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Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith - Designer

New York, United States

I design and illustrate professionally for major publishers: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, The New York Times, etc.

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I'm a professional book cover designer and illustrator. I've been designing book covers for over 20 years. I create covers that match subject matter with intended audience and come up with original takes on established genres. Inde-fiction, woman's fiction, romance, inspirational, social and self-help genres are my specialities. I've also worked on cooking and diet, parenting and political book covers. I've had the pleasure of designing many covers for the pulitzer-prize winning author Carol Shields. 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.

Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Career Guides Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing History Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Inspirational Romance Thriller Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BFA from Parson's School of Design

Work experience

graphic designer, illustrator, owner

Self-employed
May, 1994 – Present (over 23 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 the web, magazines, newspapers and book covers. I also design and/or illustrate various promotional collateral for companies including newsletters, brochures, and web site graphics. My responsibilities include concepting, design, mechanical preparation, client conferencing, photo research and retouching and manipulation, illustration, management of multiple project schedules simultaneously, preparation of comps for presentation and revisions. My Clients include Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Harlequin, Columbia University Press, Ohio State University Press, Skyhorse Publishing, The New York Times, Arlington Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and Bridgeman Images.

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 and promotional materials as well as illustrating independently for magazines and newspapers. My responsibilities included concepting, design, mechanical preparation, management of project schedules, preparation of comps for presentation, handling of revisions and meeting multiple deadlines simultaneously.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Fast Food for the Soul

Barbara Berger

Barbara Berger's best-selling international classic about the power of mind is now available in 30 languages. In this very practical book, you can learn how to change your life by changing your thinking. Berger offers fast, effective techniques for dealing with health problems, financial difficulties and other life challenges. People around the globe are transforming their lives by following t... read more

Barbara Berger's best-selling international classic about the power of mind is now available in 30 languages. In this very practical book, you can learn how to change your life by changing your thinking. Berger offers fast, effective techniques for dealing with health problems, financial difficulties and other life challenges. People around the globe are transforming their lives by following t... read more

What a Sista Should Do

Tiffany L. Warren

A powerful and spiritually satisfying novel from a compelling new voice about three courageous women who must confront the harsh realities of their lives through faith and prayer. Pam Lyons has a husband who places more trust in money and marijuana than in God. Yvonne Hastings is a minister's wife whose husband's infidelity and physical abuse brings their marriage to a crossroads. Taylor Johns... read more

A powerful and spiritually satisfying novel from a compelling new voice about three courageous women who must confront the harsh realities of their lives through faith and prayer. Pam Lyons has a husband who places more trust in money and marijuana than in God. Yvonne Hastings is a minister's wife whose husband's infidelity and physical abuse brings their marriage to a crossroads. Taylor Johns... read more

Green Grass Grace: A Novel

Shawn McBride

Henry "Hank" Toohey, a thirteen-year-old altar boy, is an incessant smart-ass with a deep love of life...and other four-letter words. But with his foul mouth comes a heart of gold, and he's going to need it to get through the last weekend of summer 1984. Everyone up and down St. Patrick Street, Henry's claustrophobic Irish-Catholic block in Philadelphia -- with its seventy-eight row homes, sev... read more

Henry "Hank" Toohey, a thirteen-year-old altar boy, is an incessant smart-ass with a deep love of life...and other four-letter words. But with his foul mouth comes a heart of gold, and he's going to need it to get through the last weekend of summer 1984. Everyone up and down St. Patrick Street, Henry's claustrophobic Irish-Catholic block in Philadelphia -- with its seventy-eight row homes, sev... 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

The Hole in the Middle

Kate Hilton

The heartfelt and hilarious, international bestselling debut about having it all without losing your mind.Sophie Whelan is the kind of woman who prides herself on doing it all. In a single day, she can host a vegan-friendly and lactose-free dinner for ten, thwart a PTA president intent on forcing her to volunteer, and outwit her hostile ‘assistant’ in order to get her work done on time.With he... read more

The heartfelt and hilarious, international bestselling debut about having it all without losing your mind.Sophie Whelan is the kind of woman who prides herself on doing it all. In a single day, she can host a vegan-friendly and lactose-free dinner for ten, thwart a PTA president intent on forcing her to volunteer, and outwit her hostile ‘assistant’ in order to get her work done on time.With he... 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

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

One Night: Denied (The One Night Trilogy Book 2)

Jodi Ellen Malpas

The passion that burned between Livy and M in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries . . . He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in M's dark world. Yet this new life comes with ... read more

The passion that burned between Livy and M in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries . . . He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in M's dark world. Yet this new life comes with ... read more

What a Mother Knows

Leslie Lehr

"A fast-paced and gripping exploration of a mother's love. A powerful affecting novel."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and One Breath Away How Far Will a Mother Go to Find Her Daughter? Michelle Mason can't remember that day, that drive, that horrible crash that killed the young man in her car. All she knows is she's being held responsible, and he... read more

"A fast-paced and gripping exploration of a mother's love. A powerful affecting novel."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and One Breath Away How Far Will a Mother Go to Find Her Daughter? Michelle Mason can't remember that day, that drive, that horrible crash that killed the young man in her car. All she knows is she's being held responsible, and he... read more

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

Ben Sherwood

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemete... read more

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemete... read more

Learning to Stay

Erin Celello

Elise Sabato is proud of her husband, Brad, for serving his country...and grateful when he returns home to her. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq has turned him from a thoughtful, brilliant, and patient man into someone quite different....someone who requires more care and attention than Elise can give while working in a demanding law firm. And when Brad ends up on his family’... read more

Elise Sabato is proud of her husband, Brad, for serving his country...and grateful when he returns home to her. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq has turned him from a thoughtful, brilliant, and patient man into someone quite different....someone who requires more care and attention than Elise can give while working in a demanding law firm. And when Brad ends up on his family’... 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

It's Classified: A Novel

Nicolle Wallace

The latest “must for political junkies and fans of political fiction”* from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Wallace. The four most powerful women in Washington are at the top of their political game. . . . What could possibly go wrong? Charlotte Kramer, America’s first female president, is beginning her second term and is determined to make her mark on history though events do seem to... read more

The latest “must for political junkies and fans of political fiction”* from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Wallace. The four most powerful women in Washington are at the top of their political game. . . . What could possibly go wrong? Charlotte Kramer, America’s first female president, is beginning her second term and is determined to make her mark on history though events do seem to... 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

The Sensual God: How the Senses Make the Almighty Senseless

Aviad M. Kleinberg

In the Old Testament, God wrestles with a man (and loses). In the Talmud, God wriggles his toes to make thunder and takes human form to shave the king of Assyria. In the New Testament, God is made flesh and dwells among humans. For religious thinkers trained in Greek philosophy and its deep distaste for matter, sacred scripture can be distressing. A philosophically respectable God should be un... read more

In the Old Testament, God wrestles with a man (and loses). In the Talmud, God wriggles his toes to make thunder and takes human form to shave the king of Assyria. In the New Testament, God is made flesh and dwells among humans. For religious thinkers trained in Greek philosophy and its deep distaste for matter, sacred scripture can be distressing. A philosophically respectable God should be un... read more

New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America

Burton W. Folsom Jr.

A sharply critical new look at Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency reveals government policies that hindered economic recovery from the Great Depression -- and are still hurting America today. In this shocking and groundbreaking new book, economic historian Burton W. Folsom exposes the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. With questionable moral character and a... read more

A sharply critical new look at Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency reveals government policies that hindered economic recovery from the Great Depression -- and are still hurting America today. In this shocking and groundbreaking new book, economic historian Burton W. Folsom exposes the idyllic legend of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a myth of epic proportions. With questionable moral character and a... read more

FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America

Burton W. Folsom Jr., Anita Folsom

From the acclaimed author of New Deal or Raw Deal?, called “eye-opening” by the National Review, comes a fascinating exposé of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s destructive wartime legacy—and its adverse impact on America’s economic and foreign policies today. Did World War II really end the Great Depression—or did President Franklin Roosevelt’s poor judgment and confused management leave Congress w... read more

From the acclaimed author of New Deal or Raw Deal?, called “eye-opening” by the National Review, comes a fascinating exposé of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s destructive wartime legacy—and its adverse impact on America’s economic and foreign policies today. Did World War II really end the Great Depression—or did President Franklin Roosevelt’s poor judgment and confused management leave Congress w... 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

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

Almost from Scratch: 600 Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine

Andrew Schloss

Jars of olive tapenade and capers, containers of hummus and ready-made sauces; these days, grocery stores are full of ingredients that are one step away from becoming a meal. With Almost from Scratch: 600 Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine, you can transform those gourmet products into gourmet meals with a few simple steps. From Andrew Schloss, the author of Fifty Ways to Cook Most Everyt... read more

Jars of olive tapenade and capers, containers of hummus and ready-made sauces; these days, grocery stores are full of ingredients that are one step away from becoming a meal. With Almost from Scratch: 600 Recipes for the New Convenience Cuisine, you can transform those gourmet products into gourmet meals with a few simple steps. From Andrew Schloss, the author of Fifty Ways to Cook Most Everyt... 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

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods

Michael T. Murray, JOSEPH PIZZORNO

From the bestselling authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the most comprehensive and practical guide available to the nutritional benefits and medicinal properties of virtually everything edible As countless studies have affirmed, diet plays a major role in both provoking and preventing a wide range of diseases. But just what is a healthy diet? What does the body need to stay stron... read more

From the bestselling authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the most comprehensive and practical guide available to the nutritional benefits and medicinal properties of virtually everything edible As countless studies have affirmed, diet plays a major role in both provoking and preventing a wide range of diseases. But just what is a healthy diet? What does the body need to stay stron... read more

The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You

Keri Gans

THE ONLY “DIET” PLAN YOU WILL EVER NEED! No deprivation, no struggles. Just ten small changes that will transform your life. Keri Gans, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, shares her simple plan for weight-loss success that lasts a lifetime. The Small Change Diet isn’t about creating unrealistic, unsustainable rules—like counting calories, restricting choices, or eliminating en... read more

THE ONLY “DIET” PLAN YOU WILL EVER NEED! No deprivation, no struggles. Just ten small changes that will transform your life. Keri Gans, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, shares her simple plan for weight-loss success that lasts a lifetime. The Small Change Diet isn’t about creating unrealistic, unsustainable rules—like counting calories, restricting choices, or eliminating en... 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

Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams

Mike Dooley

Infinite Possibilities is the masterwork from teacher, author, and featured speaker Mike Dooley. As the next step beyond his immensely popular Notes from the Universe trilogy, and his follow up, Choose them Wisely, this book contains even more enriching wisdom for living an abundant, joyous life.Mike Dooley knows that we create our own reality, our own fate, and our own luck. We’re beings fill... read more

Infinite Possibilities is the masterwork from teacher, author, and featured speaker Mike Dooley. As the next step beyond his immensely popular Notes from the Universe trilogy, and his follow up, Choose them Wisely, this book contains even more enriching wisdom for living an abundant, joyous life.Mike Dooley knows that we create our own reality, our own fate, and our own luck. We’re beings fill... read more

Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to True Love

Dr. Christine B. Whelan

Any woman who's dreamed of complementing her solo achievements with an equally rewarding partnership will find in Marry Smart the step-by-step instructions and practical tips for success. Expanding on the groundbreaking research from her first book, Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, Dr. Christine B. Whelan offers practical tips for finding personal happiness, plus a marriage calculator that acc... read more

Any woman who's dreamed of complementing her solo achievements with an equally rewarding partnership will find in Marry Smart the step-by-step instructions and practical tips for success. Expanding on the groundbreaking research from her first book, Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women, Dr. Christine B. Whelan offers practical tips for finding personal happiness, plus a marriage calculator that acc... read more

More than Words: 10 Values for the Modern Family

Erin Wathen

The values we live and raise our families by are grounded, first, in love. Contrary to many of today's so-called family values, our values go beyond one or two loaded social issues to a wholehearted lifestyle of practicing compassion, hospitality, justice, peace, and belonging. More than Words articulates ten values that forward-thinking, openhearted people want to embody in their lives and pa... read more

The values we live and raise our families by are grounded, first, in love. Contrary to many of today's so-called family values, our values go beyond one or two loaded social issues to a wholehearted lifestyle of practicing compassion, hospitality, justice, peace, and belonging. More than Words articulates ten values that forward-thinking, openhearted people want to embody in their lives and pa... read more

A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others

Lisa Barrickman

Forty days, forty ways to change the world -- one person, one place, one act at a time.Inspired by the author's fortieth birthday celebration where she committed to forty days of intentional kindness, this book shares the ripple effect that changed an entire community. In less than a year, more than 20,000 separate acts of kindness took place as others embraced the endeavor. A Case for Kindnes... read more

Forty days, forty ways to change the world -- one person, one place, one act at a time.Inspired by the author's fortieth birthday celebration where she committed to forty days of intentional kindness, this book shares the ripple effect that changed an entire community. In less than a year, more than 20,000 separate acts of kindness took place as others embraced the endeavor. A Case for Kindnes... read more

Mary Ann has 1 review

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Nic Le Boursicot

Mary-Ann is a very creative and passionate designer. I loved the work that she imagined for me and her level of professionalism. I hope that she will design more covers for me in the future.

, November 2017

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