I'm blogging about the process of publishing my next book as an ebook.
Today's episode: Designing the cover
At first I didn't understand why cover design on BookBaby is priced a la carte, but my customer service rep Nikola explained that many authors are creating ebooks from books they've already published in print form--so they already have a cover. My new book is, well, new so I need a cover design. That's why they price it a la carte.
They have 2 packages for cover design: $149 and $279. The higher price gives you more fonts and design elements. Frankly when I looked at the samples on their website (click on "view basic/deluxe galleries" at the bottom of that page), the lower-price covers looked pretty homemade to me. The higher-price samples were very nice, so that's what I went with. The price is high considering formatting your entire book is just $99. You could shop around and find someplace cheaper of course but I think most cover designers would start at $250 anyway.
What exactly do you want?
I liked the vetting process to help you describe the cover you have in your mind--or even if you don't have one in mind. Their online form asks you questions like:
- What is the mood or style your cover should have? (examples: corporate, playful, dark, earthy, futuristic, no preference)
- Do you have any color preferences? (examples: shades of red and pink, earth tones, I like yellow, etc.)
And there are a couple of questions about your font preferences. You can then upload any illustrations you need on your cover, or let the designer choose an illustration.
I try not to give too many instructions so that I can let the designer be creative.
Ta-da! My cover arrives...
I've edited a lot of books for other people and helped proof their book covers, so I'm really picky and know what I want. So when the first draft of my cover design arrived, I was expecting bunches of changes and many rounds of revisions.
I was pretty surprised by the first draft. In fact, I loved it. Absolutely LOVED it.
I emailed it to about 20 people for their reaction and all but a few absolutely loved it, too. The few negative comments were with just one element of the design, which I tried to address in the 1 round of changes we needed.
A few days after I submitted my changes, I got the final cover. With the deluxe package, I was eligible for 1 more round of changes, but we never needed it.
I'm really really pleased with it and can't wait to show you. The big splash is coming in a few days, so watch this space!