We design books or, more precisely, we design the interior text layout, from front cover to back cover, as well as, the cover design regardless of style—hardcover, softcover, softcover with leaves or jacket, and casebound books. And we've been designing books for as long as it takes to have an understanding and an appreciation for the nuances, efficiencies, and market pragmatics of bringing a well-designed book to both buyers and consumers.
Most authors are only slightly aware of who the gatekeepers are with regard to publishing a critically and financially successful book. We, however, have learned, over time, precisely who the gatekeepers are and, in truth, we design to them.
Please know that the difference between being taken seriously and 'sloughed off' as an amateur is your book's cover designed and this is a place, truly, where templates simply won’t do. How many other authors do you believe may be using that same template? How many buyers have thus seen the very same template as well, and turned it down?
And while it is quite true, that one cannot judge a book's overall literary value or content by it's cover, a poor cover will, indeed, quickly end a book's market and financial prospects, prior to a single page being read.
However, W.S.D.G. does not only act as book designer, but we also provide guidance, coaching, and consulting services, all rolled in to your book design project, regardless of the level of service that you chose—simple or complex. Let us help you, it's what we do and we've become quite good.
We are the designers of record for Tayen Lane Publishing, which publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, check them out (we also did their website).
Since we've been asked, once again, to do website design, by popular demand, well, we're now doing websites again, utilizing what we believe is a powerful SquareSpace template. Please do check out our website design page.
Please do contact us for an estimate on both timing and cost on your project. Timing being an important aspect, as we are generally involved in multiple simultaneous projects.
A W.S.D.G book cover finds its way to INGRAM's ADVANCE: INDEPENDENT VOICE SPRING 2017, an industry publication: And, if I may so say, it is very nicely done.
W.S.D.G.’s attention to detail was truly astounding, as the book’s design captured the look and feel of what I had envisioned, from the selected images to the choice of font to the full design layout. I’ve contracted W.S.D.G to design the next two books in the Prayers series. To say that I’m grateful would be an understatement.
—Lisa Colarusso, author Prayers for Life, Love, Happiness, and the Times In-Between
The design of Extinction Dialogs is beautifully apocalyptic. I could not have asked for more suitable cover art or a better overall design.
—Guy McPherson, Ph.D, author Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind
W.S.D.G. has not only designed three of my books, I’ve enlisted them to design nearly the balance of Tayen Lane Publishing’s books. Yes, they’re that good and incredibly efficient, cost effective, and a pleasure to work with. I have nothing but praise for W.S.D.G.!
—Kermit Heartsong, publisher, author Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters, Ukraine: ZBIG’s Grand Chessboard, and The God in Us Knows (debuting 6/2017)
W.S.D.G.’s book design is marvelous. I couldn't be more pleased. There have been many positive comments about my mother's picture and also the intricately done background, with actual newspapers from the era on the subject of runaways. No matter how often or long one looks at the cover design, there is always more to see. It is probably the most meaningful cover I have ever seen.
—Mary Anderson Parks, author Flight to Ohio: From Slavery to Passing to Freedom
ORYGUN has a design that takes the book browsing experience even farther. Featuring a creamy, matte paper that’s irresistible, it offers the added pleasure of touch alongside aesthetics. When readers experience a book, they do so in totality. However, it’s incredible book cover designs that readers experience first. Orygun and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo are examples of book covers as art and marketing tool.
—Jessica Tyner Metha, author & poet ORYGUN, The Last Exotic Petting Zoo
W.S.D.G.‘s design for Some Kiss We Want: Poems Selected and New is excellent. Many who have seen it have commented on the overall attractiveness of this book’s appearance. I was very pleased with the final result, which did credit to the contents of this volume.
—Dorothy Walters, PHD, author
Recently, I was sent a handsome new American anthology of spiritual and visionary poetry called Diamond Cutters (edited by poets Andrew Harvey and Jay Ramsay) and sat happily with the book, feeling thoroughly uplifted as I read beautiful words.
—Bel Mooney columnist for the Daily Mail, English journalist, and broadcaster
Response to our book, "The Stations of the Cosmic Christ", has included phrases such as "exquisite," "beautiful," "stunning," "amazing." The reproduction of the icons is first-rate and the photographer could not have done a better job. The layout too is of prime quality. I waited years for the right publisher to arrive for this special book and its art work and I was blessed to find a publishing house that cared deeply for the quality of presentation.
—Matthew Fox, Bestselling Author, Anglican Priest, Educator
I love W.S.D.G.’s cover design and the beautifully efficient interior layout for my historical document, Cuba: Diary of a Revolution: Conversations with Fidel, Raul, Che and Celia Sanchez. It really conveys the vitality of my experiences in early sixties Cuba!
—Deena Stryker, author CUBA: Diary of a Revolution: Conversations with Fidel, Raul, Che and Celia Sanchez
W.S.D.G. has produced a dazzling gem in the book Stations of the Cosmic Christ. This book sets the table for readers to experience a deep communion with the Cosmic Christ. Sumptuously designed by W.S.D.G., it is a feast for both eye and spirit—with full-color illustrations throughout.
—Barbara LeVan Fisher, author The Spirit of Hildegard
As an author, writing my manuscript came easy; each muse was consistently inspirational throughout the process. The greatest challenge came after completion: Finding a publisher who would be able to design the perfect cover. The cover design was critically important, yet I had no idea how to approach this challenge. Thankfully, W.S.D.G. took over the process. Not only was the design absolutely perfect, beyond my greatest expectations, the title was changed, and subtext was added that proved W.S.D.G.’s advice was spot on! I couldn’t imagine a better cover image, and for this I am eternally grateful for the insight, advice, and talent of the W.S.D.G. design team. Absolute perfection!
— Sally Rice, author, The Quarry: When the Monster Lives at Home
KEE TURK, hereafter "I/me" (more personal that way)... I am a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience designing games (much more difficult to do!), books, and all manner of graphic design projects—brochures, corporate ID packages, corporate annual reports, and websites—to name a few. And I have designed award-winning games, books, Trade/ID packages, and websites. That said, I love book design and the potential that each author brings me for creating a compelling design, a design meaningful to both the author and to the book's audience. Not, at all, an easy thing to do, but a beautiful challenge to do it.
Ahh..., Further, I am social media agnostic (see following), a quasi-recluse, an old-school-is-new-again music lover (lower-powered tube amps, efficient speakers, and VINYL [lps, records, black discs]). Aren't turntables great! Also, I am an animal lover, book, movie, and sci-fi geek, a wine snob, a foodie, and a black and white photographer (only), And, okay... I work out about everyday, doing something. ;)