It’s tough to find professional, high-quality book cover design at affordable prices – especially if you’re a self-publishing author. Any graphic designer worth his salt knows that he can charge between $500 to $1000 for a stunning book cover design, and hundreds of authors will gladly pay it. The market is so saturated, many authors will even pay through the nose for a cheap, discount book cover design: Lulu.com for example sells a template cover at $115, and charges $450 for a “premium” cover design. Amazon.com charges $299 for a basic cover (“author’s advantage”) and $499 for a “unique” cover.
If you’re selling online (which you probably should be), you need a smart subtitle full of keywords that people will search for, and a fantastic cover image that gets them to click on your page. The great thing is that the internet is a total leveler: with a good cover and a smart seo subtitle, you can compete against any of the most professionally supported bestsellers (although, whether you actually win out this competition will depend entirely upon your content, which is up to you).
If you can afford it, you can get a decent cover design (although it probably won’t be brilliant) for around $500. However, if like many self-publishing authors you’re trying to cut down on publishing costs, we’ve got another solution for you.
We’ve been recommending our book covers privately to clients for some time, and we’ve decided to make them available to the public. To increase the value of our book design services, we’re even throwing in some free bonuses. Incidentally, when we say “cheap” – we mean affordable: although our professional book covers are priced low to save you money, we always provide exceptional quality designs.
What you get
- $149 = A personalized, professionally designed, stylish book cover (front only)
- A variety of high quality images of your book using Cover Action Pro ($297 Software)
- A free review of your book’s title and subtitle, with suggestions for improvement, and up to 1000 words free editing for author bio, back copy or sales page
- $349 = The full print cover, with spine and back, ISBN-generated barcode, author photo (if wanted), etc. 300dpi, ready for printing, can customize to lulu/createspace/lightning source’s specifications.
- (The $249 price includes the ebook cover and everything else above!)
Our covers are designed to look good online and in print, capture attention and generate interest. Along with a clever title and a keyword-optimized subtitle, you’re sure to sell loads more books.
How it works
First, we’ll need your book’s working title, subtitle and synopsis or summary (what the book is about). Then, we recommend you browse amazon (here’s a link to the bestsellers page) and find 3 or 4 books that have a cover design you like (give us the books’ names and we’ll look them up.) You can also get a feel for what kinds of colors you want to use. If you have a very specific idea in mind, describe it in detail and we’ll generate some samples for you. You get unlimited rounds of revision until the cover design is just perfect!
We won’t hand-paint or draw something for you; however we have access to a wide variety of high-quality, royalty free images and we’re also very good at photo editing and manipulation. The very best book designers right now are also focusing on “minimalism” – which means the plainer, simpler your book style is (i.e. solid color background) the more “professional” it will look. Whichever style you choose, we will make sure it looks incredibly polished and eye-catching.
We can design the book to the page format/size of your manuscript, and also create a back cover and a spine (you’ll have to provide the text for the back cover although we can give you suggestions). An author photo is optional; we can add one into the design if you’d like. We can even generate an ISBN barcode for you, or else leave the appropriate amount of space for one (depending on which publishing/printing service you choose).
If you’re publishing an ebook, making it look like a “real” book is still very important! We make all covers high-resolution, so you can print out a copy of your new cover as postcards or posters and use it in promotion.
We’ll work with you until your cover is finished – the process usually takes around one week.
Recent sample covers:
What’s all this going to cost you?
We thought we’d price our services at $399, which is already a complete steal. Keep in mind other websites charge more than that for a standardized, cranked-out template cover design only (although our covers might not be the absolute best in the world, they are significantly and noticeably better than anything else in the same price range). Instead we’re starting with the introductory price of just $149 for ebooks and $349 for full print covers. That includes full, personalized cover design services, a professional review of your book’s title and subtitle for optimized sales, and a variety of images of your book generated with Cover Action Pro. To sweeten the deal, we’ll also throw in 1000 words free editing for your book synopsis, back cover copy, proposal or author bio. (You get the editing even if you’re just ordering an ebook cover.)
We’ve moved – please visit our new site for covers!
Derek Murphy’s book covers are becoming so popular he’s opened up a new site. Please visit it directly to place an order; if there are any inconsistencies just refer to the offer on PaperPerfect, and Derek will make sure you get everything we promised you here, at the same prices.