Custom Orders

FOR CUSTOM ORDERS, PLEASE SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BY EMAIL
TO ebook.indie.covers@gmail.com 

Info required:

  • 1. Genre.
  • 2. Book title and all text that needs to go on the cover – author name and any other words/sub-title/series name.
  • 3. A summary of the book so I can get a feel for the theme.
  • 4. A basic description of the mood – i.e. dark, thoughtful, humorous, erotic, serious, light-hearted, spiritual…
  • 5. A description of the elements and atmosphere you would like to see on the book cover – e.g. a beautiful brunette with a dystopian city background and a crow. If you have no idea I can come up with some suggestions, provided I have a good summary of the story.
  • 6. The major colours you would prefer (unless you have no preference in this regard).
  • 7. Links to any book covers with a style that you like if you have a specific style in mind (optional)…
  • 8. Links to stock images you have in mind if any (optional).
  • 9. Is the book a part of a series?  A little more info about the series please.

Please remember an ebook cover is not supposed to be an illustration of the book’s content – it is a sales prop to convince readers to click on your book, and perhaps to be admired by the reader later on.  It is more important to have a stunning image that is visible in a small size than to have lots of tiny accurate details…

More information on Custom Orders: 

Give specifications of what you would like.  I will create at least two different compositions for your approval, and then work on a chosen design till you are satisfied.

Includes

Digital ebook cover with specifications as follows:

File Type and Size: I provide a JPEG format, and my size is made to the proportions of 6 x 9, 3200 x 4800 width.  This works well for Amazon. I also provide a smaller cover of 1600 x 2400 pixels for upload to platforms that require a smaller size – Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Kobo.  Please read my full article on ebook cover sizes here for more information.

The 3200 x 4800 size can also be used with Createspace’s online Cover Creator, though the text elements may have to be moved to avoid bleedspace.  I will do this at your request.  For a full ready-to-upload paperback cover version, please refer to this page.

The above sizes and file type will apply unless you make a distinctive request for different specifications.

I do NOT provide a PSD file with open layers for many reasons.  One is that it would be against stock image terms (it would be equal to selling a template instead of a completed design) the other is that my covers are not just cutouts against backgrounds.  The layers are merged and manipulated, and image elements cannot just be moved or replaced.  I do send PSD files UPON SPECIAL REQUEST but with only text layers open so that you can change the title yourself.  However, I sometimes use designer fonts and you may have to purchase the font in order to be able to change the title.  A PSD file is huge so I will not send it unless specifically asked.

Style: Design in accordance with your guidelines for style and elements.  Send me a link to other covers in the ebook stores with a style that you like so that I can get a better idea of what you have in mind.

Changes: I work on it until you are happy, final payment only after you are satisfied.

General: Designs are optimised to be attractive when viewed in a small size, as most ebook websites post images that will appear only about 1½ x 2 inches in size when viewed on a computer screen (or smaller on androids).

Payment:  by Paypal – I will send you my address.  I require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the project before starting on a custom-made order.

Exclusivity: I guarantee you the exclusive rights to any cover. The design will not be resold to anyone else.  However, raw images for photo manipulation are usually from stock photo sites and as such I cannot guarantee exclusive rights to a particular image, though it will appear very different from the original as it is usually combined with several other image elements.

Stock Images: I purchase image licenses legally and use large, high-resolution, high-quality images.All basic stock images are included, however there are certain expensive stock sites, and to purchase from them I ask that either the author buys the image themselves or that they make a contribution for me to buy the image.

Most of the sites require that one buys a bulk package of credits and they do not sell single images alone. Naturally I am not able to maintain credits on all the sites.  If you wish to look for images please check with me to see where I currently have credits before searching for an image and expecting me to purchase it.  I rotate amongst five different top image sites.

Different sites have restrictions on their stock image licenses – one may usually produce 500 000  of a design whereafter one has to purchase an extended license, depending on the site.  Please note all my covers come with a standard image license. Also note that if you do sell more than 500 000 copies of a book you should be able to afford and extended image license for $100.

Disclaimer:  A standard stock image license allows for ebook and paperback book covers and related web and all printed advertising materials like banners and brochures and cards.  It does NOT allow for products like t-shirts and coffee mugs, where the image alone becomes the main attraction of the item.  For that you will have to obtain and extended license to the images used on your cover.  If you fail to do so it is at your own risk and I will not be held responsible.

Turnaround time:  I work fast as I only accept a limited number of custom orders. Covers are completed within one day to a week at most – depending on feedback from the author and also on how many alterations we end up making.  I am quite patient as the authors I have worked with will testify…

Samples sent:  For a custom design I usually offer 2 completely different covers, sometimes with different versions of each, depending  on the project…

Samples are watermarked and you only attain the rights to a sample once it is fully paid for.

Please note I USUALLY ONLY DESIGN PAPERBACK COVERS FOR AMAZON’S AFFILIATE PAPERBACK SITE – CREATESPACE.COM.  Different companies have different layout specifications and I am not familiar with the specifications of other publishers.  I charge an additional $75 to include the back cover and spine designs, and to turn the ebook cover into a style and format more suitable for printing.  My original files are large and I use XL stock images, so any ebook cover can be turned into a paperback version.
Thank you

Melody Simmons

Custom Cover Design Ebookindiecovers

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