Steve Mead

Steve Mead – Designer

Cover design and page layout with a passion for books.


I am a passionate book designer specialising in primary and secondary educational books and fiction trade books. I pride myself on delivering a professional, collaborative, and creative service from concept to full digital and print production.

When I design books I find it essential to understand the target audience and how your project can exceed in useability and design so it delivers a successful product for reader, parent, teacher, and child.
Action & Adventure Middle Grade Fantasy Science Fiction Young Adult
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Humanities & Social Sciences Math & Science
  • Adobe Animate CC course

Work experience


Jun, 2017 — Present


I offer a service that is tailored to support you in finding the right design and direction. I know the publishing process and what works for each age range, subject and target audience.

I have produced many non-fiction and fiction books from concept to production, offering a collaborative concept stage to get the look and feel right followed by a well-managed and communicative approach to producing the end product.

Please contact me with any queries and I am happy to help and hopefully work with you in the future.


Oxford University Press

Mar, 2018 — Aug, 2018 (5 months)

This was a part time project helping OUP to establish its first ebook service. Transforming print books to work on an ebook platform.

Capstone Publishers

Jun, 2005 — Jun, 2017 (about 12 years)

Senior Book designer for one of the largest publishers in the US. Specialising in Educational publishing for non fiction elementary and middle grade books. Fiction book designer for the UK market under the Curious Fox imprint with books successfully distributed to Waterstones and WHSmiths.


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From Love to War: A Short Story Collection

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A Long Way Down

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Junior Rocketeers: The Legend of ÆON

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The Orangutan Rescue Gang

Joyce Major

From award-winning author Joyce Major comes this utterly gripping tale about a wildlife rescue gang embarking on a quest to rescue a stolen baby orangutan.When eleven-year-old Jaylynn moves from Seattle to Sumatra, Indonesia, she discovers a baby orangutan cha... read more
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The Funny Life of Milo: Gross Stories

Holdaway, J.S.

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Finding Ted James

Wilcox, Steve

Lizzie's blood chilled as the sound went right through her. It was the baying of a hound...All is not well at Fitzy's Circus. A clown fall ill, the star performer is injured, and tickets for the show aren't selling. Is it because of the terrifying dog said to ... read more
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The Mexia Music Murders

Wilcox, Steven

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Not White Bread: A Memoir

Midla, George Stephen

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Ruby and the Genie

Tapping, Susan

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Schizo Pig

McCoy, Keith David

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The Funny Life of Milo: Summer School

Holdaway, Jesse

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Fighter's Fever: The Metallic Siege

Nazaire, Ricardo

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The Jude Crew

McCoy, Keith David

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Robin, Guy

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The Cycle of the Orbs

Gibson, D S K

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The Book of Miriam

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The Mysterious Fox

Nguyen, Kate KT

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Starting Kindergarten ABCs with Zarah

Benjamin, Lauren A.

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The P is Silent

Saunders, Lisa

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Eye Spy 2: Savannah’s Diary

Harris, Kallie

Red Rock

Kate Kelly

The ice caps have melted. The coastal areas we once knew are gone, and only ‘scavvers’ now live in the flooded towns. The world has changed, but as 14-year-old Danni Rushton soon discovers, it isn’t the first time… Living with her uncle after the tragic death ... read more
Robotics is one of the hottest fields in STEM curriculum. Open students' eyes to the field of professional robotic engineers. Readers will learn the basics from a real-life expert and get some hands-on epxperience all in a digital format.
Meet Jonny Jakes, undercover reporter for banned school newspaper The Woodford Word. Nothing will stop his pursuit of the truth. Not teachers. Not parents. Not double detention.When a new head teacher arrives halfway through term, Jonny smells a rat. Teachers ... read more
Amphibian Body Parts
Baking Life of Amelie Day

Steve has 59 reviews







Apr, 2024

Steve knows his stuff!
Carla C.

Carla C.

Feb, 2024

Steve offered different styles of page layouts and font colors. His clear recommendations led me to choose a professional design and font to showcase an adorable story. Steve is patient with those of us not trained in his skill-set. His clear communication and professionalism were a delight. I’ll hire him again as I have already had Reedsy edit three more children's picture books. Kudos and gra...
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g M.

g M.

Feb, 2024

Always enjoy working with Steve.
Greg S.

Greg S.

Jan, 2024

Very creative and super easy to work with. Steve does outstanding work and goes the extra mile to make sure I have what I need, when I need it. I could not ask for more.
Steve M.
Thank you.
Amanda M.

Amanda M.

Dec, 2023

Steve is thorough, professional, creative and very responsive. His ideas were extremely helpful. Working with him really made my book possible.
Steve M.
thank you Amanda.

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