Sarah J. Coleman

Sarah J. Coleman – Designer

30 years experience creating covers for the US and UK's best known publishers and authors: illustration, art direction and hand lettering!



With almost 30 years' experience of creating for books, creating covers and illustrating whole books, I'm a one-stop-shop for illustration, design and lettering, known for my distinctive typographic treatments, fonts and ink-led work, whether digital or analogue. I work across a diverse spectrum of genes, and I've worked with most of the major publishing houses across the US and UK (there's a list below!)

I work on fiction and non-fiction, adult and children's titles; I've created covers for a satisfyingly diverse range of authors including Guillermo Del Toro, Hillary Clinton, Malala, Ram Dass, Kevin Hearne, Neil Gaiman and Andrea Gibson.

I love working on young adult and middle grade novels - but am equally at home with biographies, poetry, science fiction, fantasy and literary fiction. Equally you're in safe hands with a historically or politically challenging story, having created for historical fiction for authors including Linda Williams Jackson, Tonya Bolden, Harper Lee and Alice Hoffman.

Please ensure you have a good look through my gallery to see the full spectrum possible.

Additionally I create 'behind the scenes' film of work being made, and often dive in with a energetic approach to cover reveals and promo packages, Instagram takeovers, promotional assets and ideas.

If you're struggling with a title or a blurb for the back of your book, I can help with that too!

I'm also well known for my work in advertising, design, music, and the screen, as well as live sessions for Adobe, talks and seminars around the UK and online.

...most importantly I am, of course a reader, as well.


I created my first cover while still a student, commissioned to create a piece for the then-upcoming autobiography of a famous film actress (clue: she was in a lot of space films). My work with books has threaded through my career ever since, like a long-running plot point, with covers created for bestselling authors, self-publishing writers and icons of the classic canon.


include Walker Books, Penguin Randomhouse, Faber & Faber, Folio Society, Pan Macmillan, Tor, Puffin and Bloomsbury. I've been honoured to work for writers such as Malala, Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Fowler, Kelly Barnhill, Benjamin Alire Säenz and Harper Lee.

You can find an up-to-date list of my publishing clients and authors online.

Children’s Non-Fiction Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Health & Wellbeing Philosophy
Horror Middle Grade Science Fiction Young Adult

Work experience


Jun, 1993 — Present

I'm involved in the full spectrum of creative stuff - advertising, editorial, print, music, screen and animated work - but have particular experience and interest in publishing.

My pseudonym and company name, Inkymole, evolved from a childhood nickname, the glasses-wearing kid with a book, always in the inks and paints!

I'm a proof-reader too, and I also offer copywriting on book blurbs, promotional materials and book launches.


Paper & Blood

Kevin Hearne

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles comes book two of an “action-packed, enchantingly fun” (Booklist) spin-off series, as an eccentric master of rare magic solves a supernatural mystery Down Under!There’s only one Al MacBhar... read more
Ink & Sigil

Kevin Hearne

New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne returns to the world of his beloved Iron Druid Chronicles in a spin-off series about an eccentric master of rare magic solving an uncanny mystery in Scotland.“A terrific kick-off of a new, action-packed, enchantin... read more
Inventing Victoria

Bolden, Tonya

What Goes Up

Heppermann, Christine

Wolf Hollow

Wolk, Lauren

A Sky Full of Stars

Jackson, Linda Williams

Midnight without a Moon

Jackson, Linda Williams

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