Phillip Gessert

Phillip Gessert - Designer

Madison, WI, USA

Over ten years experience in 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
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
History
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Literature
Science Fiction

Work experience

Book Designer

Self-employed
December, 2011 – Present (over 7 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 (23 selected works)

At Death Do Us Part: A Grieving Widower Heals After Losing his Wife to Breast Cancer

Frederick Marx

After your spouse dies, how do you go forward? This beautifully-written memoir faces the realities of a loved one dying.Following a long fight with breast cancer, Tracy's death ended their 13-year marriage. In the months after his loss, Frederick Marx wrote about their time together (falling in love, their shortcomings, her illness, and how they made each other better). Marx recounts his relat... read more

After your spouse dies, how do you go forward? This beautifully-written memoir faces the realities of a loved one dying.Following a long fight with breast cancer, Tracy's death ended their 13-year marriage. In the months after his loss, Frederick Marx wrote about their time together (falling in love, their shortcomings, her illness, and how they made each other better). Marx recounts his relat... read more

Eisenstein's Monster

A.V. Bach

"One of the most exciting debuts of 2016," --Richard Peabody, Editor GargoyleA 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 conscious... read more

"One of the most exciting debuts of 2016," --Richard Peabody, Editor GargoyleA 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 conscious... read more

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 (Eve of Light Book 0)

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

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

Remember Me

Yola Dunne

Betrayed, Carmen saw her life come crashing down. Her world would never be the same. But in the midst of chaos and suffering, she discovered her most powerful ally… “I am Carmen Agnes Sirota. If you had told me one day I would write a story like Remember Me, I never would have believed you. But here it is. And here I am. There isn’t a moment that goes by that I don’t think about it. Sometimes ... read more

Betrayed, Carmen saw her life come crashing down. Her world would never be the same. But in the midst of chaos and suffering, she discovered her most powerful ally… “I am Carmen Agnes Sirota. If you had told me one day I would write a story like Remember Me, I never would have believed you. But here it is. And here I am. There isn’t a moment that goes by that I don’t think about it. Sometimes ... read more

Spectrum: Book 1 of The F.O.K. Series

Sheila M Sullivan

Frances experiences three major life changes that led her to new-found freedoms allowing her to explore the Spectrum that makes up life. Frances did all society expected her to do: Married a handsome, sexy man, secured a high-powered corporate job, and honored her Irish Catholic parents. However, the only unconditional love she found in her marriage was with their amazing dog. When the dog die... read more

Frances experiences three major life changes that led her to new-found freedoms allowing her to explore the Spectrum that makes up life. Frances did all society expected her to do: Married a handsome, sexy man, secured a high-powered corporate job, and honored her Irish Catholic parents. However, the only unconditional love she found in her marriage was with their amazing dog. When the dog die... read more

TRUE Influence

Tim David

Times have changed and it's harder than ever to build influence. The world is getting better at ignoring you and your message is being smothered by all the noise.That's why influence is no longer about convincing people, but rather, connecting with them. In today's high-tech, low-touch world, human connection is the fundamental shift you MUST make if you want people to listen when you speak, b... read more

Times have changed and it's harder than ever to build influence. The world is getting better at ignoring you and your message is being smothered by all the noise.That's why influence is no longer about convincing people, but rather, connecting with them. In today's high-tech, low-touch world, human connection is the fundamental shift you MUST make if you want people to listen when you speak, b... read more

Why The Lotus Blooms: Choosing To Stand Tall

Tara Anand

A string of shattering experiences results in Tara, putting her ambitions aside to marry her college sweetheart at twenty-five. She wakes up as a wife, numbingly empty, but for the next nine years convinces herself: marriage is about compromising. Meeting Aadi, a married man seven years younger, tears her identity and secure world apart. It’s impossible to restore the equilibrium, so she takes... read more

A string of shattering experiences results in Tara, putting her ambitions aside to marry her college sweetheart at twenty-five. She wakes up as a wife, numbingly empty, but for the next nine years convinces herself: marriage is about compromising. Meeting Aadi, a married man seven years younger, tears her identity and secure world apart. It’s impossible to restore the equilibrium, so she takes... read more

The Assumption Code (The Danu Series)

Melodee Elliott

A body is no match for an idea. Esteemed NYC anchorwoman, Margi Hall, spends her days reporting on the lives—and lies—of others. When the studio cameras show her imperfections, she seeks out a scientist who extolls his secret technology using nanobot implants. Instead of capturing her youth, she finds herself in another woman’s body on another planet. And no one must know. Margi begins her new... read more

A body is no match for an idea. Esteemed NYC anchorwoman, Margi Hall, spends her days reporting on the lives—and lies—of others. When the studio cameras show her imperfections, she seeks out a scientist who extolls his secret technology using nanobot implants. Instead of capturing her youth, she finds herself in another woman’s body on another planet. And no one must know. Margi begins her new... read more

Too Busy, Too Bored for Prayer: A 7-Day Challenge to Reconnect with God and a Friend

Concetta Green

Admit it. You dont have much time. You love God, but sometimes your prayer life is virtually nonexistent. Guilt keeps you away from it even longer. And that distance leaves you feeling spiritually disconnected from God. It s okay you re safe here. Too Busy, Too Bored for Prayer is filled with resources and ideas to help you and a friend reconnect with God over seven days. Each day presents a u... read more

Admit it. You dont have much time. You love God, but sometimes your prayer life is virtually nonexistent. Guilt keeps you away from it even longer. And that distance leaves you feeling spiritually disconnected from God. It s okay you re safe here. Too Busy, Too Bored for Prayer is filled with resources and ideas to help you and a friend reconnect with God over seven days. Each day presents a u... read more

Galloway's Justice (Red's Mountain Series Book 1)

Melodee Elliott

A rural community in southeast Tennessee is tested when a teenage girl goes missing. Deputy Galloway suspects his girlfriend's husband of foul play and launches an investigation.Nestled in the nearby Smoky Mountains, a bluegrass tavern may hold clues to the teen's fate. Yet the hills don't talk. Galloway's suspect's worst crime may be in allowing circumstance to determine reality, leaving othe... read more

A rural community in southeast Tennessee is tested when a teenage girl goes missing. Deputy Galloway suspects his girlfriend's husband of foul play and launches an investigation.Nestled in the nearby Smoky Mountains, a bluegrass tavern may hold clues to the teen's fate. Yet the hills don't talk. Galloway's suspect's worst crime may be in allowing circumstance to determine reality, leaving othe... read more

Emerging Voices, Volume 3: Poetry and Prose by Maryland Teens

Maryland Teens

An anthology of writing by members of the Maryland Writers' Association's Teen Writing Clubs.

An anthology of writing by members of the Maryland Writers' Association's Teen Writing Clubs.

Little God Blues (The Jim Shalabon Playlist Book 1)

Jeffrey M Anderson

The breakup of his San Francisco rock band is a hard shove that has Jim Shalabon struggling to stay on his feet. What he needs is balance. What he gets is an earthquake. His best friend and former band mate is found dead in a London alley. Unable to make sense of his friend's supposed drug overdose, Jim goes to London and slips into an amateur detective role. With a style and technique that he... read more

The breakup of his San Francisco rock band is a hard shove that has Jim Shalabon struggling to stay on his feet. What he needs is balance. What he gets is an earthquake. His best friend and former band mate is found dead in a London alley. Unable to make sense of his friend's supposed drug overdose, Jim goes to London and slips into an amateur detective role. With a style and technique that he... read more

Actually, It's Not Easy

Nicholas Cohen

Fake news. Alternative facts. Ideological agendas. How do you tell the difference between true and false? How do you know what it all means? In Actually, It's Not Easy, novices and experts alike can grow their ability to understand complex topics in today's world. A consistent, analytical approach results in an understandable context useful for solving problems. Timely subjects like health ref... read more

Fake news. Alternative facts. Ideological agendas. How do you tell the difference between true and false? How do you know what it all means? In Actually, It's Not Easy, novices and experts alike can grow their ability to understand complex topics in today's world. A consistent, analytical approach results in an understandable context useful for solving problems. Timely subjects like health ref... read more

Falling Through Blankets of Stars

Keith Marcotti

Discover what dreams are made of . . .Ten-year-old twins Ashlynne and Julian share a special ability: the power to enter each other's dreams. They call it 'sharing' dreams. It's usually a great time; playing together in a dream is way more fun than playing in the boring real world . . . until one night, when the twins find themselves stuck inside a dream that feels all too real. The pair must ... read more

Discover what dreams are made of . . .Ten-year-old twins Ashlynne and Julian share a special ability: the power to enter each other's dreams. They call it 'sharing' dreams. It's usually a great time; playing together in a dream is way more fun than playing in the boring real world . . . until one night, when the twins find themselves stuck inside a dream that feels all too real. The pair must ... read more

AngelFire

Luke Valen

Fairytales, we’ve all been told them.Witches and warlocks,Vampires and werewolves. Myths made to keep you awake at night. Children stories.But what about the stories we’re not told?What about the stories that are still being written? The real danger that lurks in the night,that crawls in the shadows blacker than black.Evil in every corner, living among us. And the ones who stand against them, ... read more

Fairytales, we’ve all been told them.Witches and warlocks,Vampires and werewolves. Myths made to keep you awake at night. Children stories.But what about the stories we’re not told?What about the stories that are still being written? The real danger that lurks in the night,that crawls in the shadows blacker than black.Evil in every corner, living among us. And the ones who stand against them, ... read more

The Culture Key: Successful Investing and Entrepreneurship in Frontier and Emerging Markets

Curt G. Laird

Unlock the key to building successful businesses in challenging international markets.Why do so many investors fail in frontier and emerging markets? How can entrepreneurs increase their odds of success in developing economies?In The Culture Key, Curt Laird explores the idea that entrepreneurs and investors in these markets struggle not because they lack business acumen, but because they do no... read more

Unlock the key to building successful businesses in challenging international markets.Why do so many investors fail in frontier and emerging markets? How can entrepreneurs increase their odds of success in developing economies?In The Culture Key, Curt Laird explores the idea that entrepreneurs and investors in these markets struggle not because they lack business acumen, but because they do no... read more

Ryan's Story: A Father's Hard-Earned Lessons about Cyberbullying and Suicide

John P. Halligan, Emily B. Dickson

Are you struggling with decisions regarding social media and smartphone access for your child? The middle school and teen years are now more challenging than ever. Bullying and suicide are on the rise – an increase that has been linked to social media and smartphone use. John Halligan, international bullying prevention speaker, and Emily B. Dickson, professional middle school counselor, are al... read more

Are you struggling with decisions regarding social media and smartphone access for your child? The middle school and teen years are now more challenging than ever. Bullying and suicide are on the rise – an increase that has been linked to social media and smartphone use. John Halligan, international bullying prevention speaker, and Emily B. Dickson, professional middle school counselor, are al... read more

Phillip has 44 reviews

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Jeff Gomez
Phillip did a great job on my book and was super easy to deal with; I'll definitely work with him again.

Jeff Gomez, June 2019


Seth Miller
Phillip has been a pleasure to work with. He has helped my dreams of being an author come true.

Seth Miller, May 2019

Phillip Gessert
Glad I was able to help, Seth! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you ever need any changes or help with the files.

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Karina Ayn Mirsky
Phillip graciously took on my typesetting project on a tight deadline. He exceeded expectations in every possible way. All versions of my book were elegantly designed and ready for publication on time. His communication was clear and friendly and his response time to questions and requests was rapid. As a first time book author, I had a lot of questions. Phillip was extraordinarily generous in...
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Karina Ayn Mirsky, May 2019

Phillip Gessert
Proud to play a small part in the first—I hope it is the first of many to come!

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Zach David
It was a pleasure working with Phillip. He was punctual, professional and flexible. I would certainly recommend him and will consider working with him in the future.

Zach David, April 2019

Phillip Gessert
Glad I was able to help out, Zach!

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Larry Tipton
This was my first attempt at indie publishing. Phillip was very patient and helpful. He was very receptive to my requests and his product was excellent.

Larry Tipton, February 2019

Phillip Gessert
I'm very glad I could help, Larry!

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