About

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As an author and former illustrator for ACE Books in New York, I have always had a deep love of books and a profound respect for writers.

I found a love for words and writing before I was old enough to go to school. I have two older sisters who loved to play teachers and made out lessons and reading assignments for me regularly. I was reading stories in the Reader’s Digest before I could tie my own shoes – even if some of the bigger words were hard to comprehend. I loved books and I loved to write – I was hooked. That’s where my passion for this industry developed. This is my happy place!

I soon started writing my own stories! I won my first author’s award when I was in grade school, but I had written my first book by the age of four, The Swan. Although the title was lacking, being fully illustrated made up for it. I bound the book in cardboard laced with bright orange yarn and offered – what I saw as a treasure – to my mother. I have it now, tucked away somewhere. Mom brought it out of hiding and gave it back to me as a keepsake when I got my first paid commission as an illustrator over 20 years ago.

I wrote an epic fantasy at 13, it was hand-written, it was my baby. I wrote a tearjerker too, but never finished it. As I grew older my main focus turned to art and instead of facing rejection letters I took a contract position as an illustrator with one of the largest publishing houses of the time – I was stunned when they accepted me.

All of my writing took a back seat except for some random written pages of inspiration that I couldn’t keep from the page, and then stuff in a box, of course. I ended up publishing some poetry finally, but not until I was 31, and thought with my busy career, I might not get back to writing until after I retired.

My career fell apart when the economy tanked in 2009, I found myself putting all of my efforts into Mundus Media Ink and my graphic design. Even then I had no idea I’d be where I am today. I am so glad that fate stepped in my way and brought me back to the creative endeavors that I love.

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I opened Mundus Media Ink (MMI) in 2005 and worked mainly with small businesses designing brands. MMI now offers me the opportunity to do the work I love, working with writers.

I’ve had wonderful support from friends and family as I’ve grown my business over the years. My oldest sister is a writer and like I said, was a source of inspiration from the get-go. My best friends, my middle sister, my parents, and my daughter have all been supportive and wonderful as I’ve built-up my design business and broke back into writing.

My daughter, in fact, is a constant source of inspiration. Now in her 20’s she’s just graduating from college and pursuing a career in art. She has grown up to become a beautiful and talented woman that goes after her dreams with all she’s got. I believe we all should.

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I became a book cover designer in 2012, and actually came back into the industry as an illustrator – here’s the first illustration I did for a talented independent author – Stuart Harper

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You can see my portfolio here 🙂

But, with my design skills, I could offer more, and that’s been so rewarding. I design and illustrate and keep my pricing affordable – I don’t think it should cost a fortune to cover your books. When I realized I could expand my business into the self-publishing industry – it was like Disney Land, so awesome! I am so happy to be working in the industry again.

I am now creating book trailers for clients. It’s so fun! I never thought I’d branch into video creation… but I’m surprisingly good at it, and I love it too.

Over the years, I’ve soaked up everything I can find about self-publishing –  I have found it helpful to my clients who have tons of questions most of the time, all having to do with the process their facing. Self-publishing is work, and if you don’t have a well-structured plan for your launch, your book may get lost before it’s ever discovered. I try to help as much as I can.

I design book covers for several mid-size publishing agencies now, and independent authors. I also volunteer my time to give back to the writing community often, check this out …

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And yes, finally, I returned to my love of writing! Having an online business and blog, I found I had to create content to grow my business. I love writing about what I’ve learned and having been able to help others with their talent and passion.

I now write non-fiction as The Indie Author Advocate™, and I’m also in the process of writing some contemporary fiction.

Just this year, I became a self-publishing consultant and writing coach. I provide writing guidance and coach others through the process from conception to post-launch.

I help writers develop their platform and brand – the theme and style that encompasses who they are in the publishing world. Platform development is a way of packaging the writer and their work into a marketable product – and brand design is the process of making the entire package visually appealing. I help writers develop brands that entice viewers into discovering everything they have to offer.

I’ve helped writers develop their book outlines, and provided writing guidance as well as content editing. I outline video presentations for social media, assist with podcasting, marketing, and even website design. I’ve basically offered assistance with all things publishing to help the writer’s I work with achieve their writing goals and find success.

I love being a consultant – I’m working on putting many of the steps from conception to post-launch into a series of writer’s guides so I can help more writers than I do now. My first guide should publish late July of this year. And I have several more already in the works.

If you have stopped by my corner of the web, I am honored. I’d love to get to know you better and hear more about your journey as a writer. I love to meet new people and make new friends. so you’re always welcome!

Contact me anytime – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

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My Mission

Through my design, illustrating, and consulting services, my hope is to make your experience a writer the best it can be.

This is your passion and I admire that.  I offer my skills and experience to help you along your journey toward success as a writer. 

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Introduce yourself in the comments and leave me a link to your blog 🙂


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s any way I might be of service.

18 thoughts on “About”

    1. Hi Andrea, thanks for your comment. It means a lot to me what you said. The last ten years have been an adventure full of changes and growth. I’m grateful my circumstance brought me to my passion. Working with other writers is wonderful. I feel blessed more than anything. Thanks for bringing some more sunshine to my day 🙂 ❤

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  1. Looked at your pricing and illustrations, and both are very nice! I’m following you, and have several projects in the works that, when nearer to completion, will contact you regarding your ideas. Do you do concept drawings? If so, at what price?

    My children’s book, “Stinky and the Night Mare,” is scheduled for release sometime in October, and is illustrated by someone in the style of Garth Williams. Then I saw your bookcover design for “The Tree House,” and gasped!

    Keep in touch please.

    And thanks for visiting my online writing studio.

    Cheers!
    — Skip Marsden

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    1. Thank you Skip 🙂 What a great name for a children’s story! I do concepts. Send me an email regarding your project to get things started. I look forward to heariing from you 🙂

      Thanks again!

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