What specifications will my ebook cover be?

I create my covers at 6:9 ratio, which is the format that adapts to all the major ebook retailers and is the most common print book ratio. I will send you a png and jpg version at 2500 x 1666. I can also give you a higher resolution copy for your records or smaller thumbnails if you wish.

Amazon KDP has a slightly slimmer ratio than 6:9 and is the equivalent to around 5.3:9. However, KDP is very flexible with the cover sizes it can display on a Kindle and handles minor variations well. Therefore, consider that it’s more beneficial to have a wider cover as a thumbnail on the Kindle store as opposed to having the perfect ratio displayed on the kindle device once the customer has purchased it. Why? Because having more cover width usually means your title and author name can be larger and your book will stand out more.

Which cover is your sight drawn to in the below examples? The difference is subtle but effective.

Kindle Store ebook cover thumbnails

I don’t web-compress the version I send you. I want you to have the option to use your image for a variety of purposes, and therefore I want to retain image quality.

If you need a smaller version saved at a particular pixel size or compressed to under a certain file size, let me know and l’ll save a copy for you. To change the ratio of a pre-made cover requires graphical changes and will incur a fee.

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What payment methods and currency do you accept?

I accept payments via Paypal. You don’t have to own a Paypal account to use this method.

Because the indie author market is international and predominately U.S., my prices are set in USD.

Will my pre-made ebook cover be used again for someone else?

Certainly not the cover as the complete artwork itself. I may in some cases use elements of the stock image/s again, but not in the same way. Elements I would more commonly re-use are props or genre-typical features, like angel wings, swords, and spell books. 

Can you make changes to the images in a pre-made ebook cover?

Run it by me, and I’ll let you know if it’s possible and how much it will cost. If a pre-made cover suits your style and story wonderfully except for one contradicting thing, it’s worth discussing what we can do! Send your query via the Contact form.

I can’t find anywhere a pre-made that fits the genre, character or theme of my story. What can I do?

Contact me with an outline of your suggestion. If I think your requirements make a great pre-made cover in general, and you’re willing to consider my graphical interpretation without customization, I’ll see what I can do. To increase your chances, stick to a couple of important thematic details and stay within a genre.
It will be treated the same as a normal pre-made cover, which means it will be on offer to everybody if you don’t purchase it. You’re under no obligation to order it when it’s released, but it would be lovely for this process to work and be the right solution for someone struggling to find a good pre-made representation of their book.

Will my pre-made cover still appear on the site after I purchase it?

Once we’ve processed your payment, I remove the cover from public view and give you a password to view your cover’s page. For future, I’m considering having a folio, where I can add your actual book cover and link to either your author blog or the ebook retailer site of your choice. I’d be happy to help send people to your book.

Will my ebook cover be used for promotional purposes for Indie Books Covered?

Possibly, yes. A folio of work is critical to offering a graphic design service. If I use your cover for promotional purposes, I will do so discreetly as well as respectfully of your book and you as an author. I’m happy to hold off until after your launch date – but you must let me know first.
Most of my promotion will simply be my folio on my site or on social media albums. 

I want to continue a series based on my pre-made cover. Will the next covers be pre-made or custom?

At this stage, I’m currently not offering custom covers as a service, but I will be soon. In the meantime, I can create further books based on the same design of your premade. We can possibly use the same cover imagery with a different palette, or find the same model in a different pose, etc. You will want some consistency across your series. It’s just a matter of working out what the consistent elements could be, for your particular pre-made.

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Do I own the stock images and graphics in my cover?

Not exactly. You own shared usage rights (with me) to the ebook cover image that I’ve created for you as a complete, distinct artwork.

Because your design contains stock photography, you’ll need to adhere to the royalty-free usage licences. Stock libraries vary slightly in their licence terms. For instance, Bigstock allows unrestricted digital books and up to 250,000 print copies, while iStock has a higher cap of 500,000 but for both ebook and print impressions. They’re pretty big numbers, but something you must keep in mind.

If you get to that scale of usage, well, first of all, congratulations! Secondly, contact me and I will send you information and links to your stock images. You may be required to purchase an extended license by the stock library, which will be a nominal investment at that stage, and  it will allow you to do more fabulous marketing things with your image/s while you crack open the champagne.

My usage to the artwork is restricted to discreet promotional purposes for Indie Books Covered (see the ‘promotional purposes’ question below).

Also note that any concepts I personally conceive for cover artwork remain rightfully mine and are signature to me as an artist.
To keep ebook prices at an accessible level for indie authors, I only charge for what you need to sell your book – cover art. I don’t charge for my concept and development of it – only the time it takes to create the artwork that results from it. In the design and advertising industry, exclusive rights to a concept is a whole different league in pricing.

However, my intention is not to churn out cover after cover with an identical concept; it is to clarify that if I have another personal medium in which I’d like to explore my concepts or I want to evolve some aspect of a concept in a different way for a book cover, I can rightfully do so. A typical example would be the concept of having a dragon sitting on top of castle spire. This could be executed in many ways with different stock imagery, resulting in still very unique final book covers.

stock photography

How long does it take to get my pre-made ebook cover?

It depends if we have rounds of changes.

I’ll send the preliminary image within 1-3 days of processing your payment and receiving written confirmation of the text you’ve supplied in your order form. Usually you will receive it within 48 hours.

If the cover doesn’t require changes, I’ll send the final file asap, within 24 hours.

If the cover requires changes, add 1-2 days turnaround for each round.

If I’m ridiculously busy, I’ll discuss my time-frame with you. If you have a tight deadline, let me know when you first contact me and I’ll see what I can do!

How long does it take to get my print cover?

Of you’ve ordered a Simple Print Cover package, allow 3-4 days to receive the preliminary image. If there are no changes required, you will receive your final file usually within 24 hours. For each round of changes, allow 1-2 days.

Do you think I’ve got the stamina to read War & Peace?

If you’ve made it this far in my FAQ, yes, yes you do. 🙂

For any other queries, please get in touch via the contact form.

turnaround for artwork