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Custom Book Cover Design

Frequently Asked Questions


In order to protect the integrity of the designer, Steamy Designs retains the master files for all materials provided. (Example: book covers, branding files, teasers) Any alterations to final design files can be done through Steamy Designs. Outside alterations are prohibited without express written permission by the designer.

I will begin with sending you a questionnaire, which will help me determine what your book is about, what you are looking for in a book cover, and any specific requirements you might have. Once I review your answers, we can brainstorm to determine the concept for the cover. In the case where you need help finding the images, I will send you choices based on your criteria. After a selection is made, I can begin work on your project. Once the initial mock-up is designed, I will send you the proof for revisions, if necessary.

Yes. Two royalty-free licensed images per cover are included at no extra charge.  I have subscriptions to Shutterstock, Deposit Photos  and iStock (Photos from iStock signature collections are not included but can be purchased for $40 up-charge) . Please keep in mind that stock photos are not exclusive and can be used by other designers.

Picking out photos is time consuming. If you choose to select/provide your own images, I pass the savings on to you!

Absolutely. I have subscriptions to Shutterstock and Deposit Photos and iStockPhoto (essential collection). You are welcome to browse their selection.

The sooner the better! I work on a first come first served basis.

Each job is unique, and turn around time varies depending on the scope of the project. Custom covers typically take two weeks but may take longer if multiple revisions are requested. Each revision can take up to 24 hours to complete.

In some instances, I will consider taking a rush assignment. Please contact me for availability and pricing.

Up to 5 revisions during the design process, provided the design is not completely overhauled. Additional revisions are $25 each. If you need any adjustments to the cover after you have received your final files, the adjustment fee is $35.

A 50% down payment is required at the beginning of the design project. The balance is due upon completion of the project, and before the final files are released. All payments are accepted through Paypal.

Please credit as follows on the copyright page of your book:  Maria @ Steamy Designs

Romance covers are my specialty, but I will consider taking on a project for other genres. Please contact me to discuss.

Absolutely. The full sleeve print wrap can be added later for an additional fee of $50.

No. As long as your balance is paid in full, I will send you the JPEG files for your cover reveal. Print PDF’s will be provided once I receive the trim size (paperback size), final page count, and color preference for the interior paper.

You will be granted an exclusive license to use the final cover design artwork for your book/e-book cover and any promotional materials. The artwork should not be modified in any way. Please contact me if you require alterations. Backup source files are kept indefinitely.

I do not give out my source files because they are my intellectual property. Please contact me if you need any alterations done at any time. I keep my backup source files indefinitely.

I will make every effort to accommodate any schedule changes that arise. If you need to cancel an appointment, a refund shall be given within three weeks of the booking date minus a non-refundable $30 booking fee, provided that no work has commenced. Deposits shall be forfeited for any cancellations made within three weeks of the scheduled appointment.

Yes. I design a variety of social media custom cover images and promotional graphics. Please visit the branding design and  marketing design sections for pricing and samples.