Lance Buckley

Lance Buckley - Designer

Charleston, SC, United States

I am a graphic designer with over 7 years of experience working in the independent publishing industry.

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Overview

I have a passion for designing book covers, but I design other things too (and I also enjoy that).

For the past seven years, I’ve been working 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.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Entertainment
History
Music
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Horror
Humor & Comedy
Literature
Poetry
Romance
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
June, 2013 – Present (over 5 years)

Freelance graphic designer with experience working within the Createspace self-service platform.

Design Account Specialist

Amazon/CreateSpace
June, 2012 – Present (over 6 years)

Graphic Designer

Turnkey Creative
January, 2010 – Present (almost 9 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Eating Bull

Carrie Rubin

Silver Medal Winner, 2016 IPPY book award, Best Regional Fiction (Great Lakes)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. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon th... read more

Silver Medal Winner, 2016 IPPY book award, Best Regional Fiction (Great Lakes)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. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon th... 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 find her rescuing sailors at sea. She is, by all definition, a monster – a beautiful monster cursed with a lust and hunger nearly imposs... read more

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 find her rescuing sailors at sea. She is, by all definition, a monster – a beautiful monster cursed with a lust and hunger nearly imposs... read more

No Rest in His Bones

S. A. Nicola

...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 situations...are realistically portrayed, the realism is at its peak in the more day-to-day drama of sky-high credit card bills and difficu... 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 situations...are realistically portrayed, the realism is at its peak in the more day-to-day drama of sky-high credit card bills and difficu... read more

PARADISE IN RUINS: A GRIPPING, SUSPENSEFUL THRILLER (THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART SERIES Book 1)

K Dodd

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 familiar — her safe place. Or so she thought until a romantic getaway goes horribly wrong.After the stress from her high-pressure job br... 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 familiar — her safe place. Or so she thought until a romantic getaway goes horribly wrong.After the stress from her high-pressure job br... read more

The Dance of Light and Shadow

David W. Stoner

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. While reading, you'll continually be pulled from Xander's imagination and romantic obsessions back into the action of the novel he is writ... 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. While reading, you'll continually be pulled from Xander's imagination and romantic obsessions back into the action of the novel he is writ... read more

Sacrifice

Katrina Robinson

Sarah Porter’s mother is missing. For Sarah, the situation isn’t as straightforward as simply shedding tears and waiting for the police to come; it’s complex. It’s brought up bitter memories and unpleasant feelings. Sarah hasn’t spoken to her mother in over a year, because Diane wasn’t exactly what you might call the best mother to Sarah as she was growing up. When her brother shows her a fair... read more

Sarah Porter’s mother is missing. For Sarah, the situation isn’t as straightforward as simply shedding tears and waiting for the police to come; it’s complex. It’s brought up bitter memories and unpleasant feelings. Sarah hasn’t spoken to her mother in over a year, because Diane wasn’t exactly what you might call the best mother to Sarah as she was growing up. When her brother shows her a fair... read more

It's Still There; It Doesn't Hurt: Poetry about PTSD

Peter Rompf

Peter Rompf's military career has been a perilous journey. In 1991, he was deployed to Desert Storm. When he returned home, he was a different person. He suffered from flashbacks, became distant and paranoid, felt unsafe, had trouble sleeping, and found it difficult to express love and other emotions to his wife and two children. He turned to alcohol to numb the memories of combat. Peter was s... read more

Peter Rompf's military career has been a perilous journey. In 1991, he was deployed to Desert Storm. When he returned home, he was a different person. He suffered from flashbacks, became distant and paranoid, felt unsafe, had trouble sleeping, and found it difficult to express love and other emotions to his wife and two children. He turned to alcohol to numb the memories of combat. Peter was s... read more

23 Nights Working For The US Treasury Department

Dennis Stewart

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-west. Despite his low level position, Dennis had to pass through five levels of security every working shift just to reach his desk. Dur... 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-west. Despite his low level position, Dennis had to pass through five levels of security every working shift just to reach his desk. Dur... read more

The Leftovers of a Life

Anna Oney

The year is 2023, and a catastrophic event has taken place. God has flipped the switch, so to speak, on the world’s technologically dependent ways of living. In the midst of this apocalyptic atmosphere, Emma Clery of Back Wood Road braves the dangers outside her safe community and embarks on a journey to find her estranged brother. Along with her loyal pit bull, Emma treks through the thick wo... read more

The year is 2023, and a catastrophic event has taken place. God has flipped the switch, so to speak, on the world’s technologically dependent ways of living. In the midst of this apocalyptic atmosphere, Emma Clery of Back Wood Road braves the dangers outside her safe community and embarks on a journey to find her estranged brother. Along with her loyal pit bull, Emma treks through the thick wo... read more

The Sweet and Bitter Taste of Moonshine

Andrew Ross

Author Andrew Ross spins a poignant and magical tale with The Sweet and Bitter Taste of Moonshine, his rich and multilayered novel of the American South that has humanity’s classic, most-often-asked existential questions at its core. Ross paints a deftly rendered portrait of this beautiful and deeply historied landscape with this utterly palpable backdrop as the novel’s setting. Ambrose Wells,... read more

Author Andrew Ross spins a poignant and magical tale with The Sweet and Bitter Taste of Moonshine, his rich and multilayered novel of the American South that has humanity’s classic, most-often-asked existential questions at its core. Ross paints a deftly rendered portrait of this beautiful and deeply historied landscape with this utterly palpable backdrop as the novel’s setting. Ambrose Wells,... read more

Control Freakz (Control Freakz Trilogy) (Volume 1)

Michael Evans

First Edition (Published October 3, 2017)

First Edition (Published October 3, 2017)

What Lurks Inside the Mind

Amber Harris

Eighteen-year-old Rhiannon has had a tough life. Her biological parents and sister died in a fire when she was five years old. She’s relentlessly bullied at school for being poor and black, and she’s also tormented about the death of her family. The demons from her past continue to haunt her. As luck would have it, a black mass appears and begins to kill Rhiannon’s problems one by one. She is ... read more

Eighteen-year-old Rhiannon has had a tough life. Her biological parents and sister died in a fire when she was five years old. She’s relentlessly bullied at school for being poor and black, and she’s also tormented about the death of her family. The demons from her past continue to haunt her. As luck would have it, a black mass appears and begins to kill Rhiannon’s problems one by one. She is ... read more

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