BOOK COVER DESIGN FAQ
Do you have questions about our book cover design services? Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you’re looking for answers to questions about our formatting and layout services, check our Formatting FAQ page.
How do I get started?
Congratulations – you’ve finished your book! Visit our Cover Design page to choose the package that best suits your needs – we do print as well as Ebook cover design. At the end of each package page, you’ll find a briefing form to complete. This form gives us the information we need to design your cover and complete any formatting work you require as well. When you’ve completed the form, you’ll be directed to a payment page to make your 50% deposit through PayPal.
What happens once I’ve submitted the briefing form?
Normally the briefing form gives us everything we need to get started on your project. If not, we’ll email you for clarification or addition information. Within 14 days (often sooner, depending on our workload) you’ll receive at least 2 draft book cover design options based on the information you’ve given us. You can give us feedback on those, and we will either make changes or design a new cover. In most cases, at least one of the draft covers matches your vision closely enough to be the base for your final cover.
What if I don’t like the first drafts?
If you’re not happy with either of the drafts, we will come up with at least one additional draft based on your feedback. In most cases that require an additional draft, the third draft is enough to lead to the final draft. If necessary, we will keep providing additional drafts until you’re satisfied.
What if I’m unhappy with the process or the result and want to cancel?
If, at any point during the design process, you (or we) cannot agree on a suitable final cover design, or you (or we) are not happy with the process or result, we will completely refund the deposit paid.
What happens once I’m happy with the cover?
Once you’re 100% satisfied with your print or Ebook cover design, we will invoice you for the remaining 50% balance through PayPal. Once you’ve paid, you’ll receive the final high resolution files ready to use. Print covers are delivered as print-ready PDFs ready to upload to your printer of choice. Ebook covers are sent as high resolution (1600×2500 pixels) JPEGs. You’ll also receive a 3D rendering of your cover for promotional purposes. If you need any other specific sizes for different distributors, we will accommodate those requests.
How much does it cost to design a cover?
Our packages range in price depending on your requirements. Check out our Cover Design page to choose the package that best suits your needs.
What does the price include?
All of our packages include the design fee for your final cover, all royalty-free images used for your cover, and any and all rights to use the cover in any format you want (subject to Shutterstock.com’s terms and conditions). There are no further payments due after your remaining 50% balance is paid.
Can I supply an image for the cover?
Yes. However, the image needs to be high enough resolution (at least 300dpi at 6″x9″) and you must own the rights to use the image. Supplying your own image does not change the cover design fee.
What does the fee NOT include?
The design fee does not include the rights to any of the draft covers or designs that were provided before you selected your final cover. The design fee does not include character creation for your cover. If you need a specific character created for your cover image, we may need to use a number of royalty-free images to create him or her. There will be a separate fee for this service.
Can I pay for one cover and use the 2 drafts for two separate covers?
No. The cover design fee provides you with one final cover only. If you would like to use an earlier draft for an additional cover, an additional fee will apply (starting at 50% of the normal cover design price).
Paypal won’t accept my credit card. Can I pay directly by credit card instead?
Unfortunately we only accept payments through PayPal at this time.
Does the PRINT cover package include a back and spine design?
Yes it does.
Can I design an EBOOK cover now and a PRINT cover later?
Yes. Our Ebook cover design is initially created in a high resolution that is also suitable for print. Should you choose to convert your Ebook cover to a print cover at a later date, you can simply upgrade to a print package for an additional $100.