Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith - Designer

New York, United States

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

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Overview

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.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Career Guides
Health & Wellbeing
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BFA from Parson's School of Design

Work experience

graphic designer, illustrator, owner

Self-employed
May, 1994 – Present (almost 29 years)

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.

senior designer, illustrator

Penguin Random House
March, 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.

One Night: Promised (The One Night Trilogy Book 1)

Jodi Ellen Malpas

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's almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she'll never see him again. Then she finds the note h... 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's almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she'll never see him again. Then she finds the note h... read more

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy

Pamela Mitchell

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 change. Part I introduces the Reinvention Mindset, with what you need to know to be prepared mentally to get started. In Part II, you read t... read more

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 change. Part I introduces the Reinvention Mindset, with what you need to know to be prepared mentally to get started. In Part II, you read t... read more

Get Lucky: A Novel

Katherine Center

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 choices in disguise—or if they’re really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she sud... 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 choices in disguise—or if they’re really just stupid. But either way, after forwarding an inappropriate email to her entire company, she sud... read more

Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home

Juliette Kayyem

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 so last decade. Juliette Kayyem is a “Security Mom.” At once a national security expert who worked at the highest levels of government,... 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 so last decade. Juliette Kayyem is a “Security Mom.” At once a national security expert who worked at the highest levels of government,... read more

Eighteen Acres: A Novel

Nicolle Wallace

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 Acres, a description used by political insiders when referring to the White House complex, follows the first female President of the United... 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 Acres, a description used by political insiders when referring to the White House complex, follows the first female President of the United... read more

Perfect Blend: A Novel

Sue Margolis

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 job and designer shoes to embark on the journey of single motherhood. Now, with a rambunctious boy of six and chaotic shifts serving de... 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 job and designer shoes to embark on the journey of single motherhood. Now, with a rambunctious boy of six and chaotic shifts serving de... read more

Make This Your Lucky Day: Fun and Easy Secrets and Shortcuts to Success, Romance, Health, and Harmony

Ellen Whitehurst

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 “Lucky Day Shui,” which is based on her more than twenty years of training and expertise in Feng Shui, aromatherapy, and other modes of hol... 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 “Lucky Day Shui,” which is based on her more than twenty years of training and expertise in Feng Shui, aromatherapy, and other modes of hol... read more

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition

Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

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 classic reference work, revised and expanded to include the latest cutting-edge natural therapies for the most common ailments. Michael ... 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 classic reference work, revised and expanded to include the latest cutting-edge natural therapies for the most common ailments. Michael ... read more

Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again

Frank Lipman M.D., Mollie Doyle

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 YOUR DIGESTION BOTHER YOU? • DO YOU HAVE ACHING MUSCLES AND JOINTS? • DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AGING TOO QUICKLY? • DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'R... 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 YOUR DIGESTION BOTHER YOU? • DO YOU HAVE ACHING MUSCLES AND JOINTS? • DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AGING TOO QUICKLY? • DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'R... read more

Secrets In Our Scars

Rebecca Trogner

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 inside by a drunken movie star. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. She's rescued by Roy Blackwo... 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 inside by a drunken movie star. Trapped and pressed against her only means of escape she spirals into a panic. She's rescued by Roy Blackwo... read more

Mary Ann has 62 reviews

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Kim Brannan
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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Kim Brannan, January 2023

Mary Ann Smith
Kim, I'm looking forward to working with you on the next book!

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Nihara Guruge
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!

Nihara Guruge, January 2023


Enid Roderick
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!

Enid Roderick, December 2022

Mary Ann Smith
Thank you Enid. I look forward to our next project.

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

Sam Demma, October 2022


Sam Demma
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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Sam Demma, October 2022

Mary Ann Smith
Thanks Sam. It was fun to work on such an exciting project. Your enthusiasm is inspiring.

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