Rebecca LeGates

Rebecca LeGates – Designer

I am a book designer with over 20 years experience in fiction, non-fiction, art and photography books.

Overview

I became a book designer through my love of books and all things beautiful. After studying literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz, I discovered the world of publishing. Over my 20 years in the industry, I've worn many hats: marketing assistant, production manager, designer, art director.

I enjoy working with typography, and especially the details of interior layout design and typesetting that make your book look professional and sophisticated. I have experience with preparing files for conventional printers, Amazon KDP, IngramSpark, BookBaby, Lulu, and Blurb.
Services
Fiction
Anthologies Cultural & Ethnic Literary Fiction
Non-Fiction
Art History Nature Photography
Languages
English
Works with
WordPress

Work experience

Self-employed

Apr, 2017 — Present

Clients include: California Institute for Community, Arts, & Nature (identity and website design, California Native Plant Society (magazine and book design and production); UC Press (print and digital ad campaign); Heyday (book design); Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival (catalog design); Jewish Community Relations Council (event branding and poster design); Camron-Stanford House (exhibit and book design); Heyday (book design); Friends of Ohlone Park (marketing design).

Heyday

Jan, 2007 — Apr, 2017 (about 10 years)

Designer at Heyday January 2007–April 2017
Responsibilities included creating and implementing cover and interior book designs, catalogs, marketing materials (postcards, brochures, ads, banners); designed issues of print magazine, News from Native California; helped to maintain websites ( managed production and printing of reprint titles; general computer maintenance and IT support.

Heyday

Jan, 2003 — Jan, 2007 (about 4 years)

Art Director at Heyday January 2003–January 2007
Responsibilities included creative direction for book projects; book design and production (interior and cover design); managing book production workflow; scheduling editorial and production work; coordinating editors and freelance designers; soliciting print bids and communicating with printers; catalog design and production; design and production of other marketing materials; website design, development and maintenance (www.; general computer maintenance.

Heyday

Jan, 1999 — Jan, 2003 (about 4 years)

Production Manager at Heyday January 1999–January 2003
Responsibilities included coordinating editors and freelance designers; soliciting print bids and communicating with printers; book design and production (interior and cover design); catalog design and production;
design and production of other marketing materials; website design, development, and maintenance (www.; general computer maintenance.

Heyday

Jan, 1997 — Dec, 1999 (almost 3 years)

Sales and Marketing Assistant at Heyday January 1997–December 1999
Responsibilities included sales calls; preparing sales and press kits for new titles; preparing and designing press releases and ads; designing catalog and other sales material; computer maintenance; interior book and cover design and production; website design and development.

Portfolio

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The Raccoon Next Door is a guide to help us identify and get along with the neighborhood raccoon and all our other wild neighbors. Author Gary Bogue presents stories, anecdotes, and sound advi... read more
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Adopted by Indians: A True Story

Thomas Jefferson Mayfield

This book gives younger readers a close-up view of traditional California Indian life and early California. Thomas Jefferson Mayfield kept a wonderful secret for almost sixty years: the secret... read more
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This alphabet board book welcomes youngsters of all cultures into the abundant world of Native California. Beautiful illustrations of animals, plants, and cultural objects show off the spectac... read more
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For the past one hundred and fifty years, architects and engineers have quietly been learning from each quake and designing newer earthquake-resistant building techniques and applying them in ... read more
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The Shirley Letters, written from the mining camps in 1851 and 1852, are something valuable and rare—a portrait by a woman of an era dominated by men. They offer a vivid picture of gold rush l... read more
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With San Francisco and Silicon Valley just down the road, the hills and valleys of the San Francisco Peninsula would have been teeming with residential development had it not been for a group ... read more
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With imagination and a little practice, you can find the shapes of the alphabet all throughout the natural world. New from the coauthors of Heyday's best-selling Discovering Nature's Alphabet,... read more
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If you stand in just the right place, at just the right time, you are going to see some pretty amazing things. Like three branches leaning against one another, creating the letter A. Or the sp... read more
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ABC Oakland

Michael Wertz

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” This enchanting picture bo... read more
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Living Wild

Elaine Miller Bond

Where is your favorite place to be? Is it a hole in the ground, the bloom of a flower, or a little blue spot in the sky? In the latest board book from the author of Running Wild, photographs o... read more
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Running Wild

Elaine Miller Bond

How do you like to move? Do you like to swim like a sea lion, prance like a deer, slither like a snake, or crawl like a turtle? In this board book, photographs of wild animals go hand-in-hand ... read more
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When Shirley bakes herself a gingerbread treat to bring to school, the last thing she expects is for him to leap out of her lunchbox and begin gobbling everything in sight. A wild chase ensues... read more
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Buildings in cities are remarkable things: they provide not only shelter but touchstones of reference and recall, a language that shapes our sense of place as well as the skyline. In sparkling... read more
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Life after Manzanar

Naomi Hirahara

From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined ... read more
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Rebecca has 8 reviews

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Phoebe X.

Phoebe X.

Feb, 2023

Working with Rebecca has been great.
Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Jan, 2023

Rebecca LeGates is the consummate professional. Extremely conscientious, she has attention to detail covered. She's also full of ideas that have helped our three collaborations (to date) immensely. You cannot lose while working with Rebecca.
Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Jan, 2022

Rebecca is a top professional, with a beautiful aesthetic and diverse skill set. We'll definitely be working with her again.
Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Jul, 2021

Rebecca LeGates is professional, responsive, artistic, and competent. She leveled up my project as I'd hoped she would. When she encountered issues she hadn't faced before, she knew how to research solutions quickly and efficiently. Her hourly rate may be higher than some, but she's well worth it; with her skills and experience she saves time by the end of the project. Will definitely use her a...
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Rebecca L.
Thank you so much! It was a joy to work with you :)
Kay D.

Kay D.

Feb, 2021

Rebecca was very professional and helpful, and I was very pleased with the book covers that she came up with. Her prices were very reasonable, and she was even willing to offer helpful advice from her experience since this was my first time attempting to publish a book. I plan to hire her again for future projects and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is looking for a book cover...
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Rebecca L.
Thank you so much, Kay! It was lovely to work with you.

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