Testimonials for Robin Brooks, The Beauty of Books
About working with Robin Brooks, The Beauty of Books:
Francie King of History Keep is a fabulous editor and writer that Robin works with on so many of the books she designs. She says about Robin's work:
Robin Brooks is a superb designer. That sums it up. Robin is as skilled and sensitive and detail-oriented as they come – you don’t want anyone else working on your book. We’ve done many projects together over the years, with one of the earliest a hugely challenging three-volume, slip-cased set about a Boston attorney. Robin did heroic work on that one and it was my first immersion into how she handled a big, demanding, multifaceted project (and if you can do the big ones, you are going to be fabulous on the smaller ones, and she is).
Robin's work style and habits are unparalleled. She takes on design as a personal mission with every book she does. As an editor, I am privileged to be working with her; she meets deadlines, gets others to meet deadlines, respects the editorial process, and produces the wonderful covers and inside layouts that knock the socks off clients. I look forward to many more projects with this talented professional.
Laura Bock, who wrote Red Diaper Daughter: Three Generations of Rebels and Revolutionaries, says about Robin's design for her book:
It’s gorgeous. What a magnificent job you’ve done!
Robin designed the cover for Iris Ruth Pastor's Tales of a Bulimic Babe:
I sent my book to a publicist to look at for possible representation of me as a client. Before he even opened it, he wrote back that he loved the cover.
I have sent out about 100 books and want you to know so many have complimented me on the cover. It is fabulous! I love it! (sent with fun graphic of a woman holding up an A+!!)
Nancy Haines, who wrote We Answered with Love: Pacifist Service in World War I, said of working with Robin:
I am so grateful to Robin Brooks, an excellent book designer, who brought my book to life. She not only designed a beautiful book, she also offered support and encouragement throughout the scary process of letting go of the project [15 years in the making].
And: I have really enjoyed working with you. You made my book a reality. You made it happen! It's going to be hard to let you go — you've been a lifeline in this process.
Marjorie Turner Hollman, former board member, Association of Personal Historians:
Robin is such a joy to work with. I have referred numerous Personal History clients to her so she can take the pictures and stories my clients and I have assembled. Robin consistently transforms them into stunning books that are simply a joy to share. My clients consistently thank me for referring them to Robin and cite how comfortable Robin is to work with. I was especially proud of the work Robin did with my client, author Nancy Haines, to bring to life Nancy’s book, We Answered with Love, a compilation of letters written during WWI. The narrative, letters, and photos draw the reader into the story, and Robin’s artful design makes each page a joy to read.
Lucy Myers, personal historian for Winning Silver: A Memoir:
Robin designed a book of memoirs for which I was the personal historian. She also managed our project, which was quite complicated, with another editor and many photos. Robin inspired confidence and excitement as we worked along. She kept us on schedule, letting us know well in advance where we needed to be. Her instructions (about photographs, for example) were clear and detailed, and we always knew that our work was in good hands.
Robin's creative abilities match and even surpass her organizational talent. The cover she designed was stunning, and the lay-out of the book complemented perfectly the spirit of the memoir.
Working with Robin was a privilege and a pleasure. When the book arrived in many boxes — printed and beautiful — I felt an enormous loss because I would no longer be communicating with Robin every day (or sometimes every hour!).
Donald Francis Whiston, client, Winning Silver: a Memoir:
In his Acknowledgments: I am indebted to Robin Brooks, my book designer, for the imaginative and beautiful layout of the book, as well as her careful management of our production schedule and the innumerable details of assembling a book like this one.
In a phone message after receiving his books: I’m that guy in Ipswich that just wanted you to know you did such a fabulous job. I was thrilled to see it... It was absolutely beautiful! I’ve had some great responses from it. You did a terrific job!
Betsy Connor Bowen, author of Spring Bear, a novella:
I am a writer and first-time publisher of my own work. I could not have found a better ally than Robin Brooks. She brings to her calling not only her artistic skills as a designer and technical knowledge of book production, but (most importantly for me) the ability as a human being to relate to someone. That skill is priceless.
She figured out how the look of my book can become a part of its true meaning. She knew when to suggest something I was not seeing. She has vision. Her heart is in the right place, and that helps you believe in your message.
I have learned to be a more professional writer from Robin. She is truly amazing, somebody I'll never forget.
Mary Littlefield, personal historian for Joseph E. Corcoran’s Wasn’t That a Time? A Corcoran Family Memoir: 1925-1950:
I have worked closely with many book designers over the years, but it was not until I found Robin that I felt a true sense of trust. First of all, I know I can trust Robin’s design skills absolutely. She is an extraordinary designer. But I also know I can trust Robin to be my partner throughout the process. She respects and encourages my ideas, accommodates my client’s needs — all while calmly insisting on the best quality throughout. I finally have found a designer with whom I can create the wonderful books I could only dream of previously. It means the world to me and to my clients.
Leslie Brooks, author of Love Incarnate: “I have come to tell a story of love”:
The moment came when I began to feel my book was ready to publish. Even though I looked into it, I couldn’t stand the idea of going with a canned self-publishing company. I KNEW there was only one person whom I could completely trust to design my book exactly how I saw it in my mind's eye. That person just happened to be my twin sister Robin.
I am a newly published author and very ignorant about the process. Robin was very patient, professional, and helpful in working with me. She was also so kind and responsive.
I loved her first design. It was perfect!
My book is so beautiful. When I open it, the design is so silently beautiful and nonintrusive, the message is revealed. I can’t thank her enough.
Robin’s ability to work with you in designing and publishing your own book did not come overnight. Robin has spent 40 years as a graphic designer, designing — yes — books (some for Viking Penguin and for the Waldorf Schools of North America) and, also, everything from corporate identities to magazines, film frontispieces to town flags. Finally, in the last several years, she has had the opportunity to focus primarily on books.
Robin’s trademark is her clear and simple design style. To see some of her earlier design work, please visit her Song of Spring Designs portfolio.
I am deeply grateful to all of you for your words. I thank all those who have come before and all those yet to come for the great privilege of working together.
— Robin Brooks, The Beauty of Books, designing the books of our lives