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Cover Designer for Book Production - Poetry

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Community Literature Initiative

Quick Overview: The Community Literature Initiative (CLI) is looking for a Volunteer Book Cover Designer. In this role, you will be responsible for designing the book covers and will assist in turning a completed author manuscript into a print-ready format book. You will work alongside prospective authors/students through the guidance of our book production team in order to produce high-quality, innovative and contemporary cover designs.

Impact: With the support of our staff, you will play a pivotal role in establishing the aesthetic representation of our book designs. Your book designs may even be published through our partnership with the World Stage Press.

You will be using your design skills to uplift the voices of poets across the Greater Los Angeles area. Your work will help push our mission of creating an accessible, inclusive, and encouraging space for writers, poets, and artists alike.

Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities:

Draft and design contemporary front and back covers for US Trade size printed paperback books, using the Amazon KDP calculator and any of our resources for reference

Coordinate and comply with authors and the CLI Book Production team to revise designs until all parties are satisfied

Communicate with authors and CLI Book Production Team team via Zoom, Trello, phone, and email in a timely manner

Ensure all pertinent parties have completed files that are in Print Ready Format for Local Printing (Gutter, Margin, Cropmarks) and Amazon KDP

Provide graphic design files when requested

Assist with the revision of existing files and collaborate with team members

Requirements: Preferred qualifications

Familiarity with Trello, G Suite, Asana, and ability to learn additional software programs

Highly experienced with Adobe Suite (namely InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator)

An organized team player with a strong work ethic, excellent communication, and time management skills. An eye for design is a must!

Interest in any of the following: graphic design, book publishing, poetry, creative writing, and nonprofit organizations

Accessibility: Community Literature Initiative is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Community Literature Initiative will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application or interview process, or to perform essential job functions, please contact Monica at hr@communitylit.org.

Additional Information: The Cover Designer may work remotely. Please express interest if you are available to work on 4-5 projects from April to June. Hours listed as 9AM-1PM are for meeting availability. Design work can also be accomplished according to the volunteer's schedule outside of these hours.

*Important information

*Volunteer time shifts are broken down into the following time frames:

Monday Morning

Monday Afternoon

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Afternoon

Wednesday Morning

Wednesday Afternoon

Thursday Morning

Thursday Afternoon

Friday Morning

Friday Afternoon

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About Community Literature Initiative


2702 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043, US

Mission Statement

A non-profit organization dedicated to teaching writers of color how to write and publish books.


We are currently looking for graphic designers (cover and layout design) and proofreaders for upcoming book publishing. These are seasonal/ project based roles. Additionally, CLI has opened the Sims Library of Poetry and is in need of Staff Writers and a Blog Manager to assist with Social Media. And we are looking for Library Assistants to help with library maintenance as well as cataloging poetry books.

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Fri Apr 09, 2021 - Fri Jun 18, 2021
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM  


Los Angeles, CA 90043







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