Victoria Heath Silk

Victoria Heath Silk - Designer

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Book designer, specialising in literary covers and typesetting, as well as promotional graphics

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Combining an arts background with a career in publishing, I specialise in book covers, internal book design (typesetting), and online promotional graphics for books.

My work tends to have a literary leaning, but I've worked on all sorts of books, from fiction titles to poetry collections, from graphic novels to photo books – for indie publishers in the UK as well as private self-publishing clients from elsewhere in the world. And I'm always open to any new challenges you might like to send this way. The most notable cover I've designed is for The Bread the Devil Knead – shortlisted for the 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction.

If we work together, you can expect a friendly, smiley person on hand to help you through the process (always helps, doesn't it), with a prompt delivery, as well as the following:
• 3 concepts (i.e. 3 different draft designs for you to choose from)
• 1 finalised design, incorporating any style changes we've discussed (like colour changes, or minor tweaks)
• 1 round of edits on your final design

Then I'll apply the design to whatever medium(s) we've agreed and supply the relevant files for you to get your book out there (along with any copyright info for images used).

Sounds pretty neat, right? Hit me up with your requests!
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story


  • BA (hons) Graphic Design & Advertising
  • Blue Sky Graphics 0110

Work experience

Freelance designer & art director

July, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Freelancing for independent publishers and individuals to provide book cover design, internal book design and typesetting, as well as promotional graphics.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Bread the Devil Knead

Allen-Agostini, Lisa


Blower, Lisa

The Memory of Blood

Louder, Pony

Cora Vincent

Aboud, Georgina

The Day I Fell Off My Island

Bailey-Smith, Yvonne

why i never got to neptune

Hickman, Stewart

Victoria has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Melissa Colleret
Working with Victoria has been absolutely wonderful! From the first interaction I had a good feeling and even though we only communicate via messages, I felt the good vibes through all of it. She gave new life to my manuscript and made it 10X better than if I had done it on my own. I look forward to collaborating with Victoria again in the future and I highly recommend working with her. H...
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Melissa Colleret, February 2023

Victoria Heath Silk
Thanks so much, Melissa. I've loved working with you and wish you all the luck in publishing Aspiring Mama!

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Maria Vale
I can't say how much I appreciated Victoria's professionalism, patience and creativity. She took my vague wishes and scattered thoughts and made them into something beautiful that truly conveyed the idea of the book and its genre. I am so grateful.

Maria Vale, February 2023

Victoria Heath Silk
Ah, thanks, Maria. It's been a realy joy to work on Molly Molloy's cover for you. Good luck with publication!

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Anna Madorsky
I would recommend Victoria without hesitation to anyone in need of book design and typesetting. Besides delivering sensational work quality, she's wonderful to collaborate with, brings excellent ideas to the table, and is a patient, organized, and clear communicator. 5/5 on all counts. I would hire her again in a heartbeat. Absolute gem.

Anna Madorsky, January 2023

Victoria Heath Silk
Thanks so much, Anna. I've really enjoyed working on your book with you – a lovely collaborative process to get it exactly right. Good luck with publication!

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Simone Noakes
Victoria took a photo composite and a brief and made a beautiful cover. For this I’ll always be extremely grateful, so much so that I put her in my acknowledgements page! She got the brief and had some gorgeous ideas. I knew I could trust her taste and that was a huge comfort. I've already asked her if she'd like to collaborate again on my next book.

Simone Noakes, November 2022

Victoria Heath Silk
Thanks, Simone, it’s been such a pleasure working with you. Good luck with publication!

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Stewart Hickman
She has an eye for consistency, balance, visual appeal and distinctive spark. She “got” what I was trying to achieve, and provided options, guidance, and gentle advice. She has experience across lots of styles and disciplines. She is an adept visual artist who speaks the language of the writing artist. As a result if all these qualities, I received products (in my case, a cover and interior des...
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Stewart Hickman, September 2022

Victoria Heath Silk
Thanks so much for the lovely words, Stewart. It was a real pleasure to work with you on your book. Good luck with publication!

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