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

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. 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.

I can also advise on technical matters, marketing options and even book titles and taglines, 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
• 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
Historical Fiction
Horror
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Designer / Owner

Self-employed
March, 2016 – Present (over 5 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 190 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality

Judy Wilson
Mark is an amazing cover designer to work with. Not only did he produce an amazing cover, he also did the internals which were superb as well. He's a joy to work with, incredibly flexible and turned things around very quickly at short notice. Can't recommend him highly enough. The cover was spot on brief and has been very widely admired by my target audience.

Judy Wilson, May 2021


Jim Webb
I've just completed my umpteenth collaboration with Mark. Should be a helpful hint. I continue to come back for his enduring professionalism and punctuality. Always great to work with you, Mark!

Jim Webb, May 2021


Guy Morris
I truly enjoy working with Mark. An excellent designer with tons of experience producing and uploading covers to the various sites.

Guy Morris, May 2021


Bryon Vaughn
Just finished my third cover project with Mark, and couldn't be more thrilled with the end product. Mark is a patient and willing partner in the design process, with great ideas, insights, and skills. Highly recommended!

Bryon Vaughn, May 2021


Michael Ganzberger
This was my second collaboration with Mark. And like the first time, it was a pleasure to work with him. He was professional, prompt, and did a great job on the interior of the book.

Michael Ganzberger, April 2021

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