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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 (16)

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*

:-)

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

Mark Thomas is self-employed

July, 2016 – Present (11 months)

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 (13 selected works)

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

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

Dead Girl's Ashes (Dying Ashes Book 1)

Annathesa Nikola Darksbane, Shei Darksbane

What happens when you die?For Ashley Currigan it means waking up, opening her eyes, and discovering who she really is. But it's not a painless process. Not when the person 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 alli... read more

What happens when you die?For Ashley Currigan it means waking up, opening her eyes, and discovering who she really is. But it's not a painless process. Not when the person 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 alli... read more

Blood Red Ashes (Dying Ashes Book 2)

Annathesa Nikola Darksbane, Shei Darksbane

First she died. Then she learned how to live.Almost a year ago, Ashley Currigan’s life was destroyed by a monster long thought extinct, and she destroyed it in return. But in the process, she lost her lover, most of her friends, and perhaps even her humanity. Now, she struggles to regain all three.As she delves into a supernatural mystery intent on saving the lives of innocent children being k... read more

First she died. Then she learned how to live.Almost a year ago, Ashley Currigan’s life was destroyed by a monster long thought extinct, and she destroyed it in return. But in the process, she lost her lover, most of her friends, and perhaps even her humanity. Now, she struggles to regain all three.As she delves into a supernatural mystery intent on saving the lives of innocent children being k... read more

The Assumption Code (The Danu Series Book 1)

Melodee Elliott

Margi Hall is a New York City anchorwoman who encounters virtual reality beyond the wicked scale. When a cosmetic procedure using nanotechnology produces unexpected consequences, she finds herself on the planet Danu, as wife to the CEO of an evil corporation.Assuming her role as spokeswoman, she touts the merits of sending the wealthy to planet Meno where time is accelerated and a lifetime vac... read more

Margi Hall is a New York City anchorwoman who encounters virtual reality beyond the wicked scale. When a cosmetic procedure using nanotechnology produces unexpected consequences, she finds herself on the planet Danu, as wife to the CEO of an evil corporation.Assuming her role as spokeswoman, she touts the merits of sending the wealthy to planet Meno where time is accelerated and a lifetime vac... 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

Cam: In the Wake

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.

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

Earth's Last Angel

Leon Castle

Evil threatens to plunge the entire population of the planet Thera into oblivion.Can the cold hand of evil be stopped before it’s too late?Who are they?Why should we care?A death bed secret changes everything: Who is this old man, whom I have known for my entire life?How can he know about the existence of the planet Thera, and what happens to it? How can he know, in intimate detail the lifefor... read more

Evil threatens to plunge the entire population of the planet Thera into oblivion.Can the cold hand of evil be stopped before it’s too late?Who are they?Why should we care?A death bed secret changes everything: Who is this old man, whom I have known for my entire life?How can he know about the existence of the planet Thera, and what happens to it? How can he know, in intimate detail the lifefor... 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

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.The Murrieta Territory comprises the vast western half of the continent of Duresia. When rumors spread of the wealth and power that could be found there, some brave souls decide to abandon the overpopulated cities of the east and cross the massive Chorisma River to seek their fortune.Staking illeg... read more

A home that once stood tall is set ablaze. A new journey begins in the chaotic Murrieta Territory.The Murrieta Territory comprises the vast western half of the continent of Duresia. When rumors spread of the wealth and power that could be found there, some brave souls decide to abandon the overpopulated cities of the east and cross the massive Chorisma River to seek their fortune.Staking illeg... 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

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

Mark has 16 reviews

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Michael Rice

I would leave more stars for Mark if there were space here as he is a star himself. Mark's professionalism, diligence and attention to detail made the final tricky passage of getting a print-ready paperback and ebook ready for publication almost a breeze. The internal design and formatting he did gave both a professional polish that reflected the character of the book's cover and theme. His kn...

, May 2017


Howie Erickson

Mark is extremely responsive and is great to work with. He works to the authors schedule and not his. I would recommend him to anyone interested in getting book covers designed. He provides all the extras (Facebook, Twitter, 3D, and other graphics that you for promotional word. Howie Erickson - Author

, May 2017


Virginie BB

Working with Mark is a pleasure: not only were his professionalism and competence demonstrated from the start, he also combined respect for my work and ideas and valuable suggestions on the marketing, artistic and layout of both the cover and the content of my books. I really felt that he cared to give the best result to promote by book into stratosphere. I already plan to hire his services aga...

, May 2017


Nicholas Austin

Mark was extremely professional, responsive, and helpful even beyond the scope of my project. He was always glad to offer advice on all things publishing and was also very flexible with my timeline. This was especially great since this was my first project and was thus coordinating editing and design for the first time. Highly recommended!

, May 2017


Chris Dale

Mark was very professional and a delight to work with. He got what I wanted straight away and took the time to understand the nuances of my book to design an appropriate cover. The additional Facebook and e-illustrations to help with my marketing were an added bonus. Highly recommended and we will work again soon.

, April 2017

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