When I last redesigned this web site back in July 2020, just a few months into the pandemic, my goal was to rebrand GraphicFantastic and market my book design services to a whole new audience. I was working full-time as a graphic designer at a retail company, but I was struggling financially; I needed the supplemental income of a side hustle, and my aim was to beef up the secondary income that my book design work provided.
Since then, I became very busy dealing with huge changes and switched day jobs. I was hired as head of recruitment marketing for the county, and the pay is considerably better — much more commensurate with my experience and extensive skill set, which means the freelance work is now no longer as necessary as it was. So my campaign to develop this site became stillborn; the time and the need were no longer there.
That said, I will continue to do book design for my existing clients, the publishers and authors that I have happily serviced for years, and I might occasionally accept referrals through people I know personally or through people I’ve worked with for years. However, I’m not open to new clients at this time, at the very least not at my old rates. The extra income is nice, but at this point in my life, time is a commodity that is even more precious to me.
But just because I’m not open to new clients, that doesn’t mean I won’t still update this site every now and then with book design content of some kind. I still feel that my experience can benefit people, and I love the idea of sharing what I know about book design. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions; I have many colleagues still working full time in the publishing industry who would love to help you, and I can refer you to any one of them.