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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - Designer

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Direct, impactful, book covers & interiors. Fave genres: science fiction, women's fiction, historical, horror, thrillers, non-fiction...

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Reviews (7)

A newly-minted book cover and paperback interior format designer, with many (many!) years of multi-discipline creative experience in graphics, illustration, photography, video & marketing.

Trained in fine art photography and graphic design, my career saw me take roles in increasingly senior creative & design capacities in both private and public sector organisations.

My growing interest in personal image creation and visual storytelling eventually led me to setup my own design company.

Happy working for either print or e-pub / digital, I like direct, punchy and – occasionally – intriguing (in my book covers!). Oftentimes my work is character-focussed and photographically-based.

My tools of choice include most of Adobe's main product line and a plethora of more niche - but equally great - software.

(NB: On occasion, some of my work may now include little bits of CGI. Oh, my giddy Aunt... '.' )

I tend to be almost obsessively client-centric, highly collaborative and quality driven: your needs are mine to fulfil (and that are normally fulfilled quickly, too).

All of my design offers - whether from e-book, print, or both - always include promotional images such as simulated 3D book renders, Twitter and Facebook social media banners. Nice.

I also provide interior formatting services for both print and ebook; with cover design or just interiors only. For such work, a first proof interior proof is normally back to the client with 2 working days.

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 (8 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 (5 selected works)

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

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

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

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 7 reviews

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Clodagh Whelan

It has been a pleasure working with Mark on my first print and ebook, ‘Back To Life’. Mark is utterly professional in his commitment and approach to delivering a stand-out cover design. He also has the patience of a saint in dealing with my novice queries and painstaking in his approach to ironing out the interior design… and he’s jolly good fun too! His creative suggestions, professional insig...

Clodagh Whelan, February 2017


Krys King

It was such a pleasure working with Mark! Crossed in Love being my first novel, stressful is an understatement, but Mark saw me through the entire process. He was able to answer all my questions and provided me with wonderful advice, definitely couldn't have made it through it without him. Oh, and let's not forget the artwork! OMG! Fantastic! Will absolutely use him in future endeavors!

Krys King, February 2017


Shaz Kahng

In a word, AWESOME. Mark is a highly talented designer and it's clear he is relentless about creating work that will set your book apart from others. He's smart, highly collaborative, professional, friendly, and has a great sense of humor. I really enjoyed working with him and felt he listened well but also offered his own ideas that only resulted in a better design. Also, I appreciated the spe...

Shaz Kahng, February 2017


Leon Castle

I am Delighted to recommend Mark to any prospective author. Earth's Last Angel is my first novel I believe the work Mark has done on the interior and cover design puts it in Best seller league! I live in Western Australia so had the time difference to deal with once again if you want someone to help you get a great story ready for Best seller get Mark he'll get the job done! Best Regards Leon C...

Leon Castle, December 2016


Shei Darksbane

Mark is a true professional, but he also has a fantastic personality. It was easy to establish a rapport with Mark as he is friendly and open. I enjoyed chatting with him while working on my project, and I always felt comfortable asking him questions, and offering feedback. He handled my every request with speed and respect to my wishes while maintaining a top-notch sense of artistic integrity ...

Shei Darksbane, December 2016

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