How I work - custom covers
1 cover per buyer.
In this case, you have a unique and mindblowing book cover, made in my own style of art!
Please provide me with the following details (via e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org):
Author name, title of the book, taglines & genre, brief summary, format you need (in pixels or cm). In this way, I can see whether your request is feasible and the subject of the commission is my cup of tea to work on.
My sources of inspiration come mostly from fairytales, myths, legends, … I specialize in fantasy and dark art but have an interest in other themes as well.
To me as an artist, but also to the stock providers. You will receive a list with all stocks used.
Please mention (when publishing your book): Cover art by Evelyne Paniez, www.secretdartiste.be
Stocks used for your projects
The stocks (photographs that I have used to create your book cover) were either purchased by me from Shutterstock.com (basic license) or came from copyright free images databases. I also use stocks from Deviantart.com from time to time (where commercial use is allowed). Best is that you credit all these resources in your book. That's fair for everyone ;-)
Belgium & Europe: bank transfer on my bank account. Payment in euros.
Rest of the world: Paypal. Payment in USD. Contact me for more information.
Exemption VAT (Value Added Tax) small business, VAT is not applicable.
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).
A refund is possible when I have not yet started working on the project (minus the costs e.g. Paypal transaction costs, ...). When already started, refunds are not possible anymore.
Search for images
The best way of working is that the author/client has a look on paid stock sites (e.g. Shutterstock.com) for potential models to work with. If you don’t find the exact model that you’re looking for, I can help by searching and selecting models that seem to fit the project/mood you’re looking for.
Another way of working is that the client provides me with a moodboard and that I will be searching for images that are suitable for the project.
If your chosen stock photos come from www.shutterstock.com, I will purchase them myself (under a basic license) and include them into the price of the package. For 'SOLAR' packages 2 Shutterstock stocks are included. For 'REBIRTH' & 'DIVINE' packages, up to 5 stocks are included. Need more than 5? Pay $10 per extra stock photo you want to include.
If your stocks come from another paid stock site, you will have to purchase the stocks yourself and send them to me for retouching. The stocks you pay yourself are not included in my packages and you still need to pay the full price of the package, as shown on my website.
If you buy the stocks yourself:
Please purchase the biggest format (L or XL) for best results.
Short summary for Shutterstock images/stocks:
Standard license: less than 500.000 books produced and printed.
Enhanced license: more than 500.000 books can be produced and printed. Also needed for commercial use (merchandise for sale or promotional distribution).
How we proceed? Different steps!
Step 1: Select a package from my website.
There are 3 different packages available for you to chose from:
For more info and what's included to each package, please visit the PACKAGES page.
Want a series of covers?
Contact me via e-mail (email@example.com) to discuss possible discounts for your series.
Step 2: Rough preview with approved images.
After selecting the right models/stocks, I can start working on your project and make a rough preview. This means: a simple copy/paste visual to see whether all is upon the wishes of the client. No effects will be implemented yet. When I received approval, I can start with creating a masterpiece for your book.
Step 3: Ongoing process and revisions *
The client will receive a watermarked version of the artwork in the reviewing/correction process (take into account that this can take 1 to 2 weeks for custom covers, depending on other projects I’m working on). In the end, the artwork will be send to the client without watermark, when full payment has been done.
Please let me know which type of font you would like to display on your cover. You can have a look on sites like www.dafont.com or www.fontsquirrel.com. Make sure you chose a font that can be used for commercial purposes!!
Important! I will not allow that you do your own typography. I do not deliver plain images without text.
For more info about revisions and what's included to each package, please visit the PACKAGES page. 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 of $15 per extra revision.
Please inform me in advance about your format (dimensions of the cover) in pixels or centimetres. If your book will be printed @ a printing company, please ensure to send me the full technical requirements /specifications I need to make a high resolution PDF.
!!!! You will need to ask these requirements to your printing company in advance!!
When will I receive my final book cover?
For more info about timelines and turnaround, please visit the PACKAGES page.
If the timeframe is not possible (due to other bookings/projects), I will inform you in advance.
License information about the covers
Please see the FAQ here.
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. I don’t provide .psd files, so please take into account that you cannot make changes yourself.
The client will receive a watermarked version of the artwork in the reviewing/correction process. At the end, the artwork will be send to the client without watermark, when payment has been done.
Optional: Marketing materials*
Want to make promotion for your new book?
Or do you need materials for your Marketing campaign?
Let me know what you need and we will discuss the price.
* Marketing materials are not included in the 3 packages. An extra fee must be paid when ordering your Marketing materials.