How much do you charge for a cover?
A cover design cost will depend on the difficultly of the request and how long I think it will take to complete. As a rule, cover design generally starts at £200. If the starting fee is close to your budget, but a little high and you have a general idea of what you want then contact me and I will see if we can work around your budget.
If the back cover is simply a flat color or continuation of the front there will not be an additional charge. Provide me with any text that will be on the back and I will add it as necessary. Also indicate where the ISBN will go and I will make sure there is space for it.
The same goes for the spine. Generally I will make the front and back covers seperately, per the dimensions you provide, and once we have an understanding of the full spread I will create a full spread image, including the spine, for upload.
How much do you charge for a logo?
Logo design starts at a baseline of £100. As with everything else, a lot of time and trial/error goes into good logo design. If you want any additional artwork in tandem with your logo you will be charged accordingly for any other artwork.
Upon completion and payment I will provide you with all of the necessary files: JPG, PDF, and an AI/EPS.
If you are unfamiliar, AI and EPS are Illustrator files and contain the raw data for the logo. This way if ever you need to make minor changes (like the color of the logo or if you are changing name) you can do so with ease either on your own or with me or another designer without having to redraw the logo from scratch.
How much for custom art?
A custom illustration operates much like a cover, but since there is most likely not going to be any typography the baseline starts at £125. Of course, the cost could change as the illustration changes. I will provide updates on the illustrations and if ideas need to be scrapped or wholly altered, additional cost for time will be applicated.
What if I want something else?
Send me an email with the nature of your request and we can work something out.
Is there a deposit?
Upon hiring me there will be a 50% of the initial session deposit required before I begin working on your project.
A £200 cover initial Session = £100 deposit
A £125 illustration initial Session = £62.50 deposit
A £100 logo design initial Session = £50 deposit
The deposits are nonrefundable. At the end of our business together the deposit will be deducted from the total charge for the final product.
I am happy to provide quick gesture drawings of what the intended project is before you hire me to ensure we are on the same page.
What happens if I intend to terminate my project request after you've started?
In the event that, perhaps our visions are not lining up or you have to postpone publishing whatever it is that you're hiring me for, I will require compensation of 60% of the remaining total Sessions time, minus your deposit.
Note: If you decide you no longer require my services after only the initial Session and paying the deposit, just inform me of thus and I will cease working on the project and there will not be an additional invoice.
I treat each Session as a typical work day and dedicate all my time towards the project.
You have hired me to design a cover for you and paid the 50% deposit of £100.
We have gone back and forth for a few weeks and five additional Sessions at 5% (£10), bringing the total for your project to £250 (-£100 for the deposit for a balance of £150).
Your current total balance after the deposit is £150 and you need to cancel my services.
After informing me of this, you will receive an invoice for 60% of the remaining balance. In this instance, an invoice for £90.
After, I will wish you luck and all the best with your project.
What's the best way to contact you?
You can send an email through the link provided on the home page or by starting a chat with me through the chat icon in the lower right.
Please note that if you message me via Facebook Messenger there is a chance I may not get the notification and will stumble across it long after you've messaged me. I do my best to check it, but an email is the best way to contact me.
What do you mean by Session?
A session is the initial request for my time to create your artwork and the resulting first draft. If after the first draft the artwork only needs minimal changes, there will be no additional charge.
If the changes are more complicated and time consuming there will be an additional 5% of the initial session price added for each additional session.
Since every job will vary by complexity I will provide you with an estimate for the artwork. When working on a project, I dedicate a full day's work for each additional session to ensure the changes are made properly.
Note: If you prove to be difficult to work with, i.e. change the logo/illustration/cover/etc. considerably too often or are rude to work with, the artwork will not be completed nor will you be refunded.
What happens after my cover is complete?
Once the final cover is approved I will provide you with a PDF and a JPG so that you can upload the cover to your online and/or physical publisher. If you publish on KDP with Amazon I will remain on hand to make minor adjustments until the cover is confirmed to be published on the site.
Note: I am not a formatter and cannot provide formating beyond tweaks for KDP, which tends to be trial and error. If you are in the market for a quality formatter I suggest:
Do you illustrate children's books?
Yes I do. I have fully illustrated one children's book, Poof & Snoofin, so far and am keen to illustrate more.
Pricing for fully illustrated books follows the same format as any other illustration, plus cover fees, where each unique illustration is charged independantly and then added together for the final cost. Page spread illustrations are counted as only one drawing.
I will also provide typography if necessary.
Do you do Beta Reading?
Yes. I work closely with authors and have offered Beta Reading for:
Moonlight City Drive by Brian Paone
Moonlight City Drive 2: Electric Boogaloo by Brian Paone
Poof & Snoofin by Todd Smith
Five Legends, Five Guitars by Pam Van Allen
Beneath the Waves by Kristen L. Jackson
Gossamer Falls by European P. Douglas
Reintroducing Chuck Mosley: Life On and Off the Road by Douglas Esper
How are you?
I'm good. How are you?
Do you do thumbnail art for YouTube?
I've made thumbnail art for the channel that I manage. I can make thumbnail art for you, too.
Are there any other non-art related things you do?
I'm getting pretty handy at After Effects and Premiere. But my resources are limited so I can help you as long as it's not labor intensive to my computer.