To get started you can fill in a price estimate form. This will provide the designer with the basic information about your book, and what you have in mind for the cover. It will also give the designer an idea about the time and resources needed to complete the work on your cover.
We will get back to you by e-mail with a price estimate, within 1-2 days of receiving your form. The cost of your cover will depend on how detailed you want it to be. On occasion, you might be advised to scale things down a little – a cover which includes a lot of detail and a number of characters (people) usually doesn’t look that good, and will also be unnecessarily expensive. One or two characters or objects, combined with a simple background, are usually the best way to achieve a stunning and eye-catching effect.
If you agree to the estimated price, and are happy to go ahead with the process, you will be added to our “work-list”. The turnaround time will depend on how many customers we are working with at the time, but normally we will send you the first draft in 1-3 weeks. If you are in a rush, please let us know!
The design process
Based on the information you provide on the price estimate form, we will proceed to working out a draft. We use high quality and high resolution royalty-free stock images, purchased from Shutterstock, as a base. These are then combined with digital painting using a Wacom tablet and Adobe Photoshop.
When we have completed work on the draft, it will be delivered to you by e-mail. The draft is of the front cover only; the spine and back (if you’ve ordered a cover for print) will be designed after we’ve received approval for the front. When we send across the draft, we will ask you to give your feedback. If you are happy with it, we will continue with the full cover. If you would like some changes, we will work out a second draft based on your comments.
If you have ordered a paperback/print cover, we will need the following information to complete the final cover:
• Book size (for example 6 x 9)
• Page count (how many pages the book will have)
• Back blurb (book description to go on the back cover)
• Whether your book will have cream, white or color pages
You might not have all this information to hand at the outset, but if you can send it to us as soon as you have it, we will be able to get the cover completed.
During the process, cover drafts cannot be shared online (Facebook, blogs, Twitter etc) for copyright reasons. As soon as the cover has been fully paid for you have the right to share the cover wherever you like.
Payment is through PayPal
Have any questions?
Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org