Hi! My name is Michelle Argyle. I’ve been designing for over 20 years and have created hundreds of covers and other design materials. I originally created Melissa Williams Design for a small publisher back in 2010. Since then, I have branched out to many other clients. MW Design is owned by MDA Books, which is the business name I use to publish my fiction on the side. As for design, I get crazy excited about supposedly mundane things like white space and fonts, and find no greater joy than transforming someone’s idea into a piece of art. Details are everything.

I live in the Rocky Mountains, where I find every excuse possible to go hiking and be outdoors. I also enjoy writing and have 10 publications to my name.

UPDATE: I’m happy to announce that Amanda Reid of A.J. Reid Creative has joined with me to work on many new projects. This means I can take on more clients, more projects, and increase productivity time without sacrificing quality. Amanda shares the same values, work ethic, and attention to detail and design that I do. I will still be handling correspondence with clients, and overseeing projects and final files.

Do I go by Melissa Williams or Michelle?

You can call me either, but my real name is Michelle. Melissa Williams is the name I chose for freelance design work, since I originally didn’t want my design name to be the same as my author name.


Adam Boretz, past editor of Publishers Weekly’s BookLife section, invited me to become a columnist for the “Cover Redesign” section. Adam has since stepped down, and I now work with Matia Burnett, the current editor of Publishers Weekly’s BookLife. Each month I redesign a new cover and submit my feedback about the redesign. The article is featured in the print magazine and online at Publisher’s Weekly and BookLife.

What makes me a good designer for you?

Your work is everything to you, so why would you settle for anything less when it comes to putting it out in the world? I am here to help you reach that perfect cover, interior, or other design you may need.

I will take the time to get to know you and what you want. Your final product should be unique, just like you. To do this, I will work closely with you one-on-one to make sure you get the best design for your project so you know that no matter what, you have put out a quality product. I focus on making sure a design is the best it can be marketing-wise, as well. After all, it is your most important marketing tool.

Check out what others have said about working with me.



2019 UBMC Cover Design Winner in Romance Category (for The Extra)
2019 UBMC Cover Design Grand Prize Winner (for The Extra)