Book Cover Design FAQ's Terms of service
How long will my book cover design take?
The consultation process involves us gathering as much detail about your book and its concept as is possible, this is from the dimensions, page count and printer/publication service being used to the actual theme of the book and your expectations for the design. Once we have all the necessary information from you we will confirm the starting date of the project and plan to have the draft designs ready for you in 5 working days for our Platinum package, 6 working days for our Premier package and 7 working days for our Professional and Essential packages. (Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays).
The Essentials package comes with SIX hours of Photoshop work on your book cover design's initial drafts, if your designs require more than this your designer will make you aware prior to the start of the project, the cost of unlimited hours on your initial drafts is $70, any hours over the initial six will be charged at rate of $25 per hour.
We can complete your book cover design within 10 working days ready for upload (if agreed at the beginning of the project and as part of our Platinum Package only), this is subject to us being provided with the finalized information of your book, the dimensions, blurb, finalized page count and a maximum of two rounds of revisions.
What information should I have before I contact JD&J?
We'll need details such as the physical size of your book (if you're having it printed), who you’re using to publish & print your book, if you want a barcode then we’ll need the books ISBN code from you too. Try not to worry too much as we will discuss the exact details with you when you get in touch, we'll also send you a PDF brief form which will have all of the info needed in a bit more detail too.
Do you need a deposit & contract?
As with the majority of professional book design services we require a deposit of 20% to secure each project, this takes into account the many hours we will spend working upon your draft designs and will also go towards costs we may incur, as such it is non-refundable. Again, any professional service will issue you with a contract which specifies the terms and conditions, this ensures that all parties are protected.
How many revisions will I get?
We want you to be completely happy with the book cover design we create for you, this is why we offer one round of revisions in our Essentials Package (with the option to extend), two rounds of revisions in our Professional Package and Unlimited revisions in both of our Premier and Platinum packages. With our Premier and Platinum packages we will make as many revisions as you'd like up until the book cover design has been completed and delivered to you. With our Essentials & Professional packages there is a flat fee of $40 per additional revision once past the revisions included within your chosen package (this fee will be added to your final invoice). Please see ‘Use of commissioned art work’ for restrictions upon revisions with commissioned art/designs.
Use of commissioned art work
Where any commissioned art work is created for the book cover, such as exclusive illustrations, paintings, drawings and commissioned Art Work (this is rare but your designer will make you aware of this prior to the project starting) the project will be limited to two rounds of revisions only, this is due to the cost implications of working with illustrators/painters/artists and keeping the overall cost to a reasonable level for all parties.
When and how do you take full payment?
Once the design/s have been approved we will send you an invoice for payment of the final balance, once this has been paid we will then send you your high res designs, please note that payment is due within thirty (30) days of receipt of the invoice.
We take payment using the security of Paypal as it is trusted by millions of users world-wide, and don’t worry, you do not need to have a Paypal account to make a payment.
Do you use stock imagery?
We will always try to create our own imagery prior to using any stock images, however sometimes it will be the most cost effective way of creating your book cover design. It’s worth remembering that all stock images used (unless specified) will come with a non-exclusive license.
All books where any form of stock imagery has been used within the design must have "Book cover designed by JD&J with stock imagery provided by [Contributor’s Name] © 123RF.com" to conform to licensing agreements.
The Free Barcode - What do I need?
For the barcode we will need your ISBN number from you, once we have this we will get a barcode made for the back of your cover. Some print/publishing services (such as Createspace) will generate an ISBN and place this within the design of your cover for you, in these cases we will create the book cover design to work with the placement of the barcode via this print service.
Can I use my own images \ art work in the cover design?
Yes you can, as long as you ensure that any image, art work or logo that you want in your finished cover is of print quality (at least 300dpi when adjusted to the actual size needed). Due to the nature of copyright you must also have the legal right to use the image, art work or logo too. If you do supply us with an image it should be in CMYK colour, 300dpi and as a JPEG file. We recommend you let us take care of the font used within your design as large selections of fonts are copyrighted as well.
What is CMYK and will it make a difference to my design?
Many book publishers and printers will produce your book using the CMYK colour model (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black), this is where four plates with those colours are used to print your book. The CMYK colour model is smaller than that of RGB (which is used on your computer, tablet, smartphone and many other digital devices), so you may see some colour shift when an image you have provided us with has been converted ready for print. In addition, some printers will also require that any design uses a maximum of 240% ink levels, this will also shift the colour further.
What if I don’t know what I want on the cover?
Our consultation process is focused on gathering as much information about your book and (most importantly) the concept of your book. We will package together several different drafts and fine tune them to give you alternative options.
What if I’m not happy with the drafts?
We always do our best to work with the author/publisher to ensure we capture the concept of your work, however, if you’re not completely happy with the first set of drafts we will create another set for you. If by this point you’re still not happy, then
(at no further cost) we can end the project for you, should you wish.
JD&J Design LLC also reserve the right to terminate any project at no further cost to the client.
What is the comprehensive market research completed by JD&J?
Included with all of our packages is the research that we will complete regarding your book cover, this will focus on the latest trends within your genre, the specifics behind your individual design and research of elements to be placed within the cover.
How many 3D images/Posters will I get with the package I’ve chosen?
Our Professional, Premier and Platinum packages come with versions of your book in 3D, the file formats will be JPEG and PNG (PNG files come without a background) the Professional package comes with four 3D images, the Premier comes with five and the Platinum comes with six 3D images. Packages which have the banner designs included will have banners designed for use with Twitter, G+ and Facebook, one digital poster and one design which can be printed.
What's included with the Royalty free stock images?
We obtain the royalty free images needed to create your design for you, this may be anything from one to five separate images so that we can create a design that is unique and based around the individual concept. The initial licence for stock imagery used in Printed Books (both front cover and interior if needed) will cover your book for up to half a million sales (either free or charged sales), once you go past this you’ll need to let us know so that we can extend the licence for you (at no further cost to yourself). In some cases where the project requires any one-off commissioned art work or imagery, there may be additional charges to the client. Your designer will always advise you of this prior.
How long does JD&J keep my files?
Once we’ve created your book cover design and/or any other promotional designs, we will send you the necessary files ready for you to use, this is normally done using a file transfer service (as the files are normally large in size and too big for just one email), after this we will keep your files stored for up to 12 months only.
How do you promote my book?
Once your book design is completed and then uploaded to the publisher there may be a small wait of four to five days prior to going live, once your book is available to buy let us know and we’ll send out a post to our many social network followers (Facebook, Twitter and Google +). In this we’ll include an image of your book and most importantly a link back to where the viewer can buy their copy.
What is required for an eBook conversion?
To convert your existing eBook cover into a printed book design we will need the image file as a JPEG at a resolution of 300 dpi or preferably the original Photoshop file, if the resolution is not 300 dpi we may have to resize the file. Where possible we will try and use the same font for the book as long as there is the license to do so, if not then we will match a font to use within the design. We require that you have the copyright to be able to use all artwork in the design and it’s conversion to do so.
How does the ‘Ready-made’ service work?
Once we get an order for a ready-made book cover we will remove the design from display on our website (this will be done within 48 hrs and on a first come first serve basis), we will add your details to the cover and then send to you via your email address, we will also send 2 x 3D designs of your book cover too.
Advertising Promotional Designs (Additional Service)
What do I need for my designs?
Where possible we will need the original files given to you by the designer of your book cover, we will use these to create your advertising designs so that they match your book cover. Where this is not possible (and you only have the cover it self) we will create designs to match your book cover design as close as is possible.
How long will my designs take?
Your designer will give you a time frame when booking the service, if you have the original files then the designs should only take several days to complete, if you don't have the original files then it may take five to seven business days to create your chosen designs (again, your designer will make you aware of this).
When will I need to pay?
Once your designs have been created, your designer will get in touch to show you the drafts and get your approval, once you are happy with the drafts you will be billed for the work and once the invoice has been paid your designs will be sent to you.
FAQ's Terms of service
(formatting only - by appointment only)
What kind of file will I get for use with a Kindle?
You’ll get a mobi file which can then be uploaded to your Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account upon Amazon. The Mobi file is the original format that Amazon's Kindle currently uses for their Kindle ebooks. You can upload other file formats such as Word, PDF or Epub too and Amazon will then use specific software to convert your file into a mobi file. However, if you upload your very own mobi file, you will avoid KDP making any conversion on your behalf, which means your book will look exactly how you want it to look.
Can’t I just upload a word document?
If you upload any file other than a mobi file to your KDP page Amazon has to use specific software to convert it into the required mobi format. Now, as this is being done by computer software, the process is completely automatic, however, you may have intended your manuscript to look a certain way, but Amazon’s conversion process simply doesn’t know what you intend, it just does what it’s programmed to do.
You also need to acknowledge that Word.doc files can be a little on the messy side, on the surface they may look fine but if you look at the hidden information held within the actual file itself there are all sorts of issues that remain, these can confuse the whole conversion process itself. We’ll convert your manuscript to HTML, and then edit the files by hand, we can remove all that extra junk, giving a result of a clean file that displays exactly how you want.
Once I have published my book what happens if I find some typos?
We understand that no matter how often any manuscript is checked, typos can often slip through, and often they become more visible once the manuscript has been converted into another format (there is something about seeing the book in a different layout which makes any typo easier to see). So, we are able to fix a “reasonable” amount of typos for free, however, we do consider “reasonable” to be no more than 30 typos. If you do have more changes needed, then we will have to charge a fee for the time involved.
Can I add a page at the front or back of the book you have formatted.
Assuming that you don’t want to make any other changes to the book (and please see the previous question), simply send us the additional page as a Word file and then we can add it to your book at no extra charge.
Can I send you Pages documents?
You can indeed, but please note, don’t send a Pages file that you have exported to a Word document. They can lose the formatting information we need. If you have used Pages to write your book just send the Pages file.
Can you send me a PDF/Word file to upload for Kindle?
Unfortunately we only provide mobi files for Kindle and not a PDF or Word document.
Can I use a specialist font in my eBook?
We don’t recommend that you include or try to force fonts into your eBook. While technically eBooks can support different fonts (in theory anyhow), in practice it’s still unreliable and inconsistent (even with Kindles). Forcing or including a new font into your ebook can mess with the reader’s ability to change its settings for that specific new font and its size, etc. It is best to leave fonts in an eBook to their “default” versions, so that the e-reader has the best control over how your book is presented (which leads to a far better experience for everyone).
When it comes to printed books, then we can use different fonts (but if you want to use a commercial font that we don’t have, you will need to supply it to us, or we’ll have to buy the font and invoice you for the cost).
What should I use for the section breaks within my manuscript?
The most common section break characters used are *, ***. * * *, # and ###. But this is really your personal preference as there is no standard that you have to adhere to.
Is it possible to have a graphic for my section breaks?
Yes you can, we can also use an image that you can provide us, or which has been designed by us.
I’d like to use a graphic at the start or end of my chapters, can I?
You can for Kindle/epub & CreateSpace books. However, for Smashwords you can have a graphic at the end of the chapter, if you want a graphic at the start it has to be after the chapter title.
Which fonts can be used with a CreateSpace book?
The standard fonts we use are Adobe Garamond Pro 11 for the body of the book, and Myriad Pro for all of the headings and headers/footers. If, however you’d like us to use a different font, just let us know.
Will you need the manuscript in Word format?
Word documents are our preferred format for the manuscripts we format, however, we do accept Pages documents too, please be aware that we don't accept manuscripts which are only in PDF format alone.
Can I get my Kindle/epub book to look exactly like my Word document?
It’s important to understand that eBooks are different to printed ones, they will always place a great deal of control (eg: font, text size and book orientation) in to the hands of the reader, also they are intended to be read on devices with all sorts of screen sizes too. If you try to control the appearance of your text too much, you may be able to get it looking perfect on one specific device, but it can end up looking terrible on other e-readers. We therefore keep book formatting simple but elegant, your eBook will look great, but it will NOT look exactly like your Word document.
Will my epub file be accepted by Apple/B&N/Kobo/etc?
Every Epub file that we create is validated by using validator.idpf.org, this is so that you should have no problem with your Epub file with any online publisher. If you do have any issues please just let us know and we’ll work with you until it’s fixed.
What happens if I want to keep the formatting
but not the book cover design or visa versa?
We will do as much as possible to ensure that you are happy with both elements, however, if you decide to only use one element and not the other then you will be charged for the specific service that you have decided to keep. This will vary depending upon your individual needs and as such you should ask for costs on an individual basis.
If you have any further questions please just get in touch with us.