From modern, unique book covers to consistent, strong beautiful brands.
I help writers visually represent their voice.

Melody of Finicky Designs helps writers self publish their books

Through your words you can reach people and connect with
them like no one else can.

You want this book to GO FAR. You want to see it
succeed with self-publishing.

You want a book that’s professionally designed so that it stands out, gets noticed, and receives the attention it deserves.

You’ve come to the right place.


With years of both in-house and freelance graphic design experience in the publishing industry, I know what it takes to design and create strong communication pieces specific to your work. Successful design is not just good looking—it’s design that WORKS and helps sell your book. It’s functional and practical, and helps you become more credible. It’s one of the most important things you can invest in.

The Writing Season

I can't tell you how happy and thankful I am with your idea. This is my life's work, and it's been so hard getting it off the ground because of other things that require my attention. There are so many things that I will be doing with this business—teaching the journal writing workshops, helping people write their memoirs, writing my own memoir. Your work is so wonderful and has brought to life the crazy ideas in my head!

—The Writing Season, 2015

What do my services include?

Author branding (packages starting at $900)

Book cover design (starting at $720)

Book typesetting + ePub formatting (starting at $100 + typesetter fees)

Book promo lead page design (Squarespace—starting at $600)

Book marketing promotional design (from online graphics to complete marketing kits)


We’ll work closely together with wide open lines of communication. Have a thought? Email me. Have an idea? Let’s jump on Skype together and talk through it. You contribute to the development of your brand and book during the entire process. It’s not just about several concepts I design for you; it’s about working together on those concepts to land on something that is completely YOU and your unique story! 

Whether you have huge, awesome ideas that you can’t wait to share, or you don’t have any clue what you want or need—we’ll work together to determine how I can help, what you need in order to achieve success, and what it's going to take so that you're heard!

Every person is different, and you deserve to be treated as the unique individual that you are. You can’t simply be plugged into a system. You deserve to be in control, to discover your brand, style, and designs right alongside your designer, and to be completely and utterly happy in the end.

The Ultimate Self-Publishing Checklist by Finicky Designs

The Busy Mom's Guide book by Finicky Designs

Melody was an absolute pleasure to work with and is so unbelievably talented. Each of the initial book cover designs she showed me were gorgeous and fit amazingly well with my book. It was difficult to choose just one! Every step of the way Melody was quick to respond with questions and changes. She clearly really understood my customer and my vision for the book, even if I couldn't put into words what I wanted the cover of my book to look like.

Melody really took my book to the next level and made it look and feel professional. I can't help staring at the cover and smiling! Anyone who has the opportunity to work with Melody is in good hands and I know will be thrilled with what she comes up with. 

–Bev Feldman, The Busy Mom's Guide to Creativity, 2016

Finicky Designs excited to work with writers!

Nothing is more enjoyable for me than to work with incredible authors and writers, seeking to publish their story and GET HEARD.

I look forward to chatting with you!