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How it Works: What I Need from You, and What You Can Expect from Me

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To order, check out my prices* & guidelines, and then contact me to order!

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Although I got my start putting together promotional materials for my debut novel, TWELVE STEPS, you don't have to be a published author to take advantage of my services. No book cover to start with? Looking for business cards for your day job, a web redesign for your hobby blog, or greeting cards for personal use? No problem! I can design whatever images you need from your own photos and artwork, or we can find stock photos to fit your needs.

The only caveat is that you must have permission to use the artwork/photos. Images you download from the internet are copyrighted, and you must purchase a license for that art before using it in your own promotional materials. Yes, even if you aren't selling the images.

No worries! If you don't have artwork already, I can help you find some. (I have some great resources for making it affordable for you.) And I will do my best to make the stock photos/illustrations unique to you, so people won't have the "I recognize that stock photo!" moment of deja vu when they see your book covers or swag. I'll do this by first, trying to find images that haven't been used, and second, altering the images to fit your unique project, so they don't have that "stock photo" look.
creating a custom image from stock photos
creating a custom image from stock photos

What I Need From You:

1. A high-resolution copy of your book cover (absolutely necessary if I'm creating swag for your book) and/or other images you want included in your design

OR

If you aren't looking for book-specific designs (or if you want me to create a cover design for you), we can discuss the look / feel you want, and I can find the necessary images for you.

2. Any text, links, etc. you would like included (including tag line, release date, website url, etc.)

3. A link to the website you will be using to print your swag when the designs are complete. For best results, and to ensure that your design will fit the specifications of the printer you plan to use, I need to be able to check the exact measurements from their templates. (Many sites differ in the amount of "bleed" - the extra space around the edges of your image - required for their designs. I need to know which template to work from for your swag.)

 

Helpful, but not absolutely necessary:

1. Any layered files your publisher may have given you (often, you can ask for these files, and they'll send them to you for things like this)

2. ISBN

3. Release Date

4. Publisher logo (if I already have the logo, I don't need you to provide it)

5. Book blurb (or any book information you want included)

6. Author photo & bio (if desired)

7. Praise or reviews

8. Any other information you would like included

 

Questions? Please Contact me!

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*Package prices listed include the cost of royalty-free stock images licensed for your design package, up to the number of images noted on the package detail page. These are basic image licenses only - for use on things like book covers and promotional materials. If you need an extended license, or if your design requires more artwork than the number of images allowed in the package description, I would be happy to help you find the perfect options as inexpensively as possible. (Note: you will need an extended license if you plan to use the images on products for sale where the main value of the product is in the image - like t-shirts or mugs. You will also need an extended license if you will be distributing more than 500,000 copies of your book or swag items.)

** Note: Package prices DO NOT include proofreading/copy editing. Please make sure to proofread all of the information you want included before submitting, as I will not be responsible for typos/misinformation in your final images (unless the mistakes are a result of a copy/paste error on my part).

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