Book Cover Design

I’m a freelance book designer with over 15 years in the book publishing industry. My goal is to create simple and eye-catching, yet effective book covers that target your audience, sell your books, and relieve some of your workload so you can focus on writing new stories. I work closely with authors and small publishers to ensure that the services I offer bring value and genuine help at a price you can afford, because I know how hard it is starting out in this business.

I would love to help you on your publishing journey!

As a book designer, my job is to create a book cover design that lines up with the genre expectations of the reader. One of the best ways to sell books is to have a cover that evokes an emotional response that draws the reader in. If you want to grab a reader’s attention, DO NOT recreate a particular scene from the book. You have two seconds to catch the attention of a potential reader with a thumbnail sized cover, and if all they see of your incredibly detailed scene is a blotch, they will move on. Simplicity is key to a great cover design.

On this page you’ll find:

  • eBook Cover Design
  • Print Cover Design Upgrade
  • Additional Design Services

*** All prices are in US dollars. ***

eBook Cover Design Pricing

Simple eBook Cover

This cover design works best for basic covers that require limited changes to models, backgrounds. This includes minor changes, overlays, and text treatments. For example, switching out the model’s background to a different background or adding a floral overlay.

$95

Includes:

  • eBook Cover Design
  • Basic photo-manipulation and digital painting of 1 to 3 images
  • Professional typography design
  • Photo Searching & Brainstorming
  • 2 Cover Concepts using watermarked images
  • 3 Rounds of Revisions
  • Ready-to-Upload JPG eBook Cover
  • No Royalties
  • No Image Fee
  • $20 Discount on subsequent series books

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Editable Design Files

Standard eBook Cover

This cover design works best for larger changes and piecing together of multiple images. For example, changing a model’s costume or hair style, adding various extras like weapons, overlaying various images, or merge together various backgrounds to make something new.

$195

Includes:

  • eBook Cover Design
  • Complex photo-manipulation and digital painting of 3 to 4 images
  • Professional typography design
  • Photo Searching & Brainstorming
  • 2 Cover Concepts using watermarked images
  • 3 Rounds of Revisions
  • Ready-to-Upload JPG eBook Cover
  • No Royalties
  • No Image Fee
  • $20 Discount on subsequent series books

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Editable Design Files

Custom eBook Cover

This cover design works best for covers where changes and digital painting will be extensive. For example, character or setting creation, replacing heads, changing clothes, fixing poses, adding weapons, merging various backgrounds into something new, etc.

$295+

Includes:

  • eBook Cover Design
  • Extensive photo-manipulation and digital painting of 4 or more images
  • Professional typography design
  • Photo Searching & Brainstorming
  • 2 Cover Concepts using watermarked images
  • 3 Rounds of Revisions
  • Ready-to-Upload JPG eBook Cover
  • No Royalties
  • No Image Fee
  • $20 Discount on subsequent series books

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Editable Design Files

Placeholder eBook Cover

This cover design works best for those who want to start pre-cover reveal marketing for their latest books. It is usually super simple, but can be as fancy as you want.

$55+

Includes:

  • eBook Cover Design
  • Basic Artwork Elements
  • Professional typography design
  • Photo Searching & Brainstorming
  • 1 Cover Concepts using watermarked images
  • 3 Rounds of Revisions
  • Ready-to-Upload JPG eBook Cover
  • No Royalties
  • No Image Fee

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Editable Design Files

Completed eBook cover design files are created with industry standard book cover dimensions and are not designed for book printing. They do not include bleed or safety margins. If you want a print book from the eBook cover design, please add the Spine + back cover upgrade to your order. Changes based on new layout requests can cause a redesign and incur additional fees.

All eBook cover designs are designed as high resolution 1800 x 2700 pixels. If you need a different size, please request the custom size prior to ordering. Special size requests made after the design work has started may incur additional fees.

Print Cover Design Upgrade Pricing

Simple Back Cover + Spine Upgrade

Add this upgrade if you have an existing eBook Cover or want a print cover with the eBook package. This upgrade works best for those who want a simple solid or patterned back cover and spine design.

$85

Includes:

  • Print Ready PDF made for KDP or Ingram (any extra sizes are chargeable)
  • Correct sizing of spine/back dimensions
  • Typography design for title and back copy text
  • Solid or patterned background
  • Professional typography design
  • Photo Searching & Brainstorming
  • 2 Cover Concepts using watermarked images
  • 3 Revision Rounds
  • No Royalties
  • No image Fees
  • $20 Discount on subsequent series books

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)
  • Editable Design Files

Hardcover Dust Jacket Upgrade

INSTEAD of Paperback: $145

Custom Back Cover + Spine Upgrade

Add this upgrade if you have an existing eBook cover or want a print cover with the eBook package of your choice. This upgrade works best for those who want several images added to the back cover and spine.

$185+

Includes:

  • Print Ready PDF made for KDP or Ingram (any extra sizes are chargeable)
  • Correct sizing of spine/back dimensions
  • Typography design for title and back copy text
  • Basic photo-manipulation and digital painting of 1 to 2 images
  • Professional typography design
  • Photo Searching & Brainstorming
  • 2 Cover Concepts using watermarked images
  • 3 Rounds of Revisions
  • No Royalties
  • No image Fees
  • $20 Discount on subsequent series books

Not Included:

  • Stock Photography**
  • Typography file (although you may request the font style name)
  • Editable Design Files

Hardcover Dust Jacket Design

INSTEAD of Paperback: $245

When you Order a Print Cover Upgrade…

I will need the following information to complete your print/paperback cover design:

  • Book size (for example 6 x 9)
  • Page count (how many pages the book will have) or how wide the spine needs to be (may printers will have this information)
  • Back blurb (book description to go on the back cover)
  • Whether your book will have cream, white or color pages

Please Note:

There may be some limitations with eBook covers from other designers. I will let you know if it will be possible to create a print cover from the eBook image before I take the job.

Print designs are created and precisely sized using the PDF print template provided by your printer. The completed print cover design files are provided as a flattened PDF print ready file and the front cover is provided in JPG format for online promotion.

Common fiction print book cover dimension trim sizes include: 5 x 8, 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5, and 6 x 9. If you need a different size, please request the custom size prior to ordering. Special size requests made after the design work has started may incur additional fees.

Printing: I recommend Amazon’s incredibly popular print-on-demand service for print books. I have also used Lulu and have very limited experience with formatting paperback covers for Ingram.

Additional Design Services

I understand that a one-size-fits-all package doesn’t always apply and I’m willing to tailor my services to fit your needs. Below you will find additional services at a discounted rate that you may add to your order. The discount only works for existing or new book covers I design. For new, custom designs, please look over my Book Cover Design or Graphic Design Services. If your project isn’t on the list, just let me know what extras you need and we can discuss the project and rates to create it.

Additional Design ServicesPricing
Fiction & Non-Fiction eBook & Print Book Cover Designs Packages: Plus additional service pricing for 2D Box Set Design, Arc Cover Sticker Design, Translated eBook and Print Book Design, Audio Cover Design, Promotional Materials based on cover design, and Stock Photography. Prices differ depending on the complexity of the cover design.$195+
Upload Assistance: If you’d like me to upload and manage your files to your printer or other distribution channels I can do that. Please provide login information and book details. If you aren’t sure what you need, please ask so I can provide the information for you.$45/ea place
Stock Photography: For legal and licensing reasons, I require all clients to provide or purchase the images that will be used in their design. Add this to your order if you really, really want me to pay for your images. The charge is for each image is in addition to the order price.$50 per image
Book Series Logo Creation: This is for those who have an idea what they want their book series logo to look like and would like me to create the logo to add to your book cover design.$25
Book Series Logo Design: This is for those who want me to design and create their book series logo for them. $50
Taglines: This is for those who want or need a tagline for their book or an overall tagline for their series. Taglines are 10-15 words and they are based on the description you send to me about your book.$20
2D Box Set Design: This is for those who want a 2D rendering of their box set based on an eBook I designed for them. Prices may differ depending on the complexity of the design.$40+
Audiobook Cover Design: Price shown is for audio book designs are based on an eBook designed for them. For new, custom designs please look over my eBook Design Packages.$45
Arc Cover Sticker Design: This is for those who want a circular sticker or custom made sticker to show that your latest book is available as an ARC. This may be added to an existing or new eBook design. Prices may differ depending on how complex you want it.$25
Translated eBook Edition: If you’d like an translated edition added to your eBook package, or if your book is now being translated into another language, and you’d like me to change the title to that language I can do that for covers that I designed. For new, custom designs please look over my eBook Design Packages.$45
Translated Paperback Edition: If you’d like an translated edition added to your book package, or if your book is now being translated into another language, and you’d like me to change the title and back matter to that language I can do that but only for covers that I designed. For new, custom designs please look over my Book Design Packages.$65
Rewrite a Book Blurb, Back Cover Copy, Promotional Copy: This is for those who want me to polish up the version of the book blurb they already have. The average blurb is 125-250 words.$40
Rewrite a Box Set Blurb, Back Cover Copy, Promotional Copy: This is for those who want me to polish up the version of the box set blurb that they already have for their overall box set. The average blurb is 125-250 words.$50
Creating a Book Blurb, Back Cover Copy, Promotional Copy: This is for those who want me to create a whole new blurb (from your existing one) with a new feel and direction from the original blurb. They are based on the description or outline you send to me about your book.$75
Creating a Box Set Blurb, Back Cover Copy, Promotional Copy: This is for those who want me to create a whole new blurb (from your existing one) with a new feel and direction from the original box set blurb. They are based on the description or outline you send to me about your book.$85
Social Media Banner Design: 1 social media banner and 1 avatar based on an existing eBook design and sized for a social media avenue of your choice. Prices may differ depending on how complex you want it. $35
Social Media Banner Over-sized Designs: 4 social media banners and 4 avatars based on an existing eBook design and resized for 4 social media avenues of your choice. Prices may differ depending on how complex you want it. For new, custom designs, please look over my graphic design services.$140
Website Banner Design: 1 Website Banner Design in 2 different sizes of your choice based on an existing eBook design. For new, custom designs, please look over my graphic design services. Prices may differ depending on how complex you want it.$35
Bookmark Design (1 side only): 1 design in a size of your choice based on an existing eBook design. For new, custom designs, please look over my graphic design services.$35
Bookmark Design (both sides): 1 design in a size of your choice based on an existing eBook design. For new, custom designs, please look over my graphic design services.$70
Business Card Design (1 side only): 1 design in a size of your choice based on an existing eBook design. For new, custom designs, please look over my graphic design services.$35
Business Card Design (both sides): 1 design in a size of your choice based on an existing eBook design. For new, custom designs, please look over my graphic design services.$70
Rush Delivery: This does not mean contacting me the night before you need a design and ask me to do it. In a rush delivery, you contact me a few days or a week before you need the design completed and I stay up late, push back some projects, and work on my days off to complete the project on time. If a rush delivery is required, please contact me prior to ordering. For this, you will need to add 30% to the total price of your order.+ 30%
Editable Design Files: Since finished files are flattened and not editable, if you want a file that you can edit as needed you will need a layered PSD (Source) files. These files are not included with the cost of your cover. If the licensing restrictions of the images used in your design permit it, you may be able to purchase the PSD file for an additional fee. By paying this, I’m giving you the rights to modify my design as you see fit. If editable files are required, please contact me prior to ordering.$250
Alterations to Existing Cover Designs: For minor changes to existing cover designs with new files provided, the price is determined based on the project. Most edits range between $20.00 and $60.00.$25/hr
Extensive Revisions: I am always happy to make adjustments to your cover pass the 3 Rounds of Revisions; however, I require an additional revision fee if your volume of revision requests is particularly substantial.$25/hr

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.


General Information

My design pricing is based on my standard service time to consult with clients, search for photography, work with sample designs, and creating the finished design. Most services are charged a flat rate, but occasionally some custom services or tailored services are charged $25/hour. I will let you know if I anticipate additional fees prior to invoicing.

Payment: Payment is in US dollars and through a PayPal invoice unless otherwise discussed. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay the invoice. PayPal can process any credit cards or check. Please do not send payment until an invoice for services has been received.

100% of the design fee is due upon finalization of your design project and BEFORE the release of the final design.

Concept Designs & Rights: Design fees DO NOT include the rights to any of the draft covers or sample designs. Any earlier concepts are “off the table” and no longer available to be used once you choose the final design. If you decide to continue with an earlier draft after it has been rejected, the later draft designs will be charged for at a separate fee of at least 50% of the value of the normal design fee.

Please be aware that unless you provide the images, anything I create at the concept stage of the book cover will have the watermark of the stock image provider on it. Drafts cannot be shared online (Facebook, blogs, Twitter etc) for copyright reasons. As soon as the cover has been fully paid for you have the right to share the cover wherever you like.

**Stock Photography: For legal and licensing reasons, I require all clients to provide or purchase the images that will be used in your design. If you really want me to design and pay for your images, I charge an additional $50 for each image on top of the quoted price.

Stock photography should not be purchased prior to approval of the concept design. Once we decide upon the design you want, I will ask you to purchase the images with links to buy and instructions on the correct image size. The images then need to be purchased directly by the author or publisher and emailed to me.

Design Limitations: I do not work with offer illustration based designs, designs with cartooning/caricature or designs with a clip-art focus. Designs with sensitive material, language or those that are too religious or political in nature may be declined.


What my Clients have to say…

“Stephannie Beman does an excellent job of creating beautiful banners, business cards, and covers.  I’ve had all of these done and have been impressed with the quality of her work and how prompt she is in emailing me with any questions I have.  I definitely recommend her services. I will probably use my banners and business cards till the day I die because I love them so much.”

Ruth Ann Nordin

“Through the whole process, Stephannie has made the experience, which was new to me, very enjoyable and she has kept me up to date with her progress every step of the way via email. I was never left to wonder what was going on. Her prices are affordable and I got value for money and excellent customer service.
“I won’t think twice about using Stephannie for the next cover I need and I would recommend her to everyone!”

Jackie Small

“Stephannie is a rock star! First, she is very talented. Perhaps more importantly, she does what she says she will do… every time. I’ve worked with her on both fiction and non-fiction projects for print and e-book versions and in each case the results are great. She’s my go-to source for awesome. And heads up SB, I’ll be reaching out again soon.”

Tim Toterhi


Thank you for looking into my services.

If you have any questions, concerns, or wish more information, please email me. I will reply promptly.