Pre-made Ebook Cover Design Process

Here’s a step-by-step guide on the process of ordering and receiving a custom ebook cover design from Indie Books Covered.

  1. Inquire about the cover’s price and availability via the General Inquiry Form. It’s best if you have the code, found next to each image.
    Important: It helps to imagine your title and text on each design when you browse the covers PRIOR to purchasing. Having unusually long titles or excessive text may not result in the same harmonious layout compared to an average length title. Your text will sit differently and be smaller in order to fit in the words.
  2. If you wish to proceed, submit your order via the Order A Pre-made Cover Design page. Ensure your contact details, your book’s text and the code of your desired cover are correct.
  3. I’ll respond and request written confirmation of the cover’s code and your text. I’ll also send a Paypal money request for a 50% deposit. You don’t need a Paypal account to process this.
  4. I’ll reserve the design for up to 48 hours. It’s best to get back to me with confirmation and make the payment before then. Otherwise the cover will lose its reserved status and will be made available to everybody. Of course it’s still yours if no one else orders it in the meantime, but you will need to contact me before you pay so I can confirm it’s still available.
  5. Once I receive payment and confirmation that I have all your required text for your cover, I’ll proceed with the artwork. I don’t start until you confirm the text. It’s good to double-check these things. 🙂 Also, if you want a different font, now is the time to tell me.
  6. When I’m finished, I’ll send you a small, watermarked version to check over. We’ll discuss the typography to make sure it has translated well into the design. Again, the amount of text and the length of your title will influence how it appears on the cover. Please scroll down to important information about revisions.
    In some cases, I’ll recommend a font change myself if I think it’s not working with your title  (this is not considered one of your revisions).
  7. After you’ve paid the balance from the quote to my Paypal account, I’ll send you the final artwork at 1600×2400 pixels (at 300 dpi), which is a suitable generic ratio to fit the major ebook distribution retailers. It’s recommended by Smashwords and has become a standard for indie ebook cover designers. I’ll also give you a smaller copy to use for your website, promo, etc.
  8. We’re done! When it comes to publishing your book, I request that you credit Indie Books Covered for your cover artwork in your book’s front end acknowledgements. This is standard industry practise. Thank you!
  9. If your design contains stock photography, you’ll need to adhere to their standard royalty-free usage licences. Stock libraries vary slightly in their licence terms, so I’ll confirm with you the usage rights of your particular images.

Changes to Pre-made Covers

Please consider that Pre-made covers are offered at a reduced rate because they are sold generally ‘as is’.  However, it’s important to me that the typography fits your story’s mood and genre.

I’ll change the font colour and nudge the position for up to 5 rounds of changes. Pre-mades already have a well established look, so 5 rounds should be ample to cover slight variations.
If you want me to change the font style, I’ll send you just the title of your book in several different fonts for you to choose from. Once you pick 1-2, I’ll add them to the cover and you can select your favourite. I’ll add any text effects back in and perfect the positioning and we’re done. If you want to try more fonts after that, I’ll charge a nominal fee for each round of changes.
Why do I do it this way? Because positioning typography perfectly and adding text effects every time there’s a font style change takes time. Bad graphic design is the quick and easy form. Good graphic design means unseen time and effort in exploring alternatives and tweaking until it’s right.

Never fear – I structure my changes so that the average situation is covered by the base price, while still allowing for my time to be covered in the rare, time-intensive cases. One to three rounds of changes is generally plenty for fonts, and I’ll make sure you’re happy with how your text translates into the existing cover’s typography.

Certain graphical changes might be possible, depending on the cover and what you want changed. Contact me and we’ll chat about what you’d like altered and how much it would cost.
Don’t hesitate to ask, because it might end up free or a nominal fee, and if we can make the cover fit your story or character better, it’s worth at least discussing.
Please note that for pre-made ebook covers, graphic changes must be clarified and added to the overall fee before commencing.

Now that you have a thorough outline of the process, consider other informative pages on my site:

Stock Imagery: Beauty & the Beast
Pre-made Ebook Cover Pricing

If you have any questions, please contact me via the General Inquiries page.
To order a cover, visit the Order a Pre-made Cover Design page.