General questions, pricing and payment
1How does the service work?
Firstly, choose the kind of cover you need: a custom, a pre-made or a painted book cover. Then you’ll need to complete the briefing form. After that, you’ll be directed to Paypal to pay a 50% deposit; if you choose the painted cover we’ll shortly send you a quote under no obligation, since the price may vary according to your requests and the complexity of the design.
2What are the differences between “custom”, “pre-made” and “painted” covers?
A custom cover is a design tailored to your needs: we'll manipulate and combine several photos to create your cover and we'll do our best to design something very specific, suiting the mood of your book. A pre-made cover is a ready-made design, a sort of "generic" cover; our collections features a large number of covers in almost every literary genre, with dummy titles that we will change according to your needs. A painted cover is a very special design, we will literally draw your cover the old-fashioned way using digital tools. We recommend this option if you want we depict a very specific character or situation, since this technique allows us do design almost anything.
3How do you design your covers?
Custom and pre-made covers are designed mainly with photo manipulation, we extract elements from different photos then we manipulate and blend them into a totally new picture. Painted covers are made the old-fashioned way, with pencils, brushes and paper. Needless to say the latter option takes more time and effort, so the price is slightly higher.
4How do I pay the deposit for a painted cover?
Once you accept our quote, you’ll receive a Paypal payment request.
5Do you offer discounts to recurring clients?
Our fees are very reasonable, therefore we do not apply discounts to returning clients. But we grant a discount for bulk orders of series.
6Do you grant discounts for series design?
Yes, we grant discounts for bulk orders of 3 or more books in a series: $20 off on ebooks and a $5 off on paperback add-on for book 2 and subsequent covers in a series. All covers should be ordered at the same time, so we can work on them at the same time. This means that book 1 is full price, since it sets the graphic standard and it's the most challenging. Discounts do not apply to pre-made covers and to covers made with pictures provided by the client. Please contact us for more details.
7What is the "Series" banner?
Some covers feature a banner saying "This cover can be turned into a series", this means that the main character of the cover is available in several poses so it can be used to create more covers that will be consistent with the first one.
1How does the design process work?
After the deposit is paid we’ll send you the approximate date we'll start designing your cover. If you are on a tight deadline please contact us before placing your order to check our schedule. We'll send you the first draft, if you are not happy with it, we’ll submit a new draft based on your notes. Then we’ll refine the cover and we’ll send you the final draft for approval. After that, you’ll receive the final payment request via Paypal. Once the transaction is complete, we’ll send you all the files you ordered.
2What if I don't like your second proposal either?
If you don't like our second proposal, we’ll submit a third one and, if you still aren't satisfied then we’ll assume we are not the best choice for you and you’ll receive a full refund. But rest assured: this has never happened!
3What if I want to cancel the project?
If you change your mind, please contact us as soon as possible and we’ll refund you deposit. Paypal commissions might apply (around 3%) , that doesn't depend on us.
4What if I already have a picture for the cover?
We can create a cover based on you picture, but it must be a print-quality, high-resolution image and you need to make sure you have the right to use it. Please contact us for a quote.
5How many revisions can I ask for?
There are no limits (except those dictated by common sense): we are committed to creating the best possible cover for you, but if it looks like we’re getting nowhere, we may discuss abandoning the project (see "What if I want to cancel the project?").
6What if I need some adjustments after the project is complete?
Small changes and minor adjustments are free within 3 months from the delivery of the final files. If multiple changes are required, charges might apply. Contact us for details.
7What is the format of the final files?
eBook covers are delivered as JPG files, 1600x2560 pixels, which is the standard Kindle size. If you need different sizes please let us know. Printed book covers are delivered as PDF files, ready to be uploaded to Createspace or other printers.
8What if I need the eBook cover now and the printed book cover (or dust jacket) at a later time?
No problem: you can purchase the eBook now and then get back to us when you are ready for the printed book.
Print book design process
1What does the printed book add-on include?
It includes the front cover, the spine and the back cover.
2What if I don’t have the trim size or the page count but I still want to order the printed cover?
No worries, we’ll design the cover for a standard 6"x9" book, with an approximate page count, and we’ll send you a high-resolution jpg you can use for your book's promotion. Once you have the exact trim size and page count, we’ll adjust the size of your cover and we’ll send you the actual printer-ready file. You’ll be charged for the standard printed book add-on, size adaptation (if necessary) comes at no extra cost.
Add-ons and extras
1May I purchase add-ons only?
Yes. But you can't do it on the web site, please contact us for further information.
2May I get a PSD (Photoshop) file of my cover?
Yes, you can get the cover file in PSD format but please note that all layers will be flattened, and you won't be able to change it. It will only be possible to edit text layers. Since full-layered PSDs contain licensed material (stock photos from third parties that could be extracted from them) we can't distribute those files because of licensing and copyright issues.
3I need a logo for my series, is it included in the cover design?
No, unless it's very basic and easy to design. Please contact us for a quote.
4Can you design characters, maps and so on?
Yes, we can draw almost anything. If you need a map of your fantasy world, characters or inner illustrations for your book please contact us and we’ll send you a quote under no obligation.
Copyright, license and credits
1After I buy the cover, do I own all the rights on it?
According to the international copyright laws, please understand that you are purchasing only the right to use the artwork as a book cover, not the copyright on the design itself, which remains ours. You can't use the artwork for purposes other than a book cover, unless a fee is negotiated. If stock images have been used, after the payment the cover is yours to use under the stock photo provider's standard license (for example see https://depositphotos.com/license.html), which allows you to sell up to 500,000 (half a million) printed copies, eBooks are unlimited. If you exceed this amount you must purchase an extended license for each image used in your cover. You can upgrade to the extended license when you sell that many copies. Upon request, we’ll provide a list of the photos we used and their IDs. Sometimes we use unrestricted public domain photos, in this case there are no restrictions. Print limit do not apply to painted covers but please note we retain the copyright on those covers as well, so if you want to purchase full rights on the cover please contact us.
2Should I credit you for your service?
We usually place a small footer with the copyright information on the back cover. If you do not want this to be added, the following sentence must be added to the copyright page: "Cover: © (CURRENT YEAR) bookcoversart.com".