Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis – Designer

With nearly 20 years' experience in publishing, I've helped usher numerous books from manuscript to final production.


I'm an avid reader who became a writer and a graphic designer, and I use my twenty years of publishing experience to help independent authors create great covers for their books. I love meeting old and new authors and reading the stories they're bringing to the world. I live with my two black cats, Sketch and Smudge, and a Maine Coon named Dorian Grey Cloudbottom in the Seattle area.


"I want to tell you how blown away I’ve been by all your work so far. I think I speak for the rest of the team when I say we’re so, so lucky to work with you. Every cover you’ve done for us, from THE SAPPHIRE AND THE TOOTH to THE EDGE OF NORMAL to FATAL DESCENT, has been exceptional."
–Andrew Eisenman, editor at Amazon Kindle Singles

"I am so grateful to have found Kerry. Not only is she incredibly talented—she is a wonderfully pleasant person to work with. No matter how many times my schedule changed or how nit-picky I got with revisions, she was always happy to help. I had a vision for my cover and she executed it beautifully. Beyond that, in areas where I was unsure, she stepped in and created solutions that were perfect. I can't recommend her enough. I am already looking forward to working with her on future projects!"
–Asia Citro, author of _Fun at Home with Kids_

"Not only does [Kerry] have clear artistic talents and skills, she carefully reviewed my design brief to create something well-suited, unique, and beautiful for my novel. I had many questions and was rather particular about the details; she made each change, however minute, and clearly understood the importance of getting it exactly how I wanted. It was a pleasure working with her."
–Amrit Chima, author of _Darshan_

"An absolutely delightful designer to work with. So happy we connected with her. Some of the little details she incorporated into her design were just a perfect intellectual and emotional fit for the story line. confirmed that this is the book jacket they'd want to pick up and read."
–Nicole Gebhardt, founder of Niche Pressworks

"[Kerry] has become my favorite designer for every aspect of book layout. This is the third project she's completed for me and it will not be the last. Excellent eye for detail, artistic possibility and overall design. In addition she is an effective and highly professional communicator and collaborator. A pure pleasure to work with."
–Kristen Wolf, author of _The Way_
Classics Historical Fiction Horror Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
  • 2017 IPBA Gold, Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction E-Book
  • 2014 IPBA Silver, Best Adult Fiction E-Book

Work experience


Oct, 2006 — Present

Writer. Editor. Designer. Creative Outlet.

Specializing in cover design, layout, and photography.


The Gondola Maker

Laura Morelli

Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardIPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-bookNational Indie Excellence Award FinalistEric Hoffer Award FinalistShortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of Made ... read more

Hoke, Creighton

A novel about the American theatre of the 1850s.The New York theatre of that era was the Hollywood of its day, with allits trademark insanities. It was everything that was America. Its beautyand excitement, its rise and fall of personalities, its joys anddespe... read more
It's been described as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets The Death of Bunny Munro--and, once you start reading this haunting, deeply personal novel, you'll see why...When Biddy Debeau finds his girlfriend nake... read more
This is the real world of modern Karachi as seen through the eyes of a young woman in an elite family. Here are the hidden dramatic realities of the upper class, the undertow of religion, revealing the truth sometimes spoken in hushed whispers, more often swep... read more

GP James

The Pace of the Bourne Identity The Technical Depth of Michael Crichton The Universal Magnitude of Dan BrownA timely thriller illuminating facts regarding the state of the world's energy crisis, climate change, and the quandary of nuclear energy--inspired by e... read more
Fear of change is a strong motivator. Upon learning that his newly appointed successor intends to break the 18-year silence between the humans on the Cantus Firmus and the alien life forms on board the ship, Captain Maglishaw would rather kill than allow the m... read more
San Francisco, 1944. Sophia Nirenska, a Polish resistance fighter who survived the Warsaw ghetto uprising, finds safety in California until someone tries to kill her. She insists political enemies want to silence her, but homicide detective Oliver Wright, on m... read more
On Wings of A Lion

Susan Wakeford Angard

ON WINGS OF A LION is a whirlwind of international intrigue and passion set in the last days of the Shah of Iran’s reign.In 1978, daredevil film director Kathryn Whitney comes to Iran to shoot a package of TV commercials at the ruins of Persepolis. She leaves ... read more
Winner of The Center for Fiction's Christopher Doheny AwardShortlisted for the Del Sol Press PrizeAmerican-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother's early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, twenty-two-year-old Catherine finds herself cut of... read more
Honeymoon Alone

Nicole Macaulay

Honeymoon Alone is told through the lens of Lucy Gray - a third grade teacher who's 26 and has never really been away from home. Her family is overbearing and her latest romantic interest ditches her publicly for her own cousin. She's in a rut and on a whim (a... read more
Porter Brown has much to redeem. His family torn apart by manipulation and abuse, Porter is thrust into the adult world at an early age. Driven by regret and a seething anger, Porter journeys across the globe in his quest to restore that which no man can...inn... read more
"The Da Vinci Code meets Hunger Games meets Left Behind...An imagining epic." Hugh Hewitt, New York Times BestsellerElijah Goldsmith has nightmares he needs to ignore. Why would a rich kid from Manhattan dream three straight nights about a dragon and the destr... read more
Nobody knows much about reclusive historian Muiris (Mos) O’Súilleabháin except that he doesn’t share his secrets freely. Mos, however, has a "sixth sense for history, a unique talent for finding lost things”.Reluctantly lured from seclusion, Mos is hired to lo... read more
"Jenni masterfully weaves steadfast truths into a story that shakes our world view, our theology and our ideas of what a human can bear." - Hettie Brittz, motivational speaker and author, Fearless. Free. and (un)Natural Mom"Whether you read this book to try to... read more
Ten years ago, Shannon Drury was a cranky feminist stay-at-home mom whose younger friends had to explain just what a "blog" was. Today she's known in the blogsphere and IRL by the name of her award-winning website: The Radical Housewife.This celebration of her... read more
The Wilderness Within

John Claude Smith

The forest is alive. While visiting fellow writer, Frank Harlan Marshall, Derek Gray senses a palpable dread within Frank's house and the forest that surrounds it; a subtle, malignant sentience. What should be a joyous event, as they await the surprise arrival... read more
Sometimes only a demon can save you... Beaten and left for dead as a young child, Haden Church was raised by the mysterious Ministry of Wraith where he was taught to hone his dark talents. Now, as an adult, he uses those same demonic skills to track down evil.... read more
Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly.2018 WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARD, HONORABLE MENTIONERIC HOFFER GRAND PRIZE FINALISTEDITOR'S CHOICE... read more
Historical FictionA Child Went Forth tells of a thirteen-year-old con artist, Charlie Griffin, who journeys from Brooklyn to Missouri to give secret cash to abolitionist leaders in 1851. While the age of the protagonist might lead some to think this is a young... read more
Melode is seventeen: sensuous, spiritual, and fierce. Orphaned as an infant, she has never been able to hope for a true place among the Christian Separatists she serves—until she falls in love with Adam, whose minister father plans to lead the congregation to ... read more
Busker's Holiday

Adam Gussow

From award-winning blues scholar and musician Adam Gussow, a taut, sexy first novel about the summer busking scene in Europe and a pair of wild-hearted young men who make a pitch for fame and glory, finding a girl or two along the way. Busker's Holiday is the ... read more
In this historical adventure tale, a Christian missionary named Behaine visits Prince Nguyen Phuc Anh, King of Vietnam, and asks his permission to present Anh’s young son Canh to King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette as a symbol of Christian “friendship,” in the... read more
Young Carson Calley has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She fee... read more

Amrit Chima

In 1911 rural India, Baba Singh Toor commits a shocking act of violence to avenge a crippling loss, setting a secret in motion that will haunt—and claim—the Toors for generations.Hardened by a crime for which he was never caught, Baba’s past casts shadows over... read more
A jeweler with a law degree, for decades Elaine Solari Atwood fought crippling arthritis with hard liquor until she died of a brain aneurysm at sixty-eight, leaving two daughters in their thirties and a lifetime's worth of unfinished business. Forced as a chil... read more

Kerry has 2 reviews





Grace Justice E.

Grace Justice E.

Oct, 2023

Created a beautiful cover for my book and used a lot of creative elements without it looking crowded or messy. I would definitely work with Kerry again.
Sherry S.

Sherry S.

Jul, 2020

Kerry was amazing. Her covers were great and since my book published SO MANY people, many of them writers, have commented on how much they loved the cover. She worked with me for several weeks as we worked out what seemed to be the components that really spoke of my book. As I was wondering about all the many issues of publication she sent me articles to read and was very helpful beyond just ...
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