Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas – Designer

A highly collaborative designer, producing impactful covers, interiors and marketing images for a wide range of genres. I cannot scuba dive.

Overview


6+ years in business. Over 400 book collaborations. 270+ 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*


:-)


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:


https://reedsy.com/mark-thomas-webdev

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

Work experience

Self-employed

Mar, 2016 — Present

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.

Visit Wales

Aug, 2012 — Jun, 2015 (almost 3 years)

Visit Wales

May, 2011 — Aug, 2012 (over 1 year)

Mark has 279 reviews

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Datta G.

Datta G.

Feb, 2024

Mark is our go-to person for internal book design. He is a master of his craft, easy to work with, and gives us what we want on time.
Patrick M.

Patrick M.

Jan, 2024

I've worked with Mark for several years now and commissioned him on the cover design and interior formatting for all three of my novels. As well as helping me with all of this he's also gone beyond his brief to provide me with marketing advice and support. He's a superb professional, responds immediately to all my communications, and to be frank, I'd be lost without him.
Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Jan, 2024

Mark was collaborative, patient, smart and I would work with him again in a heartbeat. I don't know what else there is to say, but if you are lucky enough to work with him -- do it.
Monique C.

Monique C.

Dec, 2023

It was great to work with Mark. He exceeded my expectations in his professionalism, responsiveness, attention to detail, and constructive feedback ahead of moving forward with any requests. I enjoyed our collaboration, and the journey getting to our end product. Mark was diligent, timely and courteous. I would use Mark’s services again, and recommend him for book interior and cover design.
Charles C.

Charles C.

Dec, 2023

Excellence as always.

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