Cover Design Process


Booking

Interested in booking? Contact today through e-mail for a one on one quote for a personalized cover design.

Please take some time to review my cover designing portfolio before hand to ensure my design style fits your cover design needs.

For all custom designs, I take the time to read over the manuscript to ensure a specific one of a kind design.

Once start dates and design services are confirmed, a deposit invoice and design contract will be sent to reserve the cover design start date.

Preparation

Upon booking, agreement of the cover design contract, and fulfillment of the deposit invoice, a design brief/questionnaire will be sent.

All clients are highly encouraged to research their genres and create a book cover mood board displaying their cover tastes. This will help identify specific design aesthetics.

A week prior to the start date all clients must have completed and sent back the design brief/questionnaire and their manuscript.

Design

The first week of the cover design is reserved for deep diving into the manuscript, design brief/questionnaire, and conceptualization.

All preferences noted through the questionnaire and book cover mood board are taken into account and combined with those from the internal manuscript details.

During the second week of the cover design, two rough cover mocks will be created. Mock one will be geared to the clients vision described in the questionnaire. Mock two will be geared in a totally different design direction per the details and opportunities envisioned by the designer.

From the two rough cover mocks, one will be selected by the client as the final cover to fully render.

Revision

Once a mock is selected for the final direction, the cover design proceeds into the finalized detailings for the cover.

Samples will be shared through e-mail of the cover design while in the finishing process for reviewal. When the cover design front/wrap is complete samples will be shared for approval of the finalized cover.

With approval of the final design/wrap the final invoice for payment is sent.

With the final invoice payment complete
cover template files specific to the printer of choice must be e-mailed to me for a perfect print fit.

Any additional design services will be completed after the book cover sizing.



Contact for any cover design booking inquiries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you create cover art for more genre’s than what’s represented on your portfolio?

I’ve never turned away a particular genre per say. My clients works have focused toward particular genre’s of women’s fiction, young adult, or various romance. If there’s a genre of interest that is not displayed on my portfolio, then simply send me e-mail to inquire.

What kind of Additional pieces have you created for clients?

I’ve created additions such as bookmarks, author business cards, 3-D mocks for online advertisements, banners, poster sized high resolutions for prints, book plates, and thank you cards for authors. When it comes to author swag additions there really isn’t much that cannot be created as long as you know the printer and their sizing requirements.

Do you send the .PSD cover art files?

No. In the design agreement signed between both parties, I license the artwork for the purpose of its creation. (Cover Art, Audiobook Covers, 3-D Mocks, Bookmarks, etc.) I retain control of the .PSD files for a variety of reasons:

  • If photo layering was used in the creation of the cover art, then the licenses to obtain the photo’s usage prohibit the sharing of the original files.
  • Any font licensing used within the cover art design are licensed solo for my usage and are not to be shared.
  • If the design was created by myself, I retain creative control of the .PSD files to ensure they maintain quality control of the artwork and myself as the artist.

Please note just because I do not send the .PSD files when the design is complete, if a client wishes to have an additional piece created, then I do not charge an arm and a leg for it’s creation.

Are your designs exclusive?

Yes. Designs created for any client are exclusive to that particular cover design project. I take pride in creating one of a kind Cover Art Designs and would never dare of reusing a cover ever.

What is a Design Questionnaire/Brief? And how important is it?

The Design Questionnaire/Brief tells me all of the information I need to know about a project. Information to include about you as the author when I create a page specifically to your novel in my portfolio, a synopsis for a quick overview before I dig in and read your entire manuscript, the blurb for your back cover, the tag line for the front, and/or author quotes to include and design space for. Any visions you have as an author for your cover, things to avoid, or simply where your novel takes place and how the characters look. All of these details allow me to visualize what is in your head, however one of the most important pieces are sharing covers in your genre that visually represent elements you like. This allows me to tailor your design specific to your tastes.


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