Maxwell Roth

Maxwell Roth - Designer

Charleston, SC, USA

NY Times bestselling book designer. Featured 7 times on coverfold of Publishers Weekly. Simon & Schuster. Served neat or on the rocks.

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Hello, I’m Maxwell. I’m a designer and illustrator with more than a decade of professional experience collaborating with top publishers and self-published authors to create book covers featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

I devote my free time as a recovering guitarist and fly fishing in the Appalachian Mountains.

Clients & Features:

Simon & Schuster, Wiley, Amazon Publishing, Turner Publishing Company, Publishers Weekly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic, Netflix, Disney, NBC, CBS, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group

Action & Adventure
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & Wellbeing

Work experience


January, 2017 – Present (about 6 years)

Art Director and Senior Designer

January, 2012 – December, 2015 (almost 4 years)

Directed all stages of the design process from manuscript to bound book across all Publisher imprints consisting of 5,000 titles printed in over 55 countries, including New York Times Best Sellers. Designed, illustrated, and photographed for book covers, mechanicals, book interiors, and marketing material.

Designer and Illustrator

January, 2012 – Present (about 11 years)

Design bestselling book covers, mechanicals, and marketing material for Big Five publishers and self-published authors. Collaborate with authors, editors, publicists, and printers to execute compelling designs that honor the author’s manuscript and vision.

Intern Photographer and Photo Editor

January, 2006 – December, 2009 (almost 4 years)

Assisted photographers in studio and on location to photograph and edit images that accurately represented the text of the Magazine’s world-renowned articles.

Maxwell has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Tom Kelso
This is the third time I've worked with Maxwell (that should tel you something). He is ultra talented and easy to work with. I couldn't be more pleased with his creativity and professionalism. He is one of main the reasons I keep coming back to Reedsy.

Tom Kelso, October 2020

Susan Johnston
Maxwell Roth more than exceeded my expectations. He not only provided me with an exceptional design but went out of his way to assist me in a range of decisions for marketing by producing a number of different treatments. His expertise was invaluable and he took advantage of his deep experience and the network of professionals with whom he has contact to inform the design of the final product. ...
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Susan Johnston, April 2020

Tom Kelso
I cannot say enough good things about Maxwell Roth. He is an exceptionally talented artist with vision. My experiences working with him have been excellent. He receives my highest recommendation.

Tom Kelso, December 2017

Tom Kelso
My experience with Maxwell Roth has been excellent. He fulfilled all of my expectations and exceeded them. I will work with him again in the future. He receives my highest recommendation for those in need of a book cover designer.

Tom Kelso, October 2016

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