We are book designers at heart, specializing in premier book cover design, page design, typesetting, and eBook formatting services. We also offer publishing support for ISBN and Library of Congress registration and can help navigate popular print-on-demand services such as IngramSpark and KDP.

Experienced Book Designers

As a trusted leader among book design companies, we offer the following services to get your manuscript transformed into a professional and beautiful book. Additional services include editorial assistance, publishing support and registration, as well as other assistance needed to get your book set up and ready for print and distribution.

Book Cover Design

Our collaborative cover design services ensure your front cover, back cover, and spine meet your high standards of quality and professionalism.

Page Design and Typesetting

Publishing Services

We help with our print-on-demand authors by setting up your title and uploading files to Amazon KDP, IngramSpark, and other publishing platforms. You retain all rights and access to your publishing accounts.


Recent Work

Take a look at these recent projects from our award-winning book designers.

More Work

Showcase Book Projects

Do you have a special book project that needs extra care and attention? Let us handle every last detail, including coordinating your high-end printing, recommending custom materials and manufacturing features, and detailed photo retouching and adjustments for the images in your book. All from our small, experienced team while we guide you through each step of the production and publishing process. We've produced some beautiful showcase pieces and would love to learn how we can help transform your story and visuals into something remarkable that will stand the test of time.

Memoir and Legacy Books

Services to help capture your own unique story with a professional and customized experience. We can help produce a beautiful book that captivates your readers and can be showcased with pride.


Project Pricing

Pricing examples for book design projects. All projects include a dedicated team, project management, and personal customer service.


text-only novels and fiction books
$2,000and up
  • 3 custom cover design concepts
  • Personalized page design
  • Typesetting and print-ready files


premier design and publishing services
$3,000and up
  • 3 custom cover design concepts
  • Personalized page design, typesetting, and eBook
  • Publishing registration and marketing services
See Individual Pricing
Ryan Scheife, Founder and Principal Designer, Mayfly Design

Ryan Scheife

Founder and Principal Designer

Jess LaGreca, Senior Book Designer, Mayfly Design

Jess LaGreca

Senior Book Designer

Julie Scheife, Managing Partner, Mayfly Design

Julie Scheife

Managing Partner

Mike Corrao, Book Designer, Mayfly Design

Mike Corrao

Book Designer

About Mayfly Design

We are a book design and publishing services agency, committed to taking your finished text and creating a beautiful and engaging book ready for publishing. We work with publishers looking for trusted design partners, as well as serious self-published authors looking for professional layouts to publish on KDP, IngramSpark, and other online retailers and printers. Our process is collaborative and based on clear and continual communication. Our designers have a keen eye for elegant design and current trends with a focus on consistency and accuracy. Wherever you are in your publishing journey, we will work with you to create a captivating and professional book you can showcase with pride.

Mayfly Design was created in 2007 with a mission to celebrate and advance the universal connection and goodwill of storytelling. We are located in the iconic Open Book building in Minneapolis—the epicenter for those inspired by the literary and book arts.

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Customer Reviews

I can’t praise Mayfly highly enough! My experience was one of being taken care of from start to publication. Of the seven books I’ve published, this was the easiest experience. Julie, Ryan, and Mike were great—they explained everything, guided me through the labyrinth, and turned out a superb product. I will use their services again.

—Mark Steinberg, Ph.D, Life Control

SVP has completed 28 books in 12 years. Bravo Zulu was our first coffee table book, jam packed with full color photos of WWI and WWII warbird aircraft, 200 lush pages. We’ve done other traditional books with them before, but this was a whole nother thing.

Mayfly took our photographs and our 50,000 words and created a masterpiece. The cherry on top is dust jacket using the photo of the author flying the Red Baron’s 1917 Fokker DR-1, leather helmet, goggles, and white scarf flying above the clouds. This project was fun but seriously challenging. The Mayfly team rolled with the many punches, false starts and speed bumps, and got us across the finish line on time. They’re a pleasure to work with, and they know how to do this stuff right! We will be back.

—Joseph DiNucci, Silicon Valley Press

Ryan masterfully wove a beautiful tapestry of 25 military badges, 30 bravery/service medals, and 279 photographs, into 332 pages of manuscript. The outstanding result is my new book titled: “Duty First (A Trilogy of Wars),” which I believe has taken graphic design to the next level of excellence. As a result I strongly recommend “Mayfly Design” to our next generation of authors.

—Dr. Philip (Tom) Cobley, Duty First

I learned of Mayfly Design by chance after an internet search for a book designer. Though I was obviously taking a chance with an unknown entity, it turned out to be an excellent decision/choice. I’ve been in the book publishing business for almost 40 years, and I can state unequivocally that the attention to detail and design excellence which Ryan and Julie instill in their work is unequalled. I highly recommend them.

—R. Olin Jackson, Mystery & History in Georgia

As a first-time author, I had absolutely no idea how to turn my writing into a published book. Ryan, Julie, and Jess at Mayfly Design made the process effortless. They were knowledgeable and professional from the first steps right through to the final submission to the printer. I couldn’t have asked for more support and patience and can wholeheartedly recommend these kind people to you.

—Dr. Michael Slesnick, author of Targets and Hacks for Dentists

I’m so happy that I worked with Mayfly on my book. Everyone I talk to about it mentions how beautiful and professional it looks. Working with them on the design was a great experience, as they listened to and incorporated my input and ideas but were not afraid to suggest possibilities I hadn’t thought of as well. I will definitely be working with them again and recommending them to other writers.

—Sigrid Brown, author of Girl in Duluth

I could not have been more pleased with the professionalism of Mayfly Design. Ryan was terrific to work with, the communication was outstanding, and he finished the project- which had a relatively short window- right on time. The book looks great! I would highly recommend Mayfly Design and look forward to working with them again.

—Julie Pfitzinger, Paris Morning Publications

I highly recommend Mayfly Design. Ryan was professional, timely, efficient, and very creative. Ryan helped in many aspects of completing the book, including the book cover design, formatting the contents within the book, and completing the registration process. I am very grateful for his expertise. I know that I will hire him again and again as the need arises.

—Jeanine Heath-McGlinn, co-author of Loving the Hell Out of Ourselves (and Others)

Publishing Clients

Contact Us for Book Design Services

For more information about our custom book design services to get your book designed, formatted, and into the hands of your readers, give us a call at 612.801.4533 or email at hello@mayflydesign.com. If you’re ready to get started, request an estimate for your project. We look forward to hearing from you.