Welcome to Designs in the Willows! I’m Loretta Marchize, blogger, author and designer. This site is primarily for my designs, reviews, and business. My blog can be found here: lorettamz.com


Cover Designs

Whether e-book, with a back cover, or with spine, cover designs can be fancy, simple, or complex with multiple layered images, but they all have one thing in common. They strive to draw in the reader.

I know first-time, young, and indie authors often struggle to find a cover designer that is affordable, and is willing to work with them. I know the struggle myself, and I can help! Both my pre-made and ordered covers are unique, theme-fitting, and most of all, affordable.

Graphic Designs

Everything in today’s blogging world requires graphics, images, and they often need text, proper formatting, and similarities. Bloggers can struggle with this… but I can help! I design everything from blog tour to social media graphics, all in affordable, willing-to-work-with-you packages!

Web Design

Want a brand-new fresh look for your blog? Looking to re-brand and wanting a stylish yet simple color scheme and theme- but don’t want to empty your life’s savings? I’m your girl!

Although I dabble in coding, I’m best at color schemes, themes, and styles. I’m willing to work with almost any program, but specifics are listed at the link.


Do you need some more reviews? Are you looking for feedback on your latest novel… but haven’t quite had the reading level you hoped for? Or do you need someone to read over your draft- in whatever stage- and check for plot holes, unnecessary complications, and boring stagnant scenes? I’m more than willing to lend a hand.


Reviews will be posted on Goodreads, emailed to you, and posted on my blog. At a future date, I may include Amazon. The cost is based on the word count.


Again, the cost is based on the word count. I will want a Google Document with suggestion mode that I can share with two of my three email addresses so I may access the document at any location on any device.


Do you want someone to read over your plot idea or the first chapter of your novel? Or maybe you have a different idea. This is where you’d request situation-specific or request to add a new manuscript service. Payment will be decided depending on word count/intensity.


Although I can’t show you how I critiqued a novel, or how I review a novel, I can show you examples of my most recent graphic, web, and cover design.

Cover Design


Web Design

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Random Graphics


I am Christian, and because of that there are certain things I will not accept or read. Despite that, I am willing to read most things, even if they do not have a predominately Christian theme.

  1. I will not accept erotica or horror there is no line to this, I will not read any of it although I am by no means dismissing these genres
  2. I will not accept any foul language I do not consider ‘crap’ etc, to be foul, although I do put a limit of fifteen of that type of words per novel
  3. I will not accept any detailed romance nothing beyond a couple kisses/cuddles, especially between an unmarried couple
  4. I will not accept any novel glorifying demons, abortion, and adultery
  5. will accept novels with background LGBT characters because I understand that that is (sadly) part of our world, but I will not read anything that glorifies/centers around these characters

I reserve the right to refuse any request with or without written reason

I do not take responsibility for copyright violations and expect authors to submit their own work


Fill out this form if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.

I’ll reply to you within a week, except for over holidays.

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