Samantha Sanderson-Marshall

Samantha Sanderson-Marshall – Designer

A book cover artist and designer with 50+ covers in Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and the British National Library. No AI πŸ™…πŸ»β€β™€οΈ



My name is Samantha and I am an artist and designer who specialises in book cover artwork and design for TV and film. I’m from Merseyside in the UK.

I generally spend my days drinking ridiculous amounts of black coffee, and listening to 90s hip-hop while I draw or design on my Mac. Apparently singing along badly (so I’m told).

I have a varied portfolio of published book cover designs. I’m currently working with two of the big 5 but my passion is helping writers and authors and writers get the cover and experience they deserve when self-publishing.

My artwork and designs dress over 50 published books an old in Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and held in the British National Library and the vaults of Cambridge and Oxford universities.

My portfolio consists of illustration covers, photo collage and mixed media composition. Photography is also a skill of mine. I have a 1st class degree in Graphic Design that included photography classes and I use these and license stock images for my designs. I was shortlisted for the 2022 Brighton Fringe, Print for Design award with one of my designs featuring photography.

I recently left my full-time job as a designer for a TV production company, creating graphic props for Hollyoaks on Channel 4 and developing title logos for new shows and films that head off to Netflix, Apple TV, the BBC etc. These mainly consisted of book-to-screen adaptations

I now focus my time on book covers but I do freelance work with TV & Film development occasionally.

I’m highly conceptual and can deliver concepts that express the content of your manuscript in ways you won’t have considered. I also select colour palette and typography that expresses the content.

I do not use AI in any part of my process, development or final artwork. I commercially license any stock photography from a reputable library I pay a subscription to. The fonts I use in my work are licensed for commercial use. Your cover will be unique, bespoke and stand out amongst a sea of designs that blend together in your genre.

My full-service graphics package includes cover reveals, social media banners, videos and animated posts for Instagram reels and stories or TikTok. Also, all assets are loaded into a design app so you can create matching social media content with templates ready to go.

Please contact me for anything else you would like to know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Biographies & Memoirs LGBTQ Non-Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction New Adult Poetry Romantic Suspense Science Fiction Women's Fiction
Works with
  • BA (hons) Graphic Design 1st
  • HND Graphic Design Distinction

Work experience

Hollyoaks, Lime Pictures

Aug, 2022 β€” Oct, 2023 (about 1 year)

Working with new show development to create key art, title logos and pitch documents for new TV shows and films. Prop design and post production assets for continuous drama TV show Hollyoaks.


Sep, 2013 β€” Present

Freelance International Book Cover Artist & Designer. Working with authors, writers, poets and publishers to create the perfect cover design for books and stationery.

Samantha has 17 reviews





C. R.

C. R.

May, 2024

I am so glad I found Sam! amazing! amazing work! She is a keeper! the cover she created for me is beyond perfection. Collaborating with her is fun and easy. I trusted her to bring my vision to life and she did such a wonderful job.
Zoe S.

Zoe S.

May, 2024

I could not be happier working with Samantha has been a fabulously creative and equally thrilling process. For anyone looking at professional cover design the detail and process Samantha goes through is above and beyond and it shows in her product.
Cindy V.

Cindy V.

Apr, 2024

Absolute perfection--the reader magnet I chose was a bookmark and Samantha made it beautifully. It goes nicely with the cover of the book and will be great to give away to potential readers. Quick, creative, and so responsive!
Samantha V.

Samantha V.

Apr, 2024

Sam is always efficient and helpful and I'm quickly trying to write a new story so I can get a new cover πŸ˜„
Cindy V.

Cindy V.

Apr, 2024

For a writer, you'd think words would come easily to me. But where do I start when talking about Samantha? Amazingly talented, delightful, charming, smart, responsive...the list goes on. I interviewed several designers before selecting Sam and I know I made the right choice. She isn't just a brilliant designer, she's a savvy reader. She really GOT my characters, and the cover design showed that...
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Samantha S.
Oh Cindy thank you so much for your beautiful words and choosing me as your cover artist. It’s been a total pleasure to create a cover worthy of not only your beautiful book but also you as a perso...
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