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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.

Overview

Reviews (30)

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, 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 (26 selected works)

KUNOICHI OKEHAZAMA ANSATSU (Japanese Edition)

AOI RINDO

「信長殿、その額にある刀傷ですが、いかがなされたのですか」桜の脳裏に鮮やかに蘇る恐ろしい出来事。十三年前、身を挺して自分を護ってくれた少年の姿が瞼に焼き付いて離れない。その少年は位の高い侍の子供らしく、二回りも大きな牢人に果敢に挑み傷を負った。尾張の統一を目指す織田信長は敵陣の攻略と自身の警護を強化する為、甲賀から敵将の暗殺を任とするくノ一桜隊を雇い入れる。那古野城の天守で初めて桜に会った時、何故か初めてでは無いような不思議な感覚にとらわれる。透き通るような大きな瞳は、遠い昔心を惹かれた美しい少女の面影に重なる。「殿の首は誰にも渡さぬと、今此処でわたしに約束して下され」 目の前にいる女は“この戦に勝て”と迫っているのだ。今川義元が率いる圧倒的な兵力を誇る遠征侵略軍を前に自らの死の覚悟をしていた信長は返事に窮した。 「わしと一緒にいてくれるか」絹の襦袢の下から現れた淡い薔薇色の裸体は... read more

「信長殿、その額にある刀傷ですが、いかがなされたのですか」桜の脳裏に鮮やかに蘇る恐ろしい出来事。十三年前、身を挺して自分を護ってくれた少年の姿が瞼に焼き付いて離れない。その少年は位の高い侍の子供らしく、二回りも大きな牢人に果敢に挑み傷を負った。尾張の統一を目指す織田信長は敵陣の攻略と自身の警護を強化する為、甲賀から敵将の暗殺を任とするくノ一桜隊を雇い入れる。那古野城の天守で初めて桜に会った時、何故か初めてでは無いような不思議な感覚にとらわれる。透き通るような大きな瞳は、遠い昔心を惹かれた美しい少女の面影に重なる。「殿の首は誰にも渡さぬと、今此処でわたしに約束して下され」 目の前にいる女は“この戦に勝て”と迫っているのだ。今川義元が率いる圧倒的な兵力を誇る遠征侵略軍を前に自らの死の覚悟をしていた信長は返事に窮した。 「わしと一緒にいてくれるか」絹の襦袢の下から現れた淡い薔薇色の裸体は... read more

THE BOY FROM THE PAST

Stephen Greig

An intriguing and captivating mystery novel.Harold Appleby has not seen his childhood friend for over half a century, yet when he spots a young runner on the beach early one morning, it could almost be his old friend incarnate.He treats it as one of life's little idiosyncrasies, but when his wife, Mary, a celebrated but now semi retired psychiatrist, is assigned a boy on psychiatric referral -... read more

An intriguing and captivating mystery novel.Harold Appleby has not seen his childhood friend for over half a century, yet when he spots a young runner on the beach early one morning, it could almost be his old friend incarnate.He treats it as one of life's little idiosyncrasies, but when his wife, Mary, a celebrated but now semi retired psychiatrist, is assigned a boy on psychiatric referral -... read more

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 Dust Will Answer

Richard Risemberg

1978: The wave of gentrification has yet to break over downtown Los Angeles, and vast swathes of the warehouse district lie nearly abandoned by the sterile trench of the city's concrete-clad river.Lenny Strasser, a straight-arrow type with a taste for shady places, plunges into that world to discover that sometimes the only distance between two points is a very crooked line. When Lenny's frien... read more

1978: The wave of gentrification has yet to break over downtown Los Angeles, and vast swathes of the warehouse district lie nearly abandoned by the sterile trench of the city's concrete-clad river.Lenny Strasser, a straight-arrow type with a taste for shady places, plunges into that world to discover that sometimes the only distance between two points is a very crooked line. When Lenny's frien... 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

The Bloodline Artifacts: The Bloodline Saga

Howie Erickson

He wanted some father-son time. What he got instead could change mankind…Kurt Sigurdson just wants to be a good father. The Canadian intelligence officer takes his son, Robby, on a buggy adventure trip for some quality time together. In the middle of the desert, they discover something incredible: an alien spacecraft. What’s even stranger is that there’s some kind of link between Robby and the... read more

He wanted some father-son time. What he got instead could change mankind…Kurt Sigurdson just wants to be a good father. The Canadian intelligence officer takes his son, Robby, on a buggy adventure trip for some quality time together. In the middle of the desert, they discover something incredible: an alien spacecraft. What’s even stranger is that there’s some kind of link between Robby and the... read more

THE ANGOLA DECEPTION: A Military Action Thriller (Book One)

DC Alden

Frank Marshall knows all about the Elites, their involvement in 9/11, their quest for global control, and most terrifying of all, their imminent plan to murder three billion people. Because Frank was one of them.But after years of surviving off-grid, the former Navy Seal can’t hide any longer. Desperate to atone for his crimes, Frank is finally stepping out of the shadows to stop his former em... read more

Frank Marshall knows all about the Elites, their involvement in 9/11, their quest for global control, and most terrifying of all, their imminent plan to murder three billion people. Because Frank was one of them.But after years of surviving off-grid, the former Navy Seal can’t hide any longer. Desperate to atone for his crimes, Frank is finally stepping out of the shadows to stop his former em... 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

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 Closer (Ceiling Smashers) (Volume 1)

Shaz Kahng

The decision was irreversible. . .Vivien would become either the most remarkable female executive in the industry, or the biggest failure. Vivien Lee has spent her entire consulting career helping CEOs look good, so when she finally has the chance to go after her dream of running a business, she grabs it. A lifelong athlete, Vivien arrives at the Smart Sports campus in Portland, Oregon and is ... read more

The decision was irreversible. . .Vivien would become either the most remarkable female executive in the industry, or the biggest failure. Vivien Lee has spent her entire consulting career helping CEOs look good, so when she finally has the chance to go after her dream of running a business, she grabs it. A lifelong athlete, Vivien arrives at the Smart Sports campus in Portland, Oregon and is ... 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Mark has 30 reviews

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Stephen Greig

Mark did a fantastic job designing my book cover and completing the internal formatting. Mark overcame many formatting issues with the original word document and was professional and diligent at all times. Highly recommended!

, September 2017


Jennifer Alsever

Mark helped me on the fly on a weekend with an emergency typesetting problem I had, and he was amazing, thorough, professional and helpful. Highly recommend.

, September 2017


DC Alden

Working with Mark was a very productive experience. He brought a lot to the table in terms of skill, creativity, and more importantly for me, new design ideas that lend themselves directly to marketing and sales, which is still a bit of a dark art for me. Mark was extremely knowledgable and readily available for consultation, and I found working with him to be a wholly emjoyable, professional a...

, August 2017


John Shors

I'm delighted that I hired Mark to do the interior design of my novel. He was always on schedule, was very detailed oriented, and added some great flare to the inside of my book. As someone who has been published six times before with Penguin, I understand who is good in this business, and Mark is definitely good. I'd recommend him to anyone without hesitation. He's also a pleasure to work with.

, August 2017


Krys King

This is my second time working with Mark and he went above and beyond what I could have ever expected for my second novel. He brings the story to life with his designs. One word to describe Mark Thomas: Amazing!

, July 2017

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