Testimonials for Robin Brooks, The Beauty of Books
These are just some of the things said about working with Robin Brooks, The Beauty of Books:
Nancy Haines, published author, who also 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 the book to life; not only did she design a beautiful book, she offered encouragement and support throughout the scary process of letting go of the project.
Later, in a Holiday card to Robin, she added: I hope you know how very grateful I am for the work you did to make my book a reality. You made it happen!
Nancy worked for fifteen years to complete this book!
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!).
Francie King, History Keep, editor for Memoirs: John G. Brooks, for Winning Silver: A Memoir, and for several others:
Robin Brooks is a writer and poet and artist. While those are simple words, Robin is no simple soul. Robin’s skill as a designer is … well, the best way to describe it is that Robin Gets It when it comes to knowing how to match substance to style, type to image, author to audience. Her work is never formulaic, always personal. She connects with heart and head first, explores an author’s motives and hoped-for end points, and then goes to work with care, sensitivity, and determination. And did I mention skill? Her work is beautiful. Do yourself a favor and look it over. I can’t say enough.
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.
Marjorie Turner Hollman, Southern New England Chapter coordinator, Association of Personal Historians:
Thank you for creating an absolutely stunning representation of our organization.
I will feel proud to share it with the entire conference we are exhibiting at. It’s eye catching, graceful, truly beautiful. You have a real gift, and you put it to work with real skill.
I am deeply grateful to Francie, Lucy, Don, Betsy, Mary, Les, and Marjorie for their 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