Sunny Duran

Sunny Duran - Designer

Frederick, MD, USA

Children's book designer with 9 years experience in the publishing industry. I specialize in picture books.

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I’m a freelance children's book designer and illustrator with 9 years experience. I specialize in picture book design and formatting. Because I am an illustrator and a graphic designer I can provide a unique perspective when it comes to designing your book. I know how to plan your book as well as adjust the artwork to fit with your story. I try very hard to maintain the original artwork as much as possible and keep it within the illustrators original vision.

I’m a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and have a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design.

Every project is different so I usually respond to requests with follow up questions asking for more detailed information. I like having an open dialogue so we can figure out what services you need and how long it will take to finish your project. I can start before the illustrations are complete and help you plan out your page count and book dimensions. I can also start after the illustrations are complete and add your text to the artwork. However if I join at this stage the artwork may need to be modified to fit the text.
Standard turnaround time for a 32-36 page picture book is 2-3 weeks. Depending on how much editing is required and if cover design is included.

Services I provide:
page layout
typesetting, font selection
cover design
cover redesign
file formatting for print and ebook
Marketing graphics (social media or kickstarter)

I look forward to hearing more about your book and hopefully we can work together.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books


  • BA Graphic Design

Work experience

Book Designer

January, 2016 – Present (about 7 years)

I provide project management and book design services for children's books, to include typesetting; page layout, image manipulation, cover design, cover redesign, file formatting for print and ebooks, book cover mockups, and graphics for social media.


January, 2016 – Present (about 7 years)

Digital illustrator working primarily with Procreate and Photoshop. Illustrate picture books and book covers for self publishing authors.

Graphic Designer

October, 2010 – Present (over 12 years)

Worked as a creative director with a parents magazine Ella and Annie. Provided branding and web design for multiple small businesses and start up companies. Formatted and published 9 books I illustrated. I have also provided book design services for small publishers and independent authors.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Lani Rae's Marvelous Hair

Rodriguez , Yesenia , Duran, Sunny

A Bear Somewhere

Kelly, Jodi, Duran, Sunny

Sunny has 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Carole Hansbrough
Great working with Sunny. She is flexible and accommodating and has lots of great project ideas.

Carole Hansbrough, December 2022

Lisa Christian
Sunny is an absolute pleasure to work with! She expertly helped me design my first children's book, and that is NOT an easy feat considering I'm an indecisive novice! She's incredibly patient, helpful, and of course talented! She definitely has an eye for what works and what doesn't, and I truly could not be happier with the final product. Additionally, she's very easy to get in touch with, and...
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Lisa Christian, November 2022

Sunny Duran
Thank you so much Lisa. It was a pleasure working with you and helping your adorable book enter the world. It was a breeze working with you and I hope you and your book find great success.

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Pria D
Sunny, prompt and professional, and wonderful to work with!

Pria D, November 2022

Chaitra Wirta-Leiker
Sunny was an incredible designer for my children's book - beautiful work, quick turnaround time, very communicative and accommodating, and offered a ton of ideas/suggestions that showcased her knowledge of the field to me make informed decisions as a first-time, self-publishing author.

Chaitra Wirta-Leiker, November 2022

Sunny Duran
Chaitra was wonderful to work with. Always prompt with feedback and open to suggestions. I'd be happy to work with her anytime. I'm honored to be able to help bring this book into the world. Such a...
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Carole Hansbrough
Sunny went above and beyond to help me structure and format my first book and design my cover. I am so grateful to her for all her assistance and knowledge. She did an amazing job. I hope to work on future projects with her.

Carole Hansbrough, October 2022

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