Michael Rehder

Michael Rehder – Designer

Internationally recognized book designer in both fiction and non-fiction, working with S+S, Harlequin, PRH, Hallmark, Harper + Sourcebooks.

Overview

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!
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English
Awards
  • Over 40 international awards
Certifications
  • Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario (RGD)
  • Associate, Ontario College of Art + Design (OCADU)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2015 — Present

My company works in both fiction (Trade Fiction, Women's and YA) and non-fiction (Self-help, Business, Memoirs) with all publishers and authors to spark readers' imagination! Clients include Simon & Shuster, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Hallmark, Harper Collins and Sourcebooks.

Harper Collins

Feb, 2007 — Apr, 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

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Gut Fix

Heidi Moretti

Discouraged by visit after visit with your doctor about your gut issues, you feel like there is nowhere else to turn. But you haven’t lost hope and you know that there has to be something out ... read more
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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 th... read more
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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 commu... read more
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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 unc... read more
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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 decad... read more
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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 husb... read more
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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... read more
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Michael has 65 reviews

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James R.

James R.

Jan, 2024

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Michael Rehder was terrific. After giving him some general ideas for a cover, he came up with ideas that surpassed what I'd imagined. Then when it came to the fine-tuning of the design, he was flexible and produced revisions that again went further and better than I'd envisioned. I highly recommend Michael. James Eric Riley, author of Teacher.
Michael R.
Thank you so much. I am so glad you’re so pleased with your book cover!
Stephanie S.

Stephanie S.

Dec, 2023

Pinned
Michael is wonderful to work with. His level of professionalism and experience turned my vision into something better than I had imagined. He's not afraid to steer you in the right direction. He is also very responsive to requests for revisions. I recommend him without hesitation!
Michael R.
Thank you Stephanie--I am so glad you're pleased with the book. best, Michael
Sandy M.

Sandy M.

Jun, 2024

As a first time indie author the learning curve was tough. Michael was very patient and helpful when often times I was unclear of what it was I needed. He was very professional guiding me along so that I could make the best decisions for my project. His prices were on point. And his talent was spot on making my first book stand out and attract attention. I can’t say enough about how great this...
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Morgan H.

Morgan H.

May, 2024

Outstanding work, very responsive, Michael gave me the cover I had been envisioning.
Taylor N.

Taylor N.

May, 2024

As a first time author, Michael was extremely helpful in learning how a cover should be presented and included the aspects I asked him to. He was always very professional in responses, even when I was asking things that went above and beyond scope. We made adjustments and worked through it. I enjoyed working with Michael on this project, and am excited to see the finished product.

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