How it all works
Creative process steps
You already know what you want. More or less. Contact me and tell me all about it. As soon as we find common ground for your project I will ask you to fill in the order form. You will receive the link from me via e-mail or you can explore the main menu to find it. Once you send it, we agree on the price and I accept the job, our agreement will become legally binding. Please try to provide as much detail as you can. It will help me a lot with building an idea around your cover and will shorten the number of email rounds that we will have to do.
Once I have your order I will get back to you with confirmation, starting date according to my schedule and probably a few initial questions about our new project. Then I'll start preparing all the needed resources. At this point, I will require a booking deposit of €50 via PayPal invoice sent to your email address. This is to cover assets, resources and my time invested in working on your drafts. Therefore it is non-refundable. This deposit will come off the total cost.
Sketches & Design
This is the time when the magic happens. I will spend my time on sourcing loads of stock photos, sketching and rendering to find that perfect match, adjusting colour pallet, choosing one or two fonts from my library of thousands, size/resize, switch, flip, crop, match again etc.
Within two or three working days you should hear from me. I will present to you the very first draft of the cover design. I will ask for your opinion and feedback. Something that needs to be mentioned, if you don't like anything of the first draft that I present to you, I will come up with the new idea within the next couple of days. If the second draft is still not what you’re looking for, we should probably stop here and part ways. Fair play. However, in this case, you will have no right to use any of the mockups delivered and must delete them immediately. You also agree to forfeit your €50 deposit if paid. A similar rule applies to me. If I feel that I am not the right guy for your project I will let you know about it right away. In this case, your deposit, if paid, will be refunded in full.
Once I have your feedback and obtain a green light from you, I will continue to work on the cover concept and details according to your suggestions. I will polish them to the high standard, and when you hear from me again, it will be the final version of your cover. However, as I offer unlimited revisions you may ask me to do some small tweaks here and there and minor layout changes but I will not accept whole concept changes at this point.
Once you are happy with the final design, and only if you are absolutely happy with it, I will request payment (via PayPal link/invoice emailed to you). Upon receipt, I will deliver the final files to you, in the way most convenient to you. This could be your Email, but considering file sizes it most likely should be Adobe Creative Cloud, my favorite cloud service similar to Dropbox or Google Drive just easier to use.
Important ending notes.
Please note that, due to licensing restrictions, I do not deliver my source files, raw stock photos, or font files used in your design. This will stay safe with me and if you need any minor changes in the future, that can be arranged with small fee or even free of charge. You purchase the right to use the cover but copyright remains with me and/or stock photo provider/photographer. Saying that, final cover can not be resold or transferred to another person. Also after downloading files to your computer, due to digital nature of the service refunds can not be accepted.
Stock Image Licensing
Currently, I don't use stock photography in my creations. Unless requested of course. However, all stock images used, if any, are royalty free and are sourced from services such as Shutterstock or Depositphotos. These, under standard license, are included in the cost of your cover design and this gives you the right to their use for sales of up to 500,000 print copies sold. The quantity of copies or displays for electronic use is unlimited. However, if you exceed this, or are planning on using your cover design on merchandise for sale then an extended license will need to be purchased, from services mentioned above, for each image (around $100 per image) used in your design. Please let me know if this is the case and I can help you out with this. Please notice that you are responsible for acting according to the law with regards to image licensing and paying your order fee is an acknowledgement of that.
And that is all!
We can now relax, sit back and watch your book running up the charts. We can both post your new cover on our social media channels (unless otherwise stated) tagging one another.
After that, we wave goodbye… Until next time!