the process

Before I start designing, I want to get a feel for your book. You’ll give me a synopsis of the story and adjectives that describe the essence of the book (such as dark, grunge, sci-fi, passionate, etc.). It's important to me that I understand what your vision is before we begin.

If you already have an idea of what you want for the cover, let me know in as much detail as you can. If you just have a few key ideas (for example, you know you must have a helicopter in the cover) that will be helpful, too! I will try to accommodate your ideas to the best of my ability.

If you don’t have any idea of you want, don’t worry. I will propose multiple ideas—or often create actual visual mock-ups—and you’ll pick which one you like best.

Once we've decided on a cover idea, I will create more substantiated mock-ups. I will create at least two mock-ups with different fonts and overall themes. You can point out what is and isn't working for you. From there I will create a final cover.

Once you approve that cover I will give you a high resolution file in whatever format you need.

full jacket

If you plan on creating a paperback you will need a full jacket. We will go through the process of creating a cover and once you approve it, I’ll begin work on the full jacket. For that I’ll need (if you have any or all) a final synopsis for the book (between 70-200 words), any promo blurbs, tag line, a bar code or ISBN number. 

You will need to have the dimensions of the book. Websites like CreateSpace have a setup that walks you through the steps to find your dimensions. Every publisher and print-on-demand service is different. I’ll need spine width and trim size. For example: 6″ x 9″ book with a .40 spine. Or you can let me know the trim size and how many pages, and I'll figure out the dimensions. 

If you're unsure about this process, let me know and I will gladly assist!

project snapshot

  • Simple covers take up to two weeks. Complex covers might take over a month, especially if custom photography is involved.
  • Pricing and timelines will be discussed with each client on a project-to-project basis.

cover rights

You will have the right to use the final, unmodified cover for your own promotional uses (e.g. fliers, bookmarks, posters, etc.) in print and web.