Rachel Reiss

Rachel Reiss – Designer

I'm a freelance book interior designer and typesetter with years of experience in the publishing industry.


I have years of experience in the publishing industry, designing and typesetting books for both individual clients and for top publishing houses large and small, such as Bantam-Dell, Bloomsbury/Walker, and Doubleday/Broadway. The titles I have designed cover a wide range of subjects in both fiction and non-fiction, including suspense, science fiction, and serious fiction as well as business, history, theater, music, reference, cookbooks, textbooks, how-to, current affairs, science, and biography.
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing History Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fantasy Mystery & Crime

Work experience


Feb, 2002 — Present

As a freelancer, I have designed (and written up design specifications for) book interiors and/or done typesetting for numerous book publishers, including (among others) Bantam-Dell, Barricade Books, Bloomsbury/Walker, Cambridge University Press, Camino Books, Doubleday/Broadway, Fairchild Books, Holmes & Meier, Intrepid Traveler, Kensington, Northwestern University Press, Other Press, Peter Lang, Rodale, Smith & Kraus, and St. Martin’s. The titles cover a wide range of subjects in both fiction and non- fiction, including suspense, science fiction, and serious fiction as well as business, history, theater, music, reference, cookbooks, how-to, current affairs, and biography. A number of titles were illustrated, either including photo inserts (some grayscale, some four-color), or illustrated throughout.

Bantam-Dell Publishing Group

Jul, 2001 — Jan, 2002 (6 months)

While at Bantam Dell, I designed, wrote up design specifications, and oversaw the composition of more than thirty titles. I also hired and coordinated the work of freelance illustrators as projects required, and selected case materials and designed and typeset the spine dies for hardcover titles.


(Limelight). Al Brodax was the producer and co-author of the ground-breaking animated film, Yellow Submarine . In this book he recalls a frenzied, madcap escapade that came to be reflected in an enduring piece of screen history. In addition to Al and The Beatl... read more
This text is based on the premise that quality is built into any product from conception to delivery to the ultimate consumer. Kadolph, a highly respected authority on textiles, recognizes the specific needs and expectations of a target market and the unique c... read more
Winner of the IACP's 2012 Jane Grigson Award for "distinguished scholarship in the quality of its research and presentation."Traditional Eastern European Jewish baking, along with the culture in which it evolved, is rapidly disappearing. Younger generations of... read more
A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution's complex and contested involvement in slavery-setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown's troubling past was far from uniq... read more
Green Cathedrals is a celebration of the sport of baseball, through the lens of its ballparks—the “fields of dreams” of players and fans alike. In all, some 405 ballparks have, over time, hosted a Major League or Negro League game, and each one of them is give... read more
To get the best answer―in business, in life―you have to ask the best possible question. Innovation expert Warren Berger shows that ability is both an art and a science.It may be the most underappreciated tool at our disposal, one we learn to use well in infanc... read more
You've heard of the Dog Whisperer? Meet the Ancestor Rescuer. Part forensic scientist, part master sleuth, Megan Smolenyak has solved some of America's oldest and most fascinating genealogical mysteries. You've read the headlines; now get the inside story as t... read more

Rachel has 3 reviews





Nicholas A.

Nicholas A.

Sep, 2019

Rachel Reiss is extraordinarily professional, and it is a pleasure to work with her. I am so glad to have had this opportunity, and look forward to more.
Christian H.

Christian H.

Feb, 2018

This was my first time using Reedsy. I was a little skeptical about using the platform, as I needed a quality design for my book without breaking the bank. Needless to say, I am thrilled with the result! From start to finish, Rachel was a pleasure to work with. She delivered a clean, polished design, and worked closely with me to ensure each detail was exactly what I wanted. I've heard great...
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Rachel R.
I'm delighted that you are getting good feedback! Best of luck with the project--it's very worthwhile and I think it can do a lot of good.
Lizzy S.

Lizzy S.

Feb, 2017

Rachel hit it out of the ballpark! She is professional, and easy to work with. Her discerning ability to read between the lines and intuitively understand the vision I had for my project astounded me with such relief and gratitude! I had previously wasted large sums of money and time trying to explain my concept and Rachel got it immediately. It was like she was in my head! So your time wi...
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