Lance Buckley

Lance Buckley - Designer

Charleston, SC, USA

Former Amazon/KDP book designer with over 8 years of experience working with independent authors and publishers.

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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.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Horror
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
History

Work experience

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (almost 3 years)

Design Account Specialist

CreateSpace/KDP
July, 2011 – May, 2018 (almost 7 years)

Portfolio (26 selected works)

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. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who's targeting the obese. Soon the boy, t... read more

*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. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who's targeting the obese. Soon the boy, t... 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

THE SENTIENT: A Novel

Lucas McIntire

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 with her in hopes of luring her to his cause as well as unveiling adeadly creative work that has spanned three decades of research and d... 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 with her in hopes of luring her to his cause as well as unveiling adeadly creative work that has spanned three decades of research and d... read more

PARADISE IN RUINS: A THRILLING SUSPENSE NOVEL (THE CHOSEN 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

Crazy About Kurt

Will Link

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 or Dazed and Confused, it is a meditation on a generation at a very specific time and place. It is steeped in pop culture, told with hum... 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 or Dazed and Confused, it is a meditation on a generation at a very specific time and place. It is steeped in pop culture, told with hum... read more

How To Become a Startup Pro - On The Side: Book 1

James Kingham

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 about doing it but will fail to take the action needed to actually make it happen, Whilst others will only ever muster a token “have a go”... 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 about doing it but will fail to take the action needed to actually make it happen, Whilst others will only ever muster a token “have a go”... read more

For What It's Worth: A Perspective on How to Thrive and Survive Parenting Ages 0-2

Bethany L. Cook PsyD. MT-BC

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 psychologist, realizes that even though she has the “book smarts,” sometimes the practical application of psychological theory gets lost in tran... 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 psychologist, realizes that even though she has the “book smarts,” sometimes the practical application of psychological theory gets lost in tran... read more

They Collapse Together

Michael James

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 memories and ruined her life.Impossibly, she escapes the Tower and on the way out, steals Arthur’s prized possession: a magic padlock. Too bad ... 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 memories and ruined her life.Impossibly, she escapes the Tower and on the way out, steals Arthur’s prized possession: a magic padlock. Too bad ... 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 . . . a comedy that makes you laugh and a drama that makes you cry. Supremely satisfying, the way a great romantic comedy makes you feel.” ... read more

"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 . . . a comedy that makes you laugh and a drama that makes you cry. Supremely satisfying, the way a great romantic comedy makes you feel.” ... 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

Raina: A Prequel to Jacqueline Willoughby

Schuyler Randall

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 James wasn’t nearly as genial as they thought.The vicious and violent finale to their night finds the Willoughby family trying desperately... 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 James wasn’t nearly as genial as they thought.The vicious and violent finale to their night finds the Willoughby family trying desperately... read more

The Life and Times of Cocaine Charlie

Charles T. H. Woods

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 and drug dealing affected his life, those closest to him as well as the lives of others. This is a different kind of drug dealer story. Th... 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 and drug dealing affected his life, those closest to him as well as the lives of others. This is a different kind of drug dealer story. Th... 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 actions of his colleagues and the hurtful backlash from his family, friends and community turn his world upside down. April Story has never be... read more

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 actions of his colleagues and the hurtful backlash from his family, friends and community turn his world upside down. April Story has never be... 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. But when he attends an economics conference in Paris, he has no idea what's in store for him. He meets a fascinating Frenchwoman and spe... read more

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. But when he attends an economics conference in Paris, he has no idea what's in store for him. He meets a fascinating Frenchwoman and spe... read more

Dying to Live: The Ultimate Mystery

Michael Silver

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 night within weeks of each other. Local, national, even international investigative authorities can find no clues whatsoever to these vanish... 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 night within weeks of each other. Local, national, even international investigative authorities can find no clues whatsoever to these vanish... read more

Wormwood and Gall: The Destruction of Jerusalem and the First Gospel

RW Holmen

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 Almighty of Israel. As blood-swollen gutters ran red and the smoke of hellfire blackened the sky, where was God? Was there meaning to life? To... 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 Almighty of Israel. As blood-swollen gutters ran red and the smoke of hellfire blackened the sky, where was God? Was there meaning to life? To... read more

SHATTERED PROMISES: A THRILLING SUSPENSE NOVEL (THE CHOSEN SERIES Book 2)

K Dodd

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 Jamaica sets in motion a dangerous worldwide hunt. He must track down the crazed, psychotic billionaire who’s holding Quinn hostage to her wa... 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 Jamaica sets in motion a dangerous worldwide hunt. He must track down the crazed, psychotic billionaire who’s holding Quinn hostage to her wa... read more

PARADISE REDEMPTION: A CAN’T PUT DOWN THRILLING SUSPENSE NOVEL (THE CHOSEN SERIES Book 3)

K Dodd

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 attempt to murder her fails, she’s recruited to join the FBI. Walking away would be easier, and much simpler. That was Quinn’s old life. Now,... 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 attempt to murder her fails, she’s recruited to join the FBI. Walking away would be easier, and much simpler. That was Quinn’s old life. Now,... read more

The Bone Curse (Benjamin Oris Book 1)

Carrie Rubin

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 him. Ben scoffs at the idea—he simply has a wound that won’t heal—and back home he returns to his stressful clerkship at the hospital. Bu... 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 him. Ben scoffs at the idea—he simply has a wound that won’t heal—and back home he returns to his stressful clerkship at the hospital. Bu... read more

23 Nights Working for the U.S. 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

Faith, Hope, and Dr. Vangelis

Stephen Gordy

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 to which this role has become an almost unbearable burden.His niece and colleague, Diana Karras, likewise bears the scars of a healer who... 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 to which this role has become an almost unbearable burden.His niece and colleague, Diana Karras, likewise bears the scars of a healer who... 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

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 black and white of good and evil turns a murky grey. The very life of the Cherokee Nation hangs in the balance.

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 black and white of good and evil turns a murky grey. The very life of the Cherokee Nation hangs in the balance.

What Matters Most: A Memoir

Ann Zalkind

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 Ann Zalkind’s relationship with her mother, but through personal reflections, Zalkind’s objective was to illustrate universal themes with... 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 Ann Zalkind’s relationship with her mother, but through personal reflections, Zalkind’s objective was to illustrate universal themes with... 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 believe that they have to themselves. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way.Though she appears unconscious in this world, Aida is more... read more

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 believe that they have to themselves. And they’ll do anything to keep it that way.Though she appears unconscious in this world, Aida is more... read more

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 time would come when she'd be forced to leave Southern California and go back to her hometown, staring truth in the face again.Could Kar... read more

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 time would come when she'd be forced to leave Southern California and go back to her hometown, staring truth in the face again.Could Kar... read more

Lance has 19 reviews

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Carol Allen
Loved worked with Lance! I am thrilled with my Young Adult Fantasy cover design. He was an absolute dream to work with and a complete professional. There is not one person to whom I showed my book cover that didn't fall in love with the design and couldn't wit to read it. You won't go wrong if you decide to work with Lance.

Carol Allen, November 2019


George Obermiller
Very impressive designs.

George Obermiller, November 2019


Rob Johnson
It has been great working with Lance. Very professional, and beautiful results!

Rob Johnson, October 2019


Jerome Sitko
Wow, talk about a professional! I sent Lance a description of what I wanted to see in my book design and he delivered a product better than I expected, It's stunning. We collaborated and his ideas ultimately were chosen over mine but I did not lose one ounce of what I wanted/expected. His ideas were just better than mine. I'm going to hire him for my interior formatting and if I have anothe...
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Jerome Sitko, October 2019


David Schwerin
Lance was a pleasure to work with. He provided prompt responses and quality service. I definitely recommend Lance for cover and interior design work!

David Schwerin, October 2019

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