Excellent book design can help you expand sales and marketing opportunities: distinctive covers fit with other books in their category, yet stand out from the crowd; and elegant page layouts make your text shine while satisfying readers and honouring the content of your text. Book industry professionals and ordinary readers alike will recognize quality when they see and hold your book.

To write a book usually takes time, careful thought, and a lot of hard work. Because your book is a reflection of both you and your text, it makes sense to use the same care you took to write it when choosing how it should be designed.

Don’t let your efforts be wasted on clichéd covers, harsh page layouts, careless typography, or inferior production.

At Kato Design & Photo I interweave my extensive experience in book design and book publishing, photography and visual art—including high-level skills in typography, photography, photo editing, photo research and acquisition—along with my abilities in managing complex projects and meeting deadlines.

I have over ten years’ experience designing book covers and interior page layouts for publishers as well as independent authors: including art books, fiction, non-fiction, corporate celebration books, cookbooks, poetry, drama, children’s, juvenile, and Y/A books, biography, memoir, self-help, and art portfolios.

While honing my skills as a book designer, I worked for over five years in various roles within the book publishing industry, gaining valuable insights into book publishing standards and practices. Thus, I’m well positioned to manage the sometimes complex elements involved in book publishing projects while helping independent or self-publishing authors bring their books to life.

Creating the best possible book usually requires a team effort and involves effective communication, coordination, and time management. I have always loved working collaboratively and find the work I do for book publishers, indie authors and artists to be especially rewarding in this regard. Effective communication and creative energy work beautifully together. I combine them to produce a book you will be proud to own, share, and sell.

—Jan Westendorp

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