Sunny Duran

Sunny Duran - Designer

Frederick, MD, USA

Children's book designer with 9 years experience in the publishing industry.

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I’m a freelance children's book designer and illustrator with 9 years experience. I'm currently taking a hiatus from illustrating and focusing more on book design. 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 illusrtators 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
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books


  • BA Graphic Design

Work experience

Book Designer

January, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)

I provide 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 (over 6 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 11 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 (4 selected works)

Lani Rae's Marvelous Hair

Rodriguez , Yesenia , Duran, Sunny

A Bear Somewhere

Kelly, Jodi, Duran, Sunny

Sunny has 7 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Violet Cornett
I am so happy with the work Sunny provided. Sunny is wonderful, and a true professional. She helped guide me and made my work shine. I appreciate her fast response, and her quick turn around to all my questions. Sunny is very knowledgeable and understanding to your needs. I don't have enough words to say just how great she is … I will be looking to her for my future endeavors.

Violet Cornett, June 2022

Max Ziegenhagen
Sunny is a true professional! She’s kind, knowledgeable, and honest in all her work. I cannot over exaggerate how incredible she is and what an asset she’s been in the process of getting my book finished! You could not make a mistake in hiring her. She’s the absolute best!

Max Ziegenhagen, May 2022

Sunny Duran
Thank you so much for the kind words. Max you make it easy to produce a beautiful book with your well written story and absolutely stunning illustrations. Also I'm always grateful for the quick tur...
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Amanda Mireles
Sunny is fantastic in every aspect! Thorough, cares about my work as if it was her own, so quick to respond, and again, VERY thorough. I always feel comfortable and confident with the finished product!

Amanda Mireles, April 2022

Sunny Duran
As always it's a pleasure working with Amanda. Her sweet stories and beautiful artwork make my job so much easier. Her fast response time and clear and concise feedback make the design process go v...
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Amanda Mireles
I can’t say enough good things about Sunny! She is so knowledgeable, works very quickly, so creative and can really maximize the potential of the formatting of your book. I’ve used her for design work on every single one of my published books and I’m hoping she’ll work with me on all future books too!

Amanda Mireles, March 2022

Priya V
Absolutely a pleasure to work with Sunny! She is both meticulous and thorough! A true professional.

Priya V, November 2021

Sunny Duran
You were a pleasure to work with as well. I'm pleased I got to be a part of bringing your wonderful adorable book into the world.

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