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
Crime & Mystery
Literature
Poetry
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • RGD

Work experience

Creative Director

Self-employed
May, 2015 – Present (about 4 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 (5 selected works)

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

Michael has 12 reviews

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Claudetta Griffith
Mr. Michael Rehder provided me with 4 concepts. They were all great, but I was torn between 2. I love the colors and descriptions for each concept. My final choice was the one that caught my attention immediately! I will definitely be reaching out for any future projects I may take on. Thanks again!

Claudetta Griffith, June 2019

Michael Rehder
Thank you Claudetta--I am so glad you're pleased with your cover!

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Omar Luqmaan-Harris
Michael has been a superb, responsive partner. Even though significant time passed between the initiation of our project and the completion he was super agile, flexible, and delivered an excellent result!

Omar Luqmaan-Harris, April 2019


Flora Delaney
Michael stuck with me and worked through several renditions to make sure I had a book cover I loved. He is creative and smart and super prompt. Definitely will work with him again!!

Flora Delaney, December 2018


Melinda Woodhall
I needed a custom cover designed for my eBook, paperback and audio book, and Michael delivered just what I wanted by the date requested. I am very happy with the finished product and would highly recommend Michael to anyone in need of a creative, talented cover designer.

Melinda Woodhall, December 2018


Azul Terronez
Michael is a fantastic designer. He works hard and over delivers. His designs are breathtaking and really reflect the true nature of the books he designs. I would recommend his work for sure. I will return for many other projects for sure.

Azul Terronez, October 2018

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