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Phillip Gessert

Phillip Gessert - Designer

Amarillo, TX, United States

I'm a book designer in Amarillo, Texas. I have over ten years experience in design, with heavy emphasis on print and typography.

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I'm Phillip Gessert; and I’m a book designer, typesetter and print/ebook formatter in Amarillo, TX. I began building books full time in 2011, and am especially passionate about page typography. I pride myself on building books to the highest standard of quality, both aesthetically and functionally.

I provide fully validated ePub and MOBI files, suitable for publishing on the Kindle Store and other retailers. All ebooks are created using hand-coded HTML & CSS, and take the unique considerations for different devices into account. The books are built to be flexible and render predictably across a range of e-readers. And I use traditional and classical typographical principles to give the books an appealing look.

I also provide PDF files suitable for print. I’m happy to build to Createspace or Ingram specifications, or simply build to industry-standard print-readiness. I use my pre-press experience to preflight and prepare PDF files that most any print service provider would be delighted to receive.

Why Choose Me?

Value. I pride myself in finding high-quality, low cost solutions to common design problems. I aim to find a good nexus between beauty and price. This means I am not the cheapest book designer, but I do deliver the best bang for your buck.

Quality. I do not treat your book as a rote technical task. I am a designer, first and foremost, and strive to create tasteful and elegant designs.

Honesty. I aim to be candid and frank with you about your project, alert you to potential issues as quickly as I can, and never obscure anything about the process. This means I immediately alert you to anything that could possibly affect your project. There may be occasional false alarms, but I think it is better to be safe than sorry.

Tenacity. I work tirelessly to correct any issues you may encounter. If you have any sort of problem with your files, at any time, I will do my level best to help.

"Phillip is a pure delight to work with. He’s meticulous, professional, punctual, and highly capable. He’s met my exacting demands time and time again, even when under pressure of timeline and budget. He’s my only choice when it comes to laying out a book, and I plan on using him for many more projects to come."

--Ben Dutter, Sigil Stone Publishing

"Phillip and I have worked together for a few years now and with each project he has devoted himself to the task and will not quit until the job is done to satisfaction. Very personable and detailed-oriented, I recommend him highly!"

--Kwasi Konadu, Diasporic Africa Press

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
African American fiction Classics Cultural & Ethnic Themes Literature
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Education & Reference History

Work experience

Book Designer

Self-employed
December, 2011 – Present (over 5 years)

I design custom interiors for indie and self-published authors, suitable for Createspace, IngramSpark, Kindle, and others.

Graphic Designer

Data Print
December, 2007 – December, 2011 (about 4 years)

Graphic design and prepress.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

Steve Cox

The true story of two teenagers who were determined to ascend some of Colorado's tallest peaks. A broken down car turned it into an adventure they hadn't anticipated.

The true story of two teenagers who were determined to ascend some of Colorado's tallest peaks. A broken down car turned it into an adventure they hadn't anticipated.

BloodLight: The Apocalypse of Robert Goldner

Harambee K. Grey-Sun

Deep down, Robert Goldner knows he's a mistake. His mother told him so when he was just five years old. But he never found the courage to ask just what she meant before she was murdered under mysterious circumstances on his eleventh birthday. Now, on the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Robert is dead set on becoming a Virginia high school state wrestling champion in order to redeem himself on... read more

Deep down, Robert Goldner knows he's a mistake. His mother told him so when he was just five years old. But he never found the courage to ask just what she meant before she was murdered under mysterious circumstances on his eleventh birthday. Now, on the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Robert is dead set on becoming a Virginia high school state wrestling champion in order to redeem himself on... read more

The Chimera Sequence

Elliott Garber

Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa. When a humanitarian aid hospital nearby diagnoses a disturbingly similar human case, the former Special Forces veterinarian knows he must figure out how to stop this outbreak from spreading--before it blows up into a global pandemic. Ha... read more

Cole McBride makes a chilling discovery while investigating a mysterious disease causing the deaths of endangered mountain gorillas in war-torn central Africa. When a humanitarian aid hospital nearby diagnoses a disturbingly similar human case, the former Special Forces veterinarian knows he must figure out how to stop this outbreak from spreading--before it blows up into a global pandemic. Ha... read more

The Black Terrorist

Tierno Monénembo

The Black Terrorist is a fictional account built around the true, extraordinary, but little-known story of Addi Bâ. Addi Bâ was born in Guinea about 1916, brought to France in the late 1930s, and became a riflemen in the Twelfth Regiment de Tirailleurs Sénégalais (African soldiers from French colonies) fighting for France during World War II. Captured after the Battle of the Meuse, Addi escape... read more

The Black Terrorist is a fictional account built around the true, extraordinary, but little-known story of Addi Bâ. Addi Bâ was born in Guinea about 1916, brought to France in the late 1930s, and became a riflemen in the Twelfth Regiment de Tirailleurs Sénégalais (African soldiers from French colonies) fighting for France during World War II. Captured after the Battle of the Meuse, Addi escape... read more

Eisenstein's Monster

A.V. Bach

A novel in montage, Eisenstein’s Monster is a wild romp through the terrains of our consciousness. A man with terminal cancer in the language centers of his brain meets a young woman he hopes will facilitate an existence beyond the dwindling limits of his body. What follows is a psychedelic odyssey exploring consciousness and identity through language and montage, placing seemingly disparate c... read more

A novel in montage, Eisenstein’s Monster is a wild romp through the terrains of our consciousness. A man with terminal cancer in the language centers of his brain meets a young woman he hopes will facilitate an existence beyond the dwindling limits of his body. What follows is a psychedelic odyssey exploring consciousness and identity through language and montage, placing seemingly disparate c... read more

Finding the Elephant: Subspace, the Mega-phenomenon

David Reginald Burfoot

It is no secret that modern knowledge has become specialised into increasingly narrower ‘silos’. While this has had its advantages, more are becoming aware that important connections are being neglected.What if our universe does not care to comply with the separations we have created? What if there are ‘mega-phenomena’, phenomena so broad in nature that they are concealed from the narrow view ... read more

It is no secret that modern knowledge has become specialised into increasingly narrower ‘silos’. While this has had its advantages, more are becoming aware that important connections are being neglected.What if our universe does not care to comply with the separations we have created? What if there are ‘mega-phenomena’, phenomena so broad in nature that they are concealed from the narrow view ... read more

Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids

Tom Kersting

We see it everywhere: at the park, in restaurants, and inside our homes and cars—kids connected to handheld devices and disconnected from the world around them. According to the latest research, the average thirteen-year-old spends eight hours per day, seven days a week, glued to a screen. Yes, this is problematic, but for every problem there is a solution. In Disconnected, renowned psychother... read more

We see it everywhere: at the park, in restaurants, and inside our homes and cars—kids connected to handheld devices and disconnected from the world around them. According to the latest research, the average thirteen-year-old spends eight hours per day, seven days a week, glued to a screen. Yes, this is problematic, but for every problem there is a solution. In Disconnected, renowned psychother... read more

Phillip has 4 reviews

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Mark Willen

Philip did a great job on the interior design and formatting of our anthology. Everything came back to us in excellent shape and on time.

, June 2017


Tal Klein

Simply stated: Phillip overdelivered. He is a tremendously talented eBook designer and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him (and hope to do so again in the future!).

, June 2017


Melodee Elliott

Great job!

, May 2017


Melodee Elliott

Phillip was very helpful in coordinating this book production. The interior formatting was spot on for the genre. Special attention to styling and ensuring the gutter was sufficient for readers of the print version makes for a positive reader experience.

, May 2017

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