About & Newsletter


DCDESIGN was established in 1996 in Brattleboro, Vermont, by Dede Cummings, a Brattleboro resident for the past 23 years. Cummings moved to Brattleboro after five years in Boston at Little, Brown & Company. Brattleboro had long been a draw for Boston and New York book designers: the quality and customer service at the various type houses was legendary, and The Book Press was a top printer in the industry. DCDesign enjoys a national reputation within the publishing industry for high-quality work, gearing up for success in a new era of publishing with a focus on the self-publishing market. We have full- and part-time staff, including editors and proofreaders, indexers, web development, marketing and publicity. We love traditional typography, but are not afraid to innovate. Cummings was trained as a letterpress printer, so her love of kerning, letterspacing, and ligatures is based on hot metal experience. Enjoy our blog/website, and feel free to comment and send us links.

New England Book Award Winner

Dede also runs an eponymous literary agency, and the response has been strong, with a number of book deals completed and in the works. Her passion for good writing comes through in how she approaches her work, and the books she champions are tightly edited and presented to the book trade and film industry as finely-tuned works. One tenet of her representation is believing in the work, the words of each author ring true for personal transformation, and the team at dcdesign shares this mission of bringing these voices into the world, so others can benefit from their stories.

Editor Suzanne Kingsbury is a whiz and preparing the manuscripts and writing proposals with Dede and together they help the author craft the chapters, write the outlines, and do the necessary preparation for marketing and creating a publicity campaign for eventual publication. Other editorial support is from Ellen Keelan, Anna Krusinski, and Michael Fleming—all topnotch editors and proofreaders. Author David Blistein helps the firm grow by offering strategic planning advice, and lots of coffee at Mocha Joes!

Dede also works with designer, Carolyn Kasper, at the firm in Brattleboro, Vermont. They have been designing books and covers together for over a dozen years. One thing that sets our agency apart, is the control of design and the complete packaging that the publishers are beginning to like: We create eBooks, and design interactive blog-websites with Twitter and Facebook pages to support publication. Examples of our work with Bahman Mahdavi of Webwerk can be seen in the following links:


Artist Eric Aho

Author David Blistein

Dr. Cardy Raper, author and celebrated scientist

A celebrated cellist, Eugene Friesen

One of our favorite restaurants…web design-for-food/drink!

A talented photographer from Putney, Vermont

More to come . . .

. . . and a few links about writer/designer, agent, and book packager, Dede Cummings

A recent MORE magazine story/feature about Dede from the February, 2012 issue

Dede is also a public radio commentator, on Vermont Public Radio.

Easy to follow on Twitter.…Thanks for visiting!

You can reach us by email, phone, or snail mail here:
DCDESIGN ~ home office/34 Miller Road, Brattleboro, Vermont  05301

~ dcdesignteamvt@gmail.com ~ 802-380-1121 ~

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