SUPERCOVERS / CLIENT INFORMATION
Advice from the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook:
"Spend as much time and money as you can on the cover. It is the part of the book your buyer will see first".
Advice from Amazon
Art: People do judge a book by its cover! We've found that showing a picture
of a book's cover on its detail page is its most influential selling
If you wish to commission me to design your cover, please send me a synopsis of your book and your own ideas about what images you would like to use.
If you require the use of photographs or other images supplied by yourself, the responsibility for liaising the copyright on those photographs or images is yours.
For the front cover alone my charge will be £ 150. For front, back and spine it will be between £ 200. and £ 300. (depending on complexity) - which I believe is highly competitive in today’s market.
For Illustration, a rough guide would be £ 30 per black and white drawing and £50 per colour drawing. I would give special quotes however, for numbers over ten.
The fee for any work commissioned must be paid before work is commenced and work progress can be viewed on the 'Supercovers' website or on e-mails before you accept it.
In the unlikely event of your rejection of the design, your money will be returned less a
£ 15. (fifteen-pounds) ‘Rejection fee’ for work done.
Fees can be paid through your publisher if you wish.
The cover plays a major part in selling a book, so I am always concerned that you should have the most compelling and tasteful image possible. When I have all the material to work from, I will commence designing and show you results usually within a week.
Finished work (which will generally be on a CDR or TIFF file at 300 dpi.) will be delivered by post on a CD, unless you or your publisher or printer have an ftp site to which I can deliver it.
For more help and advice about using a Cover Designer please read on.
The Role of the Cover Designer
If you are a first time author, it will almost certainly mean that, apart from your family and friends, not
many people will have heard of you or associate your name with the acclaimed author they would most
like to read. Think of yourself as a traveler standing in front of a huge array of books in an airport foyer.
You need some entertainment for a long flight or something to read on the beach when you reach your
destination. On this particular stall, the names of the well known authors you require are nowhere to be
found. Your flight number comes up. You are called to the boarding gate. You must decide in a hurry.
How do you choose? Almost certainly it will be the cover of the book which will attract you. If the
designer of the cover knows his job, he will have understood the importance of the marketing tool he is
wielding. Like a fisherman, he will be using every technique available to lure you - the fish - on to his
hook. Depending on the story, the bait may be one or any of the following: simplicity or sophistication;
subtle monochrome, brilliant colour or stark black and white; images of beauty, violence, sex or
humour. If you are the unknown author, it is essential that you employ a good fisherman to pull in your
audience. Present him with a good synopsis and give him as many of your own ideas as possible. Tell
him what you think is visually most important to your book but let him make the final decision himself
because, let’s face it, that’s why you are employing him. If you are not a professional artist, whatever
you do don’t make the mistake of thinking you can do better - and please don’t give the job to your
artistic auntie or talented ten year old daughter or niece.
Bear in mind what the Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook wisely recommends:
"Spend as much time and money as you can on the cover. It is the part of the book your buyer will see first."
Amazon, the largest book seller in the world say this of Cover Art:
“People do judge a book by its cover! We've found
that showing a picture of a book's cover on its detail page is its most
influential selling point".
When you become famous, you can get away with just having your name and the title of the book on the cover - with perhaps an insert at the bottom saying: “Bestseller of the Year”. Till then, however, use a professional designer and have a good holiday.
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