Nada Backovic

Nada Backovic – Designer

An experienced book designer working with major publishers and best-selling authors; Penguin Random, Harper, Hachette, Allen and Unwin +.


I am a graphic designer and illustrator born and trained in London at the University of the Arts London. I have dedicated my design career to becoming a specialist book designer and have accumulated vast experience with designing book covers and internals for major publishers and best sellers over the years, such as Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Books and Australia's foremost independent publisher Allen and Unwin. I have designed covers for many bestsellling authors in some cases with 100's of 1000's of copies sold, including Kate Morton, Jodi Picoult, Minette Walters, Peter Fitzsimmons, Fleur MacDonald to name a few. Furthermore, I headed the design department at Allen and Unwin for 7 years. I have been running my own company for the past 18 years continuing to specialise in book design and illustration. Apart from major publishers, I also have many self-publishing clients. I have a wide variety of experience working across multiple genres, such as highly commercial, literary and historical fiction, historical non-fiction, biographies and self-help books, as well as highly illustrated cookbooks, gardening and text books. I am well known for having a strongly commercial eye and hitting the brief.

I work directly with publishers and editors. In the case of self-publishing, I work directly with the author and have a wealth of experience, advice and knowledge to bring to this working relationship. With the absence of a publishing team behind self-publishers, it can be difficult to understand how to approach a book cover or internal design. I can advise them on how to best approach the design brief in order to achieve the best results.
Biographies & Memoirs History
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
  • Best Designed Commercial Fiction Book
  • Best Designed Literary Non Fiction Book

Work experience


Jul, 2002 — Present

Since 2002 I have operated my own business supplying all book design services to a wide variety of clients including Allen and Unwin, Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins Publishers, Random House, Melbourne University Press, Pan Macmillan amongst others, as well as with self-publishers around the world.. These services include, book cover designs, book internal designs, illustrations and typesetting.


The Spotted Dog

Kerry Greenwood

'Corinna Chapman is an absolute delight.' Bookseller + PublisherCorinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire, talented sleuth, stalwart friend and lover, is back!When a distraught Scottish veteran from Afghanistan is knocked unconscious, waking up to find his beloved... read more
'Crime's not a woman's business, Joanie. It's not some bloody game.'In the murky world of Kings Cross in 1932, aspiring crime writer Joan Linderman and her friend and flatmate Bernice Becker live the wild bohemian life, a carnival of parties and fancy-dress ar... read more
Red Can Origami

Madelaine Dickie

Ava has just landed a job as a reporter in Gubinge, a tiny tropical town in Australia's north.Gubinge has a way of getting under the skin. Ava is hooked on the thrill of going hand-to-hand with barramundi, awed by country, and stunned by pindan sunsets. But a ... read more
Social Courage

Eric Goodman

Many people walk around with a secret: they experience social anxiety! At the same time, they are bombarded by messages from books, articles, and gurus that lead them to believe that social anxiety is a disease that needs to be cured. Consequently, along with ... read more
The Mothers

Genevieve Gannon

Two couples. One baby. An unimaginable choice. What if the baby you gave birth to belonged to someone else?Grace and Dan Arden are in their forties and have been on the IVF treadmill since the day they got married. Six attempts have yielded no results and with... read more
The Last Hours

Minette Walters

When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church proclaims it a punishment from God but Lady Anne of Develish has differ... read more
River of Salt

Dave Warner

In 1963, former hitman Blake Saunders flees the Philadelphia Mob for a quieter existence in a tiny coastal Australian town. Life in Coral Shoals is perfect and Blake is a new man – running a club called the Surf Shack, and playing nights there with his surf mu... read more
Mad Meg

Sally Morrison

In the world of Mad Meg, life is consumed by art. The present is unalterably coloured by the silences, loyalties and betrayals of the past.Isobel tries to unravel the secrets of her parents: her kind but crazy mother, Stella, and her rogue but dearly loved fat... read more
In today’s crazily busy world the importance of making time for leisure is more vital than ever. Yet so many of us lack a talent for it. We are working longer hours, consuming more than ever before; technology erodes the work–life balance further; increasingly... read more
‘Commonwealth, curry and cricket’ has become the belaboured phrase by which Australia seeks to emphasise its shared colonial heritage with India and improve bilateral relations in the process. Yet it is misleading because the legacy of empire differs in profo... read more
The Opal Dragonfly

Julian Leatherdale

Miss Isobel Clara Macleod, youngest of the seven children of Major Sir Angus Hutton Macleod, Surveyor-General of the colony of New South Wales, had the singular misfortune to know that at seven o'clock that morning her father was going to die.September, 1851. ... read more
‘Ava fell in love the night the Nazis first showed their true nature to the world ...’ A retelling of the Grimms' Beauty and The Beast, set in Nazi Germany.It’s August 1939 in Germany, and Ava’s world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young N... read more
'If you love Australian history combined with a gripping saga, The Unforgiving City is an excellent read.' - The Weekly TimesColonial Sydney in the final weeks of the nineteenth century: a city striving for union and nationhood but dogged by divisions so deep ... read more

Nick Brodie

<p>‘If we broaden our gaze, our story will get bigger.’</p> <p>Nick Brodie’s <i>1787</i> traces the history of Australia before the First Fleet. Usually treated as a preface to the main story – a brief interlude that starts 50,000 years before the present and ... read more

Nick Brodie

<p style="text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-size: 18.5pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; color: #000004;">A riveting story of one of Australia&rsquo;s forgotten mysteries.</span></p> <p style="text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-size: 12.5pt; font... read more
Vandemonian War

Nick Brodie

<p>Governments and others succeeded in burying the real story of the Vandemonian War for nearly two centuries. And historians failed to see through the myths and lies – until now.</p> <p>This is the story of how the British truly occupied Van Diemen’s Land, de... read more
Speaking Up

Gillian Triggs

As president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs advocated for the disempowered, the disenfranchised, the marginalised. She withstood relentless political pressure and media scrutiny as she defended the defenceless for five tumultuous years. How did... read more
Driving into the Sun

Marcella Polain

For Orla, living in the suburbs in 1968 on the cusp of adolescence, her father is a great shining light, whose warm and powerful presence fills her world. But in the aftermath of his sudden death, Orla, her mother and her sister are left in a no-man’s land, a ... read more
A celebration of being a little bit odd, finding your people and the power of music to connect us.For Steffi, going to school everyday is an exercise in survival. She's never fit in with any of the groups at school, and she's viciously teased by the other girl... read more
Anne Aly, Liz Byrski, Sarah Drummond, Mehreen Faruqi, Goldie Goldbloom, Krissy Kneen, Jeanine Leane, Brigid Lowry and Pat Torres are among fifteen voices recounting what it is like to be a woman on the other side of 40. These are stories of identity and surviv... read more

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Carmel S.

Carmel S.

Jul, 2022

Nada is a designer of exceptional talent and I highly recommend her services. I engaged Nada Backovic to design a cover for my debut novel, The Diamond City and am extremely satisfied with the result. Nada is very professional and responsive, and is able to convey the main theme and mood of a book in a single image. I wouldn't hesitate to either recommend Nada Backovic to others, or to engage h...
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J. M.

J. M.

Jul, 2021

I am incredibly grateful to have met Nada through Reedsy, and to have her artistry, expertise, and experience in crafting a new cover design for "Daughters of Men". She was patient, thorough, and very collaborative as we explored concepts that would resonate with my target readers while reflecting the flavor of my writing. The result is intriguing, beautiful, unique, and in all ways a perfect...
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