How long does it take for a custom book cover?
Typically, you will receive a concept draft within 2-3 business days, but this is dependent on my currently work load. Please email me ahead of time if you have a cover that you need in a hurry. After you approve the concept, I'll send another draft within 1-2 business days, and continue on that schedule with revisions until we arrive at the final draft. The whole process typically takes between a week and a month. It varies based on how many revisions are requested.
How long does it take to get my premade cover?
I will send you the premade ebook cover with your requested title, subtitle and author name within 1-2 business days of your order. If you request a paperback print cover design as well as a premade ebook cover, expect the print and ebook files to be emailed to you within 2-3 business days.
Am I able make changes to my cover in the future?
If you are familiar with adobe software, you can request a photoshop or indesign file of your ebook cover at the time of your order or via email at email@example.com. This file will allow you to change font and text only. (Due to copyright reasons, I cannot send files with layered images.) Note: some of the fonts I use are not readily available through photoshop software, and you may need to purchase them online before you are able to make changes yourself.
If you're not familiar with adobe (or don't want to purchase more fonts), you can email me with requested changes, and I'll take care of it for you. There may be a small fee if the changes are more extensive than font and text changes. I'll let you know how much before I begin.
My book isn't finished, can I still order a book cover?
Feel free to order a custom ebook cover or premade ebook cover at any stage of your writing project. For a custom paperback print cover, please wait to give me the page count of the paperback until your project is written, edited and formatted for whatever publisher you're printing with. I'll need to know the exact page count of the project to get accurate dimensions on the front cover, back cover and book spine.
What's the deal with the Adobe Stock Photo stuff?
Adobe Stock is a wonderful database full of high quality, high resolution, royalty-free stock photos that can be manipulated and combined to make beautiful and professional book covers and other graphic designs. I give authors the option to select 1-3 images from Adobe Stock's extensive portfolio of images themselves, or I can find images based on the book description and/or the author's vision. All images will be licensed for the author's commercial use up to 250,000 copies, which is the standard license for this industry. This standard license is included in all the prices listed on the Indie Book Cover Design Website. If an author sells more than 250,000 copies (ebook or print) a extended license will need to be purchased. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my contact page for more information on how to purchase an extended license on your royalty-free stock images.
Click here to find some great photos from Adobe Stock to use for your custom book cover. Include the file numbers of the images you like in your design form.
If I already have an ebook cover, can I order a print version to be made?
If your ebook cover was designed by me, then absolutely! I can make you a matching print version, and it's only an additional $55! You can order that here. If your ebook was designed by someone else, then maybe I can. It depends on the file size and images used in your original cover. Email me at email@example.com and I'll see what I can do.
What happens if I'm not happy with my book cover?
We work together until you are completely satisfied with your book cover. If for some reason during the design process, you aren’t happy with the design or you want something that requires a different skill set (such as illustration), I give a full refund. This is part of my 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy.
Once you approve your cover design and I send you the finalized files, there are no refunds.
I have a picture that I want to use on the cover. Can you use it in the design?
No. I exclusively use the images on Adobe Stock for all my designs because I know without a doubt they are all high quality and high resolution images. Other photos might not be of a high enough resolution to create a smooth, professional looking design. The other reason is because of copyright. All the images on Adobe Stock can be legally licensed for commercial use without any copyright infringements. I cannot be completely sure if the photo you provide me is under any kind of copyright.
The two exceptions to this are your author photo and/or your logo. If you'd like your author photo or logo included on the back or spine of your paperback print design, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, author name and the title of your book/project.
Do I need an ISBN before I order a cover?
No, you don't need to have an ISBN before ordering. If you are publishing your paperback print book with CreateSpace, that company will provide an ISBN for you. If your are publishing with a different company such as Ingram Spark, check out the ISBN website (for US authors) for info on how to obtain one. Once you get it, email it to me at email@example.com and I'll add it into your paperback design.
Another graphic designer messed up my cover, can you fix it?
I'm not able recreate or revise another designer's work. Contact the original designer and ask for changes to be made, or you can order a custom or premade cover from Indie Book Cover Design and I'll get to work on a fresh design for your book or writing project!
If I changed my mind on a premade cover, am I able to get a refund?
I cannot give you a refund after you have approved the premade cover updated with your requested text. If you change your mind BEFORE you approve the design emailed to you, I can give you a refund minus a 6% processing fee. This fee goes to the credit card processing company that I use through my website, not to me.
Do you sell the same cover more than once?
No. Your custom book cover or premade book cover that your order from me is yours and yours alone. Because the stock photos used are available to other artists, the raw image made be used in another design. However, the designs I create are highly manipulated and layered in the final design which results in a unique and professional book cover.
I think you're great. Will you do a blog post or giveaway on my website?
Well, thank you! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and a link to your blog. It just depends on my current time constraints and work load. I'll let you know within 1-2 business days.
I have a special design project I'd like you to work on, but you don't have it listed on your website. Can you do it?
Send me an email at julie@indiebookcoverdesign describing your project, and I'll get back to your in 1-2 business days with an answer and a price point. I love a good challenge!
How do I stay up to date on special offers (like the Nanowrimo Winner Discount) and other cool stuff?
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