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Marisa has loved books since she was small, and always had an inkling that this was were where she would let her creativity shine. She graduated college and went straight into a design job at a traditional publishing house in 2001, and has worked full-time independently since 2008. Today, she works fluidly with bo… Read More
Marisa has loved books since she was small, and always had an inkling that this was were where she would let her creativity shine. She graduated college and went straight into a design job at a traditional publishing house in 2001, and has worked full-time independently since 2008. Today, she works fluidly with both traditional publishing houses, self-publishing authors, and other creative agencies. Beyond her skill with sophisticated visual design, her greatest assets are a hard-to-beat work ethic and a love for large, complex projects. She communicates clearly from contract to finish and always meets or beats schedules—and expectations. She truly cares about her clients, and goes the extra mile to ensure they are thrilled and excited to present their printed book to the world. As an added benefit, Marisa has a proofreader's eye; she reads all manuscripts as she formats the copy, catching and correcting errors, and making note of awkwardly written or confusing sentences that the author and/or editor may have overlooked. This is not a substitute for professional editing, of course, but an extra level of attention that she gives freely, and a skill that many designers lack.

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"We had a wonderful experience with Marisa. She is an artist and what she creates is not just a book, it is a work of art in its own right – the look, the feel, the sense of the book as a visual object, all combine to create a result that is attractive and memorable just for the style in which it is produced."
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"We had a wonderful experience with Marisa. She is an artist and what she creates is not just a book, it is a work of art in its own right – the look, the feel, the sense of the book as a visual object, all combine to create a result that is attractive and memorable just for the style in which it is produced."
—David R. Maidment, Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

"As a first time author/publisher, I needed a designer who had good experience and was dependable. Marisa was a perfect fit. She set a schedule and met it. She kept me informed and presented options and she did all the work within the agreed budget. Proof of her excellent work and approach is that with my second edition there was no hesitation in engaging Marisa without looking for alternatives."
—Hal Shelton author of Amazon best seller "The Secrets of Writing a Successful Business Plan", Summit Valley Press

“We hired Marisa to design a book cover for TLC Graphics with stellar results. The designs were beautiful and perfect for the book's audience and genre. Her follow-through and attitude make working with her a pleasure and I completely trust to take care of our clients. We look forward to working with Marisa again. —Tami Dever, owner, TLC Graphics

"I had a very specific book design I was looking for and to be delivered within a pretty tight timeframe—Marisa nailed both. She was very professional, gave great feedback, and delivered better than I expected. I was impressed with the work she did. And I continue to be impressed with the follow-up work she's done. I highly recommend her."
—John G. McCarthy, Financial Advisor, Speaker, Author • PERFECT POSITION COLLEGE SOLUTION™

“Marisa has been a joy to work with. She's very creative and has come up with wonderful covers and interiors for us on deadline and within budget. I plan to use her on a regular basis and recommend her highly.”
—Joan Shoup, publisher, Sheaf House

“I have hired Marisa to art direct and design 5 catalogs of both adult and children's book for Guideposts/Ideal's Publications. It has been a complete pleasure working with her. She is fast, accurate, able to troubleshoot brilliantly; offer me options and alternatives I may not have considered; has a great command of good design principles and is very enjoyable to work with. She handles large amounts of intricate detail extremely well and regularly goes the extra mile to make sure everything is correct and done accurately. I would absolutely recommend her and look forward to working with her again.”
—Carl Raymond, marketing director, Guideposts, 2011

“Marisa did a fabulous job working with Guideposts' New York office to launch the GuidepostsBooks imprint. She's extremely detail oriented, creative and easy to work with. She presented the team with well thought out designs that achieved the goals of the group.”
—Angela Farrell, Marketing Coordinator, Guideposts, 2008

“Marisa was a tremendous designer while at Ideals. She is not only creative but could handle a substantial workload. When there was a critical need to get a job done creatively and with a tight deadline we could always count on Marisa. It was also obvious that Marisa was a student of her craft and was up on the latest trends, colors, etc... and always came up with great designs. You can count on Marisa to provide you with great work.”
—Jonathan Merkh, VP, Book Publishing, Guideposts, 2008 Read Less
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