Book Cover Art Design Services
Beautiful cover art is the first visual impact you make with a reader.
Let me help you make that critical first impression.
Whether you are planning a digital only release or digital and print, you need to ensure you are packaging your book with a cover that represents you and your story. Each story is different and that’s why we take great care in custom creating each cover design.
We utilize premium, royalty-free licensed stock images (primarily iStock) or we can use a photographer-licensed image you provide.
Do you need promotional graphics for marketing your title (Facebook graphics/ads, coming soon announcement blocks, 3D graphics, teasers, audiobook cover)? We offer discounted packages of graphics as well.
Let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to quote you a price.
No worries. Tell us what you need and we’ll walk you through the options and process.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your availability?
It varies. I’m usually booked two months in advance but never hesitate to reach out at any time since I occasionally have slots open up last minute. It’s best to get in touch with me as soon as you know you need a cover (you don’t need to wait until your book is completed or in the last stages of editing).
Do you offer pre-made covers?
No. All designs are custom created for each client.
What are your payment terms?
Payment terms are 50/50. Meaning, 50% deposit is due before work begins and 50% balance is due upon approval of design concept. All payments are made via PayPal. Finished, final file is delivered after balance payment is received.
Why do you say 'we' sometimes if it's only you?
Force of habit from my corporate days. “I” create all the designs we offer. Although my incredible hubby is more than willing to give his opinion and offer a suggestion on a design while I’m working. So all instances of I, our, we refers to Reese Dante.
Can I order an e-book cover now and upgrade to a print cover later?
Yes. When you’re ready to take your book to print, let me know so we can coordinate the schedule. You simply pay the difference between the print cover package and the e-book cover package.
Can you design a paperback if I go with IngramSpark or LSI?
Yes. I’m familiar with their strict requirements and am able to prepare the art to spec.
What genres do you work with?
I’m open to working with all genres.
How does the cover design process work?
Once we’ve discussed the preliminary details (pricing, schedule, Terms & Conditions), you complete a form that provides me with a bit of information about your book along with your deposit payment. In this form, I have the basic information needed to get started. I ask for a detailed synopsis, character information, story elements, themes, and example of covers you like or that convey the tone you’re looking for. With this information, I then search for images to use for your characters/story. The images are then used to design a cover concept (mock). I work with you through the revision rounds until you approve a final design. Once the design is approved, you send the balance payment and the final files are forwarded.
How many mocks (design concepts) do you include?
I say “a minimum of 1” but we sometimes include more. If I think of another alternative that might look good, I present it. However, if I have one strong concept I feel works very well for your story, then there’s no need to waste time trying to generate a few filler mocks simply to bump up the number of concept provided at the initial stage.
How many revision rounds do you include?
Anyone who has worked with me will tell you I don’t mind changes. I usually prefer to limit them based on what’s reasonable. Meaning…shift to the left, then an inch to the right, then back to the left again, no right…. that’s not reasonable. However, getting the character’s hair right or making sure the tattoo is accurate based on the story or other elements of that nature, I’m happy to tweak until it’s right.
Do your prices include the stock image fees & photos?
The prices include the use of stock images with a standard royalty-free license. Meaning, I will purchase the images with a royalty-free license (using my account) from one of a number of royalty-free stock photography/illustration websites I utilize. The stock images used in the design are primarily sourced from iStock Photo (istockphoto.com). Stock image licenses are not transferable, hence, you do not receive the stock image upon project completion (so I don’t feel comfortable charging you a separate fee based on images used).
Note: prices do not include any separate licensing agreements with non-stock site photographers.
Is there a limit to the number of stock images used on a cover?
No. I can easily create a cover with a single image or multiple shots. This will not affect the price. I tend to use more images when ‘creating’ a character or scene.
I often need several images to complete character changes or create a scene/landscape that is critical to the story. Anyone who has worked with me will tell you I’m extremely picky about making the changes as realistic as possible. If that takes me ten images to complete, then I use ten images. I don’t want to limit the realism with an image cap. If the required changes are extensive and incur an additional fee because of the design time needed, we will discuss it upfront. But the number of images used does not affect the quoted price.
There's a stock shot I like, but it's not exactly right. Can you change it up a little?
Yes, as long as the requested change does not violate the stock license agreement. Aside from retouching photos, I can also manipulate images and sometimes digitally paint if necessary.
I have a photo I've licensed from a photographer. Can you use that on my design?
Yes, but the image must be properly licensed by the photo’s copyright holder (with model and photographer release forms) for book cover use and meet the size and resolution requirement based on the design services you request. I can discuss this more if this applies to your design request.
Do I get to use the mocks if I like them?
No. You have the right to use the final/approved design once it’s delivered. Reese Dante retains the rights and ownership of all design and draft materials.
How often do you update your pricing and terms?
My fees and terms are subject to change without prior notice. I usually note the month and year when a change occurs to my terms of service for easy reference.
Ready to discuss your project or have more questions?
Don’t hesitate to contact me.