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 (12 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 28 reviews

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Megan Reiffenberger
Michael was great to work with! I gave him an idea of what I was looking for and he came up with something as close to it as he could. He responded quickly and was very professional. I was not disappointed, he did awesome work!

Megan Reiffenberger, December 2020


judith wolansky
This is my second time working with Michael, and again I could not be more pleased. He is not only a talented designer, but he is also professional, punctual, and extremely accommodating. I recommend that you choose him to design your book cover. You will not be disappointed.

judith wolansky, November 2020

Michael Rehder
Thank you Judith--Glad you're pleased with the book!

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Andrew Silberman
This is my third collaboration with Michael. He could have "dialed it in," but instead he "underpromised and overdelivered." I highly recommend Michael for my type of project. Review his portfolio and see if any of his work catches your eye. He managed to put into a cover (which, after all, is how many books are judged) all that I had hoped for. Super professional, timely, and worth the inve...
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Andrew Silberman, October 2020

Michael Rehder
Thank you Andrew for this--I am always happy to work with you on your great series of titles.

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David Perry
Michael worked fast and his work was well-priced. He is a professional.

David Perry, October 2020


David Perry
Michael was a pleasure to work with. His work was completed extremely quickly! I will be using him again.

David Perry, October 2020

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