- Purchase of stock photos*
- 1800 x 2700 pixels jpg file for ebook cover (and any smaller sizes you want, in the same dimensions)
* I have my preferred stock photo sources, mainly Depositphotos (http://depositphotos.com/home.html). If you have a specific stock photo/model in mind, let me know. I’ll do my best accommodate such request, how I will use images from premium sites like iStock or Getty Images only if purchased by the client. Let me know at the onset, so I can do the first comps with the preview image, to make sure it works with the design.
For legal reasons I work predominantly with stock photos.
Upon request I can provide layered file–image in one layer and text in separate, editable layers.
$25 Print cover add-on
if requested at the same time. The print cover doesn’t have to be finalized at the same time as the ebook. (Clarification and more about print covers below.)
$50 Print cover
if requested at later date.
Final files delivered in upload-ready PDF format.
Whenever possible I’ll do full wraparound cover. Meaning that the scene from the front continues all the way to the back. See samples in the sidebar.
I realize that many authors don’t get around formatting print books until months after publishing the ebook. This is not a problem. I’ll do the print design using a default template that I'll adjust the size when the client is ready–up to a year after the original design (and possibly longer). Let me know if the book is long, so I can accommodate for the thicker spine in the design.
Full payment ($225) due at the delivery of the the finalized ebook cover. I will adjust the print cover to size whenever you're ready. Other options are also available. Upon request I can provide a layered version of the print cover with image in one layer and all text in separate, editable layers. Alternately, I can deliver a jpg or pdf verison of the cover with the back and spine left blank.
To finalize a print cover for Createspace I need dimensions, page count, paper color, and back cover copy. This last one generally consists of the blurb but can also include bio, publisher logo, web site address, etc. It doesn’t include the ISBN graphic when using the free ISBN provided by Createspace–they’ll put it there during printing. However, if you’ve purchased your own ISBN I’ll need the pdf version of it.
I'll ask you to fill out a cover art request form and provide any additional information and art direction you deem necessary. The goal is that I have a good sense of the story and your expectations of the design.
I will deliver design comp(s) for feedback, and will keep adjusting till we arrive to a final design. (Within reasonable limits.)
Payment is due via PayPal upon agreement on but before delivery of final, full size ebook cover.
My lead time is often 2-3 months, so plan ahead.
“Cover Design by Lou Harper © [year]” in the front matter of the book is much appreciated.
a. Upon receipt of full payment Lou Harper grants the client exclusive license to use the final cover design artwork (PDF, JPEG or other publishing-ready format) for his/her book and/or e-book cover and associated promotional materials.
b. Lou Harper retains copyright and ownership of all design and draft materials. The client understands that he/she has no right to alter the final cover design. Exceptions:
1. Changing size for printing or digital display.
2. Changing back cover copy or changing title for foreign editions. (Client is responsible for legally acquiring the fonts used.)
If the client desires any other alterations, he/she will consult Lou Harper. The client understands that additional payments may be required to make these alterations.
c. Lou Harper retains the right to use client’s final book cover design, name, and book title in Lou Harper 's portfolio and to market and promote Lou Harper's services.
d. The client agrees to abide by the terms of any license agreement for any images purchased by Lou Harper through a third-party image provider for use in client’s book cover design. The cost of cover design includes the license to use these images and is limited to a print run of 500,000 units. For books with a print run over 500,000, additional licensing fees may apply. Images used for client’s cover are royalty-free; however, the photographer owns the copyright to those photographs and they cannot be distributed in any manner other than in the book cover design.
e. If the client provides Lou Harper with materials subject to intellectual property rights by a third-party, the client will secure the appropriate rights to use the materials before directing the designer to incorporate them into his/her project. Should any intellectual property dispute arise involving materials the client provides, the client assumes full legal and financial responsibility
f. There is no exposure cap, maximum sales restrictions (except related to stock imagery used as referenced above), or other use restrictions on the number of times the Book Cover may be downloaded for purchase. This license includes the right to use Lou Harper created cover art for individual marketing and/or promotional usage only. This may include: e-book(s) covers, book related website designs, web blogs, tweets, interviews, articles, biography pages, book related web articles, advertising banners, computer screensavers or wallpapers (not for multiple resale- except print covers), print advertisements, e-fliers, e-brochures, e-newsletters, and PowerPoint presentations.