Cover Design

The steps outlined below explain every stage of your book cover design in the order you can expect them to occur. Authors often ask us, “How long will it take?” The quick answer is four to six weeks.

Your book cover will receive as much careful attention as it needs to become the best it can be. We’ll make sure you’re completely happy with your book cover before it goes to press. That’s a promise.


& Design

First we’ll have an initial consultation and provide you with a design proposal. When you’re ready, just approve the estimate(s) and sign the digital contract. Then we’ll arrange for your 50% deposit.

Next we’ll discuss the look you want for your book cover. You may want to use an image you already have or we can research stock images for you.

Within 2-3 weeks you’ll receive your first rough designs by email. Initially we’ll be concentrating on the front cover only, and look for an interesting direction to follow. We’ll play with ideas, test out different images, and experiment with typefaces and colors. Once we get excited about an idea, we’ll start to focus in that direction.


& Publish

As you focus on what you like and don’t like about your cover designs, your front cover will evolve to its final version. We’ll create a back cover and spine as an extension of your front cover, then add your back cover text and barcode. We’ll go over each element in your final book cover design carefully to double-check everything is perfect. Then we’ll send you a color proof, trimmed and folded. You’ll see exactly what your cover will look like when it’s printed, and be completely confident that it’s perfect before going to press.

When you’re satisfied that your cover is perfect, you’ll sign a Proof Approval checklist, confirming that we’re ready to go to press. We’ll contact your printer for technical specifications and uploading instructions. Your book cover will be designed in Photoshop and/or InDesign, and you can leave all the details to us.

Then we’re off to print! We’ll package your digital files and, upon payment of your final account, upload them to your printer, and make sure your printing is trouble-free. We’ll also send you your digital files for safekeeping.

“Linda is a wonderful person to work with. She has remarkable design skills and she's a tenacious problem solver. We cannot imagine working with anyone else on future books.”

Dan & Ellen Plunkett

“Linda's knowledge of all things book-related, from covers and colors and captions, to fonts and layout and photos, along with prompt and competent responses to questions, made the journey enjoyable and the end product terrific!”

Richard Ivey
A Meaningful Life

“Working with Linda was a lovely experience and my book looks absolutely great!”

Elizabeth Millis
The Almost Good Dog
“The cover of Entitled needed to give the potential reader insight into the genre, the journey of the book and the tone of the writing. Linda delivered an exceptional cover design that captured the spirit of my novel. She also handled a parallel storyline within the novel’s pages with creativity and enthusiasm. I’ve since sold thousands of copies.”
Cookie Boyle
Entitled - 100 Copies Sold to Date