Will you sell the premade cover I purchased to another author?
No. Premades are only sold once. Once you buy it, it’s yours to use under the terms of license for the images, elements, and paid fonts used in its creation (see the FAQ below on copyright and stock images). Note that premades are non-refundable and not for resale (i.e. you can’t buy my premade cover and sell it to someone else). All premade (and custom made) covers are designed using images readily available on stock image sites. I cannot guarantee that you won’t see the same images on other authors’ covers but I endeavor to make all covers I produce unique.
Why buy a premade cover?
Premades are great for authors on a budget who can’t afford the more expensive custom made cover packages out there. I spend a lot of time on and give as much attention to my premade covers as I do my custom made ones, hence my price tag. Premades mean that they will be sold as they are. The only thing I will change is the title and author name and I will add any subtitle/series name, tagline, or quote you wish me to add. Within reason. I mean, I’m not gonna put “I AM THE GREATEST WRITER IN THE WORLD. PLEASE BUY MY BOOK” on there however much cake you give me. I may however modify the font style and color at my own discretion.
How do I order a custom made cover?
Get in touch via the contact form on the website OR email me at ads [at] 17bookstudiodesign [dot] com and tell me the custom cover package you want to purchase as well as any extras you require from the prices page (you can always order extras later). I will send you a design brief to fill in. Just follow the instructions in the brief and send it back to me. I may send you follow-up questions to clarify some things. I will let you know when your project is booked in my schedule and request the 50% deposit before I start working on it.
Note that the discounts applicable when 3 or more custom ebook or print packages are booked simultaneously will be deducted from the price of the final book cover.
When can I see the first draft proposal and how many revisions do you offer?
I aim to provide your first draft within 7-10 business days of when your project is booked in my schedule. You get up to 5 rounds of revisions. The faster you reply with feedback about what revisions you require (within 1-2 days of each revision would be great), the faster you get your final cover.
When can I expect delivery of my final book cover?
Usually 7-14 business days from the first draft if minimal revisions are required. If you need all five rounds of revisions, then your cover will take longer to finalize. I will keep you up to date via email.
What do I get with my custom cover?
I want an exclusive image for my cover. How can I make that happen?
I do not purchase exclusive images for use on my covers but I am happy to use one that you provide, as long as it is at least 300 ppi in resolution (which most photographers would automatically do) and 6″x9″. What you would need to do is buy the image and provide 1) proof of ownership or right to use the image and 2) photographer and model release forms. Supplying your own image does not change the design/package fee. If I feel your design requires a non-exclusive image from a premium stock site, I will discuss this with you first and tell you the extra fee that will apply for purchasing the premium image. I am happy to provide you with the receipt of the purchase upon request.
Can I provide my own non-exclusive stock image for you to use on my covers?
Yes, you can. You will have to provide me with proof of license and the image needs to be at least 300 ppi and 6″x9″. Supplying your own image does not change the design/package fee.
I want other extras. Can I have them, pretty please with sugar on top?
I want to make changes to the dimensions of my print cover. Can you do that?
If you want to make changes to the print book trim size and spine width following purchase and delivery of the final file, this will incur an additional charge of $40. If you’re only adding a handful of extra pages to the book without changing the trim size, I wouldn’t bother requesting a spine width modification. KDP and Ingram allow a small margin of error on the number of pages.
I purchased a premade cover from you a while back and need to change my title. Can you do this?
Sure thing. I can do this free of charge upon request. But not like, ten times, alright? I mean, come on, decide already!
Can I customize my premade?
Like I said under the question about why to buy a premade cover, I am happy to modify the font style and color at my own discretion. If you want more changes than this, I will upgrade you to my custom package and charge you the difference. The turnaround time for upgrading a premade cover to a custom one will be longer, subject to schedule availability. I will provide you with details of when you can expect delivery of your drafts and final files.
I’ve seen other covers using the same image(s)/models as your premades. Don’t you use exclusive images?
Who owns the book cover and the images used?
I can’t see a series set for a premade. Can you make me several premade covers for a series?
I will upgrade you to a custom package to create each additional book cover based on a purchased premade and will offer you a 10-15% discount on the entire series package.
I don’t know the title for my book yet. Can I still buy a premade or custom made cover package?
Sure thing. Once you’re ready to finalize your cover, I will deliver your final files. In the interim, you get a cover file with your author name and a holding title of your choice.
Can you provide me with a psd file so I can make my own alterations?
For custom covers, I can give you a psd file where you can edit the text layers but the image will be flattened or merged. Note that I use many paid fonts and unless you’ve bought the license to use them too and have downloaded them to your computer and they are in your Font Book application, you won’t be able to recreate them when you edit the text layers.
Do I need to credit you for the cover design?
Do you do book/series revamp?
Yes. If you have an existing book or series you want to revamp or redo from scratch, I can do this under the custom ebook or print package. A discount of 10-15% will be applied if 3 or more books are required.
I’m not happy with the cover. Can I get a refund?
Can I use the drafts and revision images you send me before the cover is finalized and final payment has been made?
No, you cannot use the drafts or revision images anywhere public before final payment is made. You would effectively be using them without my expressed consent and will be violating the copyright of the design. You can show the draft or revision images to people privately for their opinions (ARC team, super fans, your author posse) but remember that they will be low resolution images, not the correct size, and watermarked with my logo and you will need to request that they do not share the images. After payment, you’re getting a high-resolution final file so you won’t need the drafts or revision ones anyway.
I want my book cover to be unique and stand out from the crowd. I know exactly what I want. It’s this scene from Chapter 15. Can you do that?