Leah Jacobs-Gordon

Leah Jacobs-Gordon – Designer

Book Designer and Illustrator with experience working with publishers such as Harper Collins and Random House and love for literature!


My name is Leah and I am a London-based graphic designer and illustrator with almost ten years of experience in brand development, packaging design. Alongside this, I am also a freelance book cover designer with over four years of experience designing covers for a range of well-known publishing houses, such as Random House, Headline, Head of Zeus, Myriad and Bloomsbury.

I am a versatile designer and have created covers for books from a variety of genres (everything from literary and young adult to romance and drama). I also have experience with creating author branding to ensure that your books sit together consistently as a range. My services include everything from e-book and audiobook covers to full paperback and hardback spreads which are fully prepped for print.

Alongside this I have extensive experience with creating visual marketing key-art to promote a number of novels, developing book posters for magazines and for the London Underground (my clients for this particular service include Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Head of Zeus and Pan Macmillan).

I am always open to professional opportunities, so please feel free to get in touch!

Historical Fiction Romance Short Story Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
  • Cover of the Year - AusRom Today

Work experience

Marmalade London

Oct, 2018 — Present


Jan, 2017 — Present

I have been involved with the creation, design and print production of a variety of commercial novels and book campaigns. Working closely with the head of design, photographic, typographic or illustrated artwork is created that is not only visually appealing but corresponds with the general atmosphere of the book and the target audience it is aimed at.

20Ten Creative Ltd

Jul, 2014 — Oct, 2018 (over 4 years)

Worked on a number of high profile projects for a range of well known companies such as Dreamworks Animation, Island Records, Sony PlayStation, Adidas, Harper Collins, Cadburys and Mr Kipling. This involved creating work for everything from brand identities and packaging designs to custom illustrations and typographic arrangements. Alongside this had extensive experience in art-working and preparing work for print for a variety of media, such as packaging, billboards, press etc as well as preparing digital files competently.


Welcome to Cross River, Maryland. Established by the leaders of the country's only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, its residents thump out a beat that echoes its violent founding. Among them – spanning decades, perspectives, and species ... read more
Midwinter Fire

Mike Jaycock-Tamne

“Are you willing to be burdened with a truth that will change the way you see your world? For you to help me, I need to open your eyes to the magick of the natural world.” Calico is struggling to move on with her life after the death of her parents, but a chan... read more
'Thank you for being the baddest in the literary game, knowing and loving us Black girls' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie'Such a loving and warm guide and ode to black girls, I am so happy the younger generation have this in their lives' Bolu Babalol... read more
The Day I Fell Off My Island

Bailey-Smith, Yvonne

From bestselling author Dani Atkins, a new collection of three irresistible love stories, all linked by one very special dress. Suzanne is engaged to be married to the man of her dreams – except the lead up to her wedding is beginning to feel more like a night... read more
A Million Dreams

Dani Atkins

'A captivating story that packs an emotional punch' Heidi Swain. Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florists, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to s... read more
An epic saga from Tibet's bestselling author. Perfect for anyone who loved The Kite Runner and Wild Swans. The Changthang Plateau lies in the centre of Tibet. A vast, rolling grassland stippled with azure-blue lakes and ringed by snow peaks, it is home to seve... read more
Into the Fire

Rachael Blok

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer... This is the haunting and atmospheric new thriller from rising star of crime fiction Rachael Blok. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They hav... read more
One December wedding. One runaway bride. One winter's day to bring everyone together again. Today is the day Caro and Cammy are due to walk up the aisle. But Caro's too caught up in the trauma of her past to contemplate their happy ever after. Stacey's decisio... read more
On a cold December's morning... Caro sets off to find the truth: has her relationship with her father been based on a lifetime of lies? Cammy can't wait to surprise the woman he loves with a proposal. All he needs is the perfect ring. Lila can no longer hide h... read more
One day, four lives, and a wintery web of secrets and lies. On a chilly morning in December forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past. George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to ... read more
This is Me

Shari Low

This is... Denise. Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolised on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover ... read more
That Girl

Kate Kerrigan

You can escape a place. But you can't escape yourself. Hanna flees the scene of a terrible crime in her native Sligo. If she can just vanish, re-invent herself under a new name, perhaps the police won't catch up with her. London seems the perfect place to disa... read more
He'd have done everything differently, if he'd known. He'd have held her tighter, kissed her longer. He'd have refused to let her go. When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex,... read more

Leah has 4 reviews





Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Dec, 2022

This is my 2nd time using Leah for a book cover. She was great to work with!
Leah J.
Thanks again Chris! All the best with the second book 😊
Mike J.

Mike J.

Oct, 2021

I can't recommend Leah enough, she has been fantastic from start to finish. The cover for my novel is everything I wanted it to be, she took on all my comments and feedback & made the whole process extremely simple and stress free. I will definitely be using her again.
Leah J.
Thank you Mike! It has been a pleasure working on this cover with you and I love what we were able to create. All the very best with the new book.
Shayla C.

Shayla C.

Sep, 2021

The best person for the job, period. My debut book cover is going to blow everyone away. I know it will because it is exactly how I envisioned it. When I wasn't sure about something, this lady has some real patience and also gave her professional input as an option. I will definitely work with her again.
Leah J.
Thank you so much for your kind words Shayla! It's been great working with you on your debut novel and I can't wait to collaborate with you again in the future.
Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Nov, 2020

Leah is a true gem! She is extremely talented and was able to bring my vision to life in a way that far exceeded my expectations. I was blown away by her first presentation of mock-ups for my book cover and I'm SO thrilled with the final result. She is detail-oriented and was great at communication every step of the way. I highly recommend Leah!
Leah J.
Thanks Christopher! You were an ideal client to work with. All the best on the new book and I hope we get to work together again soon.

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