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Mind the Margins

 Professional Book Design 
 & Ebook Conversion Services 


Mind the Margins

. . . is a provider of professional publishing services, owned and operated by Lorie DeWorken. 

. . . is focused on the complete book design and publishing experience - for both print and ebook. The goal is to impactfully deliver a book's message through the impressions made by the overall book package - book covers, pages, and digital presentation.

. . . designs and builds books across all genres (novels, business books, gift books, motivational books, memoirs, textbooks, children's picture books, children's chapter books, cookbooks, poetry books, and more).

. . . provides beautiful designs that are a pleasure to read across all formats, starting with your words and extending to and through each part of the page.


Using font (typography) and design elements/illustrations to create an engaging visual that conveys the personality of your book


Optimizing a book's print version or original manuscript in a design formatted specifically for e-readers (Kindle, epub, etc.)


Design/formatting of
key page elements and
layout of a book's text
in preparation
for print publication



Assisting independent
and small publishers in
navigation and fulfillment
of all phases of
the publishing process.


I love books. I love words. Once upon a time I thought my love affair with books was just about reading them. Then the evolution of books began changing everything in the publishing world - and in mine, too.

My career started in advertising and media, where I spent nearly 10 years, then evolved into publishing where I've been since 2009. In providing publishing services, I've had the privilege of working on hundreds of books and ebooks and assisting dozens of authors and small publishers through the publishing process. I've followed the trends in self-publishing and the developments in ebooks - and enjoyed every minute of it. 

​​​Print book or PDF for web distribution - I love both because of all the design possibilities! Kindle file or epub - I love the challenge of HTML and knowing that ebooks can (and should) be beautiful too! Most of all, I love helping people create books, love helping people share their ideas, stories, lives in print - actual AND virtual - and I'd love to help you.

Self-publishing can be a confusing landscape. Get help from someone familiar with the terrain - an advocate and guide for turning your manuscript into a real, live book!


Contact me at today for more information about how Mind the Margins can help you!



Dan Griffiths

"Lorie was recommended to us and I have to say that this was great advice. We were really pleased that we emailed Lorie and asked if she could help us out as the communication, the quality of the work, and the time frames were all of the highest quality. She delivered before time, and was really helpful and nothing was too much trouble. We would highly recommend Lorie and will definitely use her again. Thanks Lorie."

Cheryl Lacey, Educational Consultant, Author

"Lorie is extremely talented and has a professional style that fosters a genuine working relationship. Highly recommended. It was a delight working with her."

Elizabeth McKenna, Author

"Lorie is a pleasure to work with, always willing to make changes until I'm satisfied. I am particularly impressed with how she designed the print versions of my books. Her font and layout choices really added to the overall professional look of the books, which is very important for an independent author."

Jacqui Lamplugh, Naturopath, Lecturer, Women's Health/Natural Fertility Expert

"Lorie Was fantastic to work with. She created such a professional looking ebook. She was so easy to work with and I would highly recommend her."

Jon "Jujimufu" Call, Acrobatics Expert, Bodybuilder, Author

"Lorie was perfect. She created exactly what I had envisioned in my head pretty quickly. Her first 3 page options she provided nailed it on the first try so there wasn't much for me to say except "good to go!" will be getting her to do my next ebooks!"

Michelle Kennedy, Author

"She helped me convert my book to an EPUB file with 32 pictures and different fonts. It looks beautiful. She communicated and was clear on deadlines that she met. I highly recommend!"

Paul J Mila, Underwater Photographer, Author - Website:

​"I have worked with Lorie on several projects and every one turned out great. Lorie's work was always completed on time, met specifications, and was priced reasonably. Lorie is a pleasure to work with, and she makes sure you are satisfied with the final product. Can't ask for much more than that!"

Brandon Toews, Musora Media, Inc.

"Lorie did an incredible job on our project. We will definitely be working with her in the future!"

Carolyn Clarke, Author

“Great cover design, book formatting, and ebook creation. Lorie took my suggestions and created a more beautiful book than I ever could have imagined! I'm a happy customer, and I've already hired her again!”

Erik Qualman, Author

"Lorie was joy to work with. I would definitely hire her again as she treated it like a partnership and offered proactive solutions to any challenges we faced."

Jeffrey R Mason, Author

"My first cover, layout and design partner did not work out. My 30 year project was done and desperately needed help. I was referred to Lorie by a local Missouri author who had a wonderful experience with her. Lorie took my project and executed every aspect with pinpoint compatibility to my vision. Lorie is thorough, communicative, punctual, easy to work with and very skilled. I am completely satisfied and recommend her to anyone needing a quality manuscript partner."

L.S. Smith, Author

"One of the best experiences I've had on Upwork has been with Lorie. Not only highly professional and good at her craft, but just a very nice gal to work with. She went above and beyond the call of duty to offer fantastic advise and expertise to me and I am extremely happy I hired her. You can't find a better person to help you with your Ebook, thanks Lorie!"

Misha Yurchenko, Author

"Lorie created a beautiful, print-ready paperback design for my new book. We went through a couple of versions together until we agreed on the best format. Excellent work."

R W Jaeger, Author of The Trilogy of Light series

"Lorie accepted my three award-winning novels for conversion to ebooks, and she didn't quit when numerous phantom formatting errors popped up. A corporate ebook developer had taken up this project a year earlier, and they didn't have the skills to complete the work."

Cam Tripp, Author

"Lorie was extremely good at communicating throughout the project even as I had a few changes to the timing. Her expertise and willingness to accept feedback was fantastic!"

Dom Bokich, Author

"Lorie DeWorken is talented, creative, and friendly. She was flexible and professional throughout the book design process, and provided me with numerous style options for fonts, the introduction, and chapter headings. I love how my book turned out! If you want an amazing designer, choose her. You won’t regret it. I highly recommend Lorie’s work."

Erika Oppenheimer, Author

"Lorie is fantastic!!! Her initial product is wonderful, and she is responsive to feedback that gets you where you want to see the end result. Thanks so much for all your time and dedication, Lorie!! I so appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you!"

John Fraser, Author

"Lorie is amazing to work with. She took the project very seriously and was very detailed through the process. Her work was top notch and I'm very happy I found her."

Michele Orwin, Publisher, Bacon Press Books

"I heard about Lorie DeWorken three years ago from an author on LinkedIn who said she had a fabulous book designer who could work miracles. She was right. Lorie’s been the designer for 10 of our books and she’s always a pleasure to work with. Professional, reliable, willing to accommodate changes, even at the last minute. She is, in the true sense, a designer - offering wonderfully creative ideas for both print and EBooks. Her EBook conversions have been flawless, which counts for a lot when you see how many poorly produced EBooks are on the market today. All of our authors have been enormously pleased with her work."

Nathan Jones, Author

"Lorie is the best. She did an excellent job, and thought of things I hadn't thought of. Felt so good knowing my project was in her capable hands. If you do not hire her, you do so at your own peril. :)"

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