Please remember an ebook cover is not supposed to be an illustration of the book’s content – it is a sales prop to convince readers to click on your book, and perhaps to be admired by the reader later on. It is more important to have a stunning image that is visible in a small size than to have lots of tiny accurate details…
More information on Custom Orders:
Give specifications of what you would like. I will create at least two different compositions for your approval, and then work on a chosen design till you are satisfied.
Digital ebook cover with specifications as follows:
File Type and Size: I provide a JPEG format, and my size is made to the proportions of 6 x 9, 3200 x 4800 width. This works well for Amazon. I also provide a smaller cover of 1600 x 2400 pixels for upload to platforms that require a smaller size – Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Kobo. Please read my full article on ebook cover sizes here for more information.
The 3200 x 4800 size can also be used with Createspace’s online Cover Creator, though the text elements may have to be moved to avoid bleedspace. I will do this at your request. For a full ready-to-upload paperback cover version, please refer to this page.
The above sizes and file type will apply unless you make a distinctive request for different specifications.
I do NOT provide a PSD file with open layers for many reasons. One is that it would be against stock image terms (it would be equal to selling a template instead of a completed design) the other is that my covers are not just cutouts against backgrounds. The layers are merged and manipulated, and image elements cannot just be moved or replaced.
Style: Design in accordance with your guidelines for style and elements. Send me a link to other covers in the ebook stores with a style that you like so that I can get a better idea of what you have in mind.
Changes: I work on it until you are happy, final payment only after you are satisfied.
General: Designs are optimised to be attractive when viewed in a small size, as most ebook websites post images that will appear only about 1½ x 2 inches in size when viewed on a computer screen (or smaller on androids).
Payment: by Paypal – I will send you my address. I require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the project before starting on a custom-made order.
Exclusivity: I guarantee you the exclusive rights to any cover. The design will not be resold to anyone else. However, raw images for photo manipulation are usually from stock photo sites and as such I cannot guarantee exclusive rights to a particular image, though it will appear very different from the original as it is usually combined with several other image elements.
Stock Images: I purchase image licenses legally and use large, high-resolution, high-quality images. All basic stock images are included and I buy from a variety of general and specialist sites with the exclusion of a few highly expensive ones. If you really want and image from a site I do not purchase from you will have to buy it and send to me – we usually discuss stock images before going ahead with the cover design.
Different sites have restrictions on their stock image licenses – one may usually produce 500 000 of a design whereafter one has to purchase an extended license, depending on the site. Please note all my covers come with a standard image license. Also note that if you do sell more than 500 000 copies of a book you should be able to afford and extended image license for $100.
Disclaimer: A standard stock image license allows for ebook and paperback book covers and related web and all printed advertising materials like banners and brochures and cards. It does NOT allow for products like t-shirts and coffee mugs, where the image alone becomes the main attraction of the item. For that you will have to obtain and extended license to the images used on your cover. If you fail to do so it is at your own risk and I will not be held responsible.
Turnaround time: I work fast as I only accept a limited number of custom orders. Covers are completed within one day to a week at most – depending on feedback from the author and also on how many alterations we end up making. I am quite patient as the authors I have worked with will testify…
Samples sent: For a custom design I usually offer two different covers if the composition is not too complicated. However if it is a composite cover with many elements and body changes and paint work I usually send just rough drafts to select a composition from before I will work on the final effects of one cover only as this kind of work is very time-consuming.
Samples are watermarked and you only attain the rights to a sample once it is fully paid for.
For a stylishly designed paperback version to complement your ebook cover, please read all information on this page.