I’m a firm believer in simplicity. The best way to sell books is to create a cover that evokes an emotional response that draws a reader in, 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. If you want to grab a reader’s attention, this is best done through simplicity. Check out my fiction portfolio and non-fiction portfolio.
- for 1 image on the cover design
- ~ minimum of 2 design drafts, based on your specifications
- ~ 1 high resolution jpg optimized for online sales
- for each additional image used for your cover design
- We will discuss the needs of your cover before I start any design work.
General Information for eBook Cover Design
As eBook cover designs are not designed for book printing and do not include bleed or safety margins. Changes based on new layout requests can cause redesign and incur additional fees. A Spine + Back Cover Add On is available for all eBooks.
Completed eBook cover design files are created with industry standard book cover dimensions. They are designed as high resolution 6×9 inch files (1800 x 2700 pixels). Smaller files (200×300 thumbnail & 853×1280) are included as a courtesy for online promotional use. Edits to courtesy files are not included. If you need a size other than 6×9, please request the custom size prior to ordering, this includes reference book sizing for non-fiction. Many reference books have the book cover dimension of 6.75×9 inches or 2025×2700 pixels. Special size requests made after the design work has started may incur additional fees.
You can add as many of following services to your order as you need. 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 International Editions Package = $20 (This is only for covers I designed. If you’d like an International Edition added to your book package, of if your book is now being translated into another language, and you’d like me to change the title to that language. If you want a completely different design then you will need to pay for a new design.)
Audiobook Cover Add On = $45.99 (Based on your design & only for covers I design.)
Mini Social Media Banner = $35.99 (1 social media banner and 1 avatar)
Over-Sized Social Media Banner = $125.99 (4 social media banners and 4 avatars based on a single design and resized for each social media avenue)
Website Banner = $35.99
Bookmark Design (1 side only) = $45.99
Bookmark Design (both sides) = $ 85.99
Business Card (1 side only) = $35.99
Business Card (both sides) = $65.99
Rush Delivery = Add 30% to the Price of your order. (In a rush delivery, you contact me a few days or a week before you needs the cover completed and I stay up late and push back some projects in order to complete the project on time.)
Upload Assistance = $40.99 for each place (If you’d like me to upload 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.)
Layered PSD of cover is $150 (For those who want the book cover files in layers so that they can revise as they need to. By paying this, I’m giving you the rights to modify my design as you see fit.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DESIGNS
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.
Stock Photos: You will need to provide the images for your cover design. I am willing to help you look for the best image for your cover design. I do this for several reasons you can find in this article, which also has a list of stock photography sites I would recommend.
Mock-Ups: In the interest of working as efficiently as possible, I’ve moved away from creating mock-ups using low-resolution “comp” images and now try to work with licensed images from the start if at all possible. If you plan to license stock images from a site like istockphotos.com or dreamstime.com, please be aware that any changes I make to a “comp” image will need to be replicated later for the full-resolution/licensed version.
Revisions: I am always happy to make adjustments to your cover; however, I may ask for an additional $20/hr revision fee if your volume of revision requests is particularly substantial.
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. I do not create hardcover spreads at this time.
Payment Option: I use PayPal, which can also process any credit cards, or check. I currently require 100% of the payment upfront. I will issue refunds (if needed or requested) on a case-by-case basis.
Money Back Guarantee: If for some reason you end up not using the design I’ve made then the refund is available. 100% of the amount and no kill-fees. However, you will not be able to use the design I created and I will be within my rights to sale the design to another author.
Editable Design Files: Finished files are flattened and are not editable. If editable files are required, please contact me prior to ordering. You will need 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.
Rights: You do not have the rights to draft covers or sample designs provided before selection of the final design.
Thank you for looking into my services for your Design needs. I love to show off my work! I reserve the right to use approved designs in my portfolios.