Liz Demeter

Liz Demeter - Designer Tick

San Diego, CA, United States

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.

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Overview

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!

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian (Non-Fiction)
History
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Classics
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Works with
Squarespace

Certifications

  • Squarespace Circle member

Awards

  • Print Magazine
  • Chicago Book Clinic
  • New York Book Show

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
June, 2004 – Present (over 14 years)

Book covers are my specialty. In addition, I provide freelance design services for a variety of print and web projects. I also design Squarespace websites for authors and creatives. 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.

Senior Designer

Harcourt Trade Publishers
August, 1999 – June, 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.

Book Designer

University of Chicago Press
July, 1997 – July, 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.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

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, from the Introduction.The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests ar... read more

“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, from the Introduction.The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic yet absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their children and assorted guests ar... read more

Robert Schumann's Advice to Young Musicians: Revisited by Steven Isserlis

Robert Schumann

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 Robert Schumann’s (1810–56) combination of practical advice and poetic words of wisdom for young people beginning their musical education... 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 Robert Schumann’s (1810–56) combination of practical advice and poetic words of wisdom for young people beginning their musical education... read more

Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Jeremy Grimshaw

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 his career Young almost completely eschewed the conventional musical institutions of publishers, record labels, and venues, in order to cr... read more

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 his career Young almost completely eschewed the conventional musical institutions of publishers, record labels, and venues, in order to cr... read more

Make a Joyful Noise! A Brief History of Gospel Music Ministry in America

Kathryn B. Kemp

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

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

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 taken expressly for this volume-and thirty-five specially commissioned maps. The book is arranged geographically so that the user, whethe... read more

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 taken expressly for this volume-and thirty-five specially commissioned maps. The book is arranged geographically so that the user, whethe... read more

Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation

Michael A. Rebell

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 circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those who are eligible actually vote, and a declining... 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 circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those who are eligible actually vote, and a declining... read more

Leaving Paradise: Indigenous Hawaiians in the Pacific Northwest, 1787-1898

Jean Barman, Bruce McIntyre Watson

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 the Pacific, but the stories of these extraordinary individuals have gone largely unrecorded in Hawaiian or Western sources. Through pains... 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 the Pacific, but the stories of these extraordinary individuals have gone largely unrecorded in Hawaiian or Western sources. Through pains... 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 something was wrong. Even her pet iguana scrawled a warning in the sand of his tank: He is coming. Soon all the animals are fleeing the sub... read more

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 something was wrong. Even her pet iguana scrawled a warning in the sand of his tank: He is coming. Soon all the animals are fleeing the sub... read more

Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics

David Haven Blake

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 support that had eluded Republicans for twenty years. While we often think of John F. Kennedy and his Rat Pack entourage as the beginnin... 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 support that had eluded Republicans for twenty years. While we often think of John F. Kennedy and his Rat Pack entourage as the beginnin... read more

Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century

Hendrik Meijer

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 (1884–1951), Republican from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the model of a consensus builder, and the coalitions he spearheaded continue to form the... 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 (1884–1951), Republican from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the model of a consensus builder, and the coalitions he spearheaded continue to form the... read more

Founding Friendships: Friendships between Men and Women in the Early American Republic

Cassandra A. Good

"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 and debated as far back as the birth of the American nation. Indeed, many of the nation's founding fathers had female friends but popul... 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 and debated as far back as the birth of the American nation. Indeed, many of the nation's founding fathers had female friends but popul... read more

Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love" -The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-1932)

Anaïs Nin

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 profoundly liberating” (Alice Walker). The source of a major motion picture from Universal. Preface by Rupert Pole; Index.

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 profoundly liberating” (Alice Walker). The source of a major motion picture from Universal. Preface by Rupert Pole; Index.

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Bruce Hale

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The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse[ THE CHAMELEON WORE CHARTREUSE ] By Hale, Bruce ( Author )Apr-01-2001 Paperback

Getting Started with Jesus

Olivia F Jones

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 Jesus: The Basics of Christian Living for Believers is written expressly for Christians to introduce them to the basic precepts of the 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 Jesus: The Basics of Christian Living for Believers is written expressly for Christians to introduce them to the basic precepts of the C... read more

I Thee Wed: A Couple's Journey to a Godly Marriage

Billy Jackson

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 Couple's Journey to a Godly Marriage is the testimonial of a couple who, blessed by a second chance at matrimony, share their 13-year jou... 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 Couple's Journey to a Godly Marriage is the testimonial of a couple who, blessed by a second chance at matrimony, share their 13-year jou... read more

Klezmer's Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany

Magdalena Waligorska

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 Disneyland" and even "cultural necrophilia." Klezmer's Afterlife is the first book to investigate this fascinating music scene in Central... read more

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 Disneyland" and even "cultural necrophilia." Klezmer's Afterlife is the first book to investigate this fascinating music scene in Central... read more

Law, Justice, and Society Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Anthony Walsh

Great introduction to law teaches all the basics

Great introduction to law teaches all the basics

Too Simple to Fail: A Case for Educational Change

R. Barker Bausell

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 witnessed by legions of researchers who have discovered precious little that their grandmothers didn't already know. Yet surprisingly, ... 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 witnessed by legions of researchers who have discovered precious little that their grandmothers didn't already know. Yet surprisingly, ... 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 BOOKSTORE MOUSE. A clever and wise fable, this tale is for every book lover, every story lover, and every lover of words.

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 BOOKSTORE MOUSE. A clever and wise fable, this tale is for every book lover, every story lover, and every lover of words.

Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell

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 truths about poverty and society.

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 truths about poverty and society.

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?

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?

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 edging toward revolution. Often lonely and homesick, living in a rigid old-fashioned household where propriety is all-important, Alice piece... read more

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 edging toward revolution. Often lonely and homesick, living in a rigid old-fashioned household where propriety is all-important, Alice piece... read more

Bounce: Living the Resilient Life

Robert J. Wicks

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 stress is more important than ever.In Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Robert Wicks shows you not just how to manage stress, but how to ... 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 stress is more important than ever.In Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Robert Wicks shows you not just how to manage stress, but how to ... read more

So You Want to Be a Wizard (20th): Twentieth-Anniversary Edition

Diane Duane

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, featuring a new afterword from Diane Duane as well as the hard-to-find Kit and Nita short story "Uptown Local."

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, featuring a new afterword from Diane Duane as well as the hard-to-find Kit and Nita short story "Uptown Local."

Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)

Steven Epstein

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 phenomenon. Until the mid-1980s, scientists often studied groups of white, middle-aged men—and assumed that conclusions drawn from studying the... 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 phenomenon. Until the mid-1980s, scientists often studied groups of white, middle-aged men—and assumed that conclusions drawn from studying the... read more

Dancing at the Dead Sea: Tracking the World's Environmental Hotspots

Alanna Mitchell

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 under way. So began a three-year odyssey in which Mitchell picked up where Darwin left off, examining not just the origin but also the ult... read more

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 under way. So began a three-year odyssey in which Mitchell picked up where Darwin left off, examining not just the origin but also the ult... read more

Maigret and the Wine Merchant (Maigret Mystery Series)

Georges Simenon

Maigret is a registered trademark of the Estate of Georges Simenon.

Maigret is a registered trademark of the Estate of Georges Simenon.

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 woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she ... read more

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 woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she ... read more

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