What’s your turnaround?
What’s your process?
Once you submit a questionnaire via the Custom Orders page, I’ll get back to you within 24 hours. This response will include (a) a request for more information, if required, and (b) an invoice for a 50% deposit. Once the deposit has been confirmed by Paypal, we begin collaborative process to help define up to 3 cover concepts.
Day 3 – Selection Phase
I submit up to 3 concepts & receive your feedback. Your preferred draft is then tweaked as per your request. If you don’t like any of the concepts, that’s fine! I’m happy to refund your full deposit. However, because I take great care during the Draft Phase to really understand your requirements, this rarely winds up being an issue.
Day 4 – Development Phase
I begin work on the actual cover.
Day 7-10 – Proof Phase
I submit the proof to you for final review and approval. You send the remaining 50% of your payment via Paypal.
Day 10 – Delivery Phase
Once payment has been confirmed, I send all assets to you.
What’s a stock image?
Do you do non-fiction book covers?
Premade Book Covers
Do you sell your premade book covers more than once?
I like one of your premade book covers, but need a few minor tweaks – is this possible?
I like one of your Premades, but need a Print Cover - are you able to convert?
I want to buy one of your premade book covers before someone else does, but I haven't yet settled on a book title - can I place it on reserve?
Why can't you just send me a blank template, and I'll fill in the text later?
Why do you charge extra for print book covers?
The production of a print-ready book cover involves extra work.
Back Cover & Spine: additional design work is required for both the spine and the back cover.
Additional printing considerations: This includes a higher image resolution, bleed/trim lines, margins, and changed color mode (RGB to CMYK).
If you need more than one print cover (ie. for different vendors/distributors) I charge US$40 per additional cover. Again, this is because different vendors have different templates, which requires additional formatting and time.
What's an Extended Image License, and why does it cost extra?
With all my premade and custom covers, I include a Standard Image License for stock images. This covers you for unlimited ebook sales, plus a print run of up to 500,000 units (or 250,000 units for Regency Romance, due to the photographer’s restrictions). If you anticipate print sales OVER these caps, then an Extended Image License – which permits an unlimited print run – can be purchased for an additional US$90 (please note that these restrictions are determined by the stock image provider. I include a Standard Image License by default to keep the cost of my covers down, and because it is normally more than sufficient for most author’s needs.)
Do I need to provide additional details for print book covers?
Yes! To make sure your cover is perfect, and provided you’re going with KDP for your printed books, I’ll need the following details from you:
- The size of the book (e.g. 6×9 or 5.5×8.5)
- The type of paper – white or cream
- The exact KDP page count
- Back Cover Matter Inclusions:
– blurb (200-300 words max)
– short author bio OR excerpts from reviews OR a quote from the book
– your own publishing/author logo (optional)
– QR code linking to your website (optional) – obtain via http://www.qrstuff.com/
If all this seems like a bit much to take in, don’t worry; I’ll work through it all with you during the design process.