I published To The Woods in 2004.
The paperback version was alright, whilst the Amazon print-on-demand and Kindle versions were disappointing, to say the least. I cut too many corners and didn’t take advice from professionals. I wanted to republish the book in various formats in 2020.
Heather helped me redesign the book, added a number of photos and much better maps; sourced some great photos; produced a wonderful cover; introduced me to very good printers; changed the font to great effect; and generally made the whole process a delight.
The book has now been republished in different formats. It looks and reads a whole lot better, thanks in large part to Heather’s efforts.
TO THE WOODS
"I found Heather via a recommendation from the Scottish Book Trust. And what a find!
Infinitely patient, Heather provided a range of inspired and varied book cover designs for me to choose from. Her ability to capture the essence of Siege of the Northland with minimal information was quite remarkable. With timely responses to queries and requests, Heather succeeded in making this process an informative and enjoyable journey.
I constantly use this cover design in my marketing and promotional efforts, as I have witnessed what a positive effect this image has on potential readers/buyers.
Heather also provided a first-class typesetting service; which ensured that Siege of the Northland had a truly professional feel both inside and out.
I hope to work with Heather again in 2018, when Book 2 in The Northland Series will be ready for release."
"One of the best in the business,
Heather’s commitment, creativity and professionalism ensures a successful project every time. Her design work is second to none. Always a joy to work with, looking forward to future productions."
ALYSSA POPIEL, THE BOOK OF BEASTIES
"After spending quite some time looking around online for someone to design the cover of a book that I was self-publishing I came across Heather Macpherson and Raspberry Creative Type - and I am so glad I did! From start to finish working with Heather has been great. I gave the barest of bare descriptions of what I was looking for and straight off the bat Heather came back with a cover that was even better than I had even imagined. I found Heather's attention to detail and the inclusion of touches that had not even occurred to me so inspiring. I really felt like my book cover was in safe hands and I could not be happier with the result. I would heartily recommend Heather and plan on using her services for all my future ventures!"
EVITA O'MALLEY, Doubts and Dilemmas
"Heather Macpherson of Raspberry Creative Type is not only a fabulous designer, but a pleasure to work with. She listened carefully to the various and somewhat vague ideas I had for my book's cover and quickly generated several different and engaging designs. All were attractive and it was difficult to select a winner. But when I did, she rapidly produced a final package that included a front cover, a full jacket (harmoniously blending front, back and spine) and even a 3D version of the book itself. Heather's fees are very reasonable, and to top it off, we have never met nor spoken. The job was done from start to finish via email across the Atlantic."
KEN SONENCLAR, AUTHOR OF 'BOMBS & BELIEVERS'
“I was very impressed with Heather’s ability to read Hell Bunker and create a cover that captured the real essence of the story. Additionally, the rest of the cover is somewhat abstract, but after reading the story the reader will understand her vision and interpretation even more clearly. I’m eager to see Heather’s artistic impressions on my next project that will be coming out in April 2013.”
TERRENCE RULES, AUTHOR OF 'HELL BUNKER'
"I have worked with Heather for many years and have always appreciated her creativity and her work ethic. She can take my weird, ill-thought out and badly communicated ideas and turn them into something spectacular. She had made me look good for well over a decade! I can´t recommend her highly enough."
Service Category: Graphic/Web Designer/Book Design
Year first hired: 2012 (hired more than once)
Top Qualities: Great Results, On Time, Creative
"Heather has been a joy to work with on my first book. She produced a range of alternatives initially, on a sample of pages, so that a style may be selected. Once the style was determined Heather progressed through the chapters as they were supplied over a period of some months. With care Heather built the book for me. The photographic contents are very important and I was looking for good quality and ‘feel’. The book layout produced by Heather is great, very appealing … to receive each chapter was very exciting. Little niggles were easily ironed out with Heather’s detailed manner. I love the cover design! Her professional approach will certainly mean a return to Raspberry Creative Type for my next book."
DANIEL TURNER, AUTHOR OF
'FISH QUAY FOLK OF NORTH SHIELDS'
‘I was very happy to have Heather as designer of my second and third books too. Careful in her work, I found she added a new dimension each time.’
DANIEL TURNER, AUTHOR OF
'BIRDS, BEACHES AND BOATS'
AND AUTHOR OF
'LIFE ON THE RIVER TYNE'
"The Islands Book Trust recommended Heather to me for my first self-published book. She did the whole package: typesetting, design and the cover. It was a technical book, low in image but with a great deal of linguistic complexity. Throughout, Heather was an absolute delight to work with. She suggested a brilliant font, and has the patience and experience to shepherd a publishing novice - combined with a nice sense of humour. She also kept her cool as I added extra paragraphs in the final minute of the final hour, and helped me through the printing process. I certainly hope to use her company again. Highly recommended!"
DR JOHN HOLLIDAY, ISLAND OF TIREE
"Heather finds the 'spirit' of a book quickly and translates it into a cover design that cannot fail to capture attention and suggest the right atmosphere of what might be inside. She accepts an author's ideas, but you can be sure she'll adapt them along more brilliant lines of her own. It's like a writer working with a great film director: she shoots the scene you had in your head, but adds Oscar-winning elements you never thought of."
ROGER HARVEY, AUTHOR OF 'ROOM FOR LOVE'
and ROOM FOR ME
"Heather is a naturally positive, hard working person with an instinctive talent for design. Her experience allows her to take a brief and suggest inspired creative enhancements. She is a pleasure with whom to work and delivers her work to a high standard of accuracy."
LADY WISE, AUTHOR OF
'FEEL THE LOVE: 111 Tips When Visiting Someone In Hospital'
"Heather has been fantastic work with, producing the cover design for my novel Slander & Doubt and then formatting for print, epub (non-Kindle ebook) and mobi (Kindle). My novel is challenging and confronting and it needed Heather's thoughtful and thought-provoking cover design to bring it and its message to life. All my test-reviewers have given a big "wow" thumbs-up, here's hoping the broader public does the same.
All Heather's work has been timely and professional, painlessly working through the design and formatting processes however painful the minutiae are, and offering helpful suggestions outside of the strict brief that I gladly took on board. I look forward to working with her again and recommend her work to others."
ALISTAIR BAILLIE, AUTHOR OF 'SLANDER & DOUBT'
"Heather is an artist of true talent and a responsive business woman who was wonderful to work with on every level. As an indie author, I know how important it is to have a professional, eye catching cover and Heather delivered that and more. The only drawback was deciding between all her wonderful options she provided -- each one was so different and creative it was nearly impossible to choose! She was able to interpret my ideas, take them to the next level, and then offer covers I would have never considered. When thinking of who to hire for my next novel I wouldn't consider using anyone but Raspberry Creative Type."
MUFFI BEYER, AUTHOR OF 'EXILE'