Mary Anastasiou

Mary Anastasiou – Designer

Author and Creative Director for Five Mile Books and Larrikin House, I have designed in excess of 100 titles.


With more than 100 picture book titles under my belt, your search for the perfect Children’s Book Designer ends here!

Hi, my name is Mary and I am currently the Managing Editor/Marketing Manager for Australian publisher Five Mile Books, and former Creative Director for Larrikin House - an independent, Australian imprint.

With more than 30 years of marketing and advertising experience running my own agency - there's not much I don't know about design, production, marketing and publicity.

What others say:

'Mary can turn mundane and ordinary into bonkers fun!' - Kristy Lindt-White

'An absolute weapon to have on your team' - Sean Avery

How can I help you create the most beautiful picture book?

First, we'll start with a comprehensive zoom meeting to discuss your vision, the manuscript theme and overall concept.

Next, I'll liaise directly with your illustrator and prepare a pagination that they can work with to provide you with initial roughs for your approval.

Then, once pencil sketches are approved and you're happy with the direction, we'll leave the illustrator to create their magic and provide me with high resolution illustrations.

Finally, I'll prepare the design and artwork to your printer's specifications, give you an opportunity to make minor changes and then provide you with final press-ready pdf files for output.

From designing a high impact cover that enhances retail shelf appeal to easy-to-read internal pages your picture book or junior fiction title will have the same professional look and feel as a traditionally published title.

Just check out what I've done for others...

Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books
  • Australia Direct Marketing Award
  • Certificate of Graphic Design

Work experience

Five Mile Books

Jan, 2019 — Present

Currently the Managing Editor/Marketing Manager for Five Mile, Mary Anastasiou is responsible for the design and production of more than 100 titles. She helps other aspiring authors realise their publishing dreams through the creation of beautifully designed, high quality picture books.

Larrikin House

Feb, 2019 — Nov, 2023 (almost 5 years)

Former Creative Director for Larrikin House. Responsible for Author/Illustrator care, Design & Production for more than 60 titles


Jan, 2006 — Present

Owner of a boutique Marketing and Advertising agency, Mary Anastasiou is a professional designer with over 30 years experience in the Marketing Industry. Clients including Immuron, Britex, RugDoctor, TLC for Kids, ACER and Telstra

Mary has 1 review





Kellie B.

Kellie B.

Aug, 2023

Mary is the ultimate professional. She took time to understand the brief and offered suggestions that reflected that understanding. She was also incredibly responsive and ensured that the project kept moving forward in timely fashion. I would absolutely work with Mary again!

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