Tara Long

Tara Long – Designer

I am a full-time freelance book designer with 24 years of experience working for major publishers, and specialize in non-fiction titles.

Overview

I am an independent Book Designer and Photography Director, with 24 years of experience in publishing. My client list includes BenBella Books, Dacapo Press, FW Media, Galvanized Media, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hearst, Quarto, Random House, Reader's Digest, Rockpoint, Rodale (Men's & Women's Health and Organic Gardening), Sourcebooks, Scribe Media and Sterling.


My front cover designs are $1250 for 3-6 cover options with 2 rounds of revisions. Full cover template set up with back cover an additional $250. Interior design/layout starts at $2500 for black, simple, text-only manuscripts up to 40,000 words, and goes up from there based on word count and manuscript complexity (images, charts, graphics, 4-color, etc).


Selected Projects:

• Freelance book designer for Castle Point Publishing designing illustrated guided journals, gift books and cookbooks

• Freelance cover designer for Scribe Media designing non-fiction covers, mostly in the business genre.

• Freelance book design and layout of Pretty Simple Cooking, Ageless Vegan, The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook and Cook Lively! (DaCapo Press)

• Freelance book design and layout FW Media's Spring 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 catalogs

• Photo producer, director and stylist for all 15 books in the New York Times best-selling Eat This, Not That!, and Cook This, Not That! franchise.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Parenting & Families Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2007 — Present

I have been a freelance book designer for the past 17 years, who works with major publishers such as Castle Point Books, Dacapo Press, FW Media, Galvanized Media, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hearst, Quarto, Random House, Reader's Digest, Rockpoint, and Sterling,

Rodale

Jun, 2000 — Dec, 2007 (over 7 years)

As a Senior Book Designer I was responsible for the conceptual development of book covers and interiors. I produced designs that were marketable and that enhanced the editorial product and managed and art directed all the illustration and photography within.
I have comprehensive knowledge 4-color prepress and printing technology, and expert knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

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