Lena Yang

Lena Yang - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

Book cover designer specializing in fiction, young adult, romance, and non-fiction, with experience in-house and with independent authors.

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Overview

I'm a book and magazine editorial designer with 6+ years of experience in print and digital design. I am currently the Design Director of Sutherland House, a recently established Toronto-based publishing company specializing in narrative non-fiction—although, my specialties extend far beyond non-fiction design! My experiences are broad: I have worked with independent authors, cover design studios, newspapers, and magazines, and I also have marketing design experience in the audiobook industry.

I love a good challenge and am happy to work in all genres. If you need a creative eye to put the finishing creative touches on your book, I am happy to help!

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"A superb, professional, strong design, following the brief well with a splash of creative input. Exemplary reaction to requested changes and variations - all in all a joy to work with. I would highly recommend this designer."
—Tandem Publishing

"Lena is absolutely brilliant! She got my almost perfect on her first swing at it and was super patient and persistent through all my nit-picking revisions. This cover exceeded my wildest expectations and I'm so grateful."
—Sarah Taylor Gibson

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Work experience

Design Director

Sutherland House
September, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

● Design front covers and full jackets for a range of non-fiction titles, including memoirs, biographies, history, social science, and politics
● Lead design direction of newly established non-fiction publishing house including website development and all aspects of print design
● Design all marketing assets including catalogue and promotional flyers

Marketing and Curation Associate

Audiobooks.com
May, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

● Plan and implement all customer-facing audiobook merchandising across major markets (US, CA, UK, AU, and Spanish-language) including editorial campaigns, email marketing, member deals, and in-app promotions
● Develop a cohesive brand presence across all marketing channels and design all marketing-related graphic assets
● Measure marketing campaign effectiveness and interpret and react to metrics in order to establish best practices and achieve objectives

Cover Designer

Yocla Designs
January, 2018 – April, 2018 (3 months)

● Illustrated and designed full jackets, audiobook covers, boxsets, and social media advertisements
● Designed custom typography and provided type support to teammates

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Robbergirl

S.T. Gibson

It's Deathless meets Of Fire and Stars in this coming-of-age fable!In a Sweden wracked by war and haunted by folk stories so dark they can only be spoken of in whispers, Helvig has been raised by her brigand father to steal whatever treasure catches her eye. When her men ambush a strange girl on the road with hair pale as death and a crow perched on her shoulder, Helvig cannot resist bringing ... read more

It's Deathless meets Of Fire and Stars in this coming-of-age fable!In a Sweden wracked by war and haunted by folk stories so dark they can only be spoken of in whispers, Helvig has been raised by her brigand father to steal whatever treasure catches her eye. When her men ambush a strange girl on the road with hair pale as death and a crow perched on her shoulder, Helvig cannot resist bringing ... read more

Odd Spirits

S.T. Gibson

THE COUPLE THAT CASTS SPELLS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHERIt takes a lot of commitment to make a marriage between a modern ceremonial magician and a chaos witch work, but when a malevolent entity takes up residence in Rhys and Moira's home, their love will be pushed to the limits.Brewing up a solution is easier said than done when your magical styles are polar opposites; throw a psychic ex and a sec... read more

THE COUPLE THAT CASTS SPELLS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHERIt takes a lot of commitment to make a marriage between a modern ceremonial magician and a chaos witch work, but when a malevolent entity takes up residence in Rhys and Moira's home, their love will be pushed to the limits.Brewing up a solution is easier said than done when your magical styles are polar opposites; throw a psychic ex and a sec... read more

Still Life: A Memoir

Sutherland, Jeff

Lena has 33 reviews

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Kendra Wray
This was my second collaboration with Lena and she is great to work with. It always amazes me at how she's able to tell the story through the covers she created. A very talented designer and an absolute pleasure to work with. She'll be hearing from me again.

Kendra Wray, October 2021


Meredith Patterson Brayley
I worked with Lena on my book Confessions Of An Actress: From Chorus Girl to Broadway Star. As a first time author, I was really not sure what I needed and Lena was so wonderful in guiding me the entire time. Her designs are streamline, gorgeous and she really understands what pops and what sells. I am so happy to have worked with her, I'm hiring her for my next book!!

Meredith Patterson Brayley, September 2021


Jo Visuri
I was very pleased with the cover designs that Lena crafted for my book. I liked both options she presented so much I had to take a poll to decide the ultimate direction. She took direction well while we hone the final design and was a pleasure to work with throughout the project.

Jo Visuri, September 2021


Tara Dinter
Once again, Lena knocked it out of the park! She took a broad concept and executed it perfectly; thank you so much, Lena!!

Tara Dinter, August 2021


Jimena Novaro
Lena is amazing! I've worked with her for three of my book covers, and I've been in love with each of the results.

Jimena Novaro, June 2021

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