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My Pitch for Freelance Book Design and Layout Work

3 comments February 12th, 2011

Since about 1998 the cornerstone of the promotion and marketing I do for my book design practice has been a twice-yearly email I send to a huge number of publishers—pretty much every one that lists an email or website address (from which I can find an email address) in the present year’s Writer’s Market. Below is the text of the email and I currently send, as well as my résumé. I’m open to suggestions, should anyone have rewrite suggestions.

With more than sixteen years of experience designing book covers and page layouts, I specialize in work that is both unique and tailor-made for each project. You won’t get cookie-cutter templates, routine sameness or distracting covers and layouts. Attractive, individual covers and interiors are my rule. From my studio on Long Island, I can either create from scratch the design for your project or work from a template of your own choosing.

I’ve just finished the layout of an interior design-and-layout book project, a 1,100-page novel for a self-publishing author. At the moment I have layouts going on two more interior design-and-layout jobs: the first a family history and memoir by an Indian physicist in America and the second a kind of spiritual enlightenment journey. Both are to be self-published. Before those I did design and layout of a book of historical photoessays about Waco, Texas and the layout of a World War II history for two academic presses.

Still earlier book projects include the interior of a heavily illustrated guide to fitness for seniors, a string of World War II histories, math workbooks for children, engineering textbooks filled with equations and tabular material, and an illustrated children’s storybook. These were for a myriad of self-publishers, academic presses, and traditional publishers.

I’m flexible, and I have the design and layout skills to handle a variety of topics and different kinds of books. Let me help you make some books.

Attached please find a copy of my résumé (with references).

resume_12-05-2009


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