Peter Holm

Peter Holm - Designer

Waterbury Center, VT, USA

I am an award-winning designer with more than 20 years of experience designing book covers and interiors.

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Overview

As a designer I am especially drawn to projects that exercise my visual storytelling ability. Whether combining the words of a poet with the right illustrator, distilling a book to its visual essence for a cover, or selecting and sequencing a photographer’s images in a compelling way, it’s been rewarding to play such a creative role in shaping and enhancing narratives. And it's been gratifying to please authors and even win a few awards along the way.
But that’s never been enough. I began my career as a production manager, and throughout it I’ve found just as much satisfaction in that role, guiding raw content to high quality graphic expression on time, under budget, and error free. Effective communication, attention to detail, and precise time management are just a few of the skills I’ve successfully practiced to this purpose. Good humor is another.
From the austerity of simple text on a page to the complexity of highly illustrated layouts, I relish any opportunity to assist authors as they bring their thoughts, ideas, and expertise to the publishing marketplace.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
History
Photography
Political Science & Current Affairs
True Crime
Fiction
Literary Fiction

Awards

  • Ben Franklin Award
  • New England Book Show
  • New York Book Show

Work experience

Book Designer, Project Manager, Owner

Sterling Hill Productions
January, 1997 – Present (about 24 years)

Duties and functions have included: Author/publisher contact; manage and supervise in-house designers and typesetters; assign and support freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, illustrators, photographers, and indexers; design and lay out books and journals across genres ranging from fiction to four color illustrated; print procurement (both domestic and foreign) including print rfps, bid analysis, purchase orders, scheduling and shipping instruction; pre-press including color correction, image manipulation, pdf, preflight, and proof review; press checks; archiving digital assets. Books designed and produced by Sterling Hill have been published by Chelsea Green Publishing, Steerforth Press, Harvard University Press, Times Books, The Lyons Press, Sterling Publishing, Bunker Hill Publishing, HarperCollins, and the Smithsonian Institution, among many others.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

Charles Brandt

Read the book that is the inspiration for the major motion picture THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian. “Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is sup... read more

Read the book that is the inspiration for the major motion picture THE IRISHMAN, directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian. “Sheeran’s confession that he killed Hoffa in the manner described in the book is sup... read more

Minik: The New York Eskimo: An Arctic Explorer, a Museum, and the Betrayal of the Inuit People

Kenn Harper

A true story from the great age of Arctic exploration of an Inuit boy's struggle for dignity against Robert Peary and the American Museum of Natural History in turn-of-the-century New York City.Sailing aboard a ship called Hope in 1897, celebrated Arctic explorer Robert Peary entered New York Harbor with peculiar "cargo": Six Polar Inuit intended to serve as live "specimens" at the American Mu... read more

A true story from the great age of Arctic exploration of an Inuit boy's struggle for dignity against Robert Peary and the American Museum of Natural History in turn-of-the-century New York City.Sailing aboard a ship called Hope in 1897, celebrated Arctic explorer Robert Peary entered New York Harbor with peculiar "cargo": Six Polar Inuit intended to serve as live "specimens" at the American Mu... read more

Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler

Peter Shinkle

The Cold War, The Lavender Scare and the Untold Story of Eisenhower's First National Security Advisor."An extraordinary story. . . a gripping, moving tale." -- Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World"A historical treasure unearthed . . . A must-read for all Cold War scholars, it is a great read for everyone else." -- Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitze... read more

The Cold War, The Lavender Scare and the Untold Story of Eisenhower's First National Security Advisor."An extraordinary story. . . a gripping, moving tale." -- Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World"A historical treasure unearthed . . . A must-read for all Cold War scholars, it is a great read for everyone else." -- Martin J. Sherwin, Pulitze... read more

The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity-and What We Can Do about It

Les Leopold

How could the best and brightest (and most highly paid) in finance crash the global economy and then get us to bail them out as well? What caused this mess in the first place? Housing? Greed? Dumb politicians? What can Main Street do about it? In The Looting of America, Leopold debunks the prevailing media myths that blame low-income home buyers who got in over their heads, people who ran up t... read more

How could the best and brightest (and most highly paid) in finance crash the global economy and then get us to bail them out as well? What caused this mess in the first place? Housing? Greed? Dumb politicians? What can Main Street do about it? In The Looting of America, Leopold debunks the prevailing media myths that blame low-income home buyers who got in over their heads, people who ran up t... read more

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered

Woody Tasch

Could there ever be an alternative stock exchange dedicated to slow, small, and local? Could a million American families get their food from CSAs? What if you had to invest 50 percent of your assets within 50 miles of where you live?Such questions-at the heart of slow money-represent the first steps on our path to a new economy. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new... read more

Could there ever be an alternative stock exchange dedicated to slow, small, and local? Could a million American families get their food from CSAs? What if you had to invest 50 percent of your assets within 50 miles of where you live?Such questions-at the heart of slow money-represent the first steps on our path to a new economy. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money presents an essential new... read more

Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq by Thorne Anderson, Rita Leistner, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Kael Alfo (2005) Hardcover

Rita Leistner, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Kael Alfo Thorne Anderson

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.

Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts, 2nd Edition

Creighton Lee Calhoun Jr.

A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there... read more

A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers everywhere, especially those who live in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition now features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there... read more

Birth of a Salesman: The Transformation of Selling in America

Walter A. Friedman

In this entertaining and informative book, Walter Friedman chronicles the remarkable metamorphosis of the American salesman from itinerant amateur to trained expert. From the mid-nineteenth century to the eve of World War II, the development of sales management transformed an economy populated by peddlers and canvassers to one driven by professional salesmen and executives. From book agents fl... read more

In this entertaining and informative book, Walter Friedman chronicles the remarkable metamorphosis of the American salesman from itinerant amateur to trained expert. From the mid-nineteenth century to the eve of World War II, the development of sales management transformed an economy populated by peddlers and canvassers to one driven by professional salesmen and executives. From book agents fl... read more

Imperiled Destinies: The Daoist Quest for Deliverance in Medieval China (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series)

Franciscus Verellen

Imperiled Destinies examines the evolution of Daoist beliefs about human liability and redemption over eight centuries and outlines ritual procedures for rescuing an ill‐starred destiny. From the second through the tenth century CE, Daoism emerged as a liturgical organization that engaged vigorously with Buddhism and transformed Chinese thinking about suffering, the nature of evil, and the aim... read more

Imperiled Destinies examines the evolution of Daoist beliefs about human liability and redemption over eight centuries and outlines ritual procedures for rescuing an ill‐starred destiny. From the second through the tenth century CE, Daoism emerged as a liturgical organization that engaged vigorously with Buddhism and transformed Chinese thinking about suffering, the nature of evil, and the aim... read more

Fugitive Justice: Runaways, Rescuers, and Slavery on Trial

Steven Lubet

During the tumultuous decade before the Civil War, no issue was more divisive than the pursuit and return of fugitive slaves—a practice enforced under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. When free Blacks and their abolitionist allies intervened, prosecutions and trials inevitably followed. These cases involved high legal, political, and—most of all—human drama, with runaways desperate for freedom,... read more

During the tumultuous decade before the Civil War, no issue was more divisive than the pursuit and return of fugitive slaves—a practice enforced under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. When free Blacks and their abolitionist allies intervened, prosecutions and trials inevitably followed. These cases involved high legal, political, and—most of all—human drama, with runaways desperate for freedom,... read more

The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

Eliot Coleman

Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now, with his long-awaited n... read more

Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that’s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now, with his long-awaited n... read more

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