I really love designing book covers, but I design other stuff, too.
For the past two decades, I’ve been art directing and designing covers for all kinds of books—New York Times bestsellers, up-and-coming indies, erotica, horror, women’s literature, self-help, celebrity memoirs, new adult crossovers—pretty much every genre and category imaginable.
I spent the first 17 years of my career at Simon & Schuster, where I gained an intimate knowledge not only of the process of bringing a cover concept from its initial stages to print, but of cycles in book cover trends. I now work from home as a freelance book cover designer. S&S remain one of my biggest clients, but the flexibility of going it alone means I’m able to design book covers for a wider variety of authors—both through other publishing companies (big and small) as well as with authors who have decided to self-publish their work.
Before I became a book cover designer, I studied graphic design and book arts in a BFA program while working full time as a front-of-store merchandiser and bookseller for Borders Books. I know what catches a reader’s eye, and how to get the attention of a naturally curious audience. My love of books (and of reading!) runs deep and strong. I care about making the printed word—whether on paper or “printed” on a screen—look its best, and I believe in creating a beautiful, smart-looking package!
When I’m not designing book covers, I design other stuff: posters, album covers, product packaging, logos and identity suites, wedding invitations…whatever needs to look good! I’m also into hands-on home renovation and interior design (I have a blog called Door Sixteen where I write about all of that).
I’m based in New Mexico and New York, but I can design stuff for you no matter where you are.