I make covers that sell books. My designs help my clients make money, attract publishers and get a lot of reviews. That’s why over 75% of my clients come back to me with repeat business for their next project. I like to take on new clients as much as I can, but as my reputation grows, the demand has been overwhelming. That means, unfortunately, that I have to keep raising prices and be selective about who I work with.
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Paying a reasonable amount for a winning book cover is the best publishing investment you will make. My services are meant for those authors who would rather pay for a piece of art than for a churned out template book cover. My main aim is to deliver a cover that directly leads to more sales and more profit for your book, and with this in mind, my prices are more than fair.
Still, I make it a point to do everything possible to provide covers at affordable prices. My $549 DaVinci is comparable to (although actually it includes more than) Createspace’s $1049 Custom Cover Premier Plus or Self-Publishing.com’s $1,375.00 Premium Cover. And the Warhol offers some powerful book marketing and promotion bonuses whose value far exceeds the cost.
THE DALI ebook cover: lots of brainstorming, extended Photoshop, tediously cutting and blending pictures together to make a really unique cover design, and up to 6 images (i.e. a background, foreground, three characters and their pet dog).
THE DAVINCI full print cover: includes the spine and back. I can add in an ISBN, author photo, imprint logo, or anything else you need. I’ll make multiple formats for free (CS, LS, Lulu), and even help with the upload process if you have any troubles. It includes the ebook version also.
THE WARHOL includes everything in the DaVinci, plus a wide range of bonuses to help with your book marketing and promotion. Postcards and business cards will be printed and shipped to you, custom ad boxes will come with a free marketing consultation on how best to use them, I’ll help edit and format your Amazon or other sales page for maximum sales, and even do keyword research to make sure your title, tagline/subtitle is as strong as possible, and recommend topics to write about, either for guest posts or articles on your own site. I’ll also make a header for your blog, profile pics, banners and backgrounds for your Twitter and Facebook, and throw in 3 book reviews (these will be genuine, verified purchase reviews once the book is live).
Thank you for the perfect cover for Lowcountry Shrimp Boil! I enrolled it in Amazon Select and as part of the program it is free today and tomorrow. It is in the Best Selling Free eBook List! Here is the ranking listed below from Amazon: “This format of Lowcountry Shrimp Boil is currently ranked #392 of all free books in the Kindle Store.” That is 392 out of 1 million! Amazing. This would NEVER have happened without your beautiful eye-catching cover! I thank you and cannot wait to see what you do with my next cover.” -Laura Momot
1. Once you click on the “Purchase” button of the cover type you want, you will be taken to PayPal to make a secure payment. I charge for the whole project upfront, only because I’ve found that having a two-step process (half now, half later) is cumbersome and inconvenient for everybody. Plus, I guarantee full refunds, so there’s no risk involved. But I’m flexible and we can do whatever makes you feel more comfortable.
2. You’ll be redirected to a simple contact form where you can send me information about the book (title, subtitle, author’s name, blurbs, tagline, back copy text, author bio…). You don’t have to tell me everything right away, and you can also email me anytime at email@example.com.
3. I’ll generate several possible samples. If you like one, I’ll keep developing it until it’s just right. If you don’t like the first batch, I’ll keep looking for different ideas until we nail it. If you’re creating a paperback, after your book is formatted and has a final page count, we’ll continue working on the spine and back. All book cover text will be carefully edited and revised if necessary. I can design specifically for your printer (ie. Lulu, Amazon, Lightning Source, etc.) based on their templates, and even coordinate the cover with the book interior formatting.
4. I’ll send a final version of the cover, in JPG and/or PDF (let me know what you need, and I’ll do it), and some 3D images for online display. You can keep the Photoshop files if you want them. You get all the rights to the art. Revisions and changes are always free, even if needed months later.
“Derek: I wanted to thank you for creating two outstanding book covers for me. Both books are under review by a major book publisher and they have commented on the quality of the cover. Thank you very much for your hard work, diligence, quick response, and creativity!! You are the best of the best!” -John Mattone
If you want to change the text only, I’ll do it for free for up to five covers. More likely, for a series you’ll keep the style and font the same, but switch out the background images. For these I’ll take $100 off each cover after the first one. If you have a blog or website with a PR3 or higher, I’ll give you $50~$100 off in exchange for a link to my site.
I HATE to take money for making ugly covers that won’t help you reach your publishing goals, and so I’ll be pretty blunt about my opinions and recommendations (after all, I really know what I’m doing – that’s what you’re paying me for). If you’re experiencing a lot of resistance from me, keep in mind you may be sabotaging my efforts (if that’s the case, I’ll happily give you a refund and you can hire someone else to make you exactly what you want, whether or not it will help your book sell.)
I’ll only keep your money if you’re thrilled with the design – and you also get the Amazing 1 Year Warranty.
If you don’t like any of my initial samples, I’ll keep trying. Usually with enough feedback, we’ll figure out what works for you. But if you aren’t confident about where we’re headed and you want to try someone else, you can have all your money back. It’s just that easy.
As a small business owner, one of the things I can offer clients is attention to detail and a lavish amount of customer service. I’ve tried to price competitively, but I also understand the worries and concerns about paying for a book cover design. What if the cover doesn’t sell well, or attracts the wrong kind of reader? What if you change your mind later on? I know plenty of authors who have paid for 2 or 3 separate covers from different designers for the same book, and still don’t feel they’ve gotten it right.
I want your book to be successful, so here’s the deal: if within one year of buying a cover from me, you aren’t selling as much as you’d like and you think the cover is to blame, I’ll make you a new one for free. I’ll even help you identify what went wrong, and we’ll fix it.
I’m extremely sensitive to the financial limits of indie authors; publishing a book can be a huge investment. If you really want a cover but can’t afford my prices, let’s make a deal of some kind. I also plan to give away a few free book covers every year, so you might want to join my list, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook.