Mark Swan

Mark Swan – Designer

With over 20 years as a designer I can create for you an eye catching and professional book cover design that will get your book noticed.


I'm Mark Swan . Im a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience as a designer. I have worked as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers. I have designed movie poster, record packaging and 1000s of book covers a huge variety of clients from major publishing houses to working directly with authors wanting to stamp their mark on the publishing industry. My work as adorned the covers of numerous genres of book and some those covers have been turned into many amazing things including cakes, leggings and tattoos.

My main goals as a cover designer are to give the author a cover they are proud of and does justice to all the hard work ,talent and passion they have put into their books. My other main aim is to get that book noticed and brought so the author can share their talent with many others and write more books. Working directly with authors is a hugely rewarding journey for me as I can really understand what it is they want or if they are not sure I can help guide them with my creative knowledge and experience in the industry. I look forward to using my skills to create the right book cover for your book.
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Poetry Thriller & Suspense
  • Two time winner of ABCD awards for best Crime book cover

Work experience


Oct, 2009 — Present

Allcity Media

Jan, 2007 — Aug, 2009 (over 2 years)

Senior designer and head of International Sales. Allcity Media specialises in film poster design

Ghost Design

Feb, 2004 — Jan, 2007 (almost 3 years)

Book cover designer for a variety of publishers and Genres.


Jul, 1999 — Feb, 2004 (over 4 years)


One Grand Summer

Arenz, Ewald

Orenda Books

A risky habit. A dangerous drop. But will a murderer make her watch her step?England, 1992. Zoya is a free spirit with a risky habit trying to find her place in the world. When she lands a place at an isolated dance school, it seems like the perfect fit. But, ... read more
A strange ability. A discovered corpse. But will his supernatural sleuthing skills lead him into a killer's trap?England, 1990. Reed has travelled his whole life in search of someone who understands him. So he's thrilled when his journey brings hm to free-spir... read more
Germany, April 1945. As the Russians close in on Berlin, a lone plane flies into the city. On board are General Robert Ritter von Greim and the Nazi flying ace, Hanna Reitsch, summoned by Hitler to his bunker. There, the Führer reveals Germany’s secret weapon ... read more
Selected Poems 1968-2014 offers forty-five years of work drawn from twelve individual collections by a poet who 'began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso' (Michael Hofmann). Hailed by Seamus Heaney as 'one of the era's true originals', Muldoon s... read more
The Man Who Died

Antti Tuomainen

A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other wor... read more
The Pictures

Guy Bolton

*Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2017* World-weary Jonathan Craine is a detective at the LAPD who has spent his entire career as a studio ‘fixer’, covering up crimes of the studio players to protect the billion-dollar industry that bu... read more

Manjit Kumar

'This is about gob-smacking science at the far end of reason ... Take it nice and easy and savour the experience of your mind being blown without recourse to hallucinogens' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian For most people, quantum theory is a byword for mysterious, i... read more
The Rain Heron

Robbie Arnott

'Written with economy and grace, The Rain Heron is a timeless and poignant meditation on our fragile relationship with the natural environment.' Guardian'Arnott's eco-fable, set in a politically broken near future, explores the constant push-pull that exists b... read more
The Exorcist

Mark Kermode

Inspired by an alleged real case of demonic possession in 1949, The Exorcist became an international phenomenon on its release in 1973. A blockbusting adaptation of a best-selling novel, it was praised as 'deeply spiritual' by some sections of the Catholic Chu... read more

Camel, West

Mark has 4 reviews





Joseph E.

Joseph E.

Nov, 2023

Mark created a beautiful cover for my novel. I can safely say that I was very moved when I saw the cover illustration that he made for my novel. He has a special aesthetic touch. It was a pleasure to work with him. I highly recommend him and would work with him again.
Paul K.

Paul K.

Jul, 2023

Mark took my requirements and feedback onboard, and came up with the goods.
Mark S.
Paul was very easy and enjoyable to work with. He gave me all the information I needed to get the cover designed. He guided the design with clarity as to what he wanted but with understanding of th...
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Alec B.

Alec B.

Mar, 2023

I couldn't be happier. On budget, on time, and more importantly, on point :-) A pleasure to work with from start to finish, Mark is clearly a professional. I really appreciated his attention to detail and the care he took to ensure my novels' final novel covers were exactly what I wanted. If you haven't already guessed, I'm absolutely thrilled with the results and cannot recommend Mark Swan hig...
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Jenny C.

Jenny C.

Mar, 2021

I was looking to commission a talented and experienced book cover designer and Mark absolutely delivered on this. Not only are the cover designs beautiful, eye-catching and compelling but they totally nail the tone of the book series and convey the promise of the reading experience. In addition, Mark somehow managed to get this spot-on from the start, interpreting the brief perfectly with no ne...
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