Frequently Asked Questions
Rights, Costs & More
I always give myself a week to get the initial concept of a design done and sent to my client, though it usually only takes a few days. Once the first concept is delivered, it will depend on how many changes you want made to the design before it is finalised. Typically, you will have a finished book cover within 7 days of your deposit.
A deposit of 50% of your order price is required upfront to help cover the costs of any stock images and fonts I may purchase to use in your design.
Before you pay, you must first fill out the order form on the Services page and click ‘send’. Your order will then be emailed to me and I will get back to you as soon as possible with an invoice for the 50% deposit, which you may pay in any of following ways:
- Credit card
- Debit card
- PayPal balance
- PayPal Credit
Yes. All payments are processed through PayPal, so any currency that PayPal accepts can be used. A list of these currencies can be found here: https://www.paypal.com/uk/smarthelp/article/what-currencies-does-paypal-for-marketplaces-support-ts2125
Yes, but it is not necessary. I am happy to work with any images you provide. However, in this case you will be responsible for making sure you have the rights to use the images on your book cover. You will also want to make sure that any images you supply have a resolution of at least 300dpi, or the design might look blurry.
I use a combination of royalty-free stock and creative commons images in my designs. The standard license on the stock photo sites I use covers you for:
- Unlimited ebook sales
- Up to 250,000 print book sales
- Promotional graphics
- Merchandise that is not for sale
This means if your print book sales exceed 250,000 copies, or you wish to create sell-able merchandise using the images from your cover, then you, the author, will have to purchase extended licenses for each stock image used in the design. I will provide links to all the images used on your cover upon request.
No. The listed price is all you will have to pay for any services or premade covers you purchase from me. I do not ask for any royalties earned from sales of your book.
Don’t worry. This sometimes happens; perhaps I misinterpreted what you asked for, or the idea you had in your head just didn’t turn out the way you thought it would. My policy is unlimited revisions (within reason) or your money back. This means I will work with you to revise the design at no extra cost until you are satisfied with it, or, if it just isn’t working, I will refund your deposit and cancel the project. You may, at any time during the design process, request to withdraw your deposit and I will oblige. However, I reserve the right to cancel.
I do. If you are writing a series, I will take 20% off the list price of your order for each subsequent book cover after the first in the series.
Yes. That is not a problem. However, please bear in mind that you will have to pay a 50% deposit for the package you ordered at the start of the design process, regardless of when you are planning to publish your print book. If you are unsure whether you want a print edition of your book made, consider ordering just an ebook cover to start with and upgrading to print at a later date.
If you wish to hire me, I advise you to fill out the order form at least 3 weeks before any deadlines you have. This leaves me time to clear my schedule before I work on your design.
You are not obligated to credit me in your book, but I will sincerely appreciate it if you decide to. You can do this by putting, ‘Cover design by Harry Lamb (hlambdesign.uk)’, or something similar, on your copyright page. I will also credit myself on the back of your print cover automatically, but this can be removed if you do not want it on there.