Custom Book Cover Design

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your process for designing a custom cover?

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.

Are stock images included in your price?

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.

Why do you charge $50 less if I provide/select my own images?

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

If I select the images, can you purchase them for me?

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

When should I book my project?

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

What is your turn around time?

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.

Do you have a rush fee?

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

How many revisions do you allow?

There are no limits on revisions during the design process, provided the design is not completely overhauled. I want you to be completely happy with your cover. If you need any adjustments to the cover after you have received your final files, please contact me for pricing.

What are your payment terms?

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

How do I credit you?

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

Do you design book covers for all genres?

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

Can I have an E-book cover designed first and have a print cover added later?

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

Does my book need to be completed for you to send me the files?

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.

Would I retain the rights to the final artwork?

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.

Will you give me a Photoshop file along with my PDFs?

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

Do you offer refunds?

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.

Do you design social media banners and book teasers?

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.