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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - Designer

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Direct, impactful, book covers and interiors. Fave genres: science fiction, women's fiction, historical, horror, thrillers, non-fiction...

Overview

Reviews (25)

A book cover and paperback 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, Twitter and Facebook social media banners. 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 proof interior proof is normally back to the client with 2-3 working days, from receipt of manuscript.

I can also offer input and advice on technical print matters, marketing options and even books titles, if necessary.

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)

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure African American fiction Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Horror Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History

Work experience

Designer / Owner

Self-employed
July, 2016 – Present (about 1 year)

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)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

The Girl Who Swapped: Nineteen one day, forty-three the next...WTF?!

Emma Baird

What do you do when you find yourself in a strange body and a different life?Lottie and Charlotte are not having a good morning. They’ve woken up in unfamiliar beds. Not to mention, unfamiliar bodies. What is going on?At least Lottie’s boyfriend, Josh, is by her side. If only Lottie didn’t have this nagging feeling that something important happened last night, but she blew it… Charlotte feels ... read more

What do you do when you find yourself in a strange body and a different life?Lottie and Charlotte are not having a good morning. They’ve woken up in unfamiliar beds. Not to mention, unfamiliar bodies. What is going on?At least Lottie’s boyfriend, Josh, is by her side. If only Lottie didn’t have this nagging feeling that something important happened last night, but she blew it… Charlotte feels ... read more

The Karma Code

Daniel Davidsohn

After a controversial American researcher is murdered in a remote Finnish village, Boston investigator Harry Walker receives a call from Candice—the victim’s grieving niece. Determined to uncover her uncle’s murderer, Candice finds herself in need of protection from the same forces that led to her uncle’s demise.In a fight for survival through Finland, Scotland, and the United States, Harry an... read more

After a controversial American researcher is murdered in a remote Finnish village, Boston investigator Harry Walker receives a call from Candice—the victim’s grieving niece. Determined to uncover her uncle’s murderer, Candice finds herself in need of protection from the same forces that led to her uncle’s demise.In a fight for survival through Finland, Scotland, and the United States, Harry an... read more

Knife and Death: A killer seeks revenge. A friend brutally murdered. A woman runs for her life. (DCI James Hardy Book 1)

J.A. Gill

A ruthless killer is seeking revenge. A friend is found brutally murdered. A young woman on the run for her life.Detective James Hardy is hunting two killers who are on a bloody rampage across London. Bodies are piling up and Hardy is under more pressure than ever before to solve the cases. With his family under threat and his personal life and career close to tatters, Hardy questions his abil... read more

A ruthless killer is seeking revenge. A friend is found brutally murdered. A young woman on the run for her life.Detective James Hardy is hunting two killers who are on a bloody rampage across London. Bodies are piling up and Hardy is under more pressure than ever before to solve the cases. With his family under threat and his personal life and career close to tatters, Hardy questions his abil... read more

The Last Hillwalker: A sideways look at forty years in Britain's Mountains

John D Burns

This book takes you on a journey of discovery from early beginnings, as a school boy in the Lake District, John travelled on to make an early walk along the Pennine Way only a handful of years after this long-distance path was opened. From there he began exploring the hills in winter and journeyed north to the Scottish Highlands where he discovered a new world to explore.There are encounters w... read more

This book takes you on a journey of discovery from early beginnings, as a school boy in the Lake District, John travelled on to make an early walk along the Pennine Way only a handful of years after this long-distance path was opened. From there he began exploring the hills in winter and journeyed north to the Scottish Highlands where he discovered a new world to explore.There are encounters w... read more

Crimson River: New Frontiers Come at a Cost (Civilands Book 1)

N.B. Austin

A home that once stood tall is set ablaze. A new journey begins in the chaotic Murrieta Territory.Jeannie Morrell is on the run. Chasing behind her is the expanding Keagan gang that just burned her home to the ground. Before her--through the forest of the Riverlands--is the mysterious, native V'ahani clan and the grizzlies they control.With her family now murdered only months after her thirtee... read more

A home that once stood tall is set ablaze. A new journey begins in the chaotic Murrieta Territory.Jeannie Morrell is on the run. Chasing behind her is the expanding Keagan gang that just burned her home to the ground. Before her--through the forest of the Riverlands--is the mysterious, native V'ahani clan and the grizzlies they control.With her family now murdered only months after her thirtee... read more

The Lonesome Tide (Trajectory Book 3)

Cassie Rhodes

Twenty years from today, the world careens further along today's path to tragedy. Trajectory unfolds a harrowed future, one where nightmares take tea and dreams dissolve in the rising tides of insurrection. Weaving the eerie passions of magical realism into a dilapidating dystopia, this quilt of interlacing stories offers a gleaming lens through which to view the world and thus the shortfall b... read more

Twenty years from today, the world careens further along today's path to tragedy. Trajectory unfolds a harrowed future, one where nightmares take tea and dreams dissolve in the rising tides of insurrection. Weaving the eerie passions of magical realism into a dilapidating dystopia, this quilt of interlacing stories offers a gleaming lens through which to view the world and thus the shortfall b... read more

Daughter, Disappeared

Fiona MacBain

Love, death, culture clash, escape... an emotional roller-coaster for anyone who loves a hard-hitting 'women in jeopardy' thriller.1994: Jane has no idea of the horrors in store when she plunges into a new life in North Africa with her recently discovered sister, Crystal. When she falls in love with Ali, she believes happiness is within her grasp. But Ali persists in digging into secrets that ... read more

Love, death, culture clash, escape... an emotional roller-coaster for anyone who loves a hard-hitting 'women in jeopardy' thriller.1994: Jane has no idea of the horrors in store when she plunges into a new life in North Africa with her recently discovered sister, Crystal. When she falls in love with Ali, she believes happiness is within her grasp. But Ali persists in digging into secrets that ... read more

Glasdrum

Fiona MacBain

One town. Five women. Dark events.Life is not easy for the women of Glasdrum...A skeleton is unearthed, too many walkers are falling to their deaths off mountain cliffs, and the local pub doesn’t know how to make a decent raspberry daiquiri. Single mother Megan is a hill runner and cannabis dealer, an unlikely friend of well-to-do Finella, whose confident appearance hides struggles with her un... read more

One town. Five women. Dark events.Life is not easy for the women of Glasdrum...A skeleton is unearthed, too many walkers are falling to their deaths off mountain cliffs, and the local pub doesn’t know how to make a decent raspberry daiquiri. Single mother Megan is a hill runner and cannabis dealer, an unlikely friend of well-to-do Finella, whose confident appearance hides struggles with her un... read more

The Assumption Code (The Danu Series Book 1)

Melodee Elliott

A corporate empire on the planet Danu is being undermined by its chief scientist. On Earth, he implants Margi, a NYC anchorwoman, with nanobots during a cosmetic procedure. She soon finds herself in the body of his nemesis’ wife on his home planet.There, she uncovers the horrors upon the innocent in the ultimate virtual reality. It doesn't take her long to realize that she is the newest experi... read more

A corporate empire on the planet Danu is being undermined by its chief scientist. On Earth, he implants Margi, a NYC anchorwoman, with nanobots during a cosmetic procedure. She soon finds herself in the body of his nemesis’ wife on his home planet.There, she uncovers the horrors upon the innocent in the ultimate virtual reality. It doesn't take her long to realize that she is the newest experi... read more

Cam: In the Wake (The Danu Series)

Melodee Elliott

As Danu’s citizens struggle in the wake of The Assumption Code, a teenage girl copes with a more personal loss. While her father takes his role as the planet’s chief scientist, she plays her visole to see herself through these difficult times and into a world that extends beyond the invisible boundaries of Danu.

As Danu’s citizens struggle in the wake of The Assumption Code, a teenage girl copes with a more personal loss. While her father takes his role as the planet’s chief scientist, she plays her visole to see herself through these difficult times and into a world that extends beyond the invisible boundaries of Danu.

Dangerous Brains

Erik Hamre

Brilliant computer scientist, Vladimir Sorovis, is packing up his office when his day is interrupted by a military helicopter carrying a highly unexpected guest.Ushered to a secret location deep in the Nevada desert, Vladimir learns how his former employer, billionaire and serial-entrepreneur Andrew Kevorkian, has been siphoning off hundreds of millions to fund a clandestine deep tech research... read more

Brilliant computer scientist, Vladimir Sorovis, is packing up his office when his day is interrupted by a military helicopter carrying a highly unexpected guest.Ushered to a secret location deep in the Nevada desert, Vladimir learns how his former employer, billionaire and serial-entrepreneur Andrew Kevorkian, has been siphoning off hundreds of millions to fund a clandestine deep tech research... read more

Crossed in Love

Krys King

Darcy plays no games when it comes to men. In her eyes, men are only good for one thing and that is what they carry between their legs. She is a proud mad black woman and likes to thank her fiancé that left her high and dry just months before their wedding for that. Mickey has heard the story way too many times, she loves her girl but is getting tired of telling her love is money and to hell w... read more

Darcy plays no games when it comes to men. In her eyes, men are only good for one thing and that is what they carry between their legs. She is a proud mad black woman and likes to thank her fiancé that left her high and dry just months before their wedding for that. Mickey has heard the story way too many times, she loves her girl but is getting tired of telling her love is money and to hell w... read more

Dead Girl's Ashes (Dying Ashes Book 1)

Annathesa Nikola Darksbane, Shei Darksbane

What does it mean to die?For Ashley Currigan it means waking up, opening her eyes, and discovering what she's truly made of. But being dead isn't easy. Not when the woman she loves most in the world goes missing. Not when a myriad of supernaturals want her dead, and she doesn’t even know why. Not when the very monsters who gave her eternal life want to take it away. And not when her only allie... read more

What does it mean to die?For Ashley Currigan it means waking up, opening her eyes, and discovering what she's truly made of. But being dead isn't easy. Not when the woman she loves most in the world goes missing. Not when a myriad of supernaturals want her dead, and she doesn’t even know why. Not when the very monsters who gave her eternal life want to take it away. And not when her only allie... read more

Blood Red Ashes (Dying Ashes Book 2)

Annathesa Nikola Darksbane, Shei Darksbane

First, she died. Then she learned how to live.Ashes never asked for her supernatural unlife, but when a rash of kidnappings leaves Birmingham families torn asunder, she'll use her superhuman strengths to stop the crimes and bring the children home. But can she out-monster the monsters that be? Or will she die...again...trying?Blood Red Ashes is the second novel in the Dying Ashes series, a gri... read more

First, she died. Then she learned how to live.Ashes never asked for her supernatural unlife, but when a rash of kidnappings leaves Birmingham families torn asunder, she'll use her superhuman strengths to stop the crimes and bring the children home. But can she out-monster the monsters that be? Or will she die...again...trying?Blood Red Ashes is the second novel in the Dying Ashes series, a gri... read more

GATEKEEPERS TRILOGY (The Fog Chronicles Book 1)

Virginie Bonfils-Bedos

A fast-paced and surprising adventure set against a backdrop intertwining parallel universes with contemporary issues, Gatekeepers is a captivating tale of friendship and self-discovery. If you are a fan of reading science fiction, alternative reality and Slipstream books then this is right up your street. With this first exciting installment of The Fog Chronicles series, Haruki Murakami meets... read more

A fast-paced and surprising adventure set against a backdrop intertwining parallel universes with contemporary issues, Gatekeepers is a captivating tale of friendship and self-discovery. If you are a fan of reading science fiction, alternative reality and Slipstream books then this is right up your street. With this first exciting installment of The Fog Chronicles series, Haruki Murakami meets... read more

FOGBOUND: Gatekeepers I (The Fog Chronicles)

Virginie Bonfils-Bedos

‘Maybe it is a change in temperature or a rise in humidity,’ Yoko and her housemates think upon noticing the mysterious fog enshrouding their home that Sunday morning. However, this occurrence is not just an anomaly in the weather. Crossing the mist, they find themselves transported to an unfamiliar and timeless forest. The search for explanations using our modern day oracle, the Internet, onl... read more

‘Maybe it is a change in temperature or a rise in humidity,’ Yoko and her housemates think upon noticing the mysterious fog enshrouding their home that Sunday morning. However, this occurrence is not just an anomaly in the weather. Crossing the mist, they find themselves transported to an unfamiliar and timeless forest. The search for explanations using our modern day oracle, the Internet, onl... read more

CRISIS: Gatekeepers II (The Fog Chronicles)

Virginie Bonfils-Bedos

‘Maybe it is a change in temperature or a rise in humidity,’ Yoko and her housemates think upon noticing the mysterious fog enshrouding their home that Sunday morning. However, this occurrence is not just an anomaly in the weather. With the mysterious Fog opening a door to an uncharted new world, the four friends embark on a formidable journey, filled with enigmatic encounters and unscrupulous... read more

‘Maybe it is a change in temperature or a rise in humidity,’ Yoko and her housemates think upon noticing the mysterious fog enshrouding their home that Sunday morning. However, this occurrence is not just an anomaly in the weather. With the mysterious Fog opening a door to an uncharted new world, the four friends embark on a formidable journey, filled with enigmatic encounters and unscrupulous... read more

POWER: Gatekeepers III (The Fog Chronicles)

Virginie Bonfils-Bedos

‘Maybe it is a change in temperature or a rise in humidity,’ Yoko and her housemates think upon noticing the mysterious fog enshrouding their home that Sunday morning. However, this occurrence is not just an anomaly in the weather. As two different worlds connect, the encounter brings opportunities and hope for the future, alongside fears and dangers on an individual and global level. The Gate... read more

‘Maybe it is a change in temperature or a rise in humidity,’ Yoko and her housemates think upon noticing the mysterious fog enshrouding their home that Sunday morning. However, this occurrence is not just an anomaly in the weather. As two different worlds connect, the encounter brings opportunities and hope for the future, alongside fears and dangers on an individual and global level. The Gate... read more

Finding Wallace

R. Thomas Rankin

Elisabeth and Tom Rankin can't imagine one second without their son, Wallace. He is everything they've ever wanted--and so much more. Like all parents, Elisabeth and Tom experience many twists and turns as they embarked upon parenthood. Join them on their life-changing journey as they adopt their son from Russia and return home where hilarity and heartbreak begins.Share their joy and setbacks ... read more

Elisabeth and Tom Rankin can't imagine one second without their son, Wallace. He is everything they've ever wanted--and so much more. Like all parents, Elisabeth and Tom experience many twists and turns as they embarked upon parenthood. Join them on their life-changing journey as they adopt their son from Russia and return home where hilarity and heartbreak begins.Share their joy and setbacks ... read more

Back To Life: finding the dream

Clodagh Whelan

‘Back to Life ~ Finding the Dream’ charts the author's personal journey from stress of work, life and bereavement, to finding new purpose, passion and meaning in life. Set in 1998, the book is written in the form of conversational letters to the author's father, who died from cancer four years earlier, from various locations, in Ireland, England and Wales."Suffering from information overload, ... read more

‘Back to Life ~ Finding the Dream’ charts the author's personal journey from stress of work, life and bereavement, to finding new purpose, passion and meaning in life. Set in 1998, the book is written in the form of conversational letters to the author's father, who died from cancer four years earlier, from various locations, in Ireland, England and Wales."Suffering from information overload, ... read more

The 14:52

CHRIS DALE

A TRAIN JOURNEY YOU HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED… MAYBE NOT ALL AT ONCE THOUGH … THIS ONE IS DIFFERENTMost of us have been on train journeys. But ... not like this one. A group of six travellers experience more than they bargained for. A concoction of unbelievable experiences takes place on a train travelling from York to Bristol. Observational satire is combined with human behaviour to give a bizarre... read more

A TRAIN JOURNEY YOU HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED… MAYBE NOT ALL AT ONCE THOUGH … THIS ONE IS DIFFERENTMost of us have been on train journeys. But ... not like this one. A group of six travellers experience more than they bargained for. A concoction of unbelievable experiences takes place on a train travelling from York to Bristol. Observational satire is combined with human behaviour to give a bizarre... read more

Mark has 25 reviews

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Virginie BB

Once again, Mark did a brilliant job. I am thrilled with the results! Working with Mark is a pleasure: he is professional, thorough, dedicated, always helpful in providing advice, and so patient. Thank you Mark! I will definitely come back for more of your excellent services when my next book is ready. Best regards, Virginie

, July 2017


Tom Rankin

Mark really did a superb job for my cover and interior layout. I cannot be happier with the design work by mark and professionalism of Mark. I have no design background at all but had some general ideas. Mark listened to me and came up with two different concepts. I ultimately chose the more informal design based and then Mark worked with me to tweak the concept into a final product. The i...

, July 2017


Emma Baird

Mark did a fab job for me - he listened carefully, made suggestions and came up with a great cover, interior formatting and promotional materials for my book. I'd be very happy to use him for any other books I do.

, July 2017


Roderic Grigson

Mark was easy to work with. He communicated well and his creative input into the design of my book cover was well thought out. His attitude and approach has been very collaborative and I am glad to have found him. I have no hesitation in recommending him and will work with him again on future projects.

, July 2017


Jason Gill

I'm really pleased with the results of our collaboration. Mark took the time to listen and delivered what I was looking for. He offered lots of advice and is clearly very experienced. I will recommend his services and will use him again in the future. Also, I must mention how speedy he was.

, June 2017

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