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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Overview


5+ years in business. Over 350 book collaborations. 230+ Reedsy 5-Star reviews :-)

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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*

:-)

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 (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)
• 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!
Languages
English
Fiction
African American Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Designer / Owner

Self-employed
March, 2016 – Present (over 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 234 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
Value
Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Craig Heath
Asking Mark to create my cover and book interiors was one of the best decisions I've made for my debut novel. He helped me to quickly generate cover ideas and then iterated through them to arrive at a good baseline. Then he refined and polished them through several more passes, with every step getting closer to my ideal. The same process went for the interiors - his expertise guided me past sev...
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Craig Heath, July 2022


S. L. Ager
Mark is professional, diligent, punctual and helpful. He goes above and beyond. If you can hire him, you're lucky!

S. L. Ager, July 2022


Charles Challis
Finding Mark was the key to manifesting my MS from a Penrose stairway into - a book - ready for the big wide world. Very approachable and someone you can bounce ideas back and forth with comfortably. I can highly recommended. Charles Challis

Charles Challis, July 2022


Jed Henson
This was my second time working with Mark, and again he was great!

Jed Henson, June 2022


Brandon Massey
Working with Mark was an absolute pleasure. Great communication, creative ideas, and sharp execution. I'd be thrilled to work with him again.

Brandon Massey, June 2022

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