Our Services

What Sets Us Apart

We know navigating the independent publishing process can be overwhelming. Here’s what sets us apart and how we can help you along your publishing journey.

Personalized Service

With a dedicated project manager and a designer you can collaborate with directly, our team prioritizes customer service & timely project delivery.

US-Based Team

Based in the thriving literary hub of Minneapolis, we operate with a small team of book designers located right here in the US.


Your book’s cover design and interior layout have the ability to either draw readers into your story or turn them away. As book design experts for nearly two decades, we offer high-end book design and layout services to authors seeking custom book covers and interiors that look and feel like bestsellers. At Mayfly, we also offer a full suite of services including formatting, printing, digital distribution, and publishing assistance where you retain all rights and control of your accounts. Unlike gig economy models, our small US-based team puts a strong emphasis on collaboration, customer service, and customization.

Custom Book Design Services

We do not use templates—every book cover and interior design is custom-tailored based on your direction and unique needs. Our elegant book designs incorporate the latest trends and meet all requirements of print-on-demand providers, including Amazon's KDP and IngramSpark.

Cover Design Services

Our collaborative, custom cover design services ensure your front cover, back cover, and spine capture your vision and meet the highest standards of professionalism.


Page Design Services

Our professional book page design services give your book’s interior the polished, professional appearance your story deserves, so your readers can enjoy your book from the first page to the last.


Book Typesetting Services

Using your custom page design, our skilled designers will meticulously format your book page-by-page with great attention to detail while adhering to best practices.


Showcase Book Projects

Do you have a special book project that requires extra attention? We will handle every last detail from coordinating high-end printing to recommending custom materials and manufacturing features, as well as providing detailed photo retouching and adjustments for your book’s images. As a small team of book designers and specialists, we can guide you through every 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 truly remarkable that will stand the test of time.

Art and Coffee Table Books

Transform your story and visuals into an engaging and stunning package with our professional book design and layout services.


Memoir and Legacy Books

Capture your unique story with a customized experience that results in a beautiful, captivating book you can showcase with pride.


Publishing Assistance

In addition to our book design layout services, we also offer publishing assistance to help get your book into the hands of your readers. Our team assists with registration, printer sourcing, and KDP and IngramSpark set-up, ensuring everything is done accurately, consistently, and with ease. All publishing assistance is done on your behalf and will be under your name and imprint.

Title Registration

We will set-up Bowker and Library of Congress accounts for you and obtain ISBNs, LCCN, and PCIP registration for your title on your behalf—which means you retain all rights and control to your title and publishing accounts.

Print-on-Demand Setup

For print-on-demand authors, we help by setting up your title, metadata, and upload files to Amazon KDP and IngramSpark. We'll suggest SEO metadata and pricing. You maintain complete control over your accounts and retain all royalties.

Print Buying

If you’re a publisher or author looking to print a larger quantity of books, we can help coordinate print bids from US- and Canada-based printers to get the best price and service for your project.


Additional Services

Our professional book design layout services also include the below add-ons to produce digital and audio formats for your book and help with any editorial steps that still need a final touch.

ebook formatting

ebooks are here to stay so be sure you offer your book in both print and ebook formats to give your readers options based on their reading habits.


Audiobooks are a fast-growing platform for enjoying books of all genres. Ask us how we can produce one for you in addition to your print and ebook formats.

Editorial Services

Includes editing and proofreading services to tighten up your manuscript. It's always helpful to have a fresh set of eyes take one more look.



If you have questions about the self-publishing process or our book design services, we offer consultations for $150 per hour. Please fill out the form below. Questions on active or upcoming projects are always free, please email or call us.

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Custom Book Design Services—Start Today

To learn more about the professional book design and layout services we offer, email hello@mayflydesign.com. If you’re ready to get started, request an estimate for your project. We look forward to hearing from you.

Customer Reviews

After hearing great reviews about Mayfly, I chose them to handle all aspects of my non-fiction title… and the final results were wonderful. Throughout the process, they were exacting in every way. No detail was ever too small. It was so reassuring to be working with such a professional group. Also, they did some incredible photoshop work to improve dozens of text photos which I never thought was possible. Now that my paperback and ebook versions are successfully published, I couldn’t be more pleased with Mayfly. They did such a great job.

—Michael Prestigiacomo, author of My Best Friend Ralph

Julie, Jess, and Ryan at Mayfly made the creation of my cover, interior, and ebook files a breeze. Not only did they make the process easy, but I have gotten rave reviews on the original cover design from many of my artistic sources. I highly recommend Mayfly and will use them again for future projects.

—Ellen Coffey, author of Every Day a Last Dance

Mayfly was a dream to work with and you can see their amazing talent all throughout this book. They took a basic manuscript and a folder of photos and turned it into something spectacular!

—Ken Yagen, Bravo Zulu

Ryan and his team offer a serious, disciplined, and both professional and informal approach to launch not just books but any content, providing leads through their network of reputable vendors and partners. Ryan’s creative and measured work should instruct others to just give him your ideas and let him take the wheel so you can focus on the other pieces of your vision (which he gets). He will meet you there on the final sprint with quality product for a win. Rinse and repeat.

—Christine Friesel, author of The Boys of Bath: The Civil War Diary of Pvt. Charles Brother, USMC

As a first-time author, I found Mayfly to be the perfect partner for designing my book and preparing it for publishing. They took the time to understand exactly what services I required and provided a clear and detailed work proposal, then led me through the Mayfly process, which was reliable, complete, and collaborative. By executing the process step-by-step, Mayfly gave me complete confidence that every single detail was being managed correctly. The service was superbly professional and top-notch in every way, and my project was completed on time and within budget. I could not be more delighted with the final result!

—Elizabeth Parker, author of An Introduction to The Infinite Way Message of Joel S. Goldsmith

Experienced and creative design professionals. Great people, easy to work with. Detail-oriented. First-rate communication. Impressive technical expertise. Outstanding ideas, suggestions, and product. No need to go anywhere else, I’ve found a design home for my books. Highly recommended. Thank you, Jess, Julie, and Ryan.

—Marc Mayfield, author of Sam And Other Dogs