Book Design: Niki Hardy Journal


Charlotte’s Niki Hardy launched a new book, Breathe Again, last month. The book, “like a cup of tea with an old friend”, is a humorous, down-to-earth story of her cancer survival and a guide for THRIVING (not just surviving) in the face of life’s difficulties.

Niki and I worked together this summer, in advance of her book launch, to create an inspirational journal, Breathe Again: The Journal, that she’ll offer at her book signing events.

Read about Niki and her book in a recent article in Southpark Magazine by Page Leggett. Find her book at

Gone Dogs


I am honored to have contributed a story to Gone Dogs, a brilliant project in the works by friends Jim Mitchem and Laurie Smithwick. This book is a crowd-sourced collection of "tales of dogs we've loved", born from a blog post Jim wrote about his dog passing.

I look forward to sharing more information as Jim and Laurie get closer to making this work of love a printed reality. 

Book Design: Effortless Entertaining

photo:  Corporate Image , our outstanding binder printer

photo: Corporate Image, our outstanding binder printer

We're nearing the finish line on this exciting book project from DeeDee Dalrymple. In the Effortless Entertaining guide and through her subscription service, readers will find a gracious teacher for easy entertaining solutions, tested menus and recipes, product recommendations, and super-helpful tips., 

The website is live, we've completed some fun photo shoots, and the remaining bits of content are being gathered. Stay tuned for launch events later this year!


Effortless Entertaining

My client, DeeDee Dalrymple, has gracious entertaining FIGURED (!) OUT (!)  and she's working her wisdom into a new book due for release this summer. DeeDee has come up with a step-by-step guide for welcoming guests into our homes graciously and painlessly, and I'm so happy to be helping her share her prowess. 

Lisa Rubenson is our editor. Ashley Sellner is our photographer. So, of course, they'll make this project effortless. Or nearly.

Book: "Good Gifts" in Third Printing


Last fall, I worked with Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford (and her fabulous right-hand-woman Christine Gardner) to design a coffee table book as part of NBC's Shine A Light campaign.  Kathie self-published and funded the production costs of the book, then donated them to The Salvation Army to use as gift premiums for holiday donations.

Within a few days of sharing the book on the Today Show, our first order of books was sold out, and we promptly placed a new order to meet the holiday demand. A third printing of the book has just shipped and all copies are already spoken for!  Clearly, demand from KLG fans was majorly underestimated!

Strokes of Compassion on Today's "Favorite Things"

Thank you, Kathie Lee Gifford, for joining us in Charlotte for our November 7 book launch luncheon, and for sharing Anne Neilson's book, Strokes of Compassion, on Monday's Today Show.  as one of this week's "Favorite Things"  She also shares Anne's new note cards.

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Book Design: Strokes of Compassion


It was an honor to design this beautiful art book for client Anne Neilson

Strokes of Compassion was celebrated with a book launch this week in Charlotte, with guests Kathie Lee Gifford and Jimmy Wayne. The coffee-table art book features stories and images of Neilson's Angel Series, as well as paintings from other artists featured in her gallery, Anne Neilson Fine Art.


Great Initial Response to Kathie Lee Gifford Book

This week on the Today Show, hostess Kathie Lee Gifford shared a preview of her new book, Good Gifts: One Year in the Heart of a Home, and received a terrific response to pre-orders -- one day later we've already place a second order to print thousands of additional books!

The project is Kathie Lee's contribution to NBC's Shine A Light campaign and she will donate 100% of the proceeds of the self-published coffee-table book to The Salvation Army. The organization is taking pre-orders for the book at

I worked with Kathie Lee and her production manager Christine Gardner to design the book, which is due back from printer in late November 2014.

Click to watch the segment

Click to watch the segment

New Book Design Projects for Anne Neilson and Kathie Lee Gifford

Just had a great couple days in New York City this week working on book design projects for clients Anne Neilson and Kathie Lee Gifford.  Anne has crafted another beautiful art book, Strokes of Compassion, with images from her Angel Series, a follow up to her 2012 book Angels in our Midst.  The first book has sold over 12,000 copies since she self-published it in late 2012!

I am honored to also be designing a coffee table book for Today Show host Kathie Lee Gifford, Great Gifts; A Year in the Life of a Home.  On Wednesday, I met with Kathie Lee and her right-hand gal, Christine Gardner, at The Today Show to review layouts and select materials, and on Thursday we returned to watch the Kathie Lee and Hoda Show.  It was a treat to watch the actions behind the scenes, witness an up-close performance by Katy Tiz on set, and get a few seconds on air when KLG shared a photo of a painting Anne donated for a fundraiser KLG hosted at her home this week.  Fun stuff!