If you would like a cover designed specifically for you, I can make it in one of two ways:
My base rate for a custom cover is $35 plus the cost of stock images. If you already own artwork or stock images that you would like me to use (if they are of a high enough resolution), or if you would like me to select stock photos for the cover that you then reimburse me for, then this may be the option for you.
The basic process starts with you telling me your title, author name, genre, and a bit about the mood of the story and the characters in it. I will create at least two options in a low-resolution format, and tell you the cost of the stock photos involved. You then choose a cover. I will invoice you at this point. When I receive your payment, I will create the high-resolution version of the cover and send it to you.
If you are on a budget and need inexpensive stock photos, I can work with that. Let me know how much you are able to spend and I will look for photos that fit within your budget. (Note: Some genres are best found on specialty stock sites that tend to cost a bit more. We can work together to come up with something that will work for you and your book.)
My base rate for an original artwork for a book cover starts at $350 for one figure with a plain background and goes up from there depending on how complex the piece is. The price includes the cover design.
If you’re in the market for an ebook cover with a painting on it, let me know what you’re looking for and we can start the discussion there. You haven’t committed yourself to anything by talking with me.
I work digitally, for the most part, in Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter, and I usually paint it in black and white first, then layer colors over it. Occasionally I’ll work in pencil and conté crayon on textured paper, or add elements of photomanipulation.
When we agree on a cover concept and a price, I’ll create a rough light/shadow study. If you agree with the direction the painting is going, I’ll invoice you for half of the amount we agree on, and continue the painting once you pay it. When the painting is finished, I’ll send you a low-resolution copy for final approval. Once you give your approval, I’ll invoice you for the rest of the payment and, when I receive your payment, I’ll send you a high-resolution copy of the painting and the book cover design.
Note: Paintings are time-consuming, and as such I only work on one at a time. Please inquire first as to whether I have space in my schedule.
Copyright: I retain the copyright to the artwork and rights to sell prints of it. If you wish to purchase the copyright and sell prints yourself, that will be an additional fee.
I can also create covers for print editions, Facebook ads, Facebook cover/header images, covers for ebook bundles/box sets, website graphics, and social media graphics. In these cases, if I did not create the original covers you will need to supply them to me. Costs for these services start at $15 each, but I do offer a discount if you order three or more at a time. Contact me if you have questions or if you would like a quote.