If youíre interested in having me create a book cover/book cover art, please message me at email@example.com. Itís best if you have some idea of what you want, but if you donít we can come up with one together. Please read this FAQ BEFORE contacting me.
Returning customers and referals will get top priority. So, if I pass on your project it isn't because I don't want to do it, but because there's no way I could get it done in a reasonable time frame.
Through May I will only be available Monday - Wedensday due to some pre-existing obligations. I apoalogize for the inconvenience.
All prices listed are in US dollars.
You say you do covers? Well, letís see some of this!
To see some of the book covers Iíve done, please visit the book cover album here or see the examples below.
How much do these covers cost, and how long do they take to do?
$35 +- For a premade design from the "rejected" files. I will change the text and make small changes to the image if needed. If the image(s) used is from my stock collection there will be no additional fee, however if we need to purchase the license from a stock photo site such as canstockphoto, dreamstime, etc. then the price of the image license will be added to the final cost.
This kind of cover can generally be completed in a few days, counting time for us to send it back and forth, and any editing/changes.
$45 +- For a simple cover made from preexisting art or photos, either provided by you or from my stock photo collection (viewable at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666/collections Unless otherwise labeled, all photos in the Flickr album, or on my website, were taken/created by me.) There is no additional charge for my stock photographs. However, If you want me to find a stock photograph from another source; ie. dreamstime, etc, that requires payment, that amount will be added to the cover price, or you can choose to purchase it yourself and send me the file(s) as an attachment.
This kind of cover can generally be completed in a few days, counting time for us to send it back and forth, and any editing/changes.
This price also includes tweaking, or fixing pre existing covers made by someone else.
$65 Ė a cover with simple, original artwork aka a main figure/figures and very little background OR basic vector art.
This kind of cover can take a couple of weeks or more. I will send you the sketch for the artwork for approval before I create the final version. This can save us both a lot of time.
$85 + - a cover with original, detailed artwork. This includes art media, or painting, or extreme photo manipulation. There is no additional charge for my stock photographs. However, If you want me to find a stock photograph from another source; ie. dreamstime, etc, that requires payment, that amount will be added to the cover price, or you can choose to purchase it yourself and send me the file(s) as an attachment.
MAY 2012: I AM NO LONGER DOING THESE EXCEPT IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES - SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE
$40 + - a back cover created as a single image for use in POD cover creators or for the interior files of an eBook. If the back cover requires the creation of additional artwork then the price may be higher. There is no additional charge for my stock photographs. However, If you want me to find a stock photograph from another source; ie. dreamstime, etc, that requires payment, that amount will be added to the cover price, or you can choose to purchase it yourself and send me the file(s) as an attachment.
This can take a few days, depending on how much work is needed and how quickly you get back to me. You will need to send me anything you want included on the back cover including the descriptions, author bios, copyright information, links, etc.
Wrap around cover = cost of front cover + back cover (aka a $45 cover + 40$ for a back cover = $85).
I usually prefer to do the front cover first, as a separate image, then incorporate it into the wrap around unless the image is going to wrap the whole cover.
MARCH 2013: I am no longer doing these for any POD except CreateSpace. Sorry.
Didn't you used to be faster?
Yes, I did. I used to do two covers a month. Now I do twenty plus, as well as formatting, editing, beta reading, my website, four blogs, and my own books/stories not to mention family and "real life" obligations and then there's that ever annoying sleep. Plus, I have some health issues that take me away from the computer from time to time. Because of all this, I'm lots slower than I used to be. I still try to get covers done as quickly as possible, however.
Why are your covers so cheap?
My covers are cheap because this is not a full time job. This is something I do because I enjoy it. In the last year I've made back all the money I spent for the font packs, programs and computer upgrades I needed in order to get started. I'm quite happy to just break even. But, if people abuse that, I'll quit doing them.
I've contacted multiple cover artists-
Please, let me stop you right there. I understand that some authors prefer to work this way, and that is your choice, but I don't. If you wish to have several artists creating work for you and then plan to choose the one you like from the selection, then please do not contact me unless you intend to pay for the work I've done. This may sound harsh, but my time is limited and it's not fair to me, or the other authors I'm working with. I respect your right to commission artists this way, but please respect my feelings as well and only commission me if you're serious about my doing the cover.
My book is a thriller/romance/nonfiction/YA/Christian/Gay/Lesbian/erotica/etc. Are you still interested?
Yes. I can make a cover for any genre, in a variety of styles. You just need to let me know what you're looking for. The only books I won't create covers for are atheist manifestos, or books whose only purpose is to openly mock ANY religion because I don't feel comfortable lending my name to them. Anything else is fair game.
Adult language and situations don't bother me. I write them, myself.
I sent you an email, so why haven't I heard from you?
If you sent me an email and have not heard from me in a couple of days there may be one of five reasons:
1: I did not get the mail. We have recently switched webhosts (This includes the server for my email) so I hope that this one will be better. However, we'll see.
2: It may be in the Spam folder. I admit, I don't check that as often as I should. I forget.
3: You sent your mail Thursday or Friday. I am never available on Thursdays or Fridays, and I will not answer mails on those days as I have other responsibilities that require my presence.
4: My net or electricity may be down. If there is a storm in South-west Missouri there's a good chance I have no electricity or internet. We live in a rural location and often lose power when the weather is bad.
5: I may be unavailable due to some health related issues. I sometimes loose a few days to being sick.
If you're worried, then please resend the mail.
So how can I tell if one of those things have happened?
I'm making a concerted effort to keep my twitter updated about things that mean I'm absent. You can check it at http://twitter.com/joleene_naylor. If there are only posts about blogs then I haven't been on, as the blog posts are pre set up and auto-posted and the twitter notifications are auto generated.
Do you work on more than one cover at a time?
Yes. I try to juggle everyone's covers at the same time. This means that if an author needs it in a hurry they will be top priority for the day, while someone who said "no hurry" may have to wait. If you need it quickly, then you need to tell me. I take authors at their word. If you say "I don't need it until x-date", then I will shoot for that date.
Do you have any pre made covers for me to choose from?
Each cover is made to order at the time of commission. Sometimes I may make several versions of a cover, especially if you don't know what you're looking for, and I reserve the right to use any element of the rejected versions in another project.
You can get photos from many sources; you can take them yourself, you can buy them from stock photography places, you can search for a free Creative Commons licensed photograph on flickr ( http://search.creativecommons.org/) or you can use one of mine. I have an extensive selection of stock photography available on Flickr viewable at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandora_6666/collections. Unless otherwise labeled, all images were taken/created by me.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON FLICKR: When browsing Flickr make sure that you're still in my photo stream. It's easy to end up in someone else's, and I can't speak for their photos. If in doubt, look in the upper right hand side for "photo by" and check that it says either pandora_6666 or Jo Naylor. If it has another name there, then it is not my photo!
If you're stumped for a cover idea, I have two "lightboxes" on dreamstime you might want to look through. Just Neat Images is random images I've "favorited" because I think they'd make good covers. If you're book is more erotic in nature, I also have an Erotic Images folder where I have favorited photos that might make compelling covers. I DO NOT OWN THESE PHOTOS! We would still have to purchase the image license for them.
What stock photography sites do you use?
I have accounts at Dreamstime.com, istockphoto.com, fotosearch.com, shutterstock, canstockphoto and 123rf.com. But, where your wallet is concerned, I recommend canstockphoto as they have the cheapest images available that may be used for book covers. 123rf appears to be the cheapest, but in order to use their images for book covers you must purchase the extended license, which runs about $100 an image, while many images on canstock and dreamstime are $4 and up. If you find an image you like at a site not listed, I can create an account there and purchase the image, or you can purchase the image and send it to me as an attachment in an email.
I will generally send you the link to the page the stock photo is listed on. To determine the price check the pricing table on that page. For canstock and dreamstime it is one dollar per credit (ie 10 credits = $10) and for Istock it is $1.50 per credit (ie 10 credits = $15). Shutterstock images are always $10 a piece. If the image does not fit in your budget then let me know! Chances are we can find something else, or work something out.
Why would I need a stock photo?
If your cover is going to include photographs of people or houses, then it's best to purchase a stock photo because they will have a model or property release associated with them. Also, sometimes you can't find what you want for free.
Can you take a photo just for my cover?
Maybe. It depends on what you want a photo of and whether I have the necessary resources on hand. I won't buy props because in that case it's cheaper for you to just buy a stock image.
What if I have my own images?
That's fantastic! But please make sure you can legally use those images. By sending me an image, you warrant that you have the legal right to use this image on a book cover, and you take full responsibility for any legal repercussions - in other words if you didn't get proper permission and the copyright holder wants to sue someone, they can't sue me.
What if I have someone else make my cover but I want your photo or art?
My photos are all licensed creative commons, which means you may use them - for free - for a book cover, website, etc. as long as you credit me. I would happily accept a donation though ;)
IMPORTANT NOTE ON FLICKR: When browsing Flickr make sure that you're still in my photo stream. It's easy to end up in someone else's, and I can't speak for their photos. If in doubt, look in the upper right hand side for "photo by" and check that it says either pandora_6666 or Jo Naylor. If it has another name there, then it is not my photo.
How does the process work?
Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the subject says BOOK COVER, that would be great! Don't know what to write? Here's a sample letter:
Hello, I heard about you from ____ . I'm looking for a book cover for my ebook/paperback "book Title"by "author name". I am publishing through smashwords/amazon/whatever. The book is a (insert genre, such as thriller, romance, etc) that is about (any info you want to share). For the cover I thought (insert your cover idea and/or any links you might have to images etc). Thank you.
Once you send me your idea, I'll send you a link to a sketch/mock cover as soon as possible, for your approval. If you want something changed at this stage, please tell me, because it's easier to change it then. Once we have it the way you want it, I'll make a tentative final version and email you a link to it. If youíre happy with it, then I will email you the final version(s). If not, I will make any changes, and send you the link again, etc.
IMPORTANT: When the cover is finished and I send the final files please, please, please, let me know that you received them! No, we don't need to be the best of friends, but I appreciate a note that just says "Thanks, got it" so I know cyber space didn't gobble them up. You've paid for this, and I want to make sure you get what you paid for!
After I send you a mail, how soon will I hear from you?
I'll try to answer you as quickly as possible, but as I mentioned earlier, this isn't my full time job and I have a lot of commitments. I'm also on a night schedule, which means I am in bed or else otherwise engaged from somewhere around 5 am until roughly 5pm central time. If that's a problem, then I'm sorry, but I can't be chained to the computer 24/7. Though I try to answer queries within 48 hours, or less, it may take up to a week. If you haven't heard from me by then, then I probably didn't get your email.
Why did you send me to someone else?
I may have to pass on your project, in which case I will recommend an associate I think would be a good fit. It does not mean that I don't think your idea is compelling, or that I don't like you, or anything else. It simply means I am short on time. My writing career has recently picked up and I need to focus on it while I have some momentum.
Can I call you on the phone?
Umm... Honestly, I prefer to work through email because I get lousy reception and I'm on night hours, so most people are asleep while I'm working. Besides, a book cover is primarily a visual thing, not a verbal one.
Can I send you something through snail mail?
Sure. Not everyone has access to a scanner, and sometimes they have sketches or pictures they want to share. Ask for my address and I'll send it to you. Though, be aware it takes at least one extra day for me to get mail because we live in a rural location.
What if I have a very specific idea for my cover?
Fantastic! If this is the case, then please be as specific as possible in your descriptions. In fact, you might even want to try to make a "mock cover". If you can't draw even a stick person don't worry, just draw a square and label it A. then, in the description, explain to me what A is. For example, "A- a woman with curly brown hair wearing a red dress. She should be smiling."
You can also send me images, or links to images, that look like what you have in mind. This can be especially useful if you know exactly what your characters look like. However, keep in mind that I can't just "re-draw" someone else's image. I can create something similar, but to just outright copy it is copyright infringement and stealing and other nasty things.
NOTE: If we are using stock images be aware we may not find EXACTLY what you have in mind. You may need to compromise or hire an artist to paint your image. Ask and I can recomend some.
What if I have absolutely no idea what I want for a cover?
This can be hard, but don't worry. We'll come up with something. Chances are, you know what the feel of your book is, or what emotions your book conveys. Is it a creepy story? A sad story? A book about how to make cookies? All of those things will help contribute to what your cover should be. So, if you have no idea for a cover at all, please give me some information about the book itself and what you want to convey and I'll see what I can come up with. However, I need more than just the title and genre. A synopsis goes a long way.
How many "tweaks" or "redos" do I get?
I don't really like to put a number on it, because every project is different and there's a big leap between changing a font color and creating brand new artwork. Because my prices are low, I ask that you please limit the redos to three. Excessive rework will result in extra fees.
I've got the files and already paid, but I've changed my mind. Do I have to pay for a new version?
If you have already agreed to the cover and received the files, and then decide that you want a completely different cover, then yes, you will have to pay as though it were a brand new cover because that's exactly what it is.
When/How do I pay you?
Payment is expected before I mail the files to you. I used to collect payment after the files were sent but I'm afraid a couple of rotten apples have ruined that. To pay you can use paypal or a personal check. PayPal should be sent to email@example.com (It will come up as Charles Naylor - he's my husband, so it's all good). Please let me know that you've sent the payment so I can keep an eye out for it. If you want to pay by check or money order then contact me and I'll send you the information.
Please DO NOT send payments through paypal to Joleene@Joleenenaylor.com - there is no bank account associated with that account and so it is a real hassle for me to access funds in it. Normally I will send you a refund and ask you to please send it to the correct address.
Let's say I'm broke, or very nearly broke. Do you do free/reduced covers?
Hmmmmm. That's a good question. If you really are desperate, then maybe we can agree to a trade of some kind. I'm always looking for music for book trailers, or maybe you're good at formatting documents or web programming, or something else that I need? Hit me up and we'll see what we can come up with.
So who owns this cover?
Once you have the cover it belongs to you. If the photo and/or artwork came from me you can do whatever you want with it; move it to a different medium, make t-shirts out of it, use it on your business cards, make wallpaper for your website, whatever. You wonít need to pay me any royalty fees! The artist fees are one time only. I do reserve the right, however, to use the cover in my albums, portfolio, website or for linking purposes, etc.
If the cover features photography or artwork by someone else, then you may not be able to do some things with it such as create printed materials, etc, depending on how the image is licensed. If it is a stock photo I purchased, ask and I will send you the link the the stocl site's licenses (or you can find it yourself). The images are actually licensed to YOU, not to me, so I can not reuse them but you may be able to.
How do I credit you?
When the cover is finished I will send you the exact wording you'll need to include in the front matter or copyright area in the front of your book. If you sent me the images used, then remember to credit the source of the artwork or photo, even if it's yourself.
some examples of cover credits are:
(If the artwork came from me as well as the layout)Cover Art and Design by Joleene Naylor
(If the photo came from me as well as the layout) Cover Photo and Design by Joleene Naylor
(if the artwork or photo are from someone else and I just put it together) Cover by Joleene Naylor
What will I get?
You will get four image files; one will be a thumbnail version that you can use in blogs, signatures, and other promo material. Next is a High Res (High Resolution) png saved at 300 dpi for you to upload as your cover on Smashwords per the newest Smashwords guidelines), then a 2500px (pixel) size for Amazon Kindle and a 2000 pixel size for Barnes & Noble PubIt (who have recently updated their requirements). Should you ever choose to move your book from an ebook to a print book via Lulu, Create Space or others, you will need the high res image. Because of the print "trim", however, some covers may need slight alterations to be print ready, so if you know you're going to print your book please tell me in advance.
When you publish an eBook, the cover size and book size have usually very little to do with one another. If you need cover dimensions other than 6x9 please tell me at the beginning. If you don't know what size cover you need, you should check the FAQ's or help areas of your publisher's site. If that doesn't help, you can try to contact the publisher directly and ask.
If your book is going directly to a POD, I will send only the 300 dpi .png unless you ask for multiple sizes. Please be sure to tell me what trim size you need - ie 6x9 or 5x8, etc before I start work on the cover.
Can I get more than one copy of my cover in different sizes? For instance will you make me a one for my blog or a .gif version?
Sure. I'd be happy to send you other sizes or other file extensions (example.jpg .gif .png, etc.). I know that some sites will only accept certain sized images or types, so it's not a problem.
Will you send me the photoshop files?
No - because I don't use photoshop. I know, it's terrible. I'm committing sacrilege, but that's life. Now, if you would like the PSP (Paint Shop Pro) files with the layers I will be happy to send you those, though they are too large to mail, so I will upload them to YouSendIt.com and send you a link. Because of this extra hassle, I won't send those files unless you ask for them.
Will you send me the stock image we licensed?
Sure, If you want them I will. Just let me know. But, keep in mind you can't use them for another project that the license doesn't cover. Each stock site has different licensing requirements, so be sure to check them before you use the image for something else. (Unless you ask otherwise, all images are standard license).
What if I change my mind?
There are many reasons you might change your mind during the cover process. Maybe you've decided not to publish your book, or maybe you've found someone else's work you like better. I understand this, however, if I've already completed a cover for you, or done a large amount of work, it's karmatically "not nice" to just disappear and leave me hanging with nothing - especially if I've already spent money on stock images for you. Whether you use the cover or not, I still spent the same amount of time on it. I will still charge you at least a partial fee.
Why are you no longer doing wrap around covers except for Createspace?
Pure and simple, they are too time consuming. I have my own books, blogs, websites, family etc. to do and I am too swamped. However CreateSpace is easy to work with (I have my own books through them, in fact), so I am willing to make covers for them.
Why aren't you doing more detailed artwork anymore?
For the same reason I stopped doing wrap around covers - it is too time consuming. My writing career is finally starting to take off and I need to support it while I have some momentum.
What do I need to provide you with for a back cover?
You will need to communicate any design idea you have, as well as sending me the content, such as the synopsis for the back of the book, any author bios or author photos, etc. You can send text as either an attachment or in the body of the email, or I can leave the space blank and you can use a cover Creator (such as LuLu or CreateSpace) or an art program to add the description, etc in later.
Do I NEED a back cover?
Only if you're publishing through CreateSpace, LuLu or another POD, and then it depends on what you want. You might be able to do it yourself in the cover creator. If you are publishing eBook only then, no, you do not need a back cover. In fact, there's really nowhere to put a back cover on eBook sites.
What if I need both an eBook cover AND a wrap around cover?
If I have already completed the ebook cover, then the cost of a wrap around cover is 45$ I don't see any reason to charge you for the front cover twice.
What do I get with a wrap around cover?
You will get a PDF file for direct upload to your POD, as well as a single image of the front cover alone. These are very convenient to have for marketing purposes. If you need more than one size, please let me know.
NOTE: Wrap around print covers have to be converted to CMYK color space as opposed to RGB that your monitor displays. This means you will see a color shift from what it looks like on your monitor vs how it prints. It is usually very slight, but it's there.
What do I need to send you for a wrap around cover?
If you are publishing through CreateSpace, then you can send me your page count, trim size and paper choice (white or cream) and I can do the calculations myself. I will also need all information that you wish to appear on the back cover.
If you are publishing through Lightning Source you can go to their site and get a template or you can send me the ISBN number, trim size, page count and paper choice and I can get the template myself.
Do I need to send you a barcode?
Probably not. If you publish through CreateSpace they will put the barcode on the book for you, and if you're going through Lightning Source they provide the barcode for free in the cover template. If your book is eBook only, there is no barcode. If you're publishing through someone else, then you will need to ask their customer service about the barcode.
Do the file names matter?
It does for Lightning Source. I will name your cover file with the correct name so all you have to do is upload it. For Createspace, Smashwords, Amazon, etc. the name does not matter. However, I suggest you check your publisher of choice's site before you upload to avoid naming errors.
So, about those cover fonts....
Yes, fonts have to be licensed in order to use them in commercial capacity. I have a font package that I purchased, which allows me to use them on your covers. If you have a particular font you want me to use then it needs to be available for free commercial use (most font sites will tell you this when you download, or check the "read me" files that come with the font) or else you need to have purchased a license for the font (which will entitle me to use the font ONLY for your project, and then delete the files from my computer). In either case, you will need to send the font file to me, or a link where I can get it. I will NOT purchase a font JUST for you. Fonts are $30 plus. Think about it.
Do you also do illustration work?
I can, but at the moment it's probably not realistic for a large project.
I like your site. Did you make it?
Thanks. I did all of the design and graphic work for the website, but my husband programmed it in Flash. I'm afraid I only know basic HTML.
Can you make web graphics/wallpaper/icons/buttons/banners for me?
Sure. Let me know what you need and we'll discuss the price. Know that commissioned artwork fees do apply. In other words, a wallpaper featuring custom art work would start at $65, depending on what you wanted. Banners start at $15.
I need help formatting my document. Can you do that?
Yes, I can format manuscripts for Smashwords. I charge $40 - $60 per manuscript, depending on how much work is required. If it is a real mess (such as mislabeled chapters, missing pages, or parts that are in the wrong order, etc.) I will charge more.
I thought you formatted manuscripts for POD, too?
I used to, but it is too time consuming. That said, if you hit me at just the right time I might still do it anyway. It starts at 65$
Can you format a document for Smashwords that has images in it?
Yes, I can, and have. If you would like to see an example of an illustrated book on Smashwords then please look at this title The Do Nothing Day. If you would like me to format a document with images you will need to send the images as attachments and note in the file where each one belongs. Do not copy and paste your pictures into the document because that may make the file size exceed Smashwords maximum specifications.
Can you format an epub book for me?
I'm afraid that epub files are a little beyond me at the moment. If you are submitting to Smashwords, Amazon or Barnes & Noble they accept word documents and convert them to epub files themselves. Yes, I format for all three of those. However, if you submit straight to Apple or Kobo you have to have the epub file, which I can't do. I may try to learn one day. until then, I've heard good things about LibreDigital Though I have never used them myself. You can also use Calibre to create the file yourself from a different format, but again I have not tried this, so results may vary.
Do you do editing work?
I will do light copy editing while formatting - in other words if I see a typo I will correct it. I no longer do full manuscript editing. If you do please let me know and I'll add your email address here.
Is there anything else I should know?
I am not available for work on Thursdays or Fridays because of preexisting commitments, so that may affect how quickly you get your cover. I also like to ocassionally take a day or two off. Other people get to take weekends, after all.
Covers can go faster, or take longer, depending on how fast youíre available for feedback.
If you have any questions not covered here, or are interested in a cover then please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Hope to hear from you soon!