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Peter Burns

Peter Burns - Designer

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Publishing professional with over ten years' experience, specialising in cover design and layout for non-fiction and sport.

Overview

I am a freelance cover designer and typesetter with over ten years' experience in fiction and non-fiction book publishing.

I am available to work on all aspects of your book's design, from front cover visuals just for eBooks or a complete jacket for print editions, to the interior design of the text pages.

I have worked on everything from novels to non-fiction biographies and histories, to fully-illustrated coffee table books, children's books and poetry titles. With over a decade's experience in picture research and illustration I can help find the perfect images for your book's cover (and, if needs be, your book's internal illustrations) as well as being able to create something entirely new should your cover require bespoke illustration.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History Sports & outdoor recreation

Certifications

  • MA English Literature, University of St Andrews
  • MSc in Publishing, Napier University

Work experience

Managing Director

Self-employed
June, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

Managing Editor and Designer

Birlinn Ltd, Arena Sport, Polygon
July, 2006 – Present (about 11 years)

I have spent over ten years working in editorial and production for Scotland's biggest independent publisher, Birlinn Ltd. I am the Editorial Manager for Arena Sport, Birlinn's sports imprint, and also do cover design and typesetting for all of Arena's titles.

I have worked on a number of freelance projects for Polygon and for private individuals and companies.

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Money: The Life and Fast Times of Floyd Mayweather

Tris Dixon

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is one of the most successful professional boxers of all time. In September 2015 he defeated Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to claim his forty-ninth professional victory in a glittering unbeaten ring career that has spanned two decades. Born into a boxing family that was barely surviving on the poverty line, Mayweather’s father had enjoyed a mod... read more

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is one of the most successful professional boxers of all time. In September 2015 he defeated Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to claim his forty-ninth professional victory in a glittering unbeaten ring career that has spanned two decades. Born into a boxing family that was barely surviving on the poverty line, Mayweather’s father had enjoyed a mod... read more

Behind the Ryder Cup: The Players' Stories (Behind the Jersey)

Peter Burns, Ed Hodge

Much like the match itself, Behind the Ryder Cup is as unique as it is unmissable . . . comprehensive and fascinating, this is a history of the biennial contest unlike any you've ever read before' – BunkeredEnter the locker room: this is a history of the Ryder Cup like you have never experienced it before. From the origin matches that preceded the first official trans-Atlantic encounter betwee... read more

Much like the match itself, Behind the Ryder Cup is as unique as it is unmissable . . . comprehensive and fascinating, this is a history of the biennial contest unlike any you've ever read before' – BunkeredEnter the locker room: this is a history of the Ryder Cup like you have never experienced it before. From the origin matches that preceded the first official trans-Atlantic encounter betwee... read more

The Complete Rugby Union Compendium: Updated 2015 World Cup Edition

Keith Young

Detailing every Test match ever played by the top ten international teams (Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales) as well as histories and head-to-head statistics for the second and third tier international teams (Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Tonga, the United States of America and Uruguay), The Co... read more

Detailing every Test match ever played by the top ten international teams (Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales) as well as histories and head-to-head statistics for the second and third tier international teams (Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Namibia, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Tonga, the United States of America and Uruguay), The Co... read more

Grand Prix: The Killer Years

John L. Matthews

‘Sobering, shocking’ - Daily Telegraph‘Tragic, brilliant’ - Autosport ‘Terrific’ - Guardian‘Brilliant, dramatic, unmissable’ - Daily Express‘Illuminating and moving’ - ObserverThis is the story of Formula One’s killer years when the sport was out of control. In the 1960s and early 1970s mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence led to dozens of brave young drivers losing t... read more

‘Sobering, shocking’ - Daily Telegraph‘Tragic, brilliant’ - Autosport ‘Terrific’ - Guardian‘Brilliant, dramatic, unmissable’ - Daily Express‘Illuminating and moving’ - ObserverThis is the story of Formula One’s killer years when the sport was out of control. In the 1960s and early 1970s mechanical failure, lethal track design, fire and incompetence led to dozens of brave young drivers losing t... read more

Neymar: My Story: Conversations with my Father

Neymar

This is the official autobiography of Brazil and Barcelona superstar Neymar. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is one of the most iconic players in football, a superstar for Barcelona FC and the greatest name in modern-day Brazilian sport. His journey to the peak of world football has been extraordinary: from a childhood spent on the verge of poverty he was plucked from obscurity as an eleven year... read more

This is the official autobiography of Brazil and Barcelona superstar Neymar. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is one of the most iconic players in football, a superstar for Barcelona FC and the greatest name in modern-day Brazilian sport. His journey to the peak of world football has been extraordinary: from a childhood spent on the verge of poverty he was plucked from obscurity as an eleven year... read more

Rowing After the White Whale

Behind the Thistle: Playing Rugby for Scotland (Behind the Jersey Series)

David Barnes, Peter Burns, John Griffiths

Featuring the thoughts of 175 players who have represented Scotland since the very first Test match in 1871, Behind the Thistle gives a unique insight into the drama and emotion of playing for Scotland in that most rarefied of environments - Test match rugby. From the very first game all the way through to the present day, David Barnes, Peter Burns and John Griffiths delve to the heart of Scot... read more

Featuring the thoughts of 175 players who have represented Scotland since the very first Test match in 1871, Behind the Thistle gives a unique insight into the drama and emotion of playing for Scotland in that most rarefied of environments - Test match rugby. From the very first game all the way through to the present day, David Barnes, Peter Burns and John Griffiths delve to the heart of Scot... read more

The Brilliant & Forever

Kevin MacNeil

On an island like no other, populated by writers, the annual Brilliant & Forever Festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends - two human, one alpaca - are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward. This is a novel like no other; a wonderful, provocative tussle, a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-... read more

On an island like no other, populated by writers, the annual Brilliant & Forever Festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends - two human, one alpaca - are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward. This is a novel like no other; a wonderful, provocative tussle, a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-... read more

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