Peeling an Artichoke

Design Notes: When searching for an image to feature on the cover, I didn't have to look farther than the title. For the non-fiction interior, the page headers in each chapter change to match the chapter heading. As a first time author, I did an extensive internet search for reliable and excellent creative formatting services. … Continue reading Peeling an Artichoke

Kingsville Mysteries

Design Notes: All three books in this 1960s family mystery series were recovered and reformatted at the same time by Woven Red, resulting in a beautiful consistency outside and in. The background sketches on the  second and third books started as full-colour photographs. The same bird silhouettes were used on all three covers. I have … Continue reading Kingsville Mysteries

Teaching in the Spirit

Design Notes: A cheerful presentation of a serious subject, teaching young children, written by a teacher for teachers.


Design Notes: Author Susan Riseng Hunter wanted to present her memoir as poetry. She chose a dramatic black and white image which I framed up close and personal, into the heart of the fragile dahlia. The font was also chosen for its fragile nature.   

Yosemite Farewell

Design Notes: Author JoAnn Levy obtained permission from the California State Library to use ‘Indian Woman Panning Out Gold,’ from Hutchings’ Illustrated California Magazine, Vol. III, 1859 on the front cover. The title font is based on the Clarendon font registered by Robert Besley and the Fann Street Foundry in 1845. Inside, rather than using … Continue reading Yosemite Farewell

Teacher Growth Trajectory

Design Notes: Dr. Sternberg wanted a plain cover for his text book, so a neutral blue with a discreet shadow was used. The introduction is numbered with roman numerals. Each chapter title is repeated in the headers. The forms in the appendices were also provided in an 8.5" x 11" pdf for download and use … Continue reading Teacher Growth Trajectory

Taste the Silence

Design Notes: Poetry has greater freedom in interior formatting. Here selected words are highlighted to draw emphasis to the poet's message. Each poem is centred vertically on the page for visual balance. Covers are free from the dictates of genre, and can be just about any image that pleases the poet. Here is a painting of shoreline … Continue reading Taste the Silence

Above Scandal

Design Notes: My first project, my own book, with its new cover! When a chapter has a title, the table of contents can show both the chapter's number and its title. The cover image a father and daughter playing on the beach comes from altanaka via

Poems of Love and the Sea

Design Notes: It was a delight to use one of Gloria's own paintings for the cover image. Why cover such a beautiful image with a back cover blurb? Poetry can be tricky to place just right; text boxes can help. I recently had occasion to use Joan’s formatting services, and so came into direct contact with … Continue reading Poems of Love and the Sea