How do I contact you and what happens when I do?
I live in Europe (GMT+1). Be aware of time difference. Work days are always the best to contact me. Please keep in mind that I may be slower to respond over the weekend. If I don’t respond within a few days, pretty please contact me through my Facebook page.
Please click here to download a cover design brief that I have prepared for you. When you contact me, it would be good to send it filled out.
I would also appreciate it if you include the cover reveal/book release date, or any other deadlines I would have to meet in your e-mail/message. If you do not share your cover reveal date with me, I cannot be held responsible for having to postpone it or not meeting that deadline. These are the things you have to communicate with me as it happens. Two, three, seven days deadline won’t do.
If you should decide that I wasn’t the best choice for your cover design, then I kindly ask you to inform me as soon as possible.
Why one single price?
I am often asked this question and the answer is pretty simple: I do not do simple, complex, etc. covers. I put the exact same amount of work in each book cover that I do. Sometimes it will look simple–that does not mean that it is. In any cover I do, I put layers upon layers of colouring and textures, make changes to (even a single) stock photo after stock photo. Never do I use a stock photo straight as it is when I get it, unless I am specifically askednot to change anything.
Please note, sometimes I will make a cover that is made up of more than five stock photos. I am aware that most cover designers will charge (a lot) more for these. I’ll admit, I have considered this, but ultimately, my goal, with any cover that I do, is to stay affordable to authors. I understand that sometimes covers in my price range are called ‘low-end’, whatever that means. However, I don’t consider them to be low-end at all.
When can you fit me in? Do you have any openings for *insert month here*?
I work way better if I just do covers as I get orders. My time management skills lack discipline for me to book months ahead. You no longer have to ask me if I can fit your cover in my schedule–I almost always can, and I work fast and efficient enough that I can get everything done in time.
I do ask that you do not contact me a day, or a week before your reveal, especially if we have not worked together before.
How much time will it take to get my cover?
I work fast, but I reserve a month’s time to get your design done (for example, a cover needing very specific image that needs to be created out of several stock photos will take a while for sure).
After the final design is approved, I can get it done in a day or two.
*Fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian/horror covers will definitely take longer, so it’s just safer if you contact me about those well ahead of your cover reveal/book release.
What if I have book release/cover reveal within the next week. Can I contact you about it anyway?
If we have worked together before, I’ll probably already know your style preferences and what you are looking for in a cover. Feel free to contact me and we will see if it is doable.
If we have not worked before, but you have your cover photo, rough idea, blurb and title ready, feel free to contact me. Chances are I can do the cover that exact day (provided you contacted me in the morning 😛not five minutes to midnight).
Otherwise, no. I don’t want to promise things I can’t deliver on.
How many changes can I make to the design?
Unlimited changes during the design process. I really just want you to be happy with your cover, and am happy to work on it with you for as long as it takes. I like authors participating with input, so I keep them involved in the design process. Please don’t worry about offending me/hurting my feelings or whatever and tell me exactly what you think and like and dislike about the design. I do tend to gravitate towards darker colours so I need you to keep me in check if you feel that is not the way your cover should go.
Once the final design is approved and all the final files are done, any changes after that one will cost $49.99.
Please keep in mind that I keep the original cover files for up to three (3) years since the date the cover files were first generated. In case your files have been purged, I cannot make any changes to the cover for free, if at all.
How/when do I pay?
All payments go through either Paypal or Moneybookers (Skrill). I don’t ask for payment in advance – as a matter of fact, I prefer it after the final design is approved. It takes away the inconvenience of refunds if you should decide that I may not be the best choice for your cover. Please note this is only prior to starting work on your cover that you can cancel with no payment.
Please don’t take advantage of this, though.
If you’re “shopping” and “looking around” for a cover, I would greatly appreciate it if you’d let me know, as I have several commissions going on at the time. If you should decide that I wasn’t the best choice for your cover design, then I kindly ask you to inform me as soon as possible. If any work has been done on the cover, and you decided to go with someone else, you will be charged a flat fee of $49.99. If work has been done on your cover, and we’ve also revised and changed the cover at least once, you will be charged the full fee of $149.99.
Please note that due to some bad experiences, I do not send the files before the payment has been made anymore. Do not contact me if you don’t intend to pay for my service.
However, I do (and have) occasionally offer payment plans. There is a minimum payment set depending on the amount on your invoice. Ask me about it when you contact me!
What am I allowed to do with the cover? Are there any use restrictions?
You are allowed to use the design for commercial purposes, as well as promotional purposes.
You are not allowed to alter the design in any way, or have someone else do it without my permission, no matter how small the change is.
Using bits and pieces of the original cover is strictly forbidden without my permission. If you are changing cover designers for a series, I’m okay with the new artist matching my cover, but there is a fine line between matching and copying. Absolutely no copy/paste. Legal action will be taken if it happens. Please direct your new cover designer to this FAQ page if they have any doubts.
And finally, you are not allowed to claim the design as your own.
Please also note that there are use restrictions on the stock image purchased which can be viewed in license terms of every stock provider. I ask that you DO NOT use my designs for merchandise you intend to sell.
Will you do an erotica book cover for me?
Yup, and in fact, I already have done several. However, I’d like to keep it tasteful erotic and not flat out obscene. I am perfectly fine with nude models on covers, as long as it’s in good taste.
Will you do a scene cover for me?
I find that scene covers often look busy and this is not something I like to do.
I like this (attach image) cover. I want one that emulates that style.
My response to this question will most definitely be no. I will not copy another cover designer’s style. Inspiration is one thing, copying is another.
Authors usually credit their cover designers, and if not, you can always ask them who did their cover. If you’d like a certain style cover, your best bet is to contact a cover designer that does it the best instead of asking someone else to do the same thing.
What happens with the designs I rejected?
I reserve the right to use them and/or elements of them in my other designs.
Do you offer pre-made covers?
Can I post the mockups you make for me publicly or get a second opinion?
As far as publicly posting a mockup I’d appreciate it if you didn’t do that. A second opinion is fine, of course, so long as it’s limited to maybe one person, or two, as anything more than that would just result in a mish-mash of different input and authors tend to get lost and unsure about their own opinions in that case. This means that if you post the mockup to your street team/support group/whatever, asking for opinions, we might end up with so many opinions the cover will be all over the place and I generally don’t approve of this.
Will you provide me with a .psd file?
In short, no. My covers contain elements (textures and fonts) I’m not licensed to share with a third party.
There are cases where your publisher will ask for a .psd. In this case, have them contact me directly about it. In general, I keep the original cover files for up to three (3) years since the date the cover files were first generated.
Can I use the cover for t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise?
It depends on the license of the photo used in the cover. In most cases, you will need an extended license for this sort of thing.
When it comes to my pre-designed covers, or covers for which I provided a stock photo, I ask that you DO NOT do this unless you purchase the photo yourself.