BOOK COVER DESIGN FAQ
The purchase of a book cover design package isn’t exactly as everyday as going to the store and buying a bottle of milk – rather it’s something that most writers will very seldom deal with. For this reason it’s understandable that you might have a few questions about the caper. Here are the most frequently asked.
For answers to questions about our formatting and layout services, check our Formatting FAQ page.
How do I get started?
So you’ve completed your book. Congratulations! Now you just need something to wrap it in. To begin your cover design journey simply visit our Cover Design page, and choose the package – be it eBook, print or both – that best suits your needs. 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?
The briefing form should give us everything we need to get started on your project. If not, we’ll email you for clarification or additional information. Within 14 days (often sooner, depending on our workload) you’ll receive at least two draft book cover design options based on the information you’ve offered up. You can give us feedback on those, and we will either make changes, or, if needed, design a new draft 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?
Not a problem! If you’re not happy with either of the drafts, we’ll come up with at least one additional draft based on your feedback. Hopefully that gets us on track, but if for some reason the third draft doesn’t meet your expectations, we may terminate the project and provide you with a FULL refund at this point. Or we’ll keep going. It mostly depends on the kind of feedback we’re getting and how close we think we might get on more rounds.
What if I’m unhappy with the process or the result and want to cancel?
If, at any point during the initial draft design process, you (or we) cannot agree on a suitable draft cover design to move forward with, or you (or we) are not happy with the process or result, we will completely refund the deposit paid. Once we’ve passed the initial draft phase of the cover and you’ve selected a cover to go forward and make changes to, we assume you’re happy with the draft and the process. From this point forward, any cancellations from the author side will result in a forfeit of 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 (at least 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 do our best to accommodate those requests.
To give you a reasonable idea of the STAGES of the design process, this is how it works:
- Order and 50% deposit received
- First Draft concepts (checked by Damon)
- Minimum two initial drafts
- If necessary, minimum one additional draft (checked by Damon)
- If we’re not getting it right at this point, we may refund the deposit paid, or we may keep going with additional drafts
- First draft concept approved to work with in next stage
- Changes to approved concept from stage one.
- All reasonable changes to be done
- Once cover approved, move to next stage
- Prepare high-res ebook cover and 3D rendering
- Balance paid + ebook cover file delivered (unless author ordered a print cover or other items)
- Move to Stage 4 (if required)
- Quality Control (final checks with author – page count, trim size, paper color, blurb for the back, ISBN, printer)
- Design paperback cover
- Make changes to paperback cover until approved
- Design banner/bookmarks
- Make changes to banner/bookmarks until approved
- Prepare final paperback + banner/bookmark files
- Quality control final checks
- Send balance invoice to author
- Send final files once invoice paid
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 and the use of all royalty-free images used for your cover (subject to the terms of the image provider). There are no further payments due after your remaining 50% balance is paid. Once fully paid for, you are granted the exclusive license to use the final cover design artwork for your ebook cover and any associated marketing materials. You may not alter the cover design in any way, unless those alterations have been approved in writing by Damonza.com, or supplied by Damonza.com. Please also view our terms and conditions.
Do I really get unlimited changes?
Well, no. At Damonza we are only happy when our clients are completely happy, and we will work hard to sculpt a cover exactly how you had envisioned it. What you really get are ‘unlimited reasonable changes at certain stages’. This is to encourage you to indicate the changes that you’d like at the correct stage of the process, save having to go back to the start of the process if there’s a change that you may have forgotten to mention to us. It’s all about making the process as efficient and effective as possible.
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. Please note that we do not work with covers already designed by other people.
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 earlier drafts for different 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).
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.