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Take a look at The Picture of Dorian Grey’s peacock feather pattern on the hardcover, suggesting vanity and no substance. That cover makes sense before picking it up, but more so after you’ve read the book (or watched the movie). The cover connects with the content in a deeper way. As readers, we also credit ourselves by having deciphered the symbolic meaning of the design. We have a nice blend of good visceral and cognitive perception. It’s a mnemonic thing.

Anyway, my problem is that I don’t know what your book is all about. I create covers based on illustrations I have already painted, assuming your story could make it shine.

Although pre-made, the covers presented in my shop should be regarded as templates, on which you can base your own ideas. If you would like something else entirely, please feel free to say so. If I feel the request is a bit out of scope I will get back to you with a reasonable price.

Illustration:
You can buy the illustration without any text objects, or commission a new and unique illustration. I can work according to your sketches, references or preferences.

Series/ Sets:
Book-series are not uncommon. Books grouped by the same look and feel, or packaged in sets, makes a collection. Collectors and fans find that very attractive. Please let me know what you need.

Author/ Brand Logos:
Some authors have their own logo or wordmark, or a brand logo (i.e Harry Potter) or symbols (i.e The Hunger Games) for a series. If you’re interested in your own symbols let’s discuss ideas.

What I need from you:
+ Contact information, who to communicate with during a project, and where to deliver.
+ The format type (e-book, audiobooks, social media, paperback, hardcovers, dustjackets etc.) and the dimensions (if you know them).

Here’s a list of common dimensions for printed books:
4.25 x 7 in.
5 x 8 in.
5.5 x 8 in.
5.5 x 8.5 in.
6 x 9 in.
9 x 7 in.
8.5 x 11 in.
Square

The number of pages decides the spine width (total number of words divided by 250 words per page):
¤ 288 pages (apparently the sweet spot for publishers) = 0.648576 inch
¤ 340 pages (85,000 words) = 0.766 inch
¤ 660 pages (wow) = 1.5 inch

+ For print-ready files, please let me know the number of pages your book will have so I can pick a template with the comparable spine size.

What you get from me:
+ The cover design as presented on this page unless you have additional requests. I replace the placeholder text with yours.
+ You’ll receive a unique cover that will never ever be sold again. I only ask to showcase it in my portfolio.
+ I deliver the cover in the format you requested, within 3-4 days after the order is put (I’ll let you know an hour ago if I can’t meet your deadline).

Discounts:
Discount is offered depending on how many covers you’d need, or illustrations, series or sets etc. If you would be my long-term business friend in this writer + designer world I can do a stretch. It’s up to you! And me.


I’m not affiliated with the following resources. But I’ve used them for my book cover shop, and they deserve to be mentioned:

More on word count, number of pages:
https://gettingpublished.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/word-count-and-book-length/

Excellent book template system and barcodes here:
https://www.bookow.com/resources.php

Free and really good PSD mockups here:
https://covervault.com/

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