David Miles

David Miles - Designer

Fresno, CA, USA

Hi there! I'm a Publishers Weekly Rising Star Honoree and have designed for New York Times #1 bestselling authors, publishers, CEOs, + more!

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Overview

I love books! I've designed books for New York Times #1 bestselling authors, publishing houses, CEOs, nonprofits, new authors, and more! I'm also the author/illustrator of over 40 titles with 100,000+ copies sold. On top of that, I've worked as a publishing director and creative director for one of the country's fastest growing publishers. That means in addition to providing beautiful design, I can help answer questions you might have about printing, pricing, distribution, marketing, and more. It's like getting both a designer and publishing consultant for the price of one!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Children's - Non-fiction
Home & Garden
Inspirational
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Awards

  • 2018 Publishers Weekly Rising Star Honoree
  • 2018 Trvst Change Maker
  • 2019 New York Book Show Award Winner
  • 2018 CYBILS Award Finalist
  • 2017 LDSPMA Praiseworthy Award Winner

Work experience

Founder

Self-employed
February, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Publishing Director, Creative Director

Familius
August, 2013 – November, 2018 (over 5 years)

- Designed nearly 300 titles ranging from cookbooks, children's books, memoirs, self-help books, board books, and more.
- Creative direction helped grow company into one of Publishers Weekly's 2018 Fastest Growing Independents
- Worked with many different formats, including novelty books, book plus, paper engineering, and more.

The Girl and the Cathedral: The Story of Notre Dame de Paris

Nicolas Jeter

On an island in the Seine, a little girl plants a garden―but not a garden of flowers. It will be a garden of people, she says: Paris. And in the center of that garden will stand its guardian, a grand cathedral carved from stone and roofed with light: the majestic Notre Dame de Paris. Alas, the garden will change, as people must. The girl sees kings and revolutions, empires and democracies, war... read more

On an island in the Seine, a little girl plants a garden―but not a garden of flowers. It will be a garden of people, she says: Paris. And in the center of that garden will stand its guardian, a grand cathedral carved from stone and roofed with light: the majestic Notre Dame de Paris. Alas, the garden will change, as people must. The girl sees kings and revolutions, empires and democracies, war... read more

Mr. Moonbeam and the Halloween Crystal

Ryan Cowan

Elliott attends his third-grade class like any other boy, except that Elliott isn’t like any other boy. Endowed with magical powers, Elliott belongs to a secret world called Moonstone—and trouble is brewing. When the evil witch Noir steals The Halloween Crystal, it’s up to Elliott and his third-grade teacher, Mr. Moonbeam, to stop Noir from invading the non-magical world on Halloween night. Bu... read more

Elliott attends his third-grade class like any other boy, except that Elliott isn’t like any other boy. Endowed with magical powers, Elliott belongs to a secret world called Moonstone—and trouble is brewing. When the evil witch Noir steals The Halloween Crystal, it’s up to Elliott and his third-grade teacher, Mr. Moonbeam, to stop Noir from invading the non-magical world on Halloween night. Bu... read more

50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!

Christy Monson

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself―but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character―things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women, and more―mixed with their own unique gifts―art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, cu... read more

50 Real Heroes for Boys teaches young boys everywhere that being a man only requires being yourself―but your best self. Bright, colorful portraits by over a dozen international artists accompany true stories of men who knew that character―things like integrity, kindness, empathy, courage, respect for women, and more―mixed with their own unique gifts―art, athletics, creativity, dance, music, cu... read more

Big Words for Fearless Girls: 1,000 Big Words for Girls with Big Dreams

Stephanie Miles

Big Words for Fearless Girls is a first-of-its-kind primer bursting with powerful first words girls will need to pursue their big dreams. The vibrant, oversized board book comes packed with 1,000 brightly illustrated words, all interwoven with 100 female heroes and inspiring messages. Readers will learn colors with Frida Kahlo, animals with Jane Goodall, things that go with Amelia Earhart, fru... read more

Big Words for Fearless Girls is a first-of-its-kind primer bursting with powerful first words girls will need to pursue their big dreams. The vibrant, oversized board book comes packed with 1,000 brightly illustrated words, all interwoven with 100 female heroes and inspiring messages. Readers will learn colors with Frida Kahlo, animals with Jane Goodall, things that go with Amelia Earhart, fru... read more

Unselfish Kids

Paul D Parkinson, Sammie Parkinson

40 short stories of children making the world a better place. The second book in the top selling Unselfish series, Unselfish Kids contains 40 short stories and full color photos of children who are making a difference in the world. Unselfish Kids reminds us that we all have a part to play. When we use our different talents and abilities to help others, amazing things happen, as you’ll see from... read more

40 short stories of children making the world a better place. The second book in the top selling Unselfish series, Unselfish Kids contains 40 short stories and full color photos of children who are making a difference in the world. Unselfish Kids reminds us that we all have a part to play. When we use our different talents and abilities to help others, amazing things happen, as you’ll see from... read more

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

Richard Hill

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is the highly suspenseful account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.In the vei... read more

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA is the highly suspenseful account of an adoptee trying to reclaim the biological family denied him by sealed birth records. This fascinating quest, including the author's landmark use of DNA testing, takes readers on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride and concludes with a twist that rivals anything Hollywood has to offer.In the vei... read more

Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink

Mary Potter Kenyon, Mary Jedlicka Humston

Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink explores a thirty-year friendship between two women: one who had never learned to cultivate female friendships, and the other who had managed to gather and maintain a large group of friends throughout her adult life. The fact that thousands of handwritten letters between them tethered these two together is just part of the intriguing story.Coauthors Mary P... read more

Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink explores a thirty-year friendship between two women: one who had never learned to cultivate female friendships, and the other who had managed to gather and maintain a large group of friends throughout her adult life. The fact that thousands of handwritten letters between them tethered these two together is just part of the intriguing story.Coauthors Mary P... read more

Cooked Raw: How One Celebrity Chef Risked Everything to Change the Way We Eat

Matthew Kenney

An expansive, entertaining memoir that tells the story of how Matthew Kenney transitioned from a mainstream celebrity chef in New York, to a pioneer of plant-based cuisine, and his mission to change the way the world eats and thinks about food. Cooked Raw highlights a journey of courage, persistence, risk, the reward of following one's passion, and the future of food for the 21st century.

An expansive, entertaining memoir that tells the story of how Matthew Kenney transitioned from a mainstream celebrity chef in New York, to a pioneer of plant-based cuisine, and his mission to change the way the world eats and thinks about food. Cooked Raw highlights a journey of courage, persistence, risk, the reward of following one's passion, and the future of food for the 21st century.

Here Be Dragons: A Parent's Guide to Rediscovering Purpose, Adventure, and the Unfathomable Joy of the Journey

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh, Ken Harbaugh

Before our three kids, we had been decent people. Interesting even. One of us had taught Shakespeare to gang members while the other flew reconnaissance missions off North Korea. But our own children had proven our biggest challenge. We were passionate and service-driven folks, except we were not demonstrating this to our kids. We spent so much time trying to be good parents that we forgot to ... read more

Before our three kids, we had been decent people. Interesting even. One of us had taught Shakespeare to gang members while the other flew reconnaissance missions off North Korea. But our own children had proven our biggest challenge. We were passionate and service-driven folks, except we were not demonstrating this to our kids. We spent so much time trying to be good parents that we forgot to ... read more

David has 23 reviews

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Kristin Leigh
David was a huge help to us with finding the right direction to go for our book cover. We knew our original version needed some modification but couldn't quite figure out what, so we consulted David's expertise and ideas for a better path forward. It was a great collaboration and I'm excited to say between he, myself, and our illustrator, we are now in a great place with a cover we're really ...
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Kristin Leigh, August 2020

David Miles
Thanks Kristin! Best of luck with your book—it's turning out wonderfully!

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mark budzinski
A five star experience. It was very collaborative throughout. The finished product was outstanding.

mark budzinski, July 2020

David Miles
Thank you Mark! Your book is wonderful—I hope your experiences in it help many other businesses.

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Valerie Smith
Another successful project with David! Punctual, professional, and an expert in his field!

Valerie Smith, July 2020


Valerie Smith
I would (and will) absolutely work with David again. Not only did he ensure I made a very tight deadline, he also made sure my children's books were professionally and creatively designed. I did a side-by-side comparison with the original design and, WOW, the subtle refinements he made a major impact to the overall look and feel of the books. Thank you, David, as I truly love working with ex...
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Valerie Smith, June 2020

David Miles
Thank you Valerie! I'm so happy you're pleased with the final books. I hope they do well!

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Leslie Ricks
Although I had to cancel the collaboration, I recommend David. He is professional and responsive. I hope to collaborate with him in the future!

Leslie Ricks, May 2020

David Miles
Thanks Leslie! I'm happy you were able to find a potential publisher and hope your books turns out beautifully!

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