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08-12-2013, 09:09 PM
I'm up to the 'my goodness this thing is finished, edited and might one day get self-published' stage. Now I need a cover. I see lots of comments that it's worth it to spend money on a professional, genre appropriate cover.

How much is reasonable to spend? Does any have any recommendations?


08-12-2013, 09:19 PM
How much can you afford? That determines a lot of what is "reasonable to spend".

Knowing professional artists, including cover artists, I know that they can reasonably charge $1500 and up for a cover painting. (Digital art, I'm not sure about.) And they get it (usually from NYC publishers), and the ones I know are worth it. Their art is fabulous.

But someone else--take a look at what they can do. If you like it and you can afford it, then it's reasonable. If you like it and can't afford it, then you can either save up or move on to something you like less and can live with but can afford.

It really is more dependent upon your budget to afford your tastes than anything else.

08-12-2013, 09:38 PM
http://www.najlaqamberdesigns.com/ is awesome for Young Adult, Romance, Spec fic etc. She's good value too.

Also check out the Kboards yellow pages and the Cover designers for hire in the subforum on AW.

Old Hack
08-12-2013, 11:03 PM
I'll move this from Self Publishing to our Art And Design room, where we have a whole section for covers.

08-12-2013, 11:06 PM
I've gotten covers I was happy with (and the authors were happy with) for $75 to $150. The $150 one was really quite remarkable. (All were by graphic artists I know personally.)


08-13-2013, 03:54 AM
It depends. I looked at several artists and couldn't find anyone to do what I wanted for under $200 (for art + font). But I needed multiple covers...

So nice art and font= $200+. I do like goonwrite.com. (http://www.goonwrite.com) I didn't use his covers, but I liked some of them. They are pre-made covers and very affordable.

Rachel Udin
08-13-2013, 04:38 AM
Research your chosen artist before using them. Also think about what you would like specifically and the amount of real time that would take.

A few years back, half a day==500 dollars. So if you asked for half a day's work because you're asking for a painting from scratch, then that's 500. However, I've known artists that were paid thousands for concept art, etc because they were that famous.

The cheapest will most likely be a photo manip, but be sure that you have their art checked and they know their typography. Typography==your branding message. Make sure it's clear. If you decide to get someone else to do the typography, be sure to tell the original artist you will be adding type and to leave room for it.

Oh and if you want changes that are outside of the contract, then that's another fee. Be clear ahead of time what you're investing in. And the percentage you'll pay upfront v. delivery. Contract will save you and the artist.

Taylor Kowalski
08-13-2013, 11:01 AM
I encountered a wonderful graphic designer on another writing forum a couple of years back. She made me a stunning cover for free, but she's now trying to make a business of it (http://www.pheeena.com/details). She only charges $100, and I find the quality of her covers and her character to be incredible. At the very least, she's worth checking out.

08-13-2013, 05:20 PM
If I was paying for a cover artist, I'd probably be going with http://damonza.com/, personally. I don't consider his prices outrageously high and I like what he does. I also like that he gives multiple choices from the same idea and you get the final selection.

08-13-2013, 11:33 PM
I like this cover designer. Good work and $100 flat. I haven't used her service yet but I will :)


09-02-2013, 02:00 PM
My rates are here: http://www.thedesigner.ws/shop/product-category/book-formatting/

Rina Evans
09-02-2013, 02:15 PM
You could crowdsource it somewhere like designcrowd.com, or even find a specific designer with a quality portfolio over there. You can see the going prices, set your own, look at what others have done.

10-10-2013, 04:32 PM
As far as I can tell all of the suggested artists look quite competent in their skill sets and seem to be reasonably priced. I can't say that these are great prices because I haven't read their contracts yet. Remember to be aware of the "rights"you are getting to use your cover. Will you have full or partial rights? Their is a huge difference between these two and you need to be knowledgable enough to know what the contract states.

I am a cover designer also, and I work primarily as a freelance artist for several Publishing Houses. I still do self pub work but less frequently than when I first started doing covers. If you are looking for a different style than what has been suggested in the previous posts feel free to look me up at www.cerebraldesignstudio.com. Good luck and happy writing.

10-10-2013, 06:04 PM
If you like it and you can afford it, then it's reasonable.

:e2fairy:Agreed. Find something you like. Then you'll know if it's worthy.