In this weeks episode I talk to Adrijus Guscia, a book cover designer. We talk in depth about hiring a designer, how much you should be paying them, as well as the process that you can expect to go through when having a book cover created.
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Rocking Book Covers – Adrijus’ site, including some premades for sale.
Lousy Book Covers – Don’t get a cover like these!
Damonza – Another well known book cover designer.
Various other mentions below, all have links.
– Google searches can reveal many talented designers.
– Forums (not much of a surprise to see KBoards mentioned again!)
Pricing can vary substantially, from under $100, to several thousand. If you can find a pre-made cover you like this can be a good way to get a quality design without the expense seen with a fully custom job.
The Process – This is Adrijus’ process, the process might vary with other designers a little.
1. Find and hire a designer
2. They’ll send you some questions about the book.
3. Concepts (2 or 3) are sent – these should have different visuals.
4. You choose what you like, don’t like (or whether the designer nailed it).
5. From there you can highlight what you like and don’t like and further revisions on that concept will be made.
6. Revisions until finished. If paperback, spine and back created.
7. Delivered in whatever format you want. Your designer will know what format you need for where you are publishing your book.
Questionnaire for Author about book:
“Unless you are a graphic designer you should pay for cover design”
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