Darlene you are going to be a huge star with your great work. Ellen airs here in LA at 4:00 on Ch. 4 but you can go to her website and find out where and when it airs in your area but it will definitely be on NOV 27th a great day when everyone is off work and sitting around watching TV and seeing “YOUR” book cover design work. It will also be on again the first week in February!!! Again thank you for doing such a great job I LOVE it!
— Kym Douglas, author, The Beauty CookbookOne word for you: WOW. It looks amazing! You completely got the vision that I put on paper. I am so impressed. You have done a fabulous job. I just love how it looks. You are fantastic. I wanted to thank you for making this such an enjoyable project to work on. I really do hope we are able to work together in the future! Your attitude, patience, and the very high quality of your work made my last-minute job so much easier. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I will recommend you to anyone and everyone I know looking for design services. You have been wonderful!
— Emily Prather, editor, The Beauty Cookbook
The book looks GORGEOUS! Thanks again for all your help! I look forward to working on later editions and other books with you. I so appreciate you sharing your gifts with me to make The Sipping Point an amazing book.
—Laurie Forster, author, The Sipping Point
We were very impressed with this design team. They were easy to work with and very professional and met our tight and demanding deadline with a wonderful can-do attitude that they delivered on. I am very impressed and will use them again.
—Jim Jacobson, author, Top Maui Restaurants
Being a first time author taking a shot at self-publishing, I was clueless on how to transform a manuscript into a book. My first pitfall was having a front cover design that was not in the proper resolution for a book cover. While I loved the design, I was not even sure if I could use it.
Panicking over the mishap, I immediately called the print and distribution company to ask for a list of graphic artists with experience on book design. This is how I stumbled upon Darlene Swanson.
As if by magic, Darlene quickly ramped up the cover to its proper resolution, clarified the original design, and reworked the photos so they became a part of the picture. It was gorgeous.
Instantly I knew that I needed her experience and expertise to design the interior of the book. A short time after sending her the black and white word manuscript, she transformed the book into a work of art. “Mama Melisi and Me” is an Italian cookbook and short story book. Darlene infused the enticing food photos throughout the book, and used red and black print on each of the pages. She brought the book to life.
Throughout the process, I called Darlene to request endless edits. We laughed, both feeling like I was having a baby, but never knowing when the due date was. I was constantly e-mailing changes, as well as arranging for Sunday afternoon phone calls, so I could walk her through the edits. Darlene was always quick and efficient, as well as totally professional and patient. It was a dream working with her. We worked together for months until I was totally satisfied with the finished product.
Having never published anything before, and being terrified of my inexperience, it was great having Darlene to glide me through the creation of the book. If I ever dare decide to tackle a series of “Mama Melisi and Me” books, I will gladly invite her to join me in the adventure. - Debbie Melisi, Publisher
You all were worth every penny and much more. I had to kiss 2 ugly frogs before I met you two. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to be book designers, but in reality they are nothing more than impostors with publishing software who charge high fees for low quality services. I greatly appreciate your willingness to treat my book as a valuable commodity rather than a mass produced cheap product. The fact that you all were determined to satisfy me was demonstrated in so many ways. It showed through your patience, communications, and endurance. Your overall professional services and affordable fees have made it possible for me to finally produce a sound, error free, professional book that I am very confident and looking forward to presenting to the world.
—Getty Israel, MPH, Public Health Practitioner, Pathway To Wellness, LLC