Victoria Heath Silk

Victoria Heath Silk – Designer

Designing books and book covers, and promo graphics

Overview

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 novels to poetry collections, history books to anthologies, graphic novels to photo books – for publishers in the UK (like Bonnier, Myriad, Creative Future), 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 for cover design:

• at least 4 cover concepts for you to choose from

• 1 finalised design, incorporating any style changes we've discussed

• a round of edits on your final design, post-proofreading, to make sure your text is just right


And for the typesetting, which includes print and ebook layouts:

• a sample layout showing you the opening pages of your book, with chapter and section headings to complement your cover

• tweaks to the design to get it just right

• a proofing PDF and time for you (or a professional) to proofread your book once it's all typeset

• one round of corrections


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 (both print-ready and ebook-ready).


Sounds pretty neat, right? Hit me up with your requests!

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Comics & Graphic Novels Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Poetry Short Story
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Photography
Languages
English
Certifications
  • BA (hons) Graphic Design & Advertising
  • Blue Sky Graphics 0110

Work experience

Self-employed

Jul, 2015 — Present

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

Portfolio

The Bread the Devil Knead

Allen-Agostini, Lisa

Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Chlorine

Jade Song

'This fantastically strange, explosive debut novel entrances even as it unsettles. It's so brilliantly written'BUZZFEEDRen Yu is a swimmer. Her daily life starts and ends with the pool. Her te... read more
Cover Design
Pondweed

Blower, Lisa

Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
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Gutted

Madorsky, Anna

Book Interior Design
Drifts

Natasha Burge

Book Interior Design
Wild Geese

Soula Emmanuel

Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design
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The Memory of Blood

Louder, Pony

Cover Design Typography Book Interior Design
Made with Reedsy
Molly Molloy and the Angel of Death

Vale, Maria

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
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why i never got to neptune

Hickman, Stewart

Cover Design Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
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Octopus

Louder, Pony

Cover Design Book Interior Design
Book Interior Design

Victoria has 19 reviews

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Russell W.

Russell W.

Apr, 2024

Vicki did an excellent job in producing a highly professional novel, and she was patient with my changes. I am a newcomer to self-publishing, and she was able to offer general tips beyond her design role. I am sure she was busy with other clients as well, but she was always reachable and ready to tweak the galleys for me.
Mike M.

Mike M.

Mar, 2024

Victoria proved the perfect designer for my first-time effort, shaping up my novel with excellent, professional layout and cover design, setting a workable timeline, and replying promptly to my numerous queries. The resulting book is beautiful beyond my best expectations. If I could give Victoria more than five stars, I would.
Victoria H.
Thank you, Mike! It's been lovely to work with you, and wishing you the best of luck with publication.
William B.

William B.

Feb, 2024

I’ll get right to the point: I’d work with Victoria again in a heartbeat. She took my ideas and provided several variations of cover designs reflecting themes that the story was trying to convey. With her prompt and considered replies, along with her knowledge of current publishing trends, we were able to collaborate on an eye-catching cover that captured the essence of the story. Then, when I...
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Anika P.

Anika P.

Feb, 2024

Victoria is thoughtful, creative and insightful. I am a very indecisive person and when I started to wonder, Victoria has always steered me toward the right choice. Her work is beautiful and and she leaves nothing to a chance. It was truly a pleasure. I looked forward to the mornings to see what ideas Victoria came up with. I shall miss that creativity. I look forward to work with Victoria agai...
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J Jacintho S.

J Jacintho S.

Dec, 2023

Well, this is my third collaboration with Victoria in less than a year. Needless to say much more. She is detailist, extremely professional and a gifted artist. Delivered the project on time, better than I expected. I certainly would work with her again. Thanks a lot Vicki!

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