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
Your Dream For Me

Schaffir, Alison

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 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
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 choi... read more

Mary Ann has 76 reviews





Joshua H.

Joshua H.

May, 2024

Mary helped us get our book designed in paperback and kindle. Her work exceeded our expectations. Communication was clear and prompt. Her work was timely and she worked with any revisions we needed. Highly recommend working with her if you have the chance.
Mary Ann S.
Thanks for the kind words Josh. I wish you success!
Kate S.

Kate S.

May, 2024

Working with Mary Ann was a wonderful experience. She responded quickly and always delivered on time. The first design was already so good it needed barely any changes, and I'm beyond pleased with the final book cover, and all the little details she sneaked in there (even on the back cover of the paperback!). I'd definitely work with her again.
Mary Ann S.
Hi Kate, I hope to work together again!
Christie Y.

Christie Y.

Apr, 2024

Mary Ann nailed the request on her first try. She was very responsive, open about her timeline, and was able to put together exactly what I wanted. Well worth the money, can't wait to write another one for her to design!
Mary Ann S.
I look forward to your next project Christie!
Ashley M.

Ashley M.

Mar, 2024

Mary Ann was such a delight to work with on this project. She made a cover that matched my vision perfectly. I can't recommend her enough!
Janet J.

Janet J.

Feb, 2024

Mary Ann brought my vision to life. She created a cover that truly represented the story and the characters. She was so prompt with any information I needed or changes I asked for. Her work is so professional and thoughtful. I am looking forward to working with her on my next covers for this series.
Mary Ann S.
I can't wait for book 2!

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