FAQs

I’ve compiled a list of questions that I get asked frequently. If you have any questions that I haven’t answered or you’d like a more in-depth answer to, use the contact form below or send me an email.

FAQ Page was last updated on 12/18/2017

Q: I like your designs but I don’t see an example of the same genre as my book. How do I know you can design what I want?

I design for lots of different genres, and am always adding new ones to my portfolio of work. I love designing for new genres so I am sure I can make a book cover you’ll love. If you don’t like the design, I will change it or re-design until you are happy.

Q: Can you create a print cover from an eBook cover?

If I created the eBook cover design, then absolutely. If another designer created the eBook cover then I can evaluate the cover to see if I can make a print cover with it. However, too often I find the image is too small to work with and needs to be recreated or I have to design a completely different cover.

Q: Are you able to design the cover without a final page count or the back blurb, then fine-tune it once I have the information?

Absolutely. I offer unlimited changes so I can get started on your book now and add the extra information or adjust the spine to fit later. That’s no problem at all.

Q: I have a published book, but would like to change the cover. Can you create a new cover design for me?

Yes. I have many clients who have an existing book cover they want re-designed. Contact me and we can have a no-obligation chat.

Q: What is a stock image? Why do you use them?

Stock images are pre-taken images by photographers for no specific project. They are sold at low-cost to people who need them worldwide. The common pitfall is these images can be re-used and we run the risk of having the same image on your cover on another books. I try to circumvent this through photo-manipulation and blending for a unique look.

I use them because I’m not an illustrator and they are part of the reason I can offer book cover designs at such low cost.

Q: Do I really need to buy my images? Other designers don’t do this?

No, you don’t have to do anything, and I’m well aware that other designers don’t do this. However, it is something I require if you want me to make your cover design. You may purchase the license for the pictures I will use on your cover, send me ones that you have taken or drawn yourself or have the right to use. I will not be held liable if you use any pictures that you don’t have the right to use.

I started doing this for practical, legal, and licensing reasons that I have stated in this article.

Q: May I work with my stock image provider?

You are welcome to work with any stock image provider you wish. You can also find a list of stock-image providers here.

Q: Who owns the cover? Do you charge royalties for your designs?

If the cover features photography or artwork by someone else, then you are bound by the terms of use or licensing on the stock imagery you purchased for the design. You may not be able to do some things with it depending on how the image is licensed.

I don’t charge royalty fees for cover designs, but I do charge for the layered design files.

Q: Do I really get unlimited revisions?

Within reason, yes.

I want you to be happy with the book cover I create for you and will keep designing until you are. I will not change you extra fees if you want more than two rounds of changes because I think this is unfair to you. But I also know from experience that there comes a time when I have to say enough. If we’re on round 10 for revisions, then we really need to discuss what it is about the design that is bothering you. It’s possible that there is a miscommunication between us on what needs to be done, or possibly I’m not the book cover designer for you and you would be happier with someone else.

Q: How soon do I get my book cover design?

While I have a very quick turnaround time, designing book covers is a creative process and takes time. I will send you the first draft for review in approximately 12 to 14 working days from the start date that I provided you. Sometimes this can vary a little during busy periods, but I’ll always keep you informed so you’re never left in the dark. After you’ve reviewed the first draft and given me feedback, I can deliver the complete and final design 3 or 4 days later.

If you have time constraints, we will talk about that when we are evaluating and planning your project. If I feel that I am unable to meet your needs in your allotted time frame, I will let you know that before taking your project. If there will be delays, I will let you know. Please do the same.

I do suggest scheduling your project 2-4 months in advanced of your deadline to make sure I have room in my schedule for you.

Q: I need a cover by tomorrow, can you start right away?

Maybe, but I won’t. I’m not interested in rushing a cover design or working late into the night. Great covers, or even a decent one, take time. I need to go through the information you sent me, plan the look of the design, search through stock-photography sites looking for the best images to fit your concept, and then there is the removal of unneeded parts, blending, painting, fading, and manipulation of the image to make it work. That alone will take me days to accomplish. When you add projects I’m currently working on, clients on my list waiting for their designs, a family and ranch to take care of, and it’s impossible.

Q: Why are your prices so expensive?

Actually, they aren’t, not for the work that I do. If all you want is a picture slapped onto a template with words, nothing special, you would be better off downloading paint.net or GIMP.

Q: How does payment work? Can I use a check? Do I have to pay it all up front, or can I just pay you when it’s all done?

To secure a place in my schedule and finalize our agreement of services, an invoice for 50% of the full price of my services will be sent to you (securely through PayPal) and will need to be paid. This is a non-refundable fee.

I accept payment through PayPal invoice only, except under very special circumstances, in which case an alternate form of payment is worked out.

Upfront Payment: I prefer that the total cost be paid upfront, but that is a personal decision and what I do on all my book related costs. I find it is the easiest way to pay for a book cover design and there is less of a hassle, or forgetting to pay the invoice. However, that isn’t always an option, so I have a payment plan.

The Payment Plan: If you chose the Payment Plan, I require 50% of the total cost of the book design upfront as a prepayment and the remaining 50% before the release of the final design.

Pay it all at the End: Sorry, I don’t do this anymore. Too many people abused the privilege and left me holding the bill.

Q: What if I don’t want to use your design? Can I get a refund?

The 50% deposit is non-refundable. Whether you use the design or not, I still devoted time to it. The work has been done and business finalized. If I’ve already completed the project for you, or done a large amount of work, it’s “not nice” to just disappear or leave me holding your bill for the design. However, if you don’t want the cover I designed for you, don’t pay the Final Payment and I won’t send the cover design to you.

Q: What if I can’t afford it right now? Do you do free or reduced designs?

As my book design services are already at the low end of the scale, I don’t create free or reduced cover designs. My family needs to eat and bills need to be paid. I will sometimes trade for services. But I’d suggest waiting until you can pay it or choose another designer. There are plenty to choose from on the Internet.

Q: Do I have to sign any non-disclosure agreements, privacy documents, or contracts?

Nope. I do provide a Terms of Service, which you should read and confirm during the ordering process.

Q: Should I credit you on my book’s copyright page?

Though not required, if you would like to add a credit line for the book design, I would greatly appreciate it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, something simple like: Cover Design by Stephannie Beman at stephanniebeman.com or Book Design by Stephannie Beman at stephanniebeman.com

Q: Do you require all designs be added to your online portfolio?

Yes and no. I’m not required to add a design to my online portfolio, but if I wish to do so my Terms of Service states:

“I retain the right to reproduce, publish, print, and display your new image with your author and book(s) for testimonial and promotional purposes on/in my portfolios, websites, and galleries for the purposes of professional advancement/marketing endeavors. By agreeing to this proposal, you are agreeing to my showcasing your project. If you would prefer that your design be added after a specific date, I will do my best to compile and respect those wishes. If I receive a testimonial from you, I may post it on my website with a link you provide to your website.”

This means I can use the design for the marketing of my services and in my portfolio. If you would prefer that your design not be added or added after a specific date I will certainly respect those wishes.

Q: I really want to get my book out, but I have no clue about self-publishing, can you help me?

Certainly.  I work with authors from all over the world so am very familiar with the various publishing methods, from Kindle ebooks to POD (print-on-demand), I can advise you which route to take (no charge). Just drop me a line.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my services. Please let me know if I can be of more help.


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