Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith – Designer

With 20+ years experience in fiction, rom-com, wellness and career guides, my clients include Simon and Schuster and PenguinRandomHouse.


I'm a professional book cover designer and illustrator. I create covers that match subject matter with intended audiences to come up with original takes on established genres. Woman's fiction, rom-com, wellness and career guides are my specialty. I've also created covers for numerous best sellers in fiction and non fiction. I connect, listen and create concepts that meet your expectations with an awareness of the bookselling market that only experience offers.

Career Guides Health & Wellbeing
Contemporary Romance Women's Fiction
  • BFA from Parson's School of Design

Work experience


May, 1994 — Present

I design book covers for fiction, non-fiction, print and e-books. My clients include both major and independent publishers as well as university presses. I illustrate for select book covers. My responsibilities include concepting, design, mechanical preparation, client conferencing, photo research and retouching and manipulation, illustration. My Clients include Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Harlequin and Hay House.

Penguin Random House

Mar, 1989 — May, 1994 (about 5 years)

I designed book covers in the adult trade art department for various imprints including Dutton, Viking, Plume and Penguin. I also created illustrations for select covers. My responsibilities included concepting, design, print file preparation, management of project schedules, handling of revisions and meeting multiple deadlines simultaneously.


Reinvention is the key to success in these volatile times—and Pamela Mitchell holds the key to reinvention!In The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention, America's Reinvention Coach® Pamela Mitchell offers every tool readers need to navigate the full arc of career chan... read more
The new breathtaking novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogyONE NIGHT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH . . .Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He's heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she... read more
A sexy romance. A twisted mystery. One mistake can change everything.Daisy Aldridge is a young woman caught in a web of secrets. Making a routine delivery on a sweltering summer day, Daisy knocks on the wrong door, and her life changes forever.She's yanked ins... read more
From the doctor whose "extraordinary practice is at the vanguard of a revolutionary way to deliver medical care" (O, The Oprah Magazine), an easy program to restore energy and health. • DO YOU FEEL UNUSUALLY EXHAUSTED? • DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING? • DOES YO... read more
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND PRACTICAL GUIDE AVAILABLE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY HEALING POWERS OF NATURAL MEDICINE From the world-renowned naturopathic doctors and bestselling authors of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods comes the authoritative third edition of the ... read more
SOME PEOPLE HAVE ALL THE LUCK. THE REST OF US MAKE IT.Let’s face it: Most of us think Feng Shui is synonymous with moving furniture. But Feng Shui specialist Ellen Whitehurst has updated this ancient art form and given it her own unique spin. The result is “Lu... read more
From Sue Margolis, the beloved author of Forget Me Knot and Gucci, Gucci Coo, comes a clever, capricious novel about lust, longing, and sizing up the competition. After enduring her share of commitment-phobic boyfriends, Amy Brown trades in her high-powered PR... read more
From the former Communications Director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart commercial novel about the first female president and all dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love.Eighteen Acr... read more
In “a lively debut…[with] plenty of enthusiastic ‘can-do’ advice” (Publishers Weekly), a Homeland Security advisor and a Pulitzer Prize–nominated columnist—and mother of three—delivers a timely message about American security: it begins at home.Soccer Moms are... read more
How do you change your luck? Katherine Center’s marvelously entertaining and poignant new novel is about choosing to look for happiness—and maybe getting lucky enough to find it. Sarah Harper isn’t sure if the stupid decisions she sometimes makes are good choi... read more

Mary Ann has 62 reviews





Kim B.

Kim B.

Jan, 2023

Mary Ann is a consummate professional. She has an uncanny ability to ascertain what you are striving to achieve, and what you are hoping for aesthetically, and brings it all magically together. I could not be more pleased! I look forward to working with her to handle cover design and interior layout design for my next book. I highly recommend Mary Ann and her services to anyone who has a pe...
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Mary Ann S.
Kim, I'm looking forward to working with you on the next book!
Nihara G.

Nihara G.

Jan, 2023

Mary Ann was so gracious and professional when it came to bringing my vision to life! My readers keep commenting about how much they love the book cover!
Enid R.

Enid R.

Dec, 2022

Thank you so much to Mary Ann! She is always wonderful to work with and is highly professional. She matches the blurb to the cover design perfectly and all of the designs she’s created for me are absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t be happier! I know I can rely on her and I'll surely have her design my book covers for me in the future. Thank you again, Mary Ann!
Mary Ann S.
Thank you Enid. I look forward to our next project.
Sam D.

Sam D.

Oct, 2022

I hired Mary Ann again...ALREADY. She is amazing. Hire her for your project now. You will be so happy you did.
Sam D.

Sam D.

Oct, 2022

Mary Ann is a highly skilled designer in the book publishing industry. She brings so much experience and knowledge to the table and treats your project as if it was her own. She understands the entire publishing process from start to finish and is happy to help you every step of the way. She exceeds all expectations and over-delivers on timelines. It was a dream working with Mary Ann on my debu...
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Mary Ann S.
Thanks Sam. It was fun to work on such an exciting project. Your enthusiasm is inspiring.