Rebecca Demarest

Rebecca Demarest - Designer

Seattle, WA, USA

I am an award-winning book designer, author, and writing coach/instructor who is familiar with both traditional and independent avenues.

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Overview

I am an author by training and a technical illustrator by trade, and I have 9 years experience with writing, coaching writers, creating book designs, and guiding folks through the publishing process. I teach classes for youth and adults, do one-on-one coaching for writers looking to make the next step forward, and I love coming up with lesson plans for Clarion West and elsewhere. If you're trying to figure out how to make the next step on your manuscript, or create an eye-catching book design, I'm your girl. I work with you to figure out the best ways forward and what you want to see in a finished product, whatever your goals.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
African American fiction
Anthologies
Christian Fiction
Classics
Comics & Graphic Novels
Cultural & Ethnic
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Holiday
Horror
Humor & Comedy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction
Mashups
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Plays & Screenplays
Poetry
Romance
Science Fiction
Themes & Motifs
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Christian (Non-Fiction)
Comics (non fiction)
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Design
DIY & Crafts
Economics
Education & Reference
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
History
Home & Garden
Humanities & Social Sciences
Inspirational
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Music
Nature
New Age
Parenting & Families
Philosophy
Photography
Political Science & Current Affairs
Psychology
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Sex & Relationships
Travel
Weddings
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • MFA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College

Awards

  • Committee Choice Award from the 2014 Boston Book Builder's Book Design Show for "Undeliverable"
  • Committee Choice Award from the 2015 Boston Book Builder's Book Design Show for "Thea of Oz"
  • Storytelling World Award in 2016 for "Less Than Charming"

Work experience

Publisher

Mneme Press
October, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

I created Mneme Press to help underrepresented playwrights publish their work in a printed format to help them gain a wider audience and distribution than they might otherwise.

Designer

Self-employed
September, 2014 – Present (almost 6 years)

I provide book design and publishing services to small presses and independent authors.

Art Director

Dark Skull Publications
September, 2014 – September, 2016 (about 2 years)

I am in charge of all design work, including cover design, book design, branding, and promotional material, for a small independent horror press, Dark Skull Publications.

Design Editor

Seattle Play Series
January, 2014 – December, 2017 (almost 4 years)

I am in charge of all design aspects of the Seattle Play Series, from promotional material, to book and logo design.

Technical Illustrator and Production Editor

O'Reilly Media
May, 2011 – Present (about 9 years)

I spend my 9-5 creating technical illustrations for O'Reilly Media and doing odd design and editing jobs around the department as needed.

Production Editor

Redivider Literary Journal at Emerson College
January, 2010 – May, 2011 (over 1 year)

Created book covers for each edition from submitted art, laid out the interior of the journal, and produced marketing materials for the journal. Also represented the journal at the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference.

Production Editor & Book Designer

Freelance
August, 2008 – Present (almost 12 years)

I design covers, interior layouts for print books, prep manuscripts for digital conversion, and just generally take your book from edited manuscript to published product.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Roots and Wings: A Memoir of Hope and Transformation

Perros, Demetra, Demarest, Rebecca A

Undeliverable

Rebecca A. Demarest

When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he threw himself into the search, and his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his investigation. With the help of his coworker, Sylvia—a kleptomaniac artist—Ben learns the ins and outs of a ware... read more

When Benjamin Grant’s son disappeared a year ago, he threw himself into the search, and his obsession left him without a home, wife, or job. Now, he’s managed to find work at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his investigation. With the help of his coworker, Sylvia—a kleptomaniac artist—Ben learns the ins and outs of a ware... read more

Thea of Oz: Book One of the Ozite Cycle (Volume 1)

Rebecca A. Demarest

Hundreds of years have passed since Dorothy first went to Oz. Since then, global warming has caused devastating storms that strip our world and dump the detritus on Oz, including the occasional refugee. Thea is one such traveler, and she’s been on Oz since she was a young child. Little does she know that she is in fact the direct descendent of the fabled Gale girl, which has just come to the a... read more

Hundreds of years have passed since Dorothy first went to Oz. Since then, global warming has caused devastating storms that strip our world and dump the detritus on Oz, including the occasional refugee. Thea is one such traveler, and she’s been on Oz since she was a young child. Little does she know that she is in fact the direct descendent of the fabled Gale girl, which has just come to the a... read more

The Green Lake Collection (The Seattle Play Series Book 1)

Courtney A. Kessler, Rebecca A. Demarest, J.D. Panzer, Jerry Kraft, Emily Golden, J. Michael Tumblin, Melanie Hampton, Kevin Bordi

The Seattle Play Series presents their debut collection of plays about Green Lake by Seattle playwrights.

The Seattle Play Series presents their debut collection of plays about Green Lake by Seattle playwrights.

Less Than Charming: A Novel

Demarest, Rebecca A.

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