Michael Rehder

Michael Rehder - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

I am an experienced book designer in both fiction and non-fiction, working with all publishers and authors to spark readers' imagination!

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I am an experienced book designer in both fiction and non-fiction, most recently for Harper Collins. I now work with all publishers and authors to craft the appropriate cover design to spark the readers' imagination. Titles I have designed have regularly appeared on the New York Times and USA TODAY best-seller lists, and I have been honored with over 40 national and international design awards. Let's create a great visual for your book!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
Economics
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
Parenting & Families
Photography
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Poetry
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • RGD

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
May, 2015 – Present (over 5 years)

My company works in both fiction and non-fiction, assisting with all publishers and authors to spark readers' imagination!

Art Director, Non-Fiction

Harper Collins
February, 2007 – April, 2015 (about 8 years)

I led the comprehensive design direction for titles for our non-fiction imprint (Harlequin Non-Fiction), as well as cover creative direction for select fiction authors in our commercial literary program.

Accomplishments
• Designed and art directed over 25 books for Sherryl Woods, building her audience to become a #1 New York Times best-selling author.
• Designed and art directed all books for breakout author Heather Gudenkauf, whose first novel was a surprise top-five New York Times bestseller and has become the biggest selling book for the Mira imprint.
• Art directed multiple celebrity non-fiction books including Ashley Rickards (MTV's Awkward), Dean McDermott, Jackie Warner and Kyra Phillips (CNN) in the cooking and self-help categories.
• Art directed OVENLY, a cookbook from the well-known Brooklyn bakery which was named one of Entertainment Weekly's "Top Ten Cookbooks of 2014

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Catch the Girl: A Mercy Harbor Thriller

Melinda Woodhall

CAN A VENGEFUL KILLER BE STOPPED BEFORE THE NEXT GIRL DIES?In this gripping third book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller series, a troubled young woman seeks refuge within an isolated Florida commune. After two of her friends go missing, she suspects the peaceful community hides a deadly secret, and soon realizes that she has become the target of a heartless killer.Retired detective Pete Barker vow... read more

CAN A VENGEFUL KILLER BE STOPPED BEFORE THE NEXT GIRL DIES?In this gripping third book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller series, a troubled young woman seeks refuge within an isolated Florida commune. After two of her friends go missing, she suspects the peaceful community hides a deadly secret, and soon realizes that she has become the target of a heartless killer.Retired detective Pete Barker vow... read more

Gone (Deadly Secrets Book 2)

Elisabeth Naughton

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. ... read more

Three years ago, Alec McClane and Raegan Devereaux lived every parent’s worst nightmare: their one-year-old daughter, Emma, was abducted from a park when Alec turned his back for just a moment. Emma was never found, and presumed dead. The crushing trauma, plus Alec’s unbearable guilt, ended the couple’s marriage.Now a four-year-old girl matching Emma’s profile is found wandering a local park. ... read more

The Lovely Here and Now

M.M. Arvin

Four women struggle to break free from the past as they embark on a transformative year that will change their lives forever…Harper King fears she is losing everything she holds dear: her husband, her daughter, her sobriety and her sanity. As her world crumbles around her, she bonds with three other women experiencing upheavals in their own lives.Luna Alvarez hides a devastating secret that th... read more

Four women struggle to break free from the past as they embark on a transformative year that will change their lives forever…Harper King fears she is losing everything she holds dear: her husband, her daughter, her sobriety and her sanity. As her world crumbles around her, she bonds with three other women experiencing upheavals in their own lives.Luna Alvarez hides a devastating secret that th... read more

Girl Eight: A Mercy Harbor Thriller: Book Two

Melinda Woodhall

WILL ANOTHER GIRL BE ADDED TO A KILLER’S DEADLY COLLECTION?In this gripping second book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller series, a ruthless serial killer, who has evaded detection for over a decade, is once again preying on Willow Bay’s most vulnerable women. Can the unlikely killer be stopped in time to save Girl Eight?Eden Winthrop turns to Detective Nessa Ainsley for help after a vulnerable gir... read more

WILL ANOTHER GIRL BE ADDED TO A KILLER’S DEADLY COLLECTION?In this gripping second book in the Mercy Harbor Thriller series, a ruthless serial killer, who has evaded detection for over a decade, is once again preying on Willow Bay’s most vulnerable women. Can the unlikely killer be stopped in time to save Girl Eight?Eden Winthrop turns to Detective Nessa Ainsley for help after a vulnerable gir... read more

The River Girls: A Mercy Harbor Thriller

Melinda Woodhall

WHO’S KILLING THE GIRLS OF WILLOW BAY?When the body of a missing girl washes up on the banks of the Willow River, the killing is linked to two cold case murders, and the investigation must uncover the twisted motive of a serial killer before he kills again. Still reeling after her sister’s brutal murder, grief-stricken Eden Winthrop has returned to Willow Bay, where she runs the Mercy Harbor F... read more

WHO’S KILLING THE GIRLS OF WILLOW BAY?When the body of a missing girl washes up on the banks of the Willow River, the killing is linked to two cold case murders, and the investigation must uncover the twisted motive of a serial killer before he kills again. Still reeling after her sister’s brutal murder, grief-stricken Eden Winthrop has returned to Willow Bay, where she runs the Mercy Harbor F... read more

The Beach House

Mary Alice Monroe

A Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie, as seen on Hallmark Channel!Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her o... read more

A Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie, as seen on Hallmark Channel!Known for her moving characters and emotional honesty, Mary Alice Monroe brings readers a beautifully rendered story that explores the fragile yet enduring bond between mothers and daughters Caretta Rutledge thought she’d left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother—coming just as her o... read more

Get a G.R.I.P. - Second Edition: Andrew's Ax Guide to Global Readiness (Get a G.R.I.P. Series Book 1)

Andrew Silberman

Revised second edition with new preface and bonus chapters!Andrew Silberman and his management training company AMT Group have been “Developing Global Thinkers” since 1992. With so much rapid change all around, across a wide spectrum of industries, and the globe seeming to shrink by the minute, being “globally ready” has taken on even greater importance today. Based on the author’s popular new... read more

Revised second edition with new preface and bonus chapters!Andrew Silberman and his management training company AMT Group have been “Developing Global Thinkers” since 1992. With so much rapid change all around, across a wide spectrum of industries, and the globe seeming to shrink by the minute, being “globally ready” has taken on even greater importance today. Based on the author’s popular new... read more

Michael has 20 reviews

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Dasha Schindler
Michael is one of those hidden gems who do amazing work for a very decent price. The book cover I needed was amazing, but he didn't stop at trying to offer something according to my wishes, but provided three more options with very different effect. All of them intriguing but the one I picked was exactly as I was hoping it would turn out. On top of it, Michael can do so much more than book cove...
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Dasha Schindler, September 2020


Pia Maganov
Michael is a very accomplished designer and produces work of very high quality.

Pia Maganov, July 2020


Sheldon Curtis
I would highly recommend working with Michael. He was prompt, professional and talented. He listened to my ideas for theme and layout and created a cover I was thrilled with. I was very happy with the entire process and would not hesitate to work with him again!

Sheldon Curtis, July 2020

Michael Rehder
Thank you Sheldon--Best of luck with the book!

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David Fung
Michael was the illustrator and cover designer for my upcoming book, Seekers - and I'm very glad he was. To be honest, I could not be happier with the final result. My collab with Michael lasted over a year. I made many errors as a newbie self-publisher, but Michael was always patient and understanding. Thank you, Michael, for helping me make my book dream come true.

David Fung, May 2020


Tisha Morris
Michael was great to work with. I highly recommend his work!

Tisha Morris, April 2020

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