How we work (custom)

1 COVER PER BUYER !!

In this case, you have a unique and mindblowing book cover, made in my own style of art!

Effective from April 23, 2021

All prices are in US dollar and subject to change anytime.

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Please give credit to me as an artist, but also to the stock providers. You will receive a list with all stocks used at the end.

Please mention: Cover art by Evelyne Paniez, www.secretdartiste.be

 

Stocks used for your projects

The stocks (photographs that we have used to create your book cover) were purchased from either Shutterstock, Gumroad, Depositphotos, fantasybackgroundstore, creative market, DAZ3D, etc ... (all under a basic license). We sometimes use stocks from Deviantart from time to time (purchased or where commercial use is allowed and approval was given by the stock provider to use their resources for commercial use). Please credit these resources in your book if possible.

 

We are proud to say that we do NOT use stocks from Pixabay, Google, Pinterest or any other free websites. 

Stock basic license

As a basic license is purchased for all the stocks used in our premade covers designs, which means you can not sell merchandising of your books, including but not limited to art prints, bookmarks, buttons, calendars, etc... It is possible though if you purchase an extended license (see below).

Want to sell merchandising of your book or are you exceeding the amount of 500.000 printed copies?

 

Please buy an extended license yourself. You will receive the numbers of the stock, so you can easily find them and can purchase an extended license if needed. If you have bought an extended license, just go ahead and print your merchandises after receiving our written permission to do so.

 

You can read the full terms of use on Shutterstock or on Depositphotos (depending on the stocks we used).

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After we received your completed questionnaire, we will contact you through email and send you a price quote for the project so you can decide whether you want to work with us. If the project isn't our cup of tea (or not in our genre fields), we will inform you via email that we will decline that particular project.

Please note that we have limited custom slots available.

WANT A PREMADE COVER?

Check out our shop to see which premade covers are still available for purchase (click on the deer or click on the button below.

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If you have purchased a custom booking from us, please fill in the questionnaire here.

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All payments are done by PayPal. You will receive a payment request from us through PayPal to pay for your invoice. If you are living in the European Union, a bank transfer can be done too, please contact me if you want to pay by bank transfer.

VAT/GST/BTW

Exemption VAT/GST (Value Added Tax) small business, VAT/GST is not applicable. This means that you pay no taxes on our services.

Paying for your project

A 50% deposit is required in advance. With the final approval, the balance needs to be paid. After payment, you will receive the book cover in .jpg or .png optimized for online selling (ebook) and/or high resolution pdf (for printing - if included in the package you ordered).

Refunds

A refund is possible when we have not yet started working on the project (minus the costs e.g. Paypal transaction costs, ...). When already started, refunds are not possible anymore. Thank you for your understanding.

Extended license stocks

In case you will exceed the amount of 500,000 printed copies, or you want to sell merchandise of your book, you must upgrade your stocks to an extended license. This is not included in our price. We only work with basic licenses. For more info, please check the 'give credit' section on this page.

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When buying a book cover (premade or custom), you are purchasing the right to "use" the artwork, not the copyright on the design itself. The copyright remains my own, unless stated otherwise.

If you really, really want to obtain full copyright, please contact me and I am sure we can find an arrangement & price.

You have my full approval to use the design of the ebook cover to make your own marketing materials such as: banners, profile pictures and headers for various social media platforms and your own website, visuals for Instagram/Facebook, etc ... I can help you with this, just let me know ;-)

IMPORTANT

  1. You are not allowed to make changes to the cover design yourself.

  2. You are not allowed to copy/paste pieces from the design and create your own artwork.

  3. You are not allowed to use my designs to make series continuations yourself based upon my designs (that would be copyright infringement).

  4. You are not allowed to make text changes to the covers yourself.

Questions about this? Please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

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Maybe you already have an idea on how your cover should look like? Please provide us with a brief description of what you are looking for and what elements need to be shown on the cover. If you deem necessary, you can also provide me with a short synopsis of the story so I can have a better understanding of the mood and characters from your book. Please fill out our questionnaire for custom covers here.

Don't know which elements would combine best on your cover? No worries, we will help you through this process. Show us some example book covers which you like or make a mood-board. In this way, we will be able to search suitable images and show them to you and ask your opinion. Your opinion is very valuable to us!

For the characters, we need a detailed description about their looks (hair, skin, eyes, ...), costumes, accessoires, weapons, etc... Please fill out our questionnaire for custom covers here. 

Please check the packages we offer carefully and see what's included. And of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

PRO TIP - If you buy stocks yourself on any stock site:

Please purchase the biggest format possible (L or XL) for the best results. This will increase quality!

 

Stock basic license

As a basic license is purchased for all the stocks used in our custom covers, you can not sell merchandising of your books, including but not limited to bookmarks, buttons, calendars, prints, etc... It is possible though if you purchase an extended license (see below).

Want to sell merchandising of your book or are you exceeding the amount of 500.000 printed copies?

 

Please buy an extended license yourself. You will receive the numbers of the stock, so you can easily find them and can purchase an extended license if needed. If you have bought an extended license, just go ahead and print your merchandises after receiving our written permission to do so.

 

You can read the full terms of use on Shutterstock or on Depositphotos (depending on the stocks we used).

Step 1: Select a package from my website

 

Please visit the packages page to choose which package you prefer.

 

Step 2: Rough preview with approved images

After selecting the right models/stocks, we can start working on your project and make a rough preview. This means: a simple copy/paste visual to look at the composition. No effects will be implemented yet. When approval was received, we can start and go ahead!

 

 

Step 3: Ongoing process and revisions

You will receive a watermarked version of the artwork in the reviewing/correction process (take into account that this can take 1 to 2 workweeks for custom covers, depending on other projects we are working on). In the end, the artwork for the cover will be send to the client without watermark, when full payment has been done.

 

Step 4: Final result

Images will be provided in a JPG or PNG format or a high resolution PDF, depending on the package you have chosen. Please be aware that we never give a PSD layered file to our clients. If you want the blank artwork without any texts, you can receive a flattened version for an extra fee (see available packages and add-ons here). You can use this blank artwork under a basic license only for marketing purposes. If you want to use this for merchandising, please first buy an extended license of the stocks used yourself. You will receive a list at the end of the project.

Important:

Purchasing the blank artwork does not mean a transfer of copyright. If you want to obtain full copyright, please contact us and we can find an arrangement & price.

 

You will receive a watermarked version of the artwork with text in the reviewing/correction process. At the end, the book cover with texts will be send to the client without watermark, when payment has been fully done.

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Fonts

 

The font on the premade book cover was used for the mock-up. This can be changed to a font to your preference. Please let us know which type of font you would like to display on your cover. Make sure you chose a font that can be used for commercial purposes!! If we need to purchase a new font, an extra fee will be charged, so please contact us prior to buying a premade cover.

Blank artwork (flattened without texts)

 

Please be aware that we never give a PSD layered file to our clients. If you want the blank artwork without any texts, you can receive a flattened version for an extra fee (see available packages and add-ons here). You can use this blank artwork under a basic license only for marketing purposes. If you want to use this for merchandising, please first buy an extended license of the stocks used yourself. You will receive a list at the end of the project.

Important:

Purchasing the blank artwork does not mean a transfer of copyright. If you want to obtain full copyright, please contact us and we can find an arrangement & price.

Paperback or dust jacket needed?

 

In need for an additional full wrap for your ebook? Please visit our packages here to see the available possibilities. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me via email, chat, ... Please let us know the timeframe you will need this full wrap, so we can inform you about possibilities.

Revisions

Please check the packages page here for more information. A general tip: Try to send me all the corrections at once. If you need more revisions than the number that is included in the package, you will pay an extra fee per extra revision.

When will I receive my final book cover?

 

Please check the packages page here for more information. If the timeframe is not possible (due to other bookings/projects), we will inform you in advance.

Need banners or other visuals for social media, marketing, etc? Please contact me for further details.

Format ebook cover/paperback

 

-> Do you publish through Amazon?
Please provide us with the following information: the final page count, the size of your book and what kind of paper (or color) you like. We can make our own templates.
 

-> Do you publish through other publishers than Amazon (e.g. IngramSpark, LuLu, etc ...)?
Please download the template yourself and email it to us so we can finish the design for you. 

Interested in exclusive covers?

Looking for a cover design that is suitable for your stories? Be the first to know about new exclusive covers, projects and discounts! Join my Facebook group and get instant access to the latest news! Don't miss it and join us on Facebook (click here). 

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You are welcome at any time to contact me via chat, email or have a look on the FAQ-page
This page is subject to change anytime, so please check this page frequently.

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The foxes are illustrated by the lovely Eve Farb.

They were purchased by me on Creative Market.