I help writers that mean business, with design, so that their message attracts attention and they can level up.
Your words matter, they need highlighting. I help writers like you, with a message and process, combine them with design to spotlight the way for your readers.
You've sweated words into a book and started to create your cover, maybe you've even published your book but you are embarrassed with the cover. You know it can look better. Check out the Book Cover options I have for you.
Imagine the beauty of your Instagram on the coffee table of your ideal reader. You can reach readers in a swipe-less way, through my magazine design and management services.
Ever wanted to publish your own magazine? There's a course to help you plan, produce and publish a magazine for you here.
Abi & magazines
As a child, I made magazines for my friends and brother, for our club; the Sunvale Sunshines! It was cut-out pictures, my friends' stories, and jokes, some puzzles, and probably only I read it!
As a teenager, I worked on a magazine for our church youth group where I learned the very useful layout skill of tearing paper edges so that they didn't show on the photocopied pages! I wrote an article about fashion going round in circles and doctoring a photo of our pastor to make his flares even wider!
I was an avid reader of Smash Hits, Brio, Elle, and Vogue. The advent of teenage magazines was here and I was questioning who they were telling me I had to be.
Whilst studying English and Publishing at Oxford Brookes University I made a magazine for a missions organization with my newly learned layout skills, QuarkXpress, and new to the print industry - a digital printing press.
Book design jobs and being mentored by a designer from British Vogue magazine in the publishing city of Oxford followed. Then founding a design agency with my husband, all fuelled a passion for good design and print.
Trips to 'Borders' in Oxford perusing the magazine racks with American versions of Country Living, Martha Stewart alongside Design Week and Creative Review, were an evening out.
Re-entering the design world in the form of blogging, website design, and craft events, was fun after my three children were born, and helped me out of post-natal depression.
Magazines were beginning to explore mental health, Instagram was growing, the world was changing. I was reading Country Living, The Simple Things, and Flow magazines.
The craft kits company I ran with a friend got us a feature in Country Living Magazine, presenting at the Hay Festival, and selling kits at their fairs.
Iola bookazine came from a desire to read a Christian magazine that encouraged me where I was, weary of fashion, home, & celebrity highlight reels, and being preached at.
I was learning about writing for a reader, self-publishing books I'd written, building a readership, creating and chasing beauty where I could alongside a writer's community Hope*writers. Over 50 fellow writers have contributed to six issues of iola bookazine.
I'm passionate about building places and spaces for Jesus-following women who are creating and writing beauty as a form of hope for a weary world and as their worship of God.
I currently live in the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds with my three children. When not working on iola and resources to help writers with design, I love to bike ride in the country lanes, filling my life with flowers and of course frequenting coffee shops with a book or magazine to read.