Rachel Kelli

Rachel Kelli – Designer

Professional graphic designer and illustrator with experience creating book covers for thrillers, dramas, poetry, and non-fiction.


Hi! I'm Rachel, a graphic designer and illustrator with experience collaborating with publishers to design covers, create illustrations, and build layouts. Genres I've worked with include fiction (especially dramas & thrillers), poetry, textbooks, and experimental pieces.

While the text is the most important part of any book, I love transmitting that excellence into an impactful visual form that quickly communicates the essence of your book to the reader. Professional presentation is part of what makes a book stand out on a shelf and encourages someone to pick it up and learn more. Whether you need a cover, illustration(s), or an interior layout, I would be thrilled to offer you my expertise!

I utilize a variety of drawing styles and approaches depending on what is most apt for the project. My skill set includes photography & photo manipulation, digital painting, traditional painting, ink drawings, and fine art drawings. I am comfortable with a range of topics and styles, so if you have something in mind, I would love to hear it and bring it to life!

Have any questions? Please feel free to message me.

Hope to work with you soon! :)

Action & Adventure Anthologies Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Poetry Psychological Thriller Women's Fiction
  • American Advertising Award, Publication
  • Adobe Achievement Award, Illustration (x2)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art

Work experience

The Scout Guide

Aug, 2019 — Present

I interpret creative briefs and project direction in order to complete layout and design of print publications as well as create marketing collateral. As part of my job responsibilities I select and arrange type, manipulate imagery, and execute interior layouts.

Creature Publishing

Jan, 2019 — Present

I offer expert freelance design work including illustrative brand assets, promotional graphic materials, and book covers. I love visually representing an author's best work, while also keeping in mind the publisher's marketing aims and end reader's viewpoint.

C&R Press

Jul, 2018 — Feb, 2019 (7 months)

While working with C&R Press, as well as their affiliated press, Mastodon, I designed book covers and typeset book interiors for genres spanning poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Liberty University

Aug, 2015 — May, 2019 (over 3 years)

I shot & edited photos and created illustrative designs within a variety of styles.


Cover Design

Franchini, Emily

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Objects in Motion

Katz, Jonathan

Cover Design

Maclean, Ron

Cover Design
A Family is a House

Pearson, Dustin

Cover Design
Give a Girl Chaos

Seaborn, Heidi

Cover Design
The Gold Persimmon

Merbaum, Lindsay

Cover Design

Rachel has 6 reviews





Charmaine M.

Charmaine M.

Jan, 2024

Rachel did a fantastic job. She applied changes I requested in a timely manner. And I was happy with the final design. I would recommend Rachel. Thank you
John Z.

John Z.

Jan, 2024

Rachel was fantastic! She was responsive to all my requests and the final product she sent to me was creative and on point. I especially appreciated the ways that Rachel listened to me throughout the process. She was very professional with her feedback and thoughtful about the project I was working on with her. I would not hesitate to call on her again!
David F.

David F.

Dec, 2023

Rachel is the best. She is a great listener. As a result, you don't have to waste your time with consistent redesign work that doesn't meet your expectations. I have received 100% compliments from everyone you have seen her designs. I have already hired Rachel to design my second novel, Whispers From Dark Waters. David Franceschelli, Author - Misty River, Small Towns Aren't What They Appear ...
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David F.

David F.

Sep, 2023

The best.
Emily F.

Emily F.

Jul, 2022

Rachel is simply one of the best of the best. She works hard at everything is just an awesome person to collaborate with. She helped me iron out a lot as an indie author and went above and beyond several times with our project. I cannot recommend her enough. Thank you Rachel!
Rachel K.
You are so welcome, Emily! Thank you for the kind words and letting me join you on your publication journey. You were a joy to collaborate with. Congratulations on completing your book!

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