Eris Adderly’s (Designer’s) rates are design labor only and do not include the cost of stock images. The Author (or their authorized representative) may purchase their chosen stock images themselves, or the Designer may purchase them, in which case the cost of stock images will be added to the final invoice. Designer will only work with images to which Author or Designer holds proper usage rights.
Author may browse stock image websites and choose their own images for use in their artwork, or provide suggestions/ideas to Designer, who may search for stock images on Author’s behalf, and provide links for Author to review and choose.
Erotica, erotic romance, steamy romance, etc. book genres may fall within what some stock image suppliers deem unpermitted use as offensive or inappropriate content under their terms of service. Author is responsible for ensuring stock image supplier permits use of purchased images on book covers with author’s relevant content. Designer is not liable for usage rights disputes arising from stock images supplied by Author.
Designer will always attempt to create typography from existing fonts in their library, or fonts obtainable from free sources, with appropriate usage permissions. If Author requests specific typefaces be used, which are not available for free, Designer will purchase the font(s) and their cost will be added to the final invoice.
A revision occurs when the Designer sends artwork to the Author, and the Author requests one or more changes.
Examples: change colors, typefaces, lighting, composition of stock images, etc.
A cover design includes up to three (3) rounds of revision for the standard design rate relevant to the type of cover being created. For each additional round of revisions after the third, an additional $10 USD will be added to the final invoice.
Each design session after the initial design counts as a revision.
For example, if the Author responds to the initial artwork with an email requesting some wording be modified in the title, the font color changed, and the image of the cover model brightened, that would constitute only one revision, as the Designer would complete all those requests in the same session. If the Designer makes all those changes, sends the Author the revised artwork, and the Author then requests new, additional changes, that would then be considered another round of revision.
When commissioning an ebook cover for which the Author plans to also release a print version, whether concurrent with the ebook or as a future release, it is the greatest help if the Author is able to choose a print book trim size prior to the creation of the ebook cover. This will prevent additional labor during the creation of the print cover. This is not required, but it certainly does help.
Print cover final artwork will only begin after Designer has received the following information from Author:
- book trim size
- final, formatted page count (no “guesstimates”)
- paper color
Final Image Files
Designer will provide Author one or more of the following, depending on job type: high-resolution JPG image of final artwork, high-resolution PNG image of final artwork, print-ready PDF file of final artwork (for print covers).
Designer will not provide original layered PSD or AI files.
Designer will provide on request cover artwork without text for the purpose of background images being used by Author for promotions, ads, etc.
Designer will schedule a time frame for cover work to be completed (including revisions). Depending on the number of revisions, it is possible for the design process to exceed this time frame. Designer strongly advises Author not to schedule cover reveals or other promotions requiring final artwork until after their scheduled design time frame.
Designer offers discounts for:
- Ebook covers where Designer creates 3 or more covers for titles in the same series (Books 1 and 2 in a series are invoiced at full price. Books 3+ will receive the discounted rate.)
- 3D Boxed set covers where Designer also created 2+ related single title covers
An invoice for a job will be sent after the final artwork is approved by the Author. Designer currently accepts payments via PayPal. Payment address is listed on the invoice.
I want to make you a cover that will sell your book. You are the client, and I will ultimately give you what you ask for. As the professional you have hired to make you a killer book cover, though, there might be times during the design and revision process where I may offer alternatives to certain design requests if I feel they may detract in a major way from the look of your cover, or hinder your sales in your book’s target genre. Your word will always be final, but I will also provide input because I want what you want: a cover that gets readers clicking your book listing!