Hello! I'm a freelance designer specializing in picture books, middle grade chapter books and novels, and young adult novels, as well as branding/logos and marketing and sales collateral materials. I can be reached at w_manger@yahoo.com or 973.704.4300.


HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN'S BOOKS / NEW YORK / Senior Designer, April 2015 - March 2017
Led the development of and designed 25–30 picture books and middle grade novels annually including New York Times best-selling Frazzled and River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. Created striking covers and interiors; manage project status and due dates through collaboration with editors, managing editorial, illustrators, and freelancers. Coordinated cover photoshoots. Created and released mechanicals and proofs under tight deadlines. Oversaw in-house and out-of-house freelancers. Curated department’s shared online galleries of cover trends, illustrators, designers, and hand letterers. 

DISNEY-HYPERION BOOKS FOR CHILDREN / NEW YORK / Designer, September 2010 - March 2015
Designed 25-30 picture books, middle grade novels and YA novels yearly including New York Times best-selling Starbound series, Code Name Verity, and Every Last Word. Designed covers and interiors; managed project status and due dates. Coordinated photoshoots including castings and fittings with seamstresses and stylists. Conceived of custom series branding.  

RUNNING PRESS / PHILADELPHIA / Marketing Designer, August 2008 - September 2010
Designed seasonal catalogs and all marketing materials. Managed revitalization and redesign of catalog by introducing new layout, typography, design elements, and distinctive covers. Designed, art directed, and launched the series of “Running Press Cooks” catalogs which featured the cookbook list. Designed select titles on YA and children’s lists. Member of children’s acquisitions committee: evaluated and provided feedback on all YA and children’s acquisitions. 

HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN’S BOOKS / NEW YORK / Editor, August 2001 - July 2008
Managed Shel Silverstein, Margaret Wise Brown, and Emily Post book programs. Developed 20 picture books and novels annually including four New York Times best-sellers. Negotiated offers, landed profitable acquisitions, cultivated new illustrators and authors, worked closely with designers. Corporate committee member to rebrand E.B. White program.

Post-graduate design coursework at The Cooper Union, Parsons, the New School for Design, and School of Visual Arts.
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and English, Drew University.

Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, photo retouching and manipulation, color correction, photo research, archiving, and portfolio review.