Michael Rehder

Michael Rehder – Designer

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


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

Work experience


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.

• 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


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 Ru... 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 c... 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. St... 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 ... 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 crumble... 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... 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 glo... read more

Michael has 58 reviews





Morgan H.

Morgan H.

Sep, 2023

Talent talent talent. Michael takes your ideas and voila, they show up on your cover. He is responsive, knows your market, and will go the extra mile to get your tweeks in. I have a cover that makes a strong impression and gets readers motivated to open it up. Highly recommend.
Heidi M.

Heidi M.

Jul, 2023

Michael is exceptionally talented and prompt. I highly recommend him for your next book cover! My book cover looks professional and I daresay outcompetes other book covers in my genre of health and wellness. Thank you, Michael!
Donna B.

Donna B.

Jun, 2023

Once again, Michael delivered what I needed in a very timely manner and is a pleasure to work with.
Brian D.

Brian D.

Mar, 2023

Michael was outstanding to work with!!! I am so pleased with the outcome of my book cover design. I have been receiving such positive feedback. I highly recommend working with Michael. Not only does he create outstanding covers, but he is extremely communicative and responsive. I can't wait to work with Michael again on my next project!
Michael R.
Thanks Brian. Great team effort and so glad it resulted in an outstanding book cover for you.
Donna B.

Donna B.

Mar, 2023

It was a pleasure working with Michael and I couldn't imagine a better experience. It was a true collaboration. He first presented me with concept options in a very professional presentation, and we continued to narrow it down and synthesize the best elements of each of the contenders into a final book cover that completely met (even exceeded) my expectations. Michael's design talent is award-w...
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