Michael Rehder

Michael Rehder - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

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

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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!
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

  • Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario (RGD)
  • Associate, Ontario College of Art + Design (OCADU)

Awards

  • Over 40 international awards

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
May, 2015 – Present (about 7 years)

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.

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 (13 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

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

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

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Dana Goldstein
5 stars across the board. Michael listened to what I had to say and made viable recommendations based on his experience and expertise. He was transparent through every stage of the process and there were no surprises. I highly recommend working with Michael and sincerely hope I have the opportunity to do so again.

Dana Goldstein, June 2022

Michael Rehder
Your most welcome Dana--ready for the next one at your convenience. best wishes, Michael

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Marisol DiNardo
Michael is an incredible book designer. He really understood what I wanted, but also took the time to educate me about my options. I highly recommend Michael Rehder! MM

Marisol DiNardo, June 2022

Michael Rehder
Thank you so much--I am glad you are pleased with the book and my role in helping you get there! Best, Michael

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Jeff Mulitalo
Michael's work really speaks for itself. He had strong ideas and was also open to what we felt the book needed. The value of his experience and background were obvious from the first cycle of iteration. The final product exceeded anything our small team of authors had hoped for. We are proud to have his work associated with our work.

Jeff Mulitalo, February 2022

Michael Rehder
Thank you Jeff. I am so glad that you pleased with the book—and best wishes for its success.

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Debra Maldonado
Michael was very responsive and easy to work with and created a beautiful design for my book cover.

Debra Maldonado, December 2021

Michael Rehder
Thank you Debra–so glad you're thrilled with your book!

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Jeff Galvin
Very professional and work of the highest quality.

Jeff Galvin, December 2021

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