Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - Designer

Cardiff, United Kingdom

A highly collaborative designer, producing impactful covers, interiors and marketing images for a wide range of genres. I cannot scuba dive.

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5+ years in business. Over 350 book collaborations. 200+ Reedsy 5-Star reviews :-)


A book cover and interior format designer, with many (many!) years of multi-discipline creative experience in graphics, illustration, photography, video & marketing.

Happy working for either print or e-book / digital, I like direct, punchy and – occasionally – intriguing (in my book covers!). Oftentimes my work is character-focussed and photographically-based.

On occasion, some of my work may now include little bits of CGI. (Oh, my giddy Aunt... '.' )

Client-centric, highly collaborative and quality driven: your needs are mine to fulfil (and are normally fulfilled quickly, too).

All of my design offers - whether for e-book, print, or both - always include promotional images such as simulated 3D book covers, on-tablet device renders. Nice!

I provide full interior formatting services for both print and ebook; whether with cover design or just interiors only. For such work, a first interior proof is normally back to the client within 2-3 working days from receipt of manuscript. (Psst: ask me for some of my interior samples!).

I can also advise on technical matters, marketing options and even book titles and taglines, if needs be.

My motto: always a pleasure, never a chore. *nods*


Full Service List:

Any or all of the following services can be commissioned either together, or totally separately from each other (a good example here: if another designer is already doing your book cover design, I’m totally happy to do the interior formatting elements…)

• Print book cover design
• Ebook cover design
• Print book interior formatting & design
• Ebook interior formatting & design
• Book promotional images (ie: simulated images of your finished print book or ebook)
• Author websites: I'm now providing author websites. These include various pages, image galleries, blogs, contact forms and more. Website packages include design, hosting and support for the first year, with further annual support available on the site's anniversary. Ask for details!
African American Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Designer / Owner

March, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

I own and run my own busy book design and media illustration company, providing a full range of services to traditional and self-publishers. Services include interior and cover design, marketing imagery and adaptable author website design.

Head of Creative Services

Visit Wales
August, 2012 – June, 2015 (almost 3 years)

Creative Services Manager

Visit Wales
May, 2011 – August, 2012 (over 1 year)

Mark has 208 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Chip Schorr
Mark is a tremendous partner. I have worked with him on two books now, and his ideas are fantastic. He works hard to understand the design and what I want the design to convey. He works fast and very interactively. He does excellent work.

Chip Schorr, December 2021

Paa-Kofi Obeng
Mark is an exceptional creator. He helped bring my book to life. This is my second time collaborating with Mark and I could not be happier with the final product!

Paa-Kofi Obeng, December 2021

Suzanne Aslam
I really loved working with Mark. He elevated just pages of a manuscript into a beautiful book. I appreciated being able to ask him questions and get great advice to things I simply didn't have answers to as a new author. Will definitely work with him again on my next book.

Suzanne Aslam, November 2021

Lawrence Pintak
Could not have made a better choice. Proactive. Imaginative. Responsive. Goes beyond the brief to ensure a successful project. A true partnership.

Lawrence Pintak, November 2021

Darren Floyd
It was a pleasure working with Mark again. I think it speaks volumes that i came back to him to work on another book and look forward to working with him again. Very professional with a swift turn around.

Darren Floyd, October 2021

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