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Full book cover design

$400 – $1200 USD

Whether an author has a clear vision or they want me to lead the creative conversation, I thoroughly enjoy creating book covers that really help authors to really sell their story. Blending an image with the right typography is absolutely key. The perfectionist in me then loves to tweak the balance of fonts, weights, colors, sizes and alignment to find that perfect combination that makes the cover really POP!

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Concept Concept: Describe your idea for the book cover. Either in words, create a collage, provide a sketch, include links to other cover designs, attach images — whatever is easiest. If you do not have a clear idea, give us any input you can and we will create a concept board of research, brainstorming and proposed ideas for you to choose from before we get started.

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Image Image: Most book covers have some sort of graphic as the focal point and there are a range of options for sourcing this. You may provide us with your own high-quality image (for which you own the rights), our designers can source suitable stock imagery, we can manipulate a selection of images into new composite artwork, or an entirely original piece of digital artwork can be commissioned to depict a scene specific to your book.

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Printer Printer: We need to know your choice of printer in order to produce your cover layout correctly for their machines (crop marks, ink saturation, bleed).

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Trim size Trim size: We need to know the size of the paper pages in your book so we can measure out the cover template correctly. Most printers offer a range of standard trim sizes to choose from.

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Binding Binding: Tell us how your pages will be held together – paperback or hardback, sewn or glued. Each binding type has a different layout template.

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Pages Pages: If we designed your book interior we will have this. If not, please provide it so your spine width can be calculated.

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Paper Paper: State your paper choice. In particular the thickness (#, gsm) is required so the spine width can be calculated.

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Back copy Back copy: Provide synopsis, author bio and testimonials of around 300 words. Send any author photo and publishing logo at highest possible quality.

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ISBN ISBN: Include this 13-digit number and we will use it to generate a barcode for your back cover.

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Instructions Instructions: Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example maybe you want a specific typeface used or a book price next to the barcode.

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Front Front: We blend color, type and imagery to set the mood and context, creating the perfect front cover for your concept.

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Back Back: Designed to complement your front cover and display synopsis and other details as clearly and attractively as possible.

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Layout Layout: We generate the cover template ready to place on your design. Measurements are all determined by the trim size, binding type, spine width and book printer.

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Spine Spine: Calculate exact spine width from the paper weight and page count. Spine text is added where width permits.

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Color Color: Ensure design is produced to the correct color model and ink levels so it will print as well as possible without appearing dull or over-saturating the paper.

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Barcode Barcode: Generate barcode from 13-digit ISBN and place appropriately along with subject where required.

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PDF PDF: Generate a print-ready cover to all the requirements of your chosen printer to ensure pages print without issue (bleed, crop marks, font embedding, transparency flattening).

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Price $400 – $1200 USD

The price of your job depends on the amount of Photoshop work required for your cover. We will always need to review your files before we can issue your quotation. Read more about receiving your quotation. We ask for an initial 50% payment before our designers start work and only request the balance once you are entirely happy. Instant payments are paid via PayPal. Read more about making payment.

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Turnaround 5 – 15 business days

The time we need to complete your job will be stated in your quotation. This does not include time you'll need to review files or request changes. You will initially receive a sample files for review and feedback, followed by a final file for print. For tight deadlines we provide an express service subject to availability.

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Including artwork

When providing imagery it is important to confirm you are licensed to use this for a book cover. The majority of covers include reworked stock imagery. Where images are sourced they are licensed for printing up to half a million times on the cover but the underlying source jpg image cannot be shared. We can commission an artist to create entirely original artwork for your cover but this will increase both the cost and timescale. For more on this topic see our article sourcing images for books.

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Receive print-ready PDF

We prepare your PDF to all the specifications of your printer. This includes things like spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed and crop marks. Each file is then checked against the latest verification standards and returned to you ready for upload.

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Clear changes policy

Up to one hour of changes included as standard. Please note a cover layout is specific to your choice of printer, paper, binding or page count. If you later need to change your choices then the file will require amendment. Read more about reviewing your job and requesting changes.