Custom Book Covers



Need a custom-made book cover? Well, you're in the right place! In addition to pre-made covers, I am currently offering five design services for custom covers:

"Concept Makeover"—I'll create a cover based on a simple example image provided by the author. (If you have an existing, published book cover in need of a makeover, that qualifies as well!)
"Text-Only Design"—Using cover artwork provided by the author, I'll handle the design/placement of all text elements needed to complete the design (title/author name/blurb/etc).
"Pre-Made Cover Adjustments"—If one of my pre-made covers is close to what you had in mind but would need some adjustments to make it just right, I can make those changes for you! 
"Pre-Made Design + Additional Series Covers"—If you're looking to purchase a pre-made cover for a novel that is part of a series, I would be happy to design additional/complementing covers for any and all subsequent novels in the series!
"Spine + Back Cover Add-On" — If you already have an eBook cover, I can add a spine and back cover and prepare a Createspace-ready paperback spread for you.

What I Don't Do: 1. Due to time constraints, I am currently unable to take on new clients for custom projects that involve creating multiple concepts for a single title (i.e. the author is unsure of what they want and would like to see a variety of concepts for that reason). 2. I don't design traditional high fantasy covers or traditional romance covers in any capacity at this time, as I feel my style is not a good match for the aesthetic these genres require. 3. I also do not offer any custom artwork illustration, fonts, or hardback cover formatting options at this time.

As follows is a more detailed breakdown of my pricing and services!

If you can sketch out/create a mockup of your ideal cover concept (or even have an existing cover in need of a facelift), this is the option for you!

To view a comprehensive list of examples that can help you determine how many images your design might require, » please click here. «

SERVICE
1 IMAGE
2 IMAGES
3 IMAGES
4 IMAGES
5+ IMAGES
Book Cover Makeover (Ebook)  
$94
$124
$154
$184
$214+
Book Cover Makeover (eBook & Paperback
» Simple Spine/Back Cover)
$118
$148
$178
$208
$238+
Book Cover Makeover (eBook & Paperback
» Complex Spine/Back Cover)
$138
$168
$198
$228
$258+

I will need your final formatted page count before beginning work on your paperback cover, as the final page count determines the width of the spine.

• You may need to personally license additional stock images if you are not satisfied with the selection offered by the royalty-free sites with which I have a subscription. (This is something that we will discuss in more detail during the initial design stage!)


If you already commissioned an artist to create your cover art, I would be happy to focus solely on the text's design and placement. (Click here to view an example.) Please note that I do not design custom fonts or use hand-lettering at this time.

• I will need your final formatted page count before beginning work on your paperback cover, as the final page count determines the width of the spine.

SERVICE
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eBook Cover (Text Only) 
$24
eBook + Paperback (Text Only)*
$44
eBook + Paperback (Text + Simple Textured Background)*
$54
* If you'd like a non-solid colored background (ex: watercolor paper), your rate will increase from $44 to $54.


If one of my pre-made covers is close to what you had in mind but would need some adjustments to make it just right, I would be happy to make any changes you have in mind!

SERVICE
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Pre-Made Book Cover Design Revisions
$24/hr



If you're looking to purchase a pre-made cover for a novel that is part of a series, to design additional/complementing covers for any and all subsequent novels in the series—let me know and we can discuss potential designs for the covers to come! Price-wise, the rest of the covers in your series should cost around the same amount as their pre-made counterpart.

SERVICE
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Pre-Made Book Cover Design (Subsequent Books in Series)
Contact me for quote/estimate


Purchasing one of my pre-made designs? Already have an eBook cover? If your book is covered on the front but needs a back and spine for print, this is the add-on for you! To see examples of simple versus complex back covers, please scroll to the bottom of » this page«

• I will need your final formatted page count before beginning work on your paperback cover, as the final page count determines the width of the spine.

SERVICE
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Spine + Back Cover Add-On » Simple
$24
Spine + Back Cover Add-On » Complex
$44


When you're a self-published author, writing a book is half the battle. What comes next is more sinister still. Covers! Formatting! Promotional tools! Blurbs! Chances are that you have limited experience with these tasks, so I'm here to help. :-)

As follows are my policies.

Stock Photos: If you are not satisfied with the selection offered by the royalty-free sites with which I have a subscription, you will need to purchase a license for any and all images you wish for me to incorporate into your cover and promotional materials. I recommend Dreamstime (affiliate link, FYI!) and have used their images for many of the custom covers I've done so far. Also, I wouldn't recommend purchasing any image licenses until we've gone through some mock-ups to determine which images best suit your design!

Printing: If you're going the paperback route, I highly recommend CreatespaceI do not design paperback or hardcover spreads for Ingram or Lightningsource at this time. 

eBook/Paperback Formatting:  If you are purchasing a paperback spread, I will need to know your final formatted page count so that I can correctly size the book's spine.

Note: At this time, I do not offer formatting for hardback covers, Ingram, or the creation of any custom CGI elements. 


Revisions: I am always happy to make adjustments to your cover; however, I may ask for an additional $24/hr revision fee if your volume of revision requests is particularly substantial.


Mock-Ups: 
 The mock-up stage is where the majority of the work is done. A heads up, though: mock-ups are deceptively named. It's not a rough blocking of what goes where—if you plan to license stock images from a site like istockphotos.com or dreamstime.com, please be aware that what I'm actually doing is designing a high-quality cover, but with watermarked comp images. Once you're happy with the way a mock-up looks, it's just a matter of licensing the images and replacing the watermarked comps with the full versions of those images (which will be re-edited to match the look of their counterparts in the mockup).

Payment: I am currently asking for a 50% downpayment prior to beginning work on your project. (As of 11/2014: If you are purchasing a paperback spread and know your formatted page count, the 50% downpayment will be based on the total cost of the paperback spread. If your formatted page count isn't currently available, the 50% downpayment will be based on the eBook cover price—therefore, the difference between the eBook cover and the full paperback spread will be due in full before I begin working on the back cover/spine.) Once I begin working on your cover, the 50% deposit will become non-refundable. Paypal is preferred. I will issue refunds on a case-by-case basis depending on the factors necessitating the refund.

PSD (Source) Files: Source files are not included with the cost of your cover. Licensing restrictions of the images used in your design permitting, you can purchase the PSD file for an additional fee. 

Legal stuff: 
In addition to its intended use as your book's cover, you can use the cover (exactly as it was designed) on promotional materials (bookmarks, postcards, etc), but you can't sell reproductions of the cover and might not be able to sell products bearing just the artwork/book cover by itself (i.e. the book cover cannot constitute the main value of the item itself; printed as-is on t-shirts, mugs, and the like for example) depending on the licensing restrictions of images used in your design.

Although you aren't required to credit me as your cover designer, you can't credit someone who isn'tme for creating the design, nor can you claim that you own any of the elements or images that went into the design (unless you actually provided the image to me and either own the image or have secured the appropriate exclusive licensing agreement for that image).




To get started, please send me a message via the Contact page. My current turnaround is 3-7 days. Thanks for looking and I hope to work with you soon!