Self-Publishing Review offers low-cost, expert eBook cover design – see below for samples.
How it Works
You will be provided two (2) proofs to choose from, within 10 business days of making your deposit. This excludes holidays and weekends.
Additional proofs are $50 each.
A deposit fee of US $100 is required. This is a non-refundable fee, unless we fail to provide you with the proofs by the specified date, in which case your money will be refunded, unless there were other arrangements made that you agreed upon.
You can make two rounds of “tweaks” to the cover you choose. The definition of “tweaks” involve changes such as, “please make the sub-heading upper and lower case instead of all caps; please change the title to red; please make my name a bit smaller; move the picture down a bit”…and so on. Things that bring the cover to a polished and satisfactory completion, you will be happy with. Major changes (changing the title, adding different images, or things that can only be achieved through extensive graphic manipulation) will incur a fee of $50 per proof.
Images need to be at least 300 dpi at full size.
We will use images we have licensed to use commercially, images we own, images we have created or “comp” images from online image sites. If you choose a cover with a comp image, you will then purchase the license for that image (or images, if there is more than one used) in your own name and send it to us to complete the cover. This is so you have control of the image, should you want to use it elsewhere.
It is often less than $20 to license an image, but you have to carefully read the license when you purchase it, to make sure it is going to be suitable for your book and your marketing plans. Some licenses don’t allow eBook covers, for example.
Things to watch for in the licensing terms include: Is an image credit required? Can you embed the cover with their image(s) into the down-loadable files of an eBook? We can provide a text-only title page, if not, but if you want include the image, make sure it’s okay. Some stock art companies are okay with Kindle eBooks, but not iphone apps. Some companies have a maximum download/print run of 250,000 or 500,000 or less, so check that. Others require you purchase the image again, for each different project: so, one purchase for a print book, another for an eBook, another for your website header and so on. None of these are particularly expensive. In most cases, the total won’t exceed $20. Many stay around $5. If you have questions, you can contact the company.
1. iStock Photo
2. Getty Images
Public domain images are not always a good option. Public domain in North America doesn’t mean it is protected throughout Europe and other territories. We have free images if necessary.
Contact the Site
Please contact the site with information about your project: genre, basic plot, ideas for mood/design, and number of images. A few examples of covers you like is also helpful. We need to determine the complexity of the project before going forward.