Book Cover Design
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your rates?
The basic rate is $125, but keep in mind every project is different, and the rates are based on time required, difficulty, and cost of artwork (especially if you want an exclusive image). Before purchasing a cover, please email us so we can talk about your specific needs before we send you an invoice.
Do you work with other genres?
Yes, we can design any genre. However, we prefer historical and the sub-genres (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Historical Western, Historical Time Travel, Historical Biography, etc.)
Do you only design book covers?
We also design social media and website banners, advertisements, posters, postcards, bookmarks, and more. We are not a printer, but we suggest a reputable company either locally for you or Vistaprint.
Can you create custom artwork?
Yes, we can create original artwork from scratch for you. I am a designer/artist who creates composites using a combination of stock art and public domain images to craft covers, PLUS I can create one-of-a-kind drawn illustrations for your cover. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss custom artwork.
Will you read my book before you design the cover?
No, unless we are reviewing or editing your novel. If we aren't, we ask for a synopsis and a brief vision of what you are looking for so we can target the right audience.
What's the turnaround time?
10-12 business days to turn around the initial set of mockups.
Do I have to sign a contract?
Yes, we require a contract and an understanding that there are no refunds once work begins on your project! Payments initiate a contract. A contract protects HFC and you, defining the scope of the project, outlining our duties, and what you can expect.
How do I pay you?
We accept credit card payments through our WIX host server, Paypal, as well as the new Paypal Pay Later Credit service which is offered if you have a bulk order for multiple books.
Will I own the copyright to my cover design?
Absolutely!! Upon receipt of final payment and transfer of final files, you own the copyright to your completed cover design. HFC maintains copyright and ownership of the mockup designs not chosen.
What files will you give me?
High-quality JPEGs and PNGs of your front cover in large and small sizes. Any other requests are free of charge. For print covers, a high-quality PDF for your printer's specs will be provided. We do not provide any Photoshop files.
What do you do with the designs that aren't chosen as final covers?
We offer them as pre-mades with generic titles and author names.
I already have my artwork and know exactly what I want on my cover. Can I use my images?
Yes, absolutely! Just send us the file after purchase and we will use in our design.
I need to have a series of covers designed. Can I get a volume discount?
Yes! We can put all your covers in one package and give you an excellent discount price!
How far in advance should I have my cover designed?
Having a cover release before the release of your book is a way to draw interest in your book, so contact us in plenty of time (depending on your needs) so we can design and arrange a cover reveal for you. Don't wait! Our design team's schedule is typically filled six to eight weeks in advance.
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