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I clearly remember perusing the bookshop shelves one summer day when I was in high school. Not so out of the ordinary, but on that particular day, I was admiring book covers, and it struck me that somebody had made those covers. I wanted that job. The typical story would have me determined to do everything possible to achieve that dream, but that's not my story.
I had no idea how one set about become a cover designer, so I went to school for something else I was interested in: computer science. Well, maybe marketing. Okay, fine -- after two years of college, I realized I had to choose something that would make me happy rather than make sense, and I knew that something was English. My focus was on composition and linguistics; I loved the technical world of grammar.
When I was fresh out of college, I moved to London and began working for Snowbooks, an independent publisher that was just releasing its first titles when I joined. We worked on a project basis -- when I acquired books, I was responsible for their covers, the editing, and the typesetting. By being dedicated to quality and innovation, we gained respect and recognition in the industry and won multiple Nibbies (British Book Awards) and the IPA's Indie Trade Publisher of the Year award.
I moved back to the US, and in 2007 I became freelance. I'm still associated with Snowbooks as a contractor, but the flexibility of being freelance allows me to take on other projects, as well. I truly love what I do, and I honestly believe that the services I provide make a difference to those on the receiving end -- and their audiences. These day, when I go into a book shop, I realize that I am somebody who makes those covers. And it sort of blows my mind.
A CV with relevant experience is available upon request.
I believe that appearances make a difference. You can argue about whether or not that's fair, but the fact is that good presentation is important. The attention and care one puts into doing things right is worth it in the end, and that's why I love what I do.
From working as an acquisitions editor, I know what sets a manuscript apart from the others -- and the simple mistakes that can land it in the rejection bin. And I've seen how an effective cover can make the most of a book, while something second-rate won't get a second glance. I can't promise you a publisher or an agent or record-breaking sales, but I can help you make sure you've got the best shot possible.
What it all comes down to is that I just love for things to look their best, words and images alike.