Spots of Joy offers a variety of design services to authors. With self-publishing at such an easy reach these days, more and more people are wanting to get their book into the world. So how do you stand out in an ever-growing sea of authors? With a well designed book, marketing materials and maybe even author branding.

With almost 15 years of graphic design experience, and experience as a self-published author and illustrator, I am combing my two joys to help authors. Spots of Joy is not a giant market place, churning out sometimes questionable designs, but one individual working with you one-on-one to get you exactly what you want. Your book is your baby, and it’s my goal to help achieve your vision and help it stand out in a crowd.

Please browse below to view the variety of book design services I offer. If you don’t see something on there, feel free to reach out anyways. The first 30 minute consultation is always free, and you can just pick my brain if you like. I truly enjoy helping fellow authors. Email me at and see if working together might be the right move for you!

Tracy Tydeman with her book Meet Faith - The Story of a Deaf Dalmatian

Create a Book That Makes You Want to Brag!

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Author and Design Consulting

Firstly, if you have questions, I highly recommend searching online. Most of the time, you can find answers just by googling your questions. However, that can get timely, there’s a LOT of information out there, and, as we all know, it’s hard to know what’s reliable. So if you’ve exhausted Google or just want to speak to an author who has first hand experience at the process of self-publishing, I’m here to help. I offer consulting on the self-publishing process, sharing my experiences and advice on how to keep your book moving along. Or maybe you have the author piece figured out, but you’re saving money by designing your cover or formatting your book on your own and have questions or want a designer to review your work. We can always do a screen share, and I can offer design advice to make sure you’re getting you’re book on a good track visually.


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Design Audit

If you’re someone who likes to get things done yourself, I definitely get it! Sometimes it’s a lack of funds and sometimes it’s just a desire to challenge yourself. Whatever the reason is for tackling your own book formatting, author branding or other design projects, I can help ensure you are on a good track. In this one hour (or more) session, we can look at whatever design you have and make sure “DIY” doesn’t turn into something you regret. I’ll review your work, and provide design critique and feedback to help ensure your design is coming together in the best way possible.


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Cover Design

Whether you have an e-book, POD book, or a book you will print in bulk, we all know the importance of a good cover design. If your cover is lacking, chances are it will get lost in the noise. Hiring a professional is a great way to ensure your vision comes to life AND resonates with your audience. And if you don’t have a vision? That’s ok too – we’ll chat and come up with something together.

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Book Formatting and Design

There are a lot of programs out there nowadays to help you design and format your book, but hiring a professional is the best route to insure a high quality, professional book that is sure to grab your reader’s attention. Does having a kitchen mean you can cook a top quality meal? Of course not! While this can seem like an “easy” step for a lot of authors, it’s certainly one to be very mindful about. The final layout, design and format of your book can make all the difference in the world when it comes to readability, reviews and keeping a loyal fan base. I can offer the full service of this for your book, or if you’re convinced you can (or maybe financially have to) do this on your own, I can also offer reviews where I look at your work and give you professional feedback to implement appropriate changes on your own.

Please email for an individual estimate.

Book Sell Sheet

One page sell sheets come in handy for an author and making sure they have the appropriate information on them and stand out will help you get those sales.

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Branding Assets

Once you’ve decided to write a book, whether you realize it or not, you’re starting down a business path and any good business needs strong branding to stand out. We’ll have a conversation to see what your goals are, who your audience REALLY is, and what branding assets you may want now, or in the future. This can include developing some brand guidelines (colors, fonts, etc.), logo design, business cards, social ads, banners and more.

Please email for an individual estimate.

Print Management

If you are needing help setting files up for print, finding a printer, and/or working with a printer, I am here for you. This process can be time consuming, overwhelming and sometimes just plain ‘ole not fun! I have almost 15 years of experience working with a variety of printers, big and small, as well as online vendors. If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, please don’t hesitate to reach out!


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WordPress Website Training

If you have a WordPress website and are having troubles navigating the backend, reach out for a training session. This one-on-one training session allows me to show you how to navigate your website. Whether you’re brand new to WordPress or have a hang of things, but just need to have a bit more knowledge to get things just right, I can help get you comfortable with making changes and keeping your site updated.

Note: if you’re site is running great, but you never make changes, it’s going to get lower rankings on Google and worse SEO. Websites should never just sit there for long periods of time! So if you fall into this category and are thinking “but I don’t know how” or “but I don’t want to break anything”, reach out to schedule a training.


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Illustration Services

If you are looking for hyper realistic illustrations for your book, then let’s chat! My illustration style is VERY specific. Based off of real-life photographs, I digitally hand draw, layer-by-layer to create a life-like, yet still illustrative look to capture your character or scenery. If you’ve seen my book Meet Faith – The Story of a Deaf Dalmatian, have a look to see some examples.

What I love about my style is the ability to have a real-life look, while still being able to adjust things like objects, placement, colors and even creating more creative compilations. Rights to all photos are essential, since I’m drawing directly from the photographs.

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*Pricing is based on what is fully needed and what is already created or decided upon. The starting price is typically for books that are already well under way and well thought out (ie: we’re not starting from scratch). In our initial consultation, I’ll get a better idea and provide you a personalized estimate.

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Client Testimonials

“Tracy has always been extremely accommodating and patient with any questions or concerns I have had when working with her. For example, when designing our logo, she came prepared with a handful of different variations to choose from. I really appreciated this, since we had no idea what we wanted at the time. Once a design was selected, she took the time to further iterate with details until it was perfect. Four years later I still love it! She is personable, kind and genuinely cares about delivering a product that serves her client’s needs. If you are looking for a personalized touch for your design, I truly recommend working with Tracy. ”

Bobby Malone with the band Takipnik

“I’ve enjoyed using Tracy to design a logo for my business. Tracy not only provided an excellent final product, but she was constantly helpful throughout the process. We provided Tracy with a brief idea of what we hoped for, and she was able to convert that into a beautiful logo, which greatly exceeded our expectations. She’s also an outstanding person to work with, making everything easy and helpful. I would happily recommend her for any graphical design work. ”


“Awesome designer, dog lover, and all around great person to work with!!”

Diana, Mountain Paw Bakery