Award-Winning Book Designers

As a leading book design company, we specialize in transforming manuscripts into professional, polished books that captivate readers and reflect your unique voice. Rooted in our values of customer service, customization, and collaboration, our services are focused on providing premier design work, along with any support you need along the way—whether editorial, publishing, or print sourcing.

Custom Book Cover Design

Our collaborative cover design services ensure your front cover, back cover, and spine look professional, attract your readers, and help to drive sales.

Page Design and Typesetting

Our skilled book designers will create a custom look for your book's interior and typeset your book page-by-page using best practices and with impeccable attention to detail.

Publishing Assistance

We offer assistance with ISBN and Library of Congress registration, as well as print-on-demand support for authors. We can set up your title and upload files to platforms like Amazon's KDP and IngramSpark. You retain all rights and access to your publishing accounts.


You’ve spent months, maybe years, crafting and perfecting your manuscript. And now that it’s time to transform those words into a book, your book’s design deserves that same level of dedication. At Mayfly we are not just graphic designers, we’re expert book designers. Which means all of our professional book design services—from book cover design to interior page design to book formatting and typesetting—are based on an understanding of how to attract readers and drive sales while adhering to industry standards. All while bringing your vision to life in a way that feels authentic to your story. As collaborative partners, we can also help you navigate the book launch process with our publishing assistance, editorial support, and print-on-demand services.

Recent Work

Check out some 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, such as coordinating your high-end printing, recommending custom materials and manufacturing features, or providing detailed photo retouching and adjustments for the images in your book. Our small, experienced team will guide you through each step of the production and publishing process. We've produced some stunning 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.

Art and Coffee Table Books

Our expert book designers will transform your story and visuals into an engaging and stunning package to present to your readers with pride and professionalism.


Memoir and Legacy Books

Capture your unique story with an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind custom book that is captivating, professional, and perfectly customized to your story and vision.


Project Pricing

Pricing examples for a variety of professional book design projects. All projects include a dedicated designer, project manager, collaborative working sessions, and personalized customer service.


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


nonfiction and business books with tables, charts, and figures
$2,500and up
  • 3 custom cover design concepts
  • Personalized page design, typesetting, and print-ready files
  • ebook formatting


premier design and publishing services
$3,500and up
  • Custom cover design concepts
  • Personalized page design, typesetting, and ebook
  • Publishing support, printer sourcing, and ongoing consultation
See Individual Pricing
Ryan Scheife, Founder and Principal Designer, Mayfly Design

Ryan Scheife

Founder and Creative Director

Jess LaGreca, Senior Book Designer, Mayfly Design

Jess LaGreca

Senior Book Designer

Julie Scheife, Managing Partner, Mayfly Design

Julie Scheife

Managing Partner

Molly Mortimer, Book Designer

Molly Mortimer

Book Designer

About Mayfly

Mayfly 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.

We are a professional book design and publishing services agency dedicated to transforming your completed manuscript into a beautiful and engaging book, ready for publication. We work with publishers looking for trusted design partners, as well as serious self-published authors looking for a professional book package to publish on Amazon's KDP, IngramSpark, and other online retailers or send to one of our trusted print partners. 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.

Learn More About the Process

Customer Reviews

Ryan and Julie at Mayfly were exceptional partners for our photography book project from start to finish! Their professionalism and creative expertise stood out from the crowd in their proposal to partner with us and they walked our team through every step of the process of creating a unique, elegant, and deeply powerful piece. Ryan’s eye for high-quality cover and page design is second to none and Julie’s knack for complex project management played a key role in the delivery of a final photography book that my entire team and our clients will be extremely proud of for years to come. Mayfly is the perfect partner to bring your storytelling project to life!

—Keanu Gaite, Meridan International, A Global Moment in Time

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, Bravo Zulu

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” to our next generation of authors.

—Dr. Philip (Tom) Cobley, Duty First

I learned of Mayfly 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 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. 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 and look forward to working with them again.

—Julie Pfitzinger, Paris Morning Publications

I highly recommend Mayfly. 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 Professional Book Design Services

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