Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - Designer

Cardiff, UK

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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6+ years in business. Over 350 book collaborations. 240+ 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 paperback and hardcover book covers, on-device ebook cover 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.
My interior layouts are completely professional in appearance and can include full-image title pages, use of cover fonts for chapter headings (print versions only), drop capitals for starts of chapters and excellent attention to detail and flow. (Psst: ask me for some of my interior samples!).

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

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


Main Book Design 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 (inc. paperback, dustjacket hardback and case-laminate hardback)
• 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)

Secondary Services:

• Image manipulation, retouching, clean-up and - occasionally - colourisation.
• Maps: I now provide a limited map illustration service, providing authors for simplified maps for narrative purposes. Projects I've recently worked on include both factual historical and fantasy titles.
• Book title, tagline and synopsis feedback: I can provide objective assistance in regards the aforementioned. I've worked on a number of projects where those essential have changed following collaborative discussions.

Author Website Design:

I'm also provide author websites for my book design clients.
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.

You can find full details - and examples - of my web design services via my separate Reedsy web developer account:
African American Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Designer / Owner

March, 2016 – Present (almost 7 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 247 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Glen Peters
Mark Thomas was a pleasure to collaborate with. His congenial attitude and punctual communication helped to both lower my anxiety of the daunting project and also give me confidence in his understanding of what the design work needed to portray. Also, the speed of delivery served as a definite advantage to me as a customer eager to get the book to market.

Glen Peters, November 2022

Charles Challis
As always, Mark is a 24 carat star!

Charles Challis, November 2022

DS Quinton
Mark did it again. Another successful collaboration. And even though I goofed on some info I sent him, he took it in stride and adjusted quickly. Thanks again!

DS Quinton, November 2022

Paul Beningfield
Don’t hesitate, just accept the quote. Mark is excellent at what he does , a good communicator and witty with it.

Paul Beningfield, November 2022

Jeff Willey
Mark did my book design & typography and I cannot say enough positive things about him. The man is a sage professional, and as a neophyte I benefitted from his know-how. My book ‘The Borderlands of Forever’ is an illustrated novel, so the image placement throughout was quite an involved process, and Mark also adapted the cover art for 3 different book formats. He implemented fantastic fonts,...
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Jeff Willey, October 2022

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