Pricing & Services

1Payment Methods
I can invoice you via Square, Stripe, or Paypal. I default to Square, so if you'd prefer one of the other two methods, please let me know before I send the invoice.

Square, Stripe, and Paypal can all accept credit and debit cards. Paypal also allows you to pay via e-check or Paypal balance.
2Purchasing Guide (click to open)
After you contact me, we'll discuss your book and your needs. If all works out and we agree to continue, then I'll ask you for more information to complete a brief for your project.

At this stage, it's often helpful for you to give me examples of covers you like, and tell me about the comparables to your book. Comparables are similar books in your genre and other books you think your readers will be reading. I'll also be looking at the bestselling books in your genre to see what the trends are.

Once you approve the brief, I'll get to work. We'll probably go through a few iterations of the project as the design evolves, especially if this is a cover for the first book in a series—I like to devote extra time to establish a coherent overall look.

I'll invoice you when the cover is done. After I receive your payment, I'll send you the final, high-resolution version.

Covers and other graphics using stock images typically take me 2-4 weeks depending on what else I'm working on at the time. Please let me know your deadline, so I can arrange my schedule accordingly.

Painting-specific:

I work on only one painting at a time, and they can take 4-8 weeks, depending on other work in progress and because I mainly paint on the weekends, thanks to my day job. If you need the painting in less than 4 weeks, I may be able to shuffle my schedule around, but I will need to add a rush job premium to the final cost. Please do ask!

With paintings, I'll prepare a contract for us both to sign that covers what I will give you, and what your final cost will be. Once it's signed, I'll get to work.

If you have commissioned a painting, you'll need to approve the sketch before I start in with the painting itself. I usually (but not always) work in black and white first, then add colors after the B&W version is mostly done. Once the colors start to go in, it becomes significantly more difficult to alter shapes and composition in the painting, so I encourage you to think carefully about the B&W version.

For a paintings with people and/or creatures and animals, if you want a specific look for your characters, it's helpful to collect photos of people who look similar or who have similar expressions. You'd be amazed at what different interpretations we might have for facial expressions! One person's "excitement" is another person's "apprehension," and a third person's "wonder."

3Copyright (click to open)
In U.S. copyright law, generally a freelance artist/designer who accepts a commission is considered the author of the commissioned work unless their contract specifically states that the work is a work for hire. (More information here.)

Graphic design: I assign you copyright for graphic design such as book covers, ads, etc. as part of the price for the work. You are free to do what you like with the finished work, keeping in mind the requirements that the stock suppliers make when they license the images (I can tell you what the requirements are when I purchase the images).

Paintings: I retain the copyright on paintings you commission. I can grant you copyright for a 20% fee in addition to the quoted price. If you choose the option where I retain the copyright, I will not license the painting for another book cover, but I may license it for other uses or I may sell prints. If I retain the copyright, you will still be able to use the image for your website, to promote your book, for giveaways, and for small-scale sales, such as sellingT-shirts with your book cover on them in person at a convention.

If you have questions, please do ask!

Custom Book Cover Design

Starting at $75

A custom ebook cover design in .jpg format, made with images from Depositphotos, CanStock Photo, Shutterstock, or Envato Elements. If you need specialty stock, or wish to purchase exclusive stock from an agency that offers it, there may be additional charges. I won't purchase specialty or exclusive stock without your approval.
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Ebook & Print Cover Design

Starting at $95

A custom full wrap cover design for print in .jpg, .pdf, or .tif format--whichever is appropriate for the printer you're working with--made with images from Depositphotos, CanStock Photo, Shutterstock, or Envato Elements. If you need specialty stock, or wish to purchase exclusive stock from an agency that offers it, there may be additional charges. I won't purchase specialty or exclusive stock without your approval.

If you already have a front cover and just need a spine and back cover, see "Other Graphics & Add-Ons" below.
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Cover Painting & Cover Design

Starting at $600

A digital painting for your book cover. A single figure against a background suitable for the front cover of your book starts at $600, and the price increases with complexity and size: additional figures, a full wrap (front and back covers), etc.. You can purchase copyright for an additional 20%. Whether you purchase the copyright or not, the painting will never be sold for another book cover, and you can use the image to promote your book. You will receive a high-resolution copy of the painting, and I will design the ebook cover as part of the price. Alternately, you can take the cover image and create the cover yourself or have someone else design it.
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Premade Book Covers

Starting from $69

I sell premade covers through several specialty websites. A good choice if you need a cover now. I often use specialty stock on these covers, which means you might get it without paying a significant premium. For an additional fee, I can do small changes on premade covers including typography and hair and eye colors, provide spines and backs, or design custom covers for sequels to covers you purchase through one of the premade cover websites below.

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SelfPubBookCoversTheBookCoverDesignerAurelia Leo
Site sells covers in multiple genres.
Design the typography online or purchase the cover and do it yourself.
Request changes and add-ons through the site.
Site sells multiple genres of cover.
I can do the typography for you or send you the blank cover to do yourself.
Request changes and add-ons directly from me
Site specializes in science fiction and fantasy.
I can do the typography for you or send you the blank cover to do yourself.
Request changes and add-ons directly from me or through the site

Box Set Graphics

Starting at $20

I can turn 2 or more existing ebook covers into a 3D box set graphic like the one here, with or without a reflection. If you'd prefer a flat graphic, I can do that for the same price. Also available as an add-on for ebook and print covers.
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Other Graphics & Add-Ons

Starting at $15

Need other graphics? Here are examples of some of the graphics I have done--if you don't see what you need here, please ask! Most of these range from $15-20 if I'm using already existing covers, and can all be added on to your cover order.

  • Audiobook covers
  • CD covers
  • Facebook ad banners
  • Animated Facebook ads
  • Social media graphics
  • Website graphics
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