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.
A book cover is more than an image with text. Whether you are planning an eBook only release or digital + print, you need to package your book with a cover that will stand out from the crowd while representing you and your story. That’s why I take great care in custom creating each cover design.
Design Services Include:
~ eBook cover design (front cover only) ~
~ Paperback wraps (front/spine/back) ~
~ Cover clients can also purchase discounted marketing packages ~
I can manipulate an image or digitally paint elements if needed. I utilize premium, royalty-free licensed stock images (primarily sourced from iStock) for each creation or I can use a photographer-licensed image you provide.
Overwhelmed or unsure of what you need?
Don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll gladly walk you through the options and process. You’ve written the book. Let me help you make it stand out.
The Design Process
GET IN TOUCH
Get in Touch with me and tell me what you need. I’ll respond with the package information that best fits your request. If you wish to proceed, you then review my Terms of Service and ask any questions you may have.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BOOK
I’ll send you a questionnaire where you share detailed information about your story and design preferences. I’ll confirm receipt of your responses and then schedule your cover work.
DESIGN REVIEW & REVISIONS
I’ll use the responses from the questionnaire to design your cover. When mock(s) are ready, I’ll email you a link to review the design(s). I then work with you to refine the cover until it’s perfect.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your availability?
It varies. I’m usually booked several months in advance but never hesitate to reach out at any time to check on availability. 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 finished 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 files are delivered after the 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 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 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 also manipulate images in Photoshop and digitally paint when necessary. I have a “Before & After” page on my website where I show a few examples of changes made to an image.
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.
What types of files do I receive?
eBook packages include optimized web-resolution (72dpi) jpegs in several sizes that are formatted for use as an eBook cover. Paperback packages include the eBook cover as well as a high resolution (300dpi) jpeg of the front cover and a ready-to-upload PDF designed to spec (either KDP Print or IngramSpark/LSI). I do not send source files (the PSD files or licensed stock images).