman. After all, she was a normal person, once. But that was a long time ago. Before she was taken to the Tower. Before a man named Arthur erased her memorie... read more
For anyone who is – or knows someone who is – expecting, or has recently added a new baby to their life and is feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated or just lost, this is the book for you. Through humor and brave self-disclosure the author, a clinical psycholo... read more
We Are All Born Entrepreneurs - It's a sad fact of life that the majority of wannabe entrepreneurs will never get to fulfil their lifelong ambitions, dreams and aspirations of becoming a successful startup owners. Many will spend their valuable time talking ab... read more
Crazy About Kurt takes place over one night in the dirtbag suburbs of Long Island, and follows four friends who struggle with sex, identity and the inevitability of adulthood, all against the backdrop of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. In the vein of American Graffiti ... read more
A couple in love. A romantic getaway. The deadly trap which changes their lives forever.Corporate manager, Tarquinn “Quinn” Dorsey’s life is far from perfect. But even with its ups and downs, her relationship with her boyfriend of five years, Reed McKinney is ... read more
A routine classified telepathic interrogation of a potential terrorist,followed by an assignment that doesn’t go as planned thrusts Tabatha – the world’s onlytelepathic human – into the public eye. The exposure leads an evil neuroscientistrequesting a meeting ... read more
Kai

Jessica Santiago

Kai is a young woman struggling to understand where she belongs in the world. Her struggle is more complicated than that of a typical young woman trying to find her way, because she isn’t a young woman – at least not entirely. Kai is a mermaid, only you won’t ... read more
Eating Bull

Carrie Rubin

*2016 Silver IPPY Award winner in Great Lakes Best Regional Fiction* A fight against the food industry turns deadly. Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food industry. To... read more

Lance has 55 reviews

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James M.

James M.

Mar, 2024

The final product delivered by Lance exceeded all my expectations. He probed what I was looking for and he delivered in Aces. I will use him for my next book...highly recommended.
Ken W.

Ken W.

Feb, 2024

Mr. Buckley came up with a fantastic, catchy cover for my book. I gave him my basic description of what I wanted and he executed that idea perfectly while adding his own little details where there were gaps in my directions. I am very happy overall.
linda S.

linda S.

Sep, 2023

The finished formatting is very attractive and it was finished on time, so far. My only complaint is that Lance was a bit slow to respond to my questions at times. Linda Strother
Carrie R.

Carrie R.

Apr, 2023

Working with Lance was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. He was beyond gracious with me throughout the process (this was my very first time-- so loads of questions and hiccups on my end!) and for that I cannot thank him enough. I am beyond thrilled with how the cover turned out! This was my debut novel and a very deeply personal project so it was very important to me that it turn out j...
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John P.

John P.

Mar, 2023

Lance made a great book cover. Couldn't have done it without him!

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