Cover Design

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

 

A book cover design should be completely original and customized as it is the most important marketing element for your book. Whatever your book genre, the cover, at first glance is noticed before a reader even opens the page. It acts as your shop window so it must have impact for the public to want to buy.

Grab attention with a custom designed book cover that gets your book noticed and generates sales. Our professional book cover design services provide value and flexibility while maintaining the highest quality in production standards.

 

Authors are usually not marketing experts. Some will often overlook critical items necessary for book sales. ​It needs to:

  • Look professional 

  • Compliment your authorship

  • Engage your reader

  • Convey the content of your book

  • Create the sale

Moving forward. 

Call us directly on 1300 88 5858 or place an enquiry to find out more about our cover design service.

Advanced Cover Design 

From $750 

  • Truly original and unique. Original digital images by award winning artist and cover designer. Based on your choices and cover questionnaire, we will develop three front cover concepts. This option includes:

  • Three front cover concepts or variations

  • Up to 2 hours of revisions to this concept. Additional revisions: $85/hour.

  • Creation of original digital cover artwork - be original and different

  • Custom typography.

  • Digital image blending and manipulation as needed, and colour selection to bring out the best in the images

  • Design of front, spine and back cover 

  • Assistance with back cover copy

  • Free bar code

  • Free eBook cover

  • Free marketing cover files (3D book images, web banners, composite images) 

 

Premium Cover Design 

$495

  • Either supply us with a high-resolution digital image free for commercial use or we can undertake simple original digital artwork. Based on your choices and cover questionnaire, we will develop two simple front cover concepts. This option includes:

  • Two front cover concepts

  • Up to 1 hour of revisions to this concept. Additional revisions: $85/hour.

  • Purchase of up to 2 digital images from our sources. Or we will supply original digital artwork.

  • Custom typography.

  • Digital image / artwork blending and manipulation as required , and colour selection to bring out the best in the images

  • Design of front cover. Back cover mirror front image or plain. . 

  • Free bar code

  • Free eBook cover

  • Free marketing cover files (3D, banners, composite images) 

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Simple Cover Design

$295

  • Supply us with a high-resolution digital image / artwork that is for commercial use. Based on your choices and cover questionnaire, we will develop a simple front cover concept. This option includes:

  • One front cover concept

  • Up to .30mins of revisions to this concept. Additional revisions: $85/hour.

  • Purchase of up to 1 image from our sources if required

  • Template driven or custom typography.

  • Digital image blending and manipulation as needed, and colour selection to bring out the best in the images

  • Design of front cover. Back cover mirror front image or plain. . 

  • Free bar code

  • Free eBook cover

  • Free marketing cover files (3D book images, web banners, composite images) 

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Book Cover Design

The question we are most asked is "Why can’t I design the book cover myself?"


Our answer is 'don't do it'. You have put a lot of time and energy into your book. Your cover should reflect as much energy and power as your carefully groomed text. The person who can provide that is someone who is trained in book design. Designers have spent years, or decades, perfecting their art. They spend eight hours a day, five days (or more) a week, twelve months a year, year in and year out, working to perfect their craft. In that time they have had success and they have had failures. Their personal experience gives them the understanding of what works or doesn't work in the marketplace.

Bottom line is this ... you wouldn't rewire your own house yourself, you'd hire a professional electrician. The same goes for book cover design. Yes it is more expensive than what you can do yourself but the extra "oomph" that you get in the professional design may translate into an increase in the number of books sold, simply because people are attracted to and impressed with the cover design! Please, don't take our word for it. Talk to authors who have used professional designers to create their covers. You might be surprised by what they say.

More food for thought - You may be able to design something beautiful yourself but many published authors who design their own covers use images that are often seen on other covers, use cheap tricks or non-professional fonts ... the end result is a a book that screams self-published. Book covers with our professionals are worth the investment and will get the reader interested.




What if I don’t know what I want on the book cover?


That’s okay! We will provide you with a support sheet that helps you to assess what you should consider on your cover. This will then give us some information to undertake some concepts for you. This is a big step for you and we know how much effort has gone into writing the book but it is important to allow our professional book cover specialists to help you translate that into something visual and eye-catching.




How long does it take to have a book cover designed?


Different levels of covers require different time. Simple text based covers are easier and happen relatively quickly whereas an advance cover with original artwork requires brainstorming and sketching concepts (+ three days) and then layout development which requires putting it together and getting feedback from yourself. This can take anywhere between one to two weeks.




Can I have text on the spine of the book?


PRINT ON DEMAND - this is guided by the number of pages in your book and will be discussed based on your final page count and book size - as a guide less than 100 pages, no spine text.

OFFSET PRINT - Yes if 80+ pages. No with 79 pages or fewer as the cover is wrapped around your book, the text may not print correctly or print onto the front or back cover.




What do I need to have prepared before contacting you?


You’ll need to have these details so that it can get booked in with our book cover specialist.

- Is this a printed book, or an eBook?

- Paperback, hardback, or hardback with paper jacket?

- The platform you will be publishing from.

- Book trim size?

- Have you an ISBN code & barcode?




Do I have to pay for images or fonts used on the cover that you select?


Yes ... depending on the style of the cover you may need to pay for use of stock images (Istock) or licensing for a font face. As you can imagine these vary in price and are not factored into our quotes. Images and fonts range in prices, and it’s up to you if you wish to add the additional fee to the price of the cover ... this way you can control your cover expenditure. We always get your permission first.




How do I credit the book cover designer?


On the copyright page we ask that you please place insert the following:

Book Cover designed by Pickawoowoo Publishing Group