Liz Demeter

Liz Demeter – Designer

I’ve designed covers for many genres and authors from historical to YA, George Orwell to Virginia Woolf. I’d love to get to know your book.


I’ve been designing book covers for over 15 years, and am still in love with the process. My design inspiration comes from the unique voice of your book, at the center, while keeping in mind everything whirling around it - such as the genre in which it is positioned, and the audience it needs to reach. In addition to going over your manuscript, I’ll research the competition and any factors unique to your book, and brainstorm on the intersection of themes and imagery.

I have experience designing for trade and academic publishers such as Harcourt Trade, Oxford University Press, Sourcebooks, The University of Chicago Press, Mark My Words, and independent authors. I can accommodate a range of budgets in my imagery selection. For example, I can source imagery from low cost stock sources or create an all-type cover, while on the higher end we can license a rights managed image or commission the work of an illustrator, photographer or calligrapher.

As Senior Designer at Harcourt Trade Publishers, my main focus was on redesigning covers for classic authors (Anais Nin, George Orwell, Georges Simenon, Virginia Woolf, and others), as well as young adult books, middle grade readers, and movie tie-ins. As a freelancer, I've touched on many genres including fiction, biographical, and religious. I love designing for different genres because it keeps the design process fresh!
Biographies & Memoirs History Religion & Spirituality
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Poetry
  • Print Magazine
  • Chicago Book Clinic
  • New York Book Show

Work experience


Jun, 2004 — Present

Book covers are my specialty. In addition, I provide freelance design services for a variety of print and web projects. My clients include trade and academic publishers such Harcourt Trade, Oxford University Press, Sourcebooks, The University of Chicago Press, and Mark My Words, as well as indie authors and publishers.

Harcourt Trade Publishers

Aug, 1999 — Jun, 2004 (almost 5 years)

Designed trade book covers and jackets for the works of authors such as Virginia Woolf, C. S. Lewis, and George Orwell. Researched and commissioned images from stock sources, photographers and illustrators.

University of Chicago Press

Jul, 1997 — Jul, 1999 (about 2 years)

Designed book covers, interiors and cases for trade and academic books. Interacted with acquisition editors, manuscript editors, illustrators, and authors throughout the design process.


A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf's landmark inquiry into women's role in society In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary w... read more
Maigret is a registered trademark of the Estate of Georges Simenon.
One hundred and fifty years after the publication of On the Origin of Species, award-winning environmental reporter Alanna Mitchell set out to retrace the idea of evolution and grapple with the fact that a massive extinction of the planet's species was well un... read more
With Inclusion, Steven Epstein argues that strategies to achieve diversity in medical research mask deeper problems, ones that might require a different approach and different solutions. Formal concern with this issue, Epstein shows, is a fairly recent phenome... read more
Long before wizards were a fixture on the bestseller lists, Kit and Nita were working magic with readers of all ages. In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the Young Wizards series, So You Want to Be a Wizard is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition, ... read more
Stress is a fact of modern life. And as more and more people face greater financial insecurity, longer work hours, and the increasingly complex personal and social demands of our fast-paced, multi-tasking, high-tech lifestyle, finding healthy ways to handle st... read more
The Fox's Walk

Annabel Davis-Goff

Alice Moore is eight years old and has just been left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely old house in the south of Ireland. It is 1915, the First World War has just entered its second year, and, in Ireland, Nation-alists are edgi... read more
The Nautical Chart

Arturo Perez-Reverte

Coy is a sailor without a ship.Tánger Soto is a woman with an obsession to find the Dei Gloria, a ship sunk during the seventeenth century, and El Piloto is an old man with the sailboat on which all three set out to seek their fortune together. Or do they?
This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian... read more
The Bookstore Mouse

Peggy Christian

He lives in a bookstore behind a large WALL OF WORDS. He eats DELICIOUS WORDS from recipes. He throws SHARP WORDS and POINTED REMARKS at his enemy. And one day he slips through the words into a story that is the greatest adventure of his life. He is THE BOOKST... read more
Too Simple to Fail presents a startling dissection of what is wrong with our educational system and a set of simple, common-sense steps for improving it. This simplicity, Bausell argues, characterizes both the schooling process and the science of education, as... read more
Great introduction to law teaches all the basics
Klezmer in Europe has been a controversial topic ever since this traditional Jewish wedding music made it to the concert halls and discos of Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague. Played mostly by non-Jews and for non-Jews, it was hailed as "fakelore," "Jewish D... read more
The exchange of the words "I do" is the high point of the wedding ceremony. But all too often, the two who recite them don't realize that not only are they making a vow to each other, but they are making a vow to God, who brought them together. I Thee Wed: A C... read more
Are you a believer new to the Christian faith, or a mature believer who is seeking to kick start your faith life? Are the guideposts that point to a deeper knowledge of God and of how to build a relationship with Him missing in your life? Getting Started with ... read more
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse[ THE CHAMELEON WORE CHARTREUSE ] By Hale, Bruce ( Author )Apr-01-2001 Paperback
This bestseller covers a single momentous year during Nin’s life in Paris, when she met Henry Miller and his wife, June. “Closer to what many sexually adventuresome women experience than almost anything I’ve ever read....I found it a very erotic book and profo... read more
"When Harry Met Sally" is only the most iconic of popular American movies, books, and articles that pose the question of whether friendships between men and women are possible. In Founding Friendships, Cassandra A. Good shows that this question was embedded in... read more
The idea that a Senator—Republican or Democrat—would put the greater good of the country ahead of party seems nearly impossible to imagine in our current climate of gridlock and divisiveness. But this hasn’t always been the case. Arthur H. Vandenberg (1884–195... read more
Liking Ike reveals the prominent role that celebrities and advertising agencies played in Dwight Eisenhower's presidency. Guided by Madison Avenue executives and television pioneers, Eisenhower cultivated famous supporters as a way of building the broad-based ... read more
Jane and the Raven King

Stephen Chambers

Outside the window, a squirrel in a tree popped out with a little black suitcase. At first, Jane was sure she must be mistaken, but as she watched, the squirrel opened the tiny suitcase and began arranging nuts and acorns inside... The animals clearly knew som... read more
Native Hawaiians arrived in the Pacific Northwest as early as 1787. Some went out of curiosity; many others were recruited as seamen or as workers in the fur trade. By the end of the nineteenth century more than a thousand men and women had journeyed across th... read more
The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circul... read more
AIA Guide to Chicago

Alice Sinkevitch

Completely revised and updated, AIA Guide to Chicago, Second Edition is the liveliest and most wide-ranging guide ever written about Chicago's architecture. More than a thousand individual buildings are featured, along with more than four hundred photos-many t... read more
A brief history of gospel music ministry in America from pre-slavery to the beginning of the 21st century and the impact of the Gospel Music Workshop of America on the genre
Recognized as the patriarch of the minimalist movement-Brian Eno once called him "the daddy of us all"--La Monte Young remains an enigma within the music world, one of the most important and yet most elusive composers of the late twentieth century. Early in hi... read more
If everybody were to play first violin, we could not have an orchestra. Therefore respect each musician in his own place. There is no end to learning. Originally published in1850, Advice to Young Musicians: Musical Rules for Home and in Life offered composer R... read more
To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality.”—Eudora Welty... read more

Liz has 4 reviews





Monte G.

Monte G.

Mar, 2023

This is the second time I've worked with Liz and she has been a great resource and partner for me in both. She's the best.
David F.

David F.

Jul, 2021

Liz did an outstanding job of translating my vaguely defined concept into a beautifully rendered cover. She was communicative, punctual, and helped educate me through the process. I can't recommend her enough.
Liz D.
David, thank you, your stories brought history to life for me, and I'm glad I was able to capture some of that vision. I loved every part of the project, was great to work with you!
Monte G.

Monte G.

Mar, 2021

Liz was a joy to work with. She was fully invested in helping make my work come to fruition. She provided valuable perspectives and suggestions. I'm very grateful to have worked with Liz.
Liz D.
Thank you, Monte. I loved working with you on this. Your project had some unique challenges, and I'm grateful to have had your trust.
Ann B.

Ann B.

Feb, 2021

Liz is beyond excellent, and I am so grateful to have found her. I was very apprehensive going into the project, but in the end she exceeded all my hopes. Liz not only created the most beautiful cover for my novel but listened to my ideas and worked with me to bring my dream cover to life. She was also quick to respond to my emails and to keep me informed about the projected timeline. If you a...
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