Hand Illustrated Book Design Services
for Independent Authors and Self-Publishers
Want a book that stands out from the crowd?
How about a cover that is specifically tailored to your story?
Interior design elements, custom fonts and professionally laid out text sound tempting but expensive?
Don't worry about it,
I got you!
For the same pricing as stock photo covers, I provide custom illustrations that are specifically designed for your book. Each cover or interior design is uniquely crafted to suit your needs and will never be reused for another author’s cover.
What kind of illustration, exactly?
I offer two types of illustration: character/prop design and filigree/border design. My style is 2d pen and ink style illustration. Very graphic, with strong fluid lines and eye catching colors. I tend toward broad line drawings with an emphasis on filigree and patterns in a range of styles and moods. I can also combine my illustrations with stock photo backgrounds or composites if it’s right for your project. At this time, I do not offer realistic style or fine art illustration.
What services are available?
Filigree/Mandala Cover Design: For this cover choice, I will design an abstract filigree pattern around interestingly altered typography or a mandala focal design. This design may incorporate 1 object, character, plant or animal that is thematic to the book represented in an abstract way, such as, but not limited to, silhouettes or geometric interpretations of the subject. The design will be comprised of front, spine and back covers, aka. wrap around layout for print; or front cover for ebook. Packages: Print wrap around cover is $85, Ebook cover is $65, Both for $120.
Fully Illustrated Cover Design: This service includes an illustration featuring no more than two characters, items, or animals; or one landscape. It may include some filigree around the text. The design will be comprised of front, spine and back covers, aka. wrap around layout for print; or front cover for ebook. Packages: Print wrap around cover is $100, Ebook cover is $75, Both for $140.
Basic Package: The base service includes a black and white downsized version of the cover art for the title page as well as 1 black and white border or small icon to decorate chapter headings, to add in page headers or separate page breaks. These graphics will be provided as individual images that you can add into your book’s interior yourself using a Word or Pages template. This service is an additional $45.
Deluxe Package: But for a little extra, you can have me layout your book’s interior for you. When you plug your text into a self publishing platform’s template, paragraph spacing can be altered, text wrapping causes nonsensical hyphenation, and special formatting like italics or bolding can be lost. With the deluxe package: I will layout all interior graphics for you, (included: title page black and white illustration, 2 border designs one for chapter pages and one for all intermediary pages/page breaks, or 1 border design and 1 icon for page breaks and page numbers), you can choose up to 3 custom fonts, and I will proof your book’s text spacing, word hyphenation and layout to ensure that your final print looks publishing house perfect. This package is an additional $95.
Additional Interior Illustrations: Should you wish to have half to full page black and white line drawing illustrations featured throughout your text, I can accommodate you. Each half page illustration is an additional $50 and each full page is an additional $75. Do you want a matching ‘ex libris’ or ‘this book belongs to’ page? You can purchase one for $35.
Promotional Ad Services: I offer three promotional design choices that you can chose to purchase a la carte in addition to your cover and interior designs: digital ad banners, email banners and social media cover photos. Each design option in this category will utilize reformatted versions of the art created for your cover. Each is $20. Graphics in this category can be any size, but the pricing indicates one sizing per purchase.
Merchandise Design: If you would like to offer merchandise related to your new release, I will happily reformat your cover illustration for merchandising through a fulfillment service like Cafepress, Zazzle or Redbubble. I do not have the ability to print or manufacture merchandise myself, but I will reformat your art to the platform’s item specifications and help you to ensure that your item looks it’s best. Each merchandise listing is $15.
Mandala Design Sample
Cats in Tophats Coloring Book Cover
Art Freak Book Cover
Pen and Ink Character Design Sample
The Design Process: I am very friendly and very interested in creating a piece that is just right for your project.
Step 1: Once you purchase, I will email you with a creative questionnaire. This will help me understand the genre, plot, and mood of your piece to determine the style and content of your cover design. In it you will tell me about any ideas you had for what should appear on the cover and any color preferences you may have. You are encouraged to attach up to three images for communicating inspiration. I will contact you if further clarification is needed.
Step 2: I will create a mock up with color and send it to you for approval. If you purchased the interior design as well, you will also receive sketched mock ups of the title, table of contents and chapter pages. If you chose the package with the custom fonts, I will send you a choice of fonts that match the art to chose from for both the cover and interior. You will be allowed one creative revision. (This means you can tell me everything you’d like to change about the design and I will make those changes for you. But after this, only resizing and reformatting revisions will be allowed, no further creative changes can be made.)
Step 3: Once the design is agreed upon, you will provide the platform’s design measurements/specifications and I will create the final design. If your platform allows for a pdf mock up or print mock up, you will send it to me and I will ensure that the artwork is formatted correctly. You will be responsible for the cost of a mock up from your publishing platform should a cost be incurred. Once I create the final artwork to a specific trim size, I will require an additional fee of $30 to reformat it to a different trim size should you change your mind at this stage. Please allow two weeks for all cover designs, an additional week for the basic package of interior design or an additional two weeks for the deluxe package for interior designs. Each promotional or merchandise design will take 1-3 days for production.
When you purchase a design from me, you will only ever be required to pay the above listed initial fee. I will not seek royalties on the artwork you purchase and you are free to reuse or redistribute that artwork at any time in the future, so long as it is used in promotion or distribution of the book or project that it was originally purchased for and that that book or project remains on the self publishing platform that it was originally designed for. You are not authorized to alter the artwork in any way. Should your book or project be picked up by a professional publishing house, you will need to contact me to renegotiate a contract that will enable you to continue using my artwork. If you should wish to use the art for a different project, you will need to contact me to renegotiate our terms and a new contract will need to be mutually agreed to, (an additional fee may or may not be required at the time of renegotiation depending on the requirements of the purchaser). You agree not to reuse, resell or redistribute the artwork in any way that deviates from the original purpose or distribution platform outlined in the purchase. Wherever my artwork is displayed, I require that I am credited as the illustrator in the book’s interior, the book’s sales listings, and in the merchandise item listings. Although I guarantee that I will never reuse your custom book cover in it’s entirety for another author’s book, I retain the right to sell, distribute or display the design elements as individual pieces of artwork to be repurposed for other projects or personal promotion. By making this purchase, you agree to adhere to all of the stated terms above.
How to get your designs:
Use the contact form below to send me an email describing which services you would like. I will create a listing in my Etsy shop that outlines your requirements and send you the link to purchase. This will serve as our written contract and if you experience problems with me, (I’ve never gotten any complaints ;)), you can rely on Etsy’s customer service for extra security. Once you make the purchase, you commit to contracting the services outlined and agree to adhere to the artist’s rights stipulations above. If you should be unsatisfied with my service at any time during the design process or up to ten days after final deliverables have been received, you are eligible for a full refund of the purchase price. However, should you receive a refund, you lose all rights to distribute or display any artwork or product of this contract.
I know legalese sounds so stern and forbidding, but it is my number one concern that you are happy with your results. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you encounter any problems, questions or concerns. Particularly if you are having difficulty in uploading my files to your distributor websites, I am happy to help.
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