Nicole Lecht

Nicole Lecht - Designer

Buffalo, NY, USA

Designer creating attractive, smart, and inviting covers for over a decade.

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Overview

Hello!
I’m a graphic designer specializing in book design. I have a BFA in illustration and graphic design from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I have been a professional designer and maker for over twenty years, and I dedicated fifteen of those years to book design. Over the course of my career as an in-house designer for Prometheus Books, Seventh Street Books, and Pyr, I perfected my technical skills and gained intimate knowledge of the publishing industry. Within that role, I designed and produced the covers and jackets of both nonfiction and fiction trade books.

Now I am spreading my wings a bit more while continuing to learn and further develop my skills as I create independently. Freelancing under my own name gives me the flexibility to work with a broader array of publishers and authors, and I am eager for the opportunity to work with new organizations and individuals.
I specialize in adult nonfiction, adult and YA fiction, and science fiction genres. Don't let the "I specialize in" category in my profile fool you, I have a wide range of experience.

A book’s cover is what offers “curb appeal” for the stories that are housed inside. It needs to be attractive, smart, and inviting. To that end, design work is most effective when the artist knows and understands her audience. Given my experience designing books on a wide range of topics and genres, I am able to tailor my cover art to meet the needs of readers who vary in both age and interest.

Coming from a long line of craftsmen and craftswomen, I believe in the quality of handmade and precision work—whether it is digital or physical. I’m also a nature freak who loves animals, organization, and patterns. And I am very much inspired by Scandinavian design, folk art, and minimalism.

Lets work together!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
True Crime
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BFA concentration in Graphic Design and Illustration. State University of New York at Buffalo

Work experience

Freelance Designer

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Experience designing and art directing non-fiction trade, fiction trade including general fiction, mystery, thriller, science fiction and young adult. Technical skills include typography, illustration, image sourcing, building covers, dust jackets, and mechanicals.

Senior Designer

Prometheus Books
September, 2005 – May, 2019 (over 13 years)

Design covers and mechanicals for Prometheus Books adult nonfiction as well as mystery/thriller fiction for Seventh Street Books and science fiction and young adult fiction for PYR. Responsible for approximately fourty book projects per year. Other responsibilites include interior art adjustments and layout; photo researching and adjusting; Art Direction to photographers and illustrators to meet pressing deadlines. Collaboration with editers to meet marketing needs.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Body in the Garden: A Lily Adler Mystery (LILY ADLER MYSTERY, A Book 1)

Katharine Schellman

Perfect for fans of Tasha Alexander and Rhys Bowen, Katharine Schellman's debut novel is sure to delight.London 1815. Newly widowed Lily Adler returns to a society that frowns on independent women, but she's no stranger to the glittering world of London's upper crust. She's back in town and eager to have a renaissance with friends, particularly with Lady Serena Walter--from their school days--... read more

Perfect for fans of Tasha Alexander and Rhys Bowen, Katharine Schellman's debut novel is sure to delight.London 1815. Newly widowed Lily Adler returns to a society that frowns on independent women, but she's no stranger to the glittering world of London's upper crust. She's back in town and eager to have a renaissance with friends, particularly with Lady Serena Walter--from their school days--... read more

The Book Artist (Hugo Marston 8)

Mark Pryor

Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him. Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris. Hugo is less than happy about going until... read more

Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him. Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris. Hugo is less than happy about going until... read more

A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary: A Samuel Craddock Mystery (Samuel Craddock Mysteries Book 8)

Terry Shames

A FAVORITE SERIES CHARACTER FINDS HERSELF IN HARM'S WAY. After using an online dating site for senior citizens, town favorite Loretta Singletary--maker of cinnamon rolls and arbiter of town gossip--goes missing. Chief Samuel Craddock's old friend Loretta Singletary--a mainstay of the Jarrett Creek community--has undergone a transformation, with a new hairstyle and modern clothes. He thinks not... read more

A FAVORITE SERIES CHARACTER FINDS HERSELF IN HARM'S WAY. After using an online dating site for senior citizens, town favorite Loretta Singletary--maker of cinnamon rolls and arbiter of town gossip--goes missing. Chief Samuel Craddock's old friend Loretta Singletary--a mainstay of the Jarrett Creek community--has undergone a transformation, with a new hairstyle and modern clothes. He thinks not... read more

Ghost of the Bamboo Road: A Hiro Hattori Novel (A Shinobi Mystery)

Susan Spann

When a vengeful spirit terrorizes a mountain village in medieval Japan, a ninja and a Jesuit priest must reveal the truth and save the villagers from the phantom's wrath.January 1566: En route to Edo, Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo spend the night in a rural mountain village whose inhabitants live in terror of a legendary vengeful ghost. When the innkeeper's wife ... read more

When a vengeful spirit terrorizes a mountain village in medieval Japan, a ninja and a Jesuit priest must reveal the truth and save the villagers from the phantom's wrath.January 1566: En route to Edo, Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo spend the night in a rural mountain village whose inhabitants live in terror of a legendary vengeful ghost. When the innkeeper's wife ... read more

Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention

Maggie Jackson

This visionary book details the steep costs of our deepening crisis of distraction and reveals remarkable scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus and sustained attention.In the first edition of this groundbreaking book, Maggie Jackson sounded a prescient warning of a looming crisis: the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, inno... read more

This visionary book details the steep costs of our deepening crisis of distraction and reveals remarkable scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus and sustained attention.In the first edition of this groundbreaking book, Maggie Jackson sounded a prescient warning of a looming crisis: the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, inno... read more

Black Hour

Lori Rader-Day

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thir... read more

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic--until a student she'd never met shot her. He also shot himself. Now he's dead and she's back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can't let go: Why? All she wants is for life to get back to normal, but normal is looking hard to come by. She's thir... read more

Little Pretty Things

Lori Rader-Day

Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner! OLD RIVALRIES NEVER DIE. BUT SOME RIVALS DO. Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she’s still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won’t provi... read more

Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner! OLD RIVALRIES NEVER DIE. BUT SOME RIVALS DO. Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Back in high school, she lost every track team race to her best friend, Madeleine Bell. Ten years later, she’s still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn, a one-star motel that attracts only the cheap or the desperate. But what life won’t provi... read more

Think Before You Like: Social Media's Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed

Guy P. Harrison

At a time when the news cycle turns on a tweet, journalism gets confused with opinion, and facts are treated as negotiable information, applying critical thinking skills to your social media consumption is more important than ever.Guy P. Harrison, an upbeat advocate of scientific literacy and positive skepticism, demonstrates how critical thinking can enhance the benefits of social media while... read more

At a time when the news cycle turns on a tweet, journalism gets confused with opinion, and facts are treated as negotiable information, applying critical thinking skills to your social media consumption is more important than ever.Guy P. Harrison, an upbeat advocate of scientific literacy and positive skepticism, demonstrates how critical thinking can enhance the benefits of social media while... read more

The Genius Plague

David Walton

WINNER of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best Novel A WALL STREET JOURNAL Best Science Fiction Book of 2017 In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors. Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker in the NSA when his brother, Paul, a mycologist, go... read more

WINNER of the 2018 Campbell Award for Best Novel A WALL STREET JOURNAL Best Science Fiction Book of 2017 In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors. Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker in the NSA when his brother, Paul, a mycologist, go... read more

Three Laws Lethal

David Walton

The place, New York City; the time, the very near future. The streets of Gotham are swarming with self-driving cars, which are now a reality, and the competition between two entrepreneurs for this cutthroat futuristic business grows increasingly fierce. But when the escalating technological warfare produces superintelligent AI computers that use data to decide who should live and die, the resu... read more

The place, New York City; the time, the very near future. The streets of Gotham are swarming with self-driving cars, which are now a reality, and the competition between two entrepreneurs for this cutthroat futuristic business grows increasingly fierce. But when the escalating technological warfare produces superintelligent AI computers that use data to decide who should live and die, the resu... read more

The New Evil: Understanding the Emergence of Modern Violent Crime

MD Michael H. Stone, Gary Brucato PhD

A CHILLING FOLLOW-UP TO THE POPULAR TRUE CRIME BOOK THE ANATOMY OF EVILRevisiting Dr. Michael Stone's groundbreaking 22-level Gradations of Evil Scale, a hierarchy of evil behavior first introduced in the book The Anatomy of Evil, Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato, a fellow violence and serious psychopathology expert, here provide even more detail, using dozens of cases to exemplify the categories al... read more

A CHILLING FOLLOW-UP TO THE POPULAR TRUE CRIME BOOK THE ANATOMY OF EVILRevisiting Dr. Michael Stone's groundbreaking 22-level Gradations of Evil Scale, a hierarchy of evil behavior first introduced in the book The Anatomy of Evil, Stone and Dr. Gary Brucato, a fellow violence and serious psychopathology expert, here provide even more detail, using dozens of cases to exemplify the categories al... read more

Unfollow Me: A Novel

Charlotte Duckworth

A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.You can't stop watching her.Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.Until the day she's no longer there.But one day she disappears from the onli... read more

A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.You can't stop watching her.Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.Until the day she's no longer there.But one day she disappears from the onli... read more

Nicole has 3 reviews

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Mark Busse
Amazing! She was able to design exactly what I invisioned.

Mark Busse, March 2021


Jim Christopher
Nicole is a pleasure to work with. She helped me work through my inexperience to define parameters she needed. End product is amazing and I'm proud to have it be my reader's first experience of my story. Communicates just enough, offers and accepts direction like a professional. I will be seeking her out next time around, for sure.

Jim Christopher, October 2020

Nicole Lecht
Thank you! It was my pleasure!

Reply from Nicole Lecht


Nathan Swain
Nicole was excellent. Her cover design expertly crystallized the themes and images I wanted to present - though she knew better than I what images to use and how to use them. Her work was always on time and she was very patient with my lack of knowledge and many questions as a first-time self-publisher. I highly recommend working with Nicole.

Nathan Swain, June 2020

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