Simon Avery

Simon Avery - Designer

Brighton, United Kingdom

I'm a book cover designer with experience in lots of genres and I have worked with tons of indie authors and publishers worldwide

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Overview

I'm a book cover designer with experience in lots of genres and I have worked with tons of indie authors and publishers, both in Europe and the US.

Lots of the books I've designed covers for have gone on to become category best sellers, and some have sold over 200k copies. I understand what works well on Amazon and have won several awards for my fiction and non-fiction covers.
Non-Fiction
Economics
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BA Honours Graphic Design

Awards

  • e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for April 2015 in Fiction - www.thebookdesigner.com

Work experience

Book Cover Designer & Owner

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (about 9 years)

After working as a creative director in design agency for many years I decided to start designing book covers and haven't looked back.

I love it and and it turns out I'm pretty good at it too.

Graphic Designer & Owner

Nice Graphic Design & Art Direction
September, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

My very own design agency, I'm lucky enough to work with some fantastic clients and thank my lucky stars daily I took the plunge.

Creative Director

Wilddog Design
May, 2002 – September, 2013 (over 11 years)

I came to Wild Dog as a senior design and became the Creative Director where I ran the design department and oversaw (and did most of!) the design work.

Designer

Design Revolution
July, 2001 – May, 2002 (10 months)

My 1st role in a general design agency, working on books and with corporate clients

Designer

Esquire Magazine
January, 2001 – July, 2002 (over 1 year)

I was lucky enough work for this awesome magazine straight out of college, working under a great art director it gave me good understanding of typography

Portfolio (28 selected works)

The Good Enough Mother

Anoushka Beazley

The Bad Mother's Diary: LAUGH OUT LOUD PARENTING ROMANTIC COMEDY

Suzy K Quinn

Christmas Romance / Christmas Fiction for 2016. Perfect for fans of Bridget Jones' Baby. NEW laugh-out-loud baby fiction and romantic comedy, from bestselling romance author, Suzy K Quinn.If you laughed with the Unmumsy Mum, you’ll LOVE this new baby romance - free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.This book will make you laugh, cry and feel AMAZING. Escape and unwind with the literary equivale... read more

Christmas Romance / Christmas Fiction for 2016. Perfect for fans of Bridget Jones' Baby. NEW laugh-out-loud baby fiction and romantic comedy, from bestselling romance author, Suzy K Quinn.If you laughed with the Unmumsy Mum, you’ll LOVE this new baby romance - free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.This book will make you laugh, cry and feel AMAZING. Escape and unwind with the literary equivale... read more

Dogstar: It's Moonlight Robbery (Dogstar Trilogy Part 1)

Jez Campbell

Jez Campbell’s Dogstar Trilogy is redefining the werewolf myth, ‘a must-read horror’ Commended at the Hollywood Halloween Book FestivalCommendation at the London Book Festival'Campbell's books paint a dangerous and seedy portrait of London, oozing a sense of grubbiness and sleaze which has seen the writing compared to the great Irvine Welsh' Scream Magazine'Cinematic... werewolves in a gritty,... read more

Jez Campbell’s Dogstar Trilogy is redefining the werewolf myth, ‘a must-read horror’ Commended at the Hollywood Halloween Book FestivalCommendation at the London Book Festival'Campbell's books paint a dangerous and seedy portrait of London, oozing a sense of grubbiness and sleaze which has seen the writing compared to the great Irvine Welsh' Scream Magazine'Cinematic... werewolves in a gritty,... read more

Polly Polyamorous

Daisy Diamond

Polly wants more from life.A more interesting job. A more satisfying relationship. More excitement. More fun. More sex.Most of these things seem like impossible dreams, but more sex feels like a good place to start. Which is why when Polly’s new work mate, Della, introduces her to the idea of polyamory, Polly finds herself tempted. When she meets Della’s man, the gorgeous Dan, she finds hersel... read more

Polly wants more from life.A more interesting job. A more satisfying relationship. More excitement. More fun. More sex.Most of these things seem like impossible dreams, but more sex feels like a good place to start. Which is why when Polly’s new work mate, Della, introduces her to the idea of polyamory, Polly finds herself tempted. When she meets Della’s man, the gorgeous Dan, she finds hersel... read more

Going Underground: Autistic detective crime thriller. (Jonathan Roper Investigates Book 1)

Michael Leese

Murder…kidnapping…human trafficking…life extending bio medicines…Scotland Yard detectives forced to admit they are baffled following the disappearance of a massively wealthy philanthropist who seems to have vanished into thin air.This can only be a case for Jonathan Roper; on suspension for misconduct, the autistic detective is called back to duty with the Met’s Special Investigations team. Th... read more

Murder…kidnapping…human trafficking…life extending bio medicines…Scotland Yard detectives forced to admit they are baffled following the disappearance of a massively wealthy philanthropist who seems to have vanished into thin air.This can only be a case for Jonathan Roper; on suspension for misconduct, the autistic detective is called back to duty with the Met’s Special Investigations team. Th... read more

What Goes On Tour: A LAUGH OUT LOUD ROMANTIC COMEDY OF ERRORS!

Sam Derbyshire

"Tears at the funny bits, tears at the sad bits, blushes at the naughty bits, a thoroughly entertaining read".‘Comic twists, dark moments and well-drawn characters are three of the pleasures of the rollicking read that is Sam Derbyshire’s funny, smart commentary on modern relationships’ The Highland NewsIt’s that time of year again. The annual lads’ golf trip. Sun, sea but not usually sex. For... read more

"Tears at the funny bits, tears at the sad bits, blushes at the naughty bits, a thoroughly entertaining read".‘Comic twists, dark moments and well-drawn characters are three of the pleasures of the rollicking read that is Sam Derbyshire’s funny, smart commentary on modern relationships’ The Highland NewsIt’s that time of year again. The annual lads’ golf trip. Sun, sea but not usually sex. For... read more

Kiss Me When I'm Dead

Dominic Piper

The stunning debut thriller by bestselling author Dominic Piper, Kiss Me When I’m Dead introduces the enigmatic, London-based private investigator Daniel Beckett.When Beckett is offered double his usual fee to track down Viola Raleigh, the missing daughter of a billionaire arms dealer, he has no reason to believe the assignment is not as it seems.But his investigation is hindered as he discove... read more

The stunning debut thriller by bestselling author Dominic Piper, Kiss Me When I’m Dead introduces the enigmatic, London-based private investigator Daniel Beckett.When Beckett is offered double his usual fee to track down Viola Raleigh, the missing daughter of a billionaire arms dealer, he has no reason to believe the assignment is not as it seems.But his investigation is hindered as he discove... read more

The Brighton Maverick: The complete series of love, life and liaisons in Brighton's Lanes - REVISED EDITION

Scott Chadwick

The Brighton Maverick - The Complete Series - REVISED EDITIONA contemporary novel of love, life and adventure in Brighton's LanesAs Rick Matthews sat shivering on the midnight train to Brighton three things dawned on him. He had a boyfriend who resembled a Hollywood celebrity and had the money to match. He lived in a penthouse apartment and had a walk-in closet the size of a designer boutique.... read more

The Brighton Maverick - The Complete Series - REVISED EDITIONA contemporary novel of love, life and adventure in Brighton's LanesAs Rick Matthews sat shivering on the midnight train to Brighton three things dawned on him. He had a boyfriend who resembled a Hollywood celebrity and had the money to match. He lived in a penthouse apartment and had a walk-in closet the size of a designer boutique.... read more

The Joy of Oysters

Don Quinn

The Joy of Oysters. Preparing, cooking, and above all eating. It doesn't matter whether you've never eaten an oyster or you're a lifetime lover. This is the book for you featuring recipes old and new. With a bit of history, a bit of culture and a bit of fun thrown in by legendary food festival guru, Don Quinn.This book provides the definitive answer to the age old question: "Are oysters an aph... read more

The Joy of Oysters. Preparing, cooking, and above all eating. It doesn't matter whether you've never eaten an oyster or you're a lifetime lover. This is the book for you featuring recipes old and new. With a bit of history, a bit of culture and a bit of fun thrown in by legendary food festival guru, Don Quinn.This book provides the definitive answer to the age old question: "Are oysters an aph... read more

The Modigliani Girl

Jacqui Lofthouse

"A writer of exceptional promise"The Daily Mail"There were five members of the Girl Novelists Dry Martini Club but – according to Hilary – Julia Claiborne was the richest. Of all the Martini Girls, Julia had the largest house and the most prestigious address – all of which would not really have bothered me, were it not for the fact that Julia Claiborne was also a strikingly attractive Radio 4 ... read more

"A writer of exceptional promise"The Daily Mail"There were five members of the Girl Novelists Dry Martini Club but – according to Hilary – Julia Claiborne was the richest. Of all the Martini Girls, Julia had the largest house and the most prestigious address – all of which would not really have bothered me, were it not for the fact that Julia Claiborne was also a strikingly attractive Radio 4 ... read more

Back to Creative Writing School

Bridget Whelan

The creative writing bible Catherine Quinn, bestselling author of Thief Taker BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL It’s about using 30 imaginative writing exercises to experiment with new ideas. It’s about defeating the blank page. It’s about producing the best kind of writing you can achieve. Written with passion, authority and gentle humour, it’s recommended by bestselling authors, creative writi... read more

The creative writing bible Catherine Quinn, bestselling author of Thief Taker BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL It’s about using 30 imaginative writing exercises to experiment with new ideas. It’s about defeating the blank page. It’s about producing the best kind of writing you can achieve. Written with passion, authority and gentle humour, it’s recommended by bestselling authors, creative writi... read more

All The Evil of This World

Jared Dillian

There are humans behind the big, bad vilified banks, there are humans behind the calculations of Wall Street, there are humans behind all the legal and illegal financial machinations in the news--they are not always the best humans, and they are not always the worst humans, but All The Evil Of This World tells their stories with abundant curiosity, empathy, and honesty. On March 2nd, 2000, the... read more

There are humans behind the big, bad vilified banks, there are humans behind the calculations of Wall Street, there are humans behind all the legal and illegal financial machinations in the news--they are not always the best humans, and they are not always the worst humans, but All The Evil Of This World tells their stories with abundant curiosity, empathy, and honesty. On March 2nd, 2000, the... read more

Get Lost, Girlfriend!: How I Found Myself When My Best Friend Dumped Me

Sharon Livingston

Being dumped by your BFF may feel like the worst betrayal you could ever face,worse than being–•ditched by your man,•snubbed by your dog (the cat does it regularly, so that doesn’t count), or•fired by your housekeeper.But in every crisis there’s opportunity, right?This is story of how a quirky therapist answers the phone one day, only to hear her closest friend say the dreaded words that cut h... read more

Being dumped by your BFF may feel like the worst betrayal you could ever face,worse than being–•ditched by your man,•snubbed by your dog (the cat does it regularly, so that doesn’t count), or•fired by your housekeeper.But in every crisis there’s opportunity, right?This is story of how a quirky therapist answers the phone one day, only to hear her closest friend say the dreaded words that cut h... read more

HIRED, FIRED, FLED: One Man's Global Quest To Beat The Rat Race

Charlie Raymond

"Informative and entertaining in equal measures, HIRED, FIRED, FLED will have you hooked from the very first page." - Kaye Holland, TNT Magazine UK"A witty and entertaining read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some incisive nuggets of wisdom."- Sarah Townsend, Arabian Business"Tongue-in-cheek humour, gripping angst, and weighted notational advice..."- Paul Rodger, Strathclyde Telegra... read more

"Informative and entertaining in equal measures, HIRED, FIRED, FLED will have you hooked from the very first page." - Kaye Holland, TNT Magazine UK"A witty and entertaining read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some incisive nuggets of wisdom."- Sarah Townsend, Arabian Business"Tongue-in-cheek humour, gripping angst, and weighted notational advice..."- Paul Rodger, Strathclyde Telegra... read more

The Five Year Mark: Lessons Learnt Chasing a Dream

Mike Saunders

The Five Year Mark is collection of personal stories and lessons I have learnt , while building a business. In short, easy to read chapters, I cover a range of principles and lessons learnt during our company’s first five years, including: vision; leadership; operations; personal development; culture and more. In many ways, this book is something I wish I could have read during the early years... read more

The Five Year Mark is collection of personal stories and lessons I have learnt , while building a business. In short, easy to read chapters, I cover a range of principles and lessons learnt during our company’s first five years, including: vision; leadership; operations; personal development; culture and more. In many ways, this book is something I wish I could have read during the early years... read more

Bread for the Table

Tara Botel Doherty

BREAD FOR THE TABLEbyTara Botel DohertyBread for the Table relates a single day in the life of Sage a 30-year-old aspiring jewelry designer working as a waitress in a pseudo New York deli in Los Angeles. A postcard from her mother triggers a series of flashbacks, which bring Sage's life into focus. She remembers her protector – dear older sister, Rose of Sharon and her untimely death; her remo... read more

BREAD FOR THE TABLEbyTara Botel DohertyBread for the Table relates a single day in the life of Sage a 30-year-old aspiring jewelry designer working as a waitress in a pseudo New York deli in Los Angeles. A postcard from her mother triggers a series of flashbacks, which bring Sage's life into focus. She remembers her protector – dear older sister, Rose of Sharon and her untimely death; her remo... read more

Confined Spaces: Claustrophobic Tales of Terror

F.R. Jameson

An adulterous couple hear something dreadful happening next door; a movie-star is trapped in her hotel room; elsewhere a young man is buried alive on his uncle's farm; while another man wakes up, unsure of who he is or how he got there, in a perfectly white prison cell.Seven disturbing tales of claustrophobic terror, from author of supernatural thrillers, F.R. Jameson.

An adulterous couple hear something dreadful happening next door; a movie-star is trapped in her hotel room; elsewhere a young man is buried alive on his uncle's farm; while another man wakes up, unsure of who he is or how he got there, in a perfectly white prison cell.Seven disturbing tales of claustrophobic terror, from author of supernatural thrillers, F.R. Jameson.

I Can See You: Autistic British Detective: Jonathan Roper Investigates Book 2

Michael Leese

A serial killer dubbed the “Face Ripper” is taunting police. His victims are businessmen with links to the military and the murderer has covered his tracks to leave no clues. Sounds like the perfect job for autistic detective Jonathan Roper, but he’s been snapped up by the bosses at GCHQ. They want to find out if his unique method of analysis can make the difference in the war on terror. The s... read more

A serial killer dubbed the “Face Ripper” is taunting police. His victims are businessmen with links to the military and the murderer has covered his tracks to leave no clues. Sounds like the perfect job for autistic detective Jonathan Roper, but he’s been snapped up by the bosses at GCHQ. They want to find out if his unique method of analysis can make the difference in the war on terror. The s... read more

Selected Poems of James Elroy Flecker

James Elroy Flecker

“His poetry is alive with colour, light, sound and music…to Flecker, poetry was a combination of acute perception and intellectual and emotional activity and, in order to develop these creative gifts, the poet needed an enthusiasm for the world in every detail – a world that was always ‘passionately interesting’ and filled with human kindness”. So writes Jean Cantlie Stewart in her detailed in... read more

“His poetry is alive with colour, light, sound and music…to Flecker, poetry was a combination of acute perception and intellectual and emotional activity and, in order to develop these creative gifts, the poet needed an enthusiasm for the world in every detail – a world that was always ‘passionately interesting’ and filled with human kindness”. So writes Jean Cantlie Stewart in her detailed in... read more

Simon has 10 reviews

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Denise M. Bressler
Simon is amazing! Very accommodating! Pleasure to work with!

Denise M. Bressler, November 2021


Denise M. Bressler
It's always a pleasure to work with Simon!

Denise M. Bressler, July 2021


Denise M. Bressler
Simon is wonderful with work with and he provides high quality, engaging designs!

Denise M. Bressler, June 2021


Phil Appleton
Having worked on my memoir for 40 years, I wanted the 'perfect' cover, and the right professional to guide me through the process to achieve that. Simon left me in no doubt about his professionalism, reassuring and providing me with all the options I needed and producing a final result that I was delighted with. I will have no hesitation in using him again for any additional work.

Phil Appleton, April 2021

Simon Avery
Great author to work with!

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Anthony Howard
Simon did a wonderful job on our cover, and came up with the perfect design in the first go.

Anthony Howard, January 2019

Simon Avery
Thanks Anthony - was a pleasure to work with you

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