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Simon Avery

Simon Avery - Designer

Brighton, United Kingdom

My award-winning covers have worked to double sales overnight and turn a non-seller into an Amazon chart topper. E-Cover £350+vat

Overview

Reviews (4)

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.

Services
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Literature Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Law Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & outdoor recreation Travel

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 (almost 4 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 (about 4 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 (30 selected works)

The Levels: Can Your Business Step Up to the Growth Challenge?

Mr Ray Moore

The Levels focuses on challenges faced by business owners between the small to medium size transition- often a turbulent time for even the most accomplished entrepreneur! A tried and tested model, author Ray Moore brings together his extensive knowledge, experience and challenges faced over his long and successful career in business ownership. At its simplest, The Levels can be described as a ... read more

The Levels focuses on challenges faced by business owners between the small to medium size transition- often a turbulent time for even the most accomplished entrepreneur! A tried and tested model, author Ray Moore brings together his extensive knowledge, experience and challenges faced over his long and successful career in business ownership. At its simplest, The Levels can be described as a ... read more

Twelve Lessons

Kate Spencer

What if you had one year to bring your life back from the brink? Stephanie Slater appears to have it all, the house, the car, the fairy tale marriage and the new start she so desperately needed. No one knows yet she is secretly living a lie, but with mounting debts, a cheating husband and an obsession to do better than the Jonses, her perfect facade is about to shatter. When her life begins to... read more

What if you had one year to bring your life back from the brink? Stephanie Slater appears to have it all, the house, the car, the fairy tale marriage and the new start she so desperately needed. No one knows yet she is secretly living a lie, but with mounting debts, a cheating husband and an obsession to do better than the Jonses, her perfect facade is about to shatter. When her life begins to... read more

Death Magic: Bestselling CS Quinn's latest short read

CS Quinn

'Quinn is a brilliant new talent!’ —Peter James From author of the bestselling Thief Taker series London 1663. A murdered girl. An attic full of charms … Charlie Tuesday has a new case. A maid-servant has been brutally murdered, leaving an array of strange protectorates in her attic room. Stolen from her body was a silver thimble which no-one can explain how she came to have. Was the dead girl... read more

'Quinn is a brilliant new talent!’ —Peter James From author of the bestselling Thief Taker series London 1663. A murdered girl. An attic full of charms … Charlie Tuesday has a new case. A maid-servant has been brutally murdered, leaving an array of strange protectorates in her attic room. Stolen from her body was a silver thimble which no-one can explain how she came to have. Was the dead girl... read more

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

Bad Mother's Detox - a Romantic Comedy: Funny Romance (Bad Mother's Romance Book 2)

Suzy K Quinn

NEW RELEASES 2017 - Romantic Comedy / Funny Romance for ANY MOTHER who wants to laugh, feel good, relax and fall in love.If you liked the Unmumsy Mum, Hurrah for Gin and the List, you’ll LOVE this new romantic comedy.BOOK DESCRIPTIONAs a mother, I imagined myself somewhere between Mary Poppins and Jules Oliver. You know – growing my own courgettes, laughing whilst covered in mud, possibly havi... read more

NEW RELEASES 2017 - Romantic Comedy / Funny Romance for ANY MOTHER who wants to laugh, feel good, relax and fall in love.If you liked the Unmumsy Mum, Hurrah for Gin and the List, you’ll LOVE this new romantic comedy.BOOK DESCRIPTIONAs a mother, I imagined myself somewhere between Mary Poppins and Jules Oliver. You know – growing my own courgettes, laughing whilst covered in mud, possibly havi... 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

Death is the New Black

Dominic Piper

Beautiful, ambitious and talented, top fashion designer Sara Holt seems to have the world at her feet. But recently, her life has been turned upside down. She’s been on the receiving end of a vicious and frightening campaign of harassment. More sinister still, someone has been breaking into her flat, sometimes when she’s in bed asleep. Perversely, they don’t steal anything. The police are scep... read more

Beautiful, ambitious and talented, top fashion designer Sara Holt seems to have the world at her feet. But recently, her life has been turned upside down. She’s been on the receiving end of a vicious and frightening campaign of harassment. More sinister still, someone has been breaking into her flat, sometimes when she’s in bed asleep. Perversely, they don’t steal anything. The police are scep... read more

Femme Fatale

Dominic Piper

When private investigator Daniel Beckett foils an assault on a young girl in London’s West End, it leads to an offer of work from a sinister and unlikely source in Soho’s Chinatown.But what starts out as a straightforward missing persons’ case soon takes on a more ominous aspect as he discovers a trail of blackmail, sadistic violence, conspiracy and murder, plus an influential, privileged and ... read more

When private investigator Daniel Beckett foils an assault on a young girl in London’s West End, it leads to an offer of work from a sinister and unlikely source in Soho’s Chinatown.But what starts out as a straightforward missing persons’ case soon takes on a more ominous aspect as he discovers a trail of blackmail, sadistic violence, conspiracy and murder, plus an influential, privileged and ... 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

Please Don't Come Home: (Except for a Visit)

Allyson Hawkins Ward

In this game-changing book by Allyson Hawkins Ward, Life and Business Strategist, parents will discover:• The importance of parent’s transitioning from Supervisor to Trusted Advisor. • The GRIT formula to guide your teen to become an independent young adult. • Tools with step-by-step instructions to aide your teen.• The importance of allowing teens to fail so they can succeed. • AND Bonus stra... read more

In this game-changing book by Allyson Hawkins Ward, Life and Business Strategist, parents will discover:• The importance of parent’s transitioning from Supervisor to Trusted Advisor. • The GRIT formula to guide your teen to become an independent young adult. • Tools with step-by-step instructions to aide your teen.• The importance of allowing teens to fail so they can succeed. • AND Bonus stra... 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 Latte Segment

Zoe Landon

Sarah Madsen is a modern young rabbit with a cozy urban life. A yuppie, perhaps, though she’d disagree with the label. After all, yuppies don’t hang with eccentric artists in beat-down studios, much less date them. And they don’t get pushed out of their apartment by profit-hunting developers, forced to pick between an impossible market and an unsustainable rent.As she hunts for a new place to ... read more

Sarah Madsen is a modern young rabbit with a cozy urban life. A yuppie, perhaps, though she’d disagree with the label. After all, yuppies don’t hang with eccentric artists in beat-down studios, much less date them. And they don’t get pushed out of their apartment by profit-hunting developers, forced to pick between an impossible market and an unsustainable rent.As she hunts for a new place to ... 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

Success From Within: Life Works Out When You Win From Within

Elijah Windsor

If you're looking for a formula to make you rich and famous in ninety days or less, this book is not for you. If you're looking to be spoon fed instructions on how to be someone you're not, this book is also not for you. And If you want to be average and fit the status quo, this book is definitely not for you. Success From Within is for the adventurous individuals who want to carve out their o... read more

If you're looking for a formula to make you rich and famous in ninety days or less, this book is not for you. If you're looking to be spoon fed instructions on how to be someone you're not, this book is also not for you. And If you want to be average and fit the status quo, this book is definitely not for you. Success From Within is for the adventurous individuals who want to carve out their o... 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.

A Devil In Your Hedgerow (A Will Hessler Novel)

Jordan Vezina

A Devil In Your Hedgerow could be considered a bridge between the events of World War Two and the modern Global War On Terror.In the San Francisco of the 1960’s and 1970’s, young Will Hessler is split between the local Jewish community, his Nazi War Criminal Grandfather and his anti-Semitic/ PLO affiliated Mother. As things come to a boil within the family unit, the world outside begins pushin... read more

A Devil In Your Hedgerow could be considered a bridge between the events of World War Two and the modern Global War On Terror.In the San Francisco of the 1960’s and 1970’s, young Will Hessler is split between the local Jewish community, his Nazi War Criminal Grandfather and his anti-Semitic/ PLO affiliated Mother. As things come to a boil within the family unit, the world outside begins pushin... read more

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

Simon has 4 reviews

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Jordan Vezina

Simon did a fantastic job on the cover for my book A Devil In Your Hedgerow. Simon gave me several options to choose from as far as the finished artwork, took my input into consideration and delivered the finished product well ahead of schedule.

, November 2017


Jared Dillian

Simon gave me exactly the book cover I wanted. Super easy to work with. Would recommend to anyone. P.S. The book was a success.

, November 2017


Sam Derbyshire

Simon was extremely helpful and knowledgable throughout the process, sympathetic to both the needs and inexperience of the self publisher and offered five cover choices as a starter, two of which were immediately on the right lines. The covers were delivered on time and there were no hidden extras. Really happy with the collaboration and would definitely work with Simon again.

, May 2017


Kestral Gaian

Simon provided a fantastic service, was communicative and reliable, and the results were excellent!

, April 2017

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