We are excited to share with you the newest cover design by Mike McPhail and McPDigital Graphics for our newest release in the Literary Handyman series, Build-A-Book Workshop by Danielle Ackley-McPhail. The book is a guide to the elements of professional book design.

In keeping with the theme, it has been constructed to reflect a blueprint for a book and the designer did an amazing job of capturing what we were looking for!

The image from the original Literary Handyman cover was created by artist Bryan Prindiville and was adapted with his permission to continue the brand.

Cover Spread

Are you starting a new venture as an independent publisher?

Or are you already running a small press and you want to up your game?

Maybe you are an author planning to go it on your own
for whatever reason inspires you.

If any of those apply to you, this book is a good starting point for doing the job.
The Literary Handyman: Build-A-Book Workshop takes decades of experience in book design and layout and parses it into an easy-to-understand blueprint for constructing a book that will only stand out for the best reasons.


Please note, this is a guide to understanding the basic elements of
professional book layout, not a step-by-step tutorial on how to use publishing
or art programs or how to artistically design a book.

Other Books in the series:


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Award-winning author and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (

Her published works include six novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, The Redcaps’ Queen, and Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections Eternal Wanderings, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, Flash in the Can, Transcendence, Between Darkness and Light, and the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Gaslight & Grimm, Side of Good/Side of Evil, After Punk, and Footprints in the Stars. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections.

In addition to her literary acclaim, she crafts and sells original costume horns under the moniker The Hornie Lady Custom Costume Horns, and homemade flavor-infused candied ginger under the brand of Ginger KICK! at literary conventions, on commission, and wholesale.

Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and two extremely spoiled cats.

To learn more about her work, visit or www.especbooks

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