Onça Design Roundup: Winter 2018

Check out five brand new books featuring Onça Design: Robin Brunet’s biography of Frank Palmer; a new edition of Indian Fishing, by Hilary Stewart; Robert Cannings’s Field Guide to Insects of the PNW; David Zieroth’s new poetry collection; and a memoir by Greg Gilhooly.

The Year of Onça

2018 will be a big year for Onça: later this year, our edition of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde will be out in the world. And that’s not all: throughout the year, we will be announcing plans for our first original fiction title, reopening manuscript submissions and releasing a major publishing-oriented WordPress plugin.

Onça Design Roundup: Fall 2017

The Fall 2017 season was very busy at Onça Publishing. Not only was I kept hard at work on upcoming books for a record five publishers, I’ve also had six new books published with my design or typesetting work in them.

The first books with Onça Design!

This week I received in the mail two books that I’m very excited about: The Promise of Paradise by Andrew Scott and The Orange Balloon Dog by Don Thompson. I designed the interiors of both books, but they are each special for a different reason.

The new Onça Publishing

Our Onça Classics crowdfunding campaign ended over two years ago, short of our goal but still viable. But just when we were about to print the books, sudden financial stresses took hold. Fortunately, by taking on more design and editorial freelance work, we have found the light at the end of this tunnel.


Beside Shed Simas’s work on Onça Publishing itself, some of his most notable works include the page layouts of The Heaviness of Things that Float by Jennifer Manuel and The World’s Most Travelled Man by Mike Spencer Bown; the cover of Wayne Cope’s Vancouver Blue; and the substantive edit for The Sphere of Septimus by Simon Rose.

Hire Us

Onça Publishing is always looking for clients in need of design, editorial and ebook conversion services. Onça’s owner Shed Simas is a designer and editor with over four years’ experience in the book publishing industry, proficient in long-form text design, typesetting and print-to-ebook workflows.

Onça Classics: One Year Update

Decmber 3, 2015, marked the one-year anniversary of the end of our Indiegogo campaign. In 2014, we asked you to support the production and release of our first title, a special edition of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde, by R. L. Stevenson. After so much time, I would like to give you an update.