design PROCESS

 

1

 

 

APPLY

for scheduling

 

2

 

 

Send

payment & info

 

3

 

 

Receive

first draft

 

4

 

 

Give

Feedback

 

5

 

 

APPROVE

final cover

APPLY

for scheduling

I open scheduling three times a year, and only fill four months of my schedule at a time. There are three scheduling blocks:

  • January – April
  • May – August
  • September – December

Fill out the form for the next scheduling block. Ongoing series receive scheduling priority and are guaranteed space on my schedule. I fill the remaining space with new projects for both old and new clients. Unfortunately, due to demand I am not always able to work on every request I receive, so I choose the projects that are the best fit for my style and ability.

If I’m not able to take on your project at the time you apply, you’re welcome to submit a request for a Custom Premade. I work on these in my spare time, and this is a great alternative way to get a cover from me without going through the full custom process.

You can find the most recent forms for scheduling and Custom Premade requests here.

 

2

SEND

payment & info

Once your project is accepted, you’ll receive the forms: an Order Form, a Contract, and a Questionnaire. ALL forms must be filled out within 7 days, or you may risk forfeiting your slot. 

Fill out the Order Form first to select your cover package and additional add-on items like print, marketing images, and audiobook covers. Once the order form is filled out, you’ll be taken to sign the Contract and pay the Invoice. non-refundable 10% deposit is due upon booking, and the remainder of your balance will be due any time before our scheduled start date. You’re welcome to pay up front or to wait for your scheduled start date – whichever is easier for you – but your payment must be made in full by the day before our start date. 

Your Questionnaire is where you can give me more details about your project. This must also be filled out within 7 days of your project being scheduled, as I cannot work on your cover without having information about your book. Your project may be delayed until my next scheduling block if your questionnaire is not filled out.

All of your forms for each project are easily accessible from your Client Portal

 

3

Receive

first draft

I deliver first drafts on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

When your start date finally arrives, you’ll receive your first draft within three days (at most). Usually, you’ll get your first draft ON your start date, though some more challenging/complex covers may take a bit of extra time.

Your first draft will be an early version of your cover – it won’t be perfect or finalized at this stage. There may be some blending issues, or the hair may just be quickly drawn on. It will need a lot of painting work and cleanup to become a beautifully polished final cover! 

 

4

Give

Feedback

I deliver revisions and finalized covers on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Take some time to look over your cover draft. The Silver Package has a strict limit of 1 Revision. The Gold Package is limited to 3 Revisions. Keep these limits in mind when providing feedback for revisions, and be thorough in your requests.

Try to remember when giving feedback that the number one goal of your cover, above all else, is to sell your book. I want you to love your cover – that’s always the goal. The custom cover design process should be a collaborative effort. If you want my opinion on something, I’m always happy to give it. If you’re asking for something I believe will negatively impact the marketability or professionalism of the cover, I will say so. But the final decision is always yours. 

 

5

approve

final cover

I deliver revisions and finalized covers on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Once you’re satisfied with the cover draft, we’re ready to move on with getting it finalized! This is where I do all of the painting and detailing that makes covers shine. I’ll send you your finalized cover. At this point, no major changes can be made. If you notice any minor issues or errors, let me know and I’ll fix it up. But once you’ve given approval to move forward with finalizing, the major revision stage is over.

If you ordered any add-ons on your Order Form, now is the time to let me know when you’re ready to schedule them. Usually I complete print, marketing image, audio, etc. requests the weekend after I receive information from you, though you can check my availability calendar on the Client Portal Login page. I do not start print covers until you have the final specs and/or template, as changes to print covers come with a $25 fee.

 

Questions?

If you still have questions about how the process works, feel free to reach out.