Larah Ritchie

Larah Ritchie - Designer

USA

I'm a graphic artist and fellow writer. I make gorgeously professional book covers for publication or for motivation to keep writing.

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Overview

Your book cover has a big job to do! It needs to stand out enough to catch the eye of your future mega-fans. It has to give would be readers a sense of what they’re going to find on the inside, without giving too much away. And it absolutely must look professional, even if this is your first step into self-publishing. An amateur book cover is detrimental to your credibility. Great design is an incredibly affordable investment in your book. The visible fact that you believe in this enough to risk the investment gives would-be readers a nudge of confidence.

I'd love to work with you to create the perfect package for your book baby.

While we're at it, I can also format the interior of your manuscript, making sure your readers can enjoy your words without the distraction of errors or awkward page structure.

Not yet ready for publication? I also create "motivational book covers" for authors who are struggling through drafts and revisions.

Seeing your book...seeing the vision realized...often helps my clients find the momentum they need to keep writing. I've even had authors tell me that my visual interpretation has helped them solve challenging holes in their books. Some clients post the cover in their writing space as a visible reminder of the finish line. Some choose to share the motivational cover with their fans and friends as a "Coming Soon" which creates buzz and external motivation.

Connect with me. Let's talk about your book!

Languages
English
Fiction
Anthologies
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Poetry
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Parenting & Families

Work experience

Graphic Designer & Creative Director

Self-employed
December, 1998 – Present (over 19 years)

I've been a freelance graphic designer with a variety of specializations for over 15 years. My favorite projects involve creating personal brands for emerging authors including cover design, web platform development, and promotional graphics for the web and print.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Sanctuaries: Parks, Preserves, and Places of Refuge in the World

Mary A Hood

Sanctuaries: Parks, Preserves and Places of Refuge in the Worldchronicles some of the world’s well known and not-so-well known lands under conservation. Traveling the ring road in Iceland, birding the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador, turtling the Galapagos, colliding with black bears in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, spotting the Abyssinia wolf in Bale Mountains National Park of Ethiopia, ... read more

Sanctuaries: Parks, Preserves and Places of Refuge in the Worldchronicles some of the world’s well known and not-so-well known lands under conservation. Traveling the ring road in Iceland, birding the Mindo Cloud Forest in Ecuador, turtling the Galapagos, colliding with black bears in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, spotting the Abyssinia wolf in Bale Mountains National Park of Ethiopia, ... read more

The Red-Feather Christmas Tree: A True Story

LaVonne Ellis

A funny, touching true story of growing up with a single mom in the 50s. LaVonne's mother loses her job in the weeks leading up to Christmas, which means they can't afford gifts or even a tree -- just the tiny, red-feather, ornamental tree on the coffee table. Every day, LaVonne waits for her mom to come home from another fruitless search for work. Will they be able to stay in their home?

A funny, touching true story of growing up with a single mom in the 50s. LaVonne's mother loses her job in the weeks leading up to Christmas, which means they can't afford gifts or even a tree -- just the tiny, red-feather, ornamental tree on the coffee table. Every day, LaVonne waits for her mom to come home from another fruitless search for work. Will they be able to stay in their home?

Step Up and SHINE: Power and Presence in Action (Volume 1)

Ms Diane Young Sussman

This book is for you if you are a coach, holistic practitioner or entrepreneur who wants to increase your success in business by using proven energetic and practical tools to bring about more confidence, clarity of message, and self-mastery, leading to more VISIBILITY in business. It is well known that fear of public speaking is the number one reason people in business do not step up to be see... read more

This book is for you if you are a coach, holistic practitioner or entrepreneur who wants to increase your success in business by using proven energetic and practical tools to bring about more confidence, clarity of message, and self-mastery, leading to more VISIBILITY in business. It is well known that fear of public speaking is the number one reason people in business do not step up to be see... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A journal of learning & discovery (Map)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A Journal of Learning & Discovery (Wanderer)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A Journal of Learning and Discovery (Woods)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A Journal of Learning and Discovery (Space)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A Journal of Learning and Discovery (Octopus)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A Journal of Learning and Discovery (Robots)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book: A Journal of Learning and Discovery (Dragonfly)

Larah Ritchie

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

My Roadschooling Field Book is a wonderful way to preserve the amazing experiences of life on the road. This open ended journal is all about encouraging creativity, but has just enough structure to help develop a lifelong journaling habit. The journal pages include quick fill-in-the-blank prompts to help guide the journaling process, blank space for photos, mementos, or drawings, graph paper, ... read more

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