Sarah Lahay (née Beaudin)

Sarah Lahay (née Beaudin) – Designer

I help independent authors, publishers, and creative entrepreneurs take their books from manuscript to masterpiece.

Overview

I'm a book and marketing designer with over 10 years of industry-specific experience. I work with authors and publishers, helping them develop book covers and brand-based marketing goods. I take pride in the fact that people do judge a book by it's cover, it has a direct influence on sales!


When my nose isn't stuck in a book I design corporate reports, posters, advertising campaigns, and other marketing materials that help content creators connect with their target audience. Whether you need help with a print project or a digital design solution, you're in the right place. With a decade of design experience to draw on, my specialty is providing creative solutions that involve the careful balancing of imagination, risk, and practicality.



*Currently booking collaborations for May 2024 and onward*

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing History Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Poetry Young Adult
Languages
English
Certifications
  • Book & Magazine Publishing, Centennial College; Post-Grad
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University; Magna cum laude

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2013 — Present

Portfolio

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Touch of Fire

Goode, Pam

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Escaping the Cocoon

Linette Menaskan

A collection of poems targeting the human experience of everyday life. Divided into three sections, this book seeks to guide souls towards conquering negative thoughts, expressing gratitude, a... read more
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Let the Willows Weep

Sherry Parnell

“Sometimes life is just like paper wings. Fragile, easily torn apart, and often there are too many pieces to pick up.”In the tradition of the best Southern fiction—from Bastard Out of Carolina... read more
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"Our work should be a manifestation of who we are and what we believe."Do you want more from work than just a paycheck or a title? Are you ready to manifest a work life rooted in joy, purpose,... read more
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The Black Fox of Beckham

David L Heaney

"A tapestry of intrigue, wit, drama and dare that enthralls the reader from start to finish." --Emerald Book ReviewsA black fox, a gypsy widow, and a fourteen-year-old autistic girl discover t... read more
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Rebecca Eckler’s newest book chronicles the hard truth of what it’s really like to make a blended family. Blissfully Blended Bullshit is a witty, engaging, refreshingly candid chronicle of a m... read more
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A Journey to My Womanhood Through Endometriosis

marta szynkiewicz szynkiewicz

This book is more than a tell-all about my experience with Endometriosis. In these pages I share my journey towards a better understanding of my body; a journey of exploration and a journey to... read more
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Everywhere we look, there are quick remedies to the problems that plague us but these quick fixes end up causing more issues or prolonging the original problem altogether. We’ve searched in al... read more
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Everything doesn't (always) happen for a reason. Infertility and pregnancy loss can be devastating, yet both are often private sorrows for the one in six people who cope with the experience. T... read more
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Petra's Ghost

C.S. O'Cinneide

A man's pilgrimage becomes something from his darkest nightmares when secrets arise and ghosts haunt his path. A woman has vanished on the Camino de Santiago, the ancient five-hundred-mile pil... read more
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How much do grit and positive thinking matter when the world around you is starved of support and opportunity? Finally, a book that explains why self-help gurus and motivational speakers mostl... read more
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The poetry of Further Up and Further In continues to advance the never-ending story of one man's ongoing spiritual journey, his pilgrimage through a variety of the soi dissant and infamous sta... read more
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The sensational story of a girl's tragic death and the whirlwind of racial prejudices that came in its wake. On Boxing Day 2005, fifteen-year-old Jane Creba was fatally shot on one of the busi... read more
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A look at our relationship with food and sex, what happens when we become too dependent on either, and how to start recovering. The need for food and the desire for sex are powerful forces, so... read more
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The story of the end-of-life experience of a palliative care physician who helped thousands of patients to die well. We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomf... read more
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The Hill Times: Best Books of 2017 Unique views from John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi, and dozens of other world leaders reveal Canada and Canadians through their eyes. During the First World War, foreign leaders began addressing Canadians in our... read more
Traitors' Gate

Nicholas Pengelley

When a gruesome murder disrupts historic peace talks in London between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Middle Eastern specialist Ayesha Ryder must decipher a cryptic message scrawled in blood... read more
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How a few women fought to board planes, then fly them, and finally to break through earth’s atmosphere into space. The story of how women in Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, stru... read more
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Mark Dake, a Canadian ESL teacher, set out on a four-month road trip to discover everything that South Korea had to offer. From art galleries and temples to mountaintops and national parks, So... read more
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Join author Terry Boyle as he invites you to discover Ontario’s hidden, unusual, sites. From small communities and local folklore to UFO sightings, ghost stories, and superstitions, Terry tell... read more
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The “good jobs” of the past are almost gone. Today, many university graduates face unemployment while others face underemployment. Ken Coates and Bill Morrison explore the death of the “good j... read more
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Seven soldiers. Seven military specialties. Seven stories. What was it like to serve in the combat mission in Afghanistan? Journalists’ reports from 2006 to 2011 could only give brief glimpses... read more
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'Membering

Austin Clarke

2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature — Longlisted 2016 RBC Taylor Prize — Longlisted The unforgettable memoir of Giller Prize–winning author and poet Austin Clarke, called “Canada’s f... read more
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Pin Pricks

Arima Phlip

Pin Pricks is a collection of deceptively simple poems and aphorisms, each of which expresses an understanding of what it means to be human in this high-tech, global age. The poems leap from u... read more
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An Imperfect Man

Calabro John

Set in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale, An Imperfect Man narrates two devastating weeks in the life of Jack Hughes as he battles his left arm and his past.
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An extraordinary, newly discovered account from an ordinary Canadian on the ground in the crucial battles of the First World War. What was it like to be a field gunner in the Great War? Drawin... read more
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CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015) ― Commended When Dani sets out to uncover her father’s past, she also discovers her own future. Raised by her mother, eighteen-year-old Dani Lanc... read more
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Detached

Christina Kilbourne

2016 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Selection Anna has always been so level-headed, so easy-going, so talented and funny. How could anyone have guessed she wanted to die? Anna is not like other people... read more
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A gripping account of PTSD, and a stark reminder that, for many, wars go on long after the last shot is fired. In the shadows of army life is a world where friends become monsters, where kindn... read more
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Single women are more prominent in society than ever before, so why is being unattached and female still treated like a problem that needs to be solved with marriage? Single Girl Problems look... read more
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Sarah has 121 reviews

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Jill M.

Jill M.

Mar, 2024

Sarah exceeded our expectations on every front. Her work quality is impeccable. She always provided work product ahead of deadlines. She responded quickly to all correspondence. Her knowledge of the industry and self-publishing process was incredibly helpful. We loved both the cover and interior she designed for us. I’d hire her again in a heartbeat.
Sarah C.

Sarah C.

Mar, 2024

Working with Sarah was an absolute delight. She exceeded my expectations of what a book design could be and was extremely professional to work with. I'm so glad to have worked with Sarah!
Richard W.

Richard W.

Mar, 2024

Working with Sarah was enjoyable, thorough, and worthwhile. I brought no experience to the project, and ended with a visually-appealing book that is perfect for me and a cover that I've received many compliments on from readers.
Wendy K.

Wendy K.

Feb, 2024

Our project was a complicated one, involving six books and two editors. Each book had unusual features that presented some design challenges. Sarah, unfazed, was extremely organized and patient - qualities essential to our success! While she took the time needed to do a careful job in laying out the books, subsequent changes (and we had many of them) were turned around very quickly. She develop...
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Norman W. H.

Norman W. H.

Jan, 2024

Sarah is extremely good at what she does. I've had the opportunity to work on three projects with Sarah and I truly enjoy collaborating with her.

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