You pick the stock photo, I turn it into a book cover
3 revisions Author selects image (regular stock) Premium stock is extra 3D promo graphic included Extra fee for print cover design
Silver Package $295
A truly custom design
6 revisions Interior title included 3D promo graphic included Cover reveal tease included Unlimited Regular stock photos Premium stock is extra Extra fee for print cover design
$30 off for additional books in the same series $10 off if you have cover character stock photo already picked
Gold Package $375
Ebook and Print Cover
Custom Design Deluxe
Unlimited revisions Interior title included 3D promo graphic(s) included Cover reveal tease included Unlimited Regular stock photos 1 Premium stock photo included Additional Premium, Premium Plus is extra Small (web) size text-free version of the cover for promotional use included Facebook banner and Facebook ad based on the cover Free box set after 3rd book in series (front cover using previous covers) Free audio cover Free Bookbub ad–without text–from a selection of templates
$50 off for additional books in the same series $10 off if you have cover character stock photo already picked
I divide stock photo resources into three categories based on cost. The first tier comprises microstock sites like Shutterstock, who have a large selection of images of a practically infinite subjects. The second tier includes boutique stores that specialize in specific type of images. The third tier is a mix of boutique stocks and large stock sites with exclusive content. Below is a list of all three type of resources. The dollar amount in parenthesis is what I charge for them–it’s less than the full price. Naturally, there are many other stock photo sites out there. If you’re thinking of using them, just ask.
Additional Services (if not already included in package
Print cover add-on: $35
Audio cover add-on: $25
Interior title add-on: $5
Amazon 3D Box Set and iTunes Omnibus graphic bundle: $35 (Front cover made from previous covers.)
Facebook banner and/or website header add-on (based on book cover): $25
Original website header: $30-100
Minor alterations involving text (e.g. title in foreign language): Free (once) Revisions over the limit: $25 ea
Revisions of covers already approved and finalized: $25 ea Substantial alterations after the cover has been finalized: $25 and up*
Simple Facebook Ad using cover graphic: $15 (will make sure ad won’t violate Fb’s 20% text rule)
Premium Facebook Ad (original scene created with new and reused elements from cover): $35 and up, depending on complexity.
Typography only: $50
Rush charge: $50
Anything else not listed here: ask
*Alterations can vary widely in complexity and difficulty. I’ll provide a price quote once we agree what needs to be done and how.
A Sequels to premade covers cost whatever package you pick, minus $50.- discount and free print cover for the Trust-Me and Silver packages and $75.- discount for the Gold package.
Final files are delivered in 1800 x 2700 pixels jpg file for ebook cover (and any smaller sizes you want, in the same dimensions)
I realize that many authors don’t get around formatting print books until months after publishing the ebook. This is not a problem. I’ll do the print design using a default template that I’ll adjust the size when the client is ready–up to a year after the original design (and possibly longer). Let me know if the book is long, so I can accommodate for the thicker spine in the design. I will adjust the print cover to size whenever you’re ready.
To finalize a print cover for KDP I need dimensions, page count, paper color, and back cover copy. This last one generally consists of the blurb but can also include bio, publisher logo, web site address, etc. It doesn’t include the ISBN graphic when using the free ISBN provided by Createspace–they’ll put it there during printing. However, if you’ve purchased your own ISBN I’ll need the pdf version of it.
For Ingram Sparks print covers I need the client to generate a template and send it to me in PDF format. This template should include the ISBN.
I’m currently booked 4+ months ahead, so plan accordingly.
Do you require a deposit?
I ask for a $50.- deposit at the time of scheduling.
How and when do I submit payment?
Payment is due via PayPal upon agreement on but before delivery of final, full size ebook cover.
Do I have to pay extra for stock fees?
I use a handful of stock photo sites. Of all of the regular ones Shutterstock has the largest inventory. If you have a specific stock photo/model in mind, let me know. (I give a $10.- discount if you already have your stock model picked out.) For stocks form other sites there might be and additional fee, especially for premium sites like iStock Signature Collection or Alamy. For others, ask.
Are there any restrictions on stock photos?
All stock photo sites have their own licensing terms. You can find Shutterstock’s here, and Neostock’s here.
Keep in mind if you sell over 500,000 copies, you need to buy extended license for the stock photos used on the cover.
By ordering a cover from me, you agree to abide by the stock photo site’s licensing terms.
Will you send multiple design concepts?
I usually do in the initial stage. However, depending on the design brief, one or two might suffice.
How long does the design process take?
This highly depends on complexity of project and speed of communication. Allow 1-2 weeks from start to finish.
Do I have to credit you in my book?
You don’t have to but I highly appreciate it. Something simple as “Cover Design by CoverAffairs.com” would do.
What is your refund / cancellation policy?
If I haven’t started working on the cover yet you can cancel and I will issue a refund. No refund if I already started working on the cover.