Service/Product: Cover Design

Cover work is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. You may query us about current scheduling. We have several designers on staff, so delays are rare. Expect at least two weeks minimum for completion of a cover; more if you need multiple formats.

Cover Setup & Development

Our master template is 600ppi and 3:2 ratio for quick adaptation to any other format and/or resolution, as well as for HiRes/Retina-Ready ebook covers. Change of ratio for 1 print format does not affect price. Multiple ratios for multiple formats require re-rigging for each and thereby will affect moderately price.

For information about ordering, payment, and delivery, see “About: Your Order.” When you are ready to order all needed products and/or services, see “Contact: Submit Query.

How It Works

  1. After invoice and payment, you submit the following via email attachment or download link:
    • stock imagery you purchased [by our instructions],
    • filename references for NDAS stock to be used,
    • font choices by name and text element applicable,
    • all front/back cover text content needed.
  2. The designer confirms requirements specified during consultation and/or ordering.
    • For print, templates and specifications are acquired from your press. If not publicly available without a purchaser's login, you will be required to acquire and deliver these; see Template [& Specifications].
    • For ebook, our default ratio (3:2) will be used unless you specify another.
  3. Upon initial cover assembly, a half-size proof is provided for your review and submission of refinement instructions. Repeat as necessary upto 3 times. Refinement must be based on original instructions; deviation into a new design may require re-invoicing (see FAQ).
  4. Upon final approval, additional products/services ordered that require your finished cover (Social Graphics, Promotional Materials, Mock-ups, etc.) are assembled.
  5. Your cover and other products/services in the invoice are delivered at the same time. On custom cover orders, this will include the Photoshop CC master file. NOTE: If NDAS stock images were used, all image layers will be merged to protect our purchased stock rights.

Requirements

Attribution…

Premade or Custom NDAS covers require attribution at the end of the copyright page of any and all print and/or ebook editions in which they appear:

Cover design by
N.D. Author Services
www.NDAuthorServices.com

If you purchased other services related to the specific format of a publication, then you can combine services applicable (Layout, eBook, etc.) in the first line of the attribution.

Templates & Specifications

If your press templates and specifications are publicly available, we will acquire them or may already have them. If these are not publicly available and a non-purchasing login account cannot be created, then you must:

  1. acquire templates/spec.s through your own login account, and
  2. deliver them to NDAS.

We will advise/help you as much as is possible. We will not use your press account to login, which is often illegal and may result in the termination of your account, as well as:

  1. expose your private information in the press system to others, and/or
  2. make NDAS a suspect for criminal use of your account by others, and/or
  3. subject you and/or NDAS to civil/criminal prosecution by your press.

Limitations

  1. Image elements you provide are never reused by NDAS, though they are archived with your project for 1 year from completion should you need additional products/services related to the cover.
  2. Image elements NDAS provides from its stock library are marked and not re-used for one year. You will not receive a copy of stock images licensed to NDAS.
  3. NDAS does not guarantee against stock image elements being acquired/used by other cover designers, authors, or anyone else. No cover designer working with stock imagery can legally make this guarantee.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Fonts…

Can I choose a font face/family?

Yes. Our font library is extensive. Provide the font's internal name (not “file name”) as displayed in a computer application, operating system, or online source. If the exact font is not in our library, we may suggest one or more that are close if not exactly the same. If the font is free for commercial use, then please direct us to an online source to verify and acquire it directly. Here are some sources for public domain fonts:

Can I show you a font I want used, even from another book cover?

Yes. Provide us an online reference to see the font in use, preferably at a large resolution. If the font face/family name is not displayed, we have utilities to analyze font imagery and discover a close or exact match in our font library.

Can I send you a font I want used?

No. It is illegal to redistribute commercial fonts. Please see “Can I choose a font face/family?” above for pertinent options.

About Images / Graphic Elements…

Can I choose the type of image elements to be used in my cover image?

Yes, within limits. We do not use studio photography to produce image elements, which would radically increase your cost. We maintain a growing stock library; you may submit upto four keywords (as done in online stock image sites) to see if we have something usable for you cover. We offer free use of 1 such image per cover. We also work with “stock” imagery you purchase from other vendors by our specifications for your type of cover.

NOTE: customizing a Premade Cover's image implies additional work billed by time and materials used.

Can you purchase images I pick out online and add the cost to my invoice?

No, and you do not want this! While we can do so, pre-order of imagery for a [potential] client has sometimes left us paying for an image on an order never submitted. In addition, purchased images are licensed to purchaser.

WARNING: if we pay for for the image, the license/purchase lists “NDAS“ as the controlling entity of usage rights, which are not transferrable by re-sale. Claims elsewhere are false.

Purchasing and delivering the image for designated use is the only way that you retain all purchased rights for image(s).

Can I provide image elements for my cover?

Yes, with requirements. Provide verifiable documentation that you own and/or licensed correct rights for use in a commercial product. A copy of your purchase receipt or signed letter of release from a photographer/illustrator printed to a PDF will be enough. This is for your legal protection as well as ours.

You must also provide image(s) at suitable resolution / size for the designated work. Consult with us first before purchase, and we will advise you. We have an “upscaling” process superior to “resizing” which can be used in some situations when an image is not available at the necessary resolution.

About Something Else…

What if my question is only partly answered here or not at all?

Please contact us, as we are available to help you. Your question and the answer may be something to share herein with others.

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