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Laywan Kwan

Laywan Kwan - Designer

New York, NY, United States

Book cover designer with 10 years of experience in publishing. Specializing in women's fiction, but can work on all kinds of books!

Overview

Hi! My name is Laywan and I am a book cover designer at a large publishing house. Even though my specialty is women's fiction, I love designing for all types of books. I have worked on numerous bestsellers, so I have learned to collaborate with many voices and edit accordingly. My favorite projects, though, are the ones where a new perspective is brought to the table. For every project I try to portray the content of the book in the most beautiful, eye-catching, and/or relatable way possible.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits History
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • AAS in Graphic Design

Work experience

Senior Designer

Simon & Schuster
July, 2007 – Present (over 10 years)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed “The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the mo... read more

“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed “The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the mo... read more

Himself: A Novel

Jess Kidd

"[A] fast-paced yarn that nimbly soars above the Irish crime fiction genre Kidd clearly knows very well." —New York Times Book Review “[A] supernaturally skillful debut.” —Vanity Fair “A delicious, gratifying and ageless story.” —New York Journal of BooksAbandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But ... read more

"[A] fast-paced yarn that nimbly soars above the Irish crime fiction genre Kidd clearly knows very well." —New York Times Book Review “[A] supernaturally skillful debut.” —Vanity Fair “A delicious, gratifying and ageless story.” —New York Journal of BooksAbandoned on the steps of an orphanage as an infant, Dublin charmer Mahony assumed all his life that his mother had simply given him up. But ... read more

Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series Book 1)

Thomas Mullen

In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption.Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first blac... read more

In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption.Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first blac... read more

The Girls in the Garden: A Novel

Lisa Jewell

One of People’s, Glamour’s, and Buzzfeed's Best Reads of Summer “Jewell expertly builds suspense by piling up domestic misunderstandings and more plot twists than an SVU episode. It’s a page-turner for readers who like beach reads on the dark side.” —PeopleImagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other p... read more

One of People’s, Glamour’s, and Buzzfeed's Best Reads of Summer “Jewell expertly builds suspense by piling up domestic misunderstandings and more plot twists than an SVU episode. It’s a page-turner for readers who like beach reads on the dark side.” —PeopleImagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other p... read more

Close Enough to Touch: A Novel

Colleen Oakley

Can you miss something you never had?Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and... read more

Can you miss something you never had?Jubilee Jenkins is no ordinary librarian. With a rare allergy to human touch, any skin-to-skin contact could literally kill her. But after retreating into solitude for nearly ten years, Jubilee’s decided to brave the world again, despite the risks. Armed with a pair of gloves, long sleeves, and her trusty bicycle, she finally ventures out the front door—and... read more

I Don't Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice

Keke Palmer

A sometimes serious, often hilarious, and always inspiring guide that encourages young women to live a life full of ownership, confidence, and freedom from singer and popular Scream Queens and Grease Live! actress Keke Palmer, delightfully illustrated in four color with Keke’s favorite inspirational quotes, journal entries, and memes.As a successful music artist, actress, and talk show host, f... read more

A sometimes serious, often hilarious, and always inspiring guide that encourages young women to live a life full of ownership, confidence, and freedom from singer and popular Scream Queens and Grease Live! actress Keke Palmer, delightfully illustrated in four color with Keke’s favorite inspirational quotes, journal entries, and memes.As a successful music artist, actress, and talk show host, f... read more

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson: A Novel

Nancy Peacock

For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes “a tour de force of historical fiction” (Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain) that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his ow... read more

For fans of Cold Mountain and The Invention of Wings comes “a tour de force of historical fiction” (Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain) that follows the epic journey of a slave-turned-Comanche warrior who travels from the brutality of a New Orleans sugar cane plantation to the indomitable frontier of an untamed Texas, searching not only for the woman he loves but so too for his ow... read more

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Issa Rae

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure. In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a wo... read more

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure. In this universally accessible New York Times bestseller named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae—“a singular voice with the verve and vivacity of uncorked champagne” (Kirkus Reviews)—waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a wo... read more

It Ends with Us: A Novel

Colleen Hoover

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everyt... read more

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everyt... read more

Whistling Past the Graveyard

Susan Crandall

From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . . In the summer of 1963,... read more

From an award-winning author comes a wise and tender coming-of-age story about a nine-year-old girl who runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip.Whistling past the graveyard. That’s what Daddy called it when you did something to keep your mind off your most worstest fear. . . . In the summer of 1963,... read more

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Sy Montgomery

Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller “Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk did for raptors.” —New Statesman, UK Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick “One of the best science books of the year” —Science Friday, NPR A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year ... read more

Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller “Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk did for raptors.” —New Statesman, UK Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick “One of the best science books of the year” —Science Friday, NPR A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year ... read more

School of Fish

Ben Pollinger

From the acclaimed executive chef of a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant comes a comprehensive, beautifully designed guide to cooking fish, for home cooks of all skill levels.School of Fish is an all-encompassing culinary education in one handy—not to mention gorgeously photographed—cookbook. Ben Pollinger, executive chef of upscale Manhattan restaurant Oceana, distills years of experience w... read more

From the acclaimed executive chef of a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant comes a comprehensive, beautifully designed guide to cooking fish, for home cooks of all skill levels.School of Fish is an all-encompassing culinary education in one handy—not to mention gorgeously photographed—cookbook. Ben Pollinger, executive chef of upscale Manhattan restaurant Oceana, distills years of experience w... read more

Crossing the Horizon: A Novel

Laurie Notaro

Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—beloved author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club—in a stunning historical novel that tells the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.Ten thousand feet in the sky, aviatrixes from London to Paris to New York—fueled by determination and... read more

Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—beloved author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club—in a stunning historical novel that tells the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.Ten thousand feet in the sky, aviatrixes from London to Paris to New York—fueled by determination and... read more

The Cutaway: A Thriller

Christina Kovac

“The Newsroom meets Gone Girl.” —Cosmopolitan The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice o... read more

“The Newsroom meets Gone Girl.” —Cosmopolitan The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice o... read more

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