Pricing & Terms

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Pre-made eBook Covers: $49 – $69*

Once you buy a pre-made cover, it’s yours, and will not be resold by me (it may take a minute to show as “out of stock” on the site).

Upon receipt of full payment, I’ll contact you about the title, author name, series title, and tagline (the latter two are optional). If there is a font change request, I’ll require it at this time. If you require excessive customization of a pre-made cover, you are best off purchasing a custom cover as there will be additional charges for more than small changes (pre-made covers are cheaper because they’re already done).

After the cover with the customized titling has been sent, I’ll make up to one more alteration per the client’s request that is covered with the $49 – $69 fee (so that is two rounds total–the initial customization, and one round to fix any small things). Any subsequent alterations are a minimum of $20 per round (more on this below or here). Upon client approval, I’ll deliver the high-res (300dpi, 6in x 9in) ebook cover, along with the cover sized for Kindle, B&N, and Apple’s specifications. Turn around time is 2-7 business days.

If you require a full wrap design (meaning spine and back cover) for your pre-made front cover, you can purchase a full-wrap add-on from my shop.

 

* With some exceptions for pre-made full-wraps and cover bundles.

Custom eBook Covers: $99 – $149

This will vary depending on the cover but will be kept in this range. I require a $50 down payment at the time of soliciting my services along with some brief information of what you’re looking for. Client has full approval on the final design. Upon the cover being finalized, I’ll require the rest of the payment (an invoice will be sent) and then I’ll deliver the high-res (300dpi, 6in x 9in) ebook cover, along with the cover sized for Kindle, B&N, and Apple’s specifications. Turn around time is 2-8 weeks, depending on the project and my current schedule.

Custom Full-Wrap Cover: $149 – $229

This will vary depending on the cover but will be kept in this range and includes the front, back, and spine cover. I require a $75 downpayment at the time of soliciting my services along with some brief information of what you’re looking for. Client has full approval on the final design. Upon the cover being finalized, I’ll require the rest of the payment (an invoice will be sent) and then I’ll deliver the high-res (300dpi, 6in x 9in) ebook cover, along with the cover sized for Kindle, B&N, and Apple’s specifications, and the full wrap according to the client’s specifications in PDF (or JPG). Turn around time is 2-8 weeks, depending on the project and my current schedule.

Full-Wrap Audio Combo: $189 – $239

This will vary depending on the cover but will be kept in this range and includes the front, back, and spine cover. I require a $100 downpayment at the time of soliciting my services along with some brief information of what you’re looking for. Client has full approval on the final design. Upon the cover being finalized, I’ll require the rest of the payment (an invoice will be sent) and then I’ll deliver the high-res (300dpi, 6in x 9in) ebook cover, along with the cover sized for Kindle, B&N, and Apple’s specifications, and the full wrap according to the client’s specifications in PDF (or JPG), and the audiobook cover. Turn around time is 2-8 weeks, depending on the project and my current schedule.

eBook and Audio Combo: $139 – $189

This will vary depending on the cover but will be kept in this range and includes the front eBook cover and the audiobook cover. I require a $75 down payment at the time of soliciting my services along with some brief information of what you’re looking for. Client has full approval on the final design. Upon the cover being finalized, I’ll require the rest of the payment (an invoice will be sent) and then I’ll deliver the high-res (300dpi, 6in x 9in) ebook cover, along with the cover sized for Kindle, B&N, and Apple’s specifications, and the audiobook cover. Turn around time is 2-8 weeks, depending on the project and my current schedule.

Full-Wrap Add-On: $50 – $100

Order a custom (or pre-made) ebook cover now and later, if you decide you want to release the book in print, you can come to me and I’ll add on the spine and back cover according to your specifications. Turn around time 2-6 weeks. I require the cover specs and any details you want on the book.

If you already have a front cover designed, I can add a spine and back cover starting at $100.

Audiobook Add-On: $50

Have you already ordered a full-wrap or eBook cover from me (custom or pre-made) and now need an audiobook one to match? I’m happy to provide one. Turn around time 1-2 weeks.

Note: this does not apply to book covers created by an artist other than me. Please contact me if you only require an audiobook cover created from scratch; cost will likely be comparable to the eBook one. This also does not apply to audiobooks produced by a thirty party; if you are working with a media company to supply audiobooks, meaning they normally supply the cover, they can license the layered PSD file for $100.

Series Discount: 10%

If you’re working on books in a series and would like me to design the covers for them, I’ll give you a 10% discount on future covers in that series. So if you hire me to work on sequel covers that would be $89 each, they will end up being $80.10.

Note: This is applied at the time of final invoicing.

Rush Charge: $50 – $250

Need a fast turn around? I can work with that. If you require a cover, edits, or formatting sooner than the outside estimate of the projected time range, a rush charge can be added. The price goes up the sooner you want it, depending on your deadline. I’m happy to discuss this.

Alteration Fee: starts at $20

I am more than happy to alter text and design elements while we’re working together on your cover, but beyond several rounds of alternations–or after a client-approved cover or interior has been finalized–there is a fee.  My base hourly rate is $40/hr with a minimum of $20, plus possibly the cost of new stock photos in the case of covers. So, for example, if we’ve finalized your cover and then you change your mind about something, or you want to make additional changes after approving your interior book layout, it’s $20 if I spend under a half hour on it; after that, I bill in fifteen minute increments.

This is not just to protect my time but that of my other clients; I want to give each cover the attention it deserves while still keeping my prices down, and infinite alterations on one cover cuts into the time I can spend on others. This is not a fee that is added without prior notification on my part or request on yours–there will never be hidden charges on your final invoice.

Website Header: $50 – $100

Need a custom header for your blog or website? No problem. For an additional $50 add-on, I can design one using elements from the book cover I’ve designed you. The higher end of the price range covers custom headers with a brand new design.

eBook Formatting: $30 – $75

Need help formatting your book into MOBI/PRC, EPUB, PDF, HTML, and/or a DOC (like for Smashwords)? I can help with that and I’m familiar with the specifications for various resellers. I’ll provide you with clean files with no weird characters that are accepted by various retailers in the formats you need. The variation in price comes from what state the file is in when it reaches me–if it requires extensive formatting to get things uniform (like if there’s variation in chapter headings or inconsistent spacing), that bumps it to the higher end. This also assumes your book is an average length. Excessively long novels–120K words and up–may increase the cost. Turn around time is a few days to a week or so, depending on my workload.

Interior Formatting: $60 – $150

Do you need a print interior ready for Createspace, LSI, or Lulu? I have experience producing interiors for various print on demand services. You send me the MS as it is to be printed (including copyright pages, dedications, etc, where they are meant to be) and tell me what size you’re looking for as well as any specialty fonts used, and I’ll produce a print-ready PDF. Included in the price is one round of revision–I send you the PDF, you check for any errors with formatting (like a galley proof), and I’ll send you a corrected file afterward. If you require additional rounds of revision, other fees will apply (starting at $20 if it takes me thirty minutes or less). Price varies depending what extras the interior might require (footnotes, added illustrations, etc). If you wish to view samples of my work, please let me know. Turn around time is usually 1-2 weeks.

Print books I’ve done interiors for: Blaze, Grief, Fury, First (Wrong) Impressions, Limelight, and Spirit Caller Series 1-3 by Krista D. Ball; Rose & Thunder, Selene, Squirrel Terror, The Quill & The Crow by Lilith Saintcrow; Heir to Kale (2nd Edition), Heir to Koloso, Black Rose (2nd Edition), Heart of the Rose, and The Indoctrination (2nd Edition) by K.L. Bone; Heritage by David L. Craddock (for Tyche Books); Second Chances: Jack & Gillian (2nd Edition) by Judy Bagshaw; Bloodlines (2nd Edition), Hunter (2nd Edition), Lineage (2nd Edition), Exhumed (2nd Edition), River (2nd Edition), and Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron (me).

Editing: $40 – $60

At this time I offer two services.

  • Copyediting is $40/hr. This includes checking spelling, punctuation, and grammar, as well as style consistency and word repetition. I use the Chicago Manual of Style as a reference and Track Changes in Microsoft Word. The average number of pages per hour can vary from 10-25.
  • Substantive/structural editing is $60/hr. This includes looking at plot, characterization, structure, and pacing. You will receive an edit letter (this varies from 2-5 pages) from me with my thoughts on the manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as my suggestions, and the document with notes using Track Changes comments.

I do not offer proofreading services. Turn around time is 4-8 weeks on average but could take up to 12 in some cases. Editing space is extremely limited so please book in advance. Further details are available here.

 

Brainstorming: $75+

Looking to increase stakes, tension, and brainstorm plot/character elements while writing? This service is for you.

The flat fee covers reading some of what you’ve written so far and your outline, plus two rounds of back and forth from me*. Eg: you send me your sample writing, outline(s), and an email with your initial questions/concerns. I then send an email back after I’ve read everything with my thoughts/ideas/suggestions. You then ask more questions, and I send a follow-up with more brainstorming an ideas. Turn around time is two weeks or less, depending on my availability.

If you’d like to continue discussing and brainstorming after that–or at a future date–it’s $30/hr (billed in fifteen minute increments); just let me know after my second reply that you’d like to keep going and I can invoice through PayPal later. If you have a budget after that, let me know ahead of time and I can give you a heads-up when we’re closing in on it.

Further details on the product page.

FLAT FEES

  • $75 to read up to 10K words plus outline
  • $100 to read up to 15K plus outline
  • $125 to read up to 20K plus outline

Website Design: $449+

Basic WordPress website design for those on a budget, starting at $449 (up to $799). WordPress installation, a customized template with a header to reflect your unique brand, navigation, matching Twitter and Facebook graphics, and I’ll build your pages so everything is ready to go. For self-published authors with ebooks to sell, I can install a WordPress-based eCommerce storefront that matches your main website so your readers can buy direct (add-on price $99 – $199, depending on the size of the store and number of products sold). I work on the Genesis Framework for WordPress by Studiopress.

I require a $250 down payment to get started and I’ll connect with you to get a feel of what you’re looking for. The price variation comes from the size of the site and what you’re looking for. If you require website maintenance (not redesigns), I can provide this for $15/hr after your site is designed (billed monthly).

If you already have a WordPress-based website built, I’m also available to do a re-design ($199 up to $349).

Please note: you must have a self-hosted WordPress siteWordPress.com sites, hosted by WordPress, will not allow the framework and themes I use, nor plugins. This means you must have purchased hosting elsewhere and installed WordPress (downloaded from WordPress.org). What I can offer for WordPress-hosted blogs is a website header with your name/brand and unique image, at least.

Turn around time is 3-6 weeks, depending on my current workload.

Samples of sites I’ve built: www.evilwriters.com, www.lilithsaintcrow.com (re-design), www.amandamcrohan.com, www.fastflex.com.au, www.devonmonk.com (re-design), www.skyladawncameron.com, www.zaralain.com, www.deadlinedames.com (redesign)

 

Here’s the rest of the fine print:

Art/Websites

Clients have the final say on artwork and have a strong voice in the process. If you’re purchasing custom cover art or a website, after your down payment you’ll receive access to my cover art questionnaire for your input (and I will check in and ensure you’ve received it). All cover art and other designs are done using stock photos and in Photoshop. I no longer do art using 3D programs (with the exception of the occasional background image if I’m unable to find something suitable), so I am not the best choice for those types of covers.

Visual design is a back and forth process. My cover/website questionnaires ask for a lot of information, so you can provide detail about colors, images, overall feel/look, and samples of other work that you like. I often provide sample designs with watermarked images I haven’t bought yet to get your thoughts before delving right into the design. I do not just randomly design something and start charging for revisions.

While I understand wanting to get cover feedback from close friends or family, which is fine, I do not design by committee and ask that clients do not share drafts publicly or on forums for soliciting feedback. If you ask dozens if not hundreds of people for feedback, you will get dozens if not hundreds of different opinions, and that can negatively affect the design process. Talk to me if you’re unsure about a design and we can figure out what will make it work.

Editing

The list of books I’ve worked on, what editing I offer, and what to expect, can all be found here.

Price Variations Explanations

  • Cost variation for cover art is given as the cost of stock photos and need to retouch them to match the author’s vision can vary from book to book. The client being happy with the cover is always my priority and I will work through multiple drafts with you, but excessive revisions and redoing the cover from scratch does increase the cost as it increases the time I spend on the cover and the number of stock photos I have to purchase.
  • Cost variation for formatting comes from both the state the manuscript is in when it reaches me and the length, as well as what extras might be needed; until I’m working, I don’t always know if the cost will end up being in the higher range listed.
  • Cost variation for interior print formatting comes the hours spent on it. $60 covers a bare-bones design using one of my templates. The more customization it requires, including footnotes, a TOC, etc, the higher the cost as more time is spent on it.
  • Cost variation for website designs comes from the amount of time spent designing it and number of revisions. Website clients receive a questionnaire similar to the cover art one so I can get a feel of what you’re looking for visually and what functionality you want the site to have. Simple sites for new authors are less labor intensive than building a large site for an author with twenty books out and dozens of pages to build.

If you have a particular budget in mind, please discuss this with me ahead of time, and understand that revisions of covers (or customization of interior layouts) will be limited if your budget is less than the upper end of my estimates. I offer a range because different projects take different amounts of time. I am never able to go below what is already quoted on the site and I do not make exceptions–I am cognizant of the costs involved in self-publishing however I do need to keep my own lights on and cats fed, and do not negotiate my prices.

To keep your price in the lower end of my estimates, be clear about what you want going into the project and remember that changing your mind late in the process increases the cost. If you’re sending me a manuscript for formatting into ebooks, send it as clean as possible–include manual page breaks between chapters (instead of using blank lines) and be consistent in how you format chapter titles and that.

 

Payments

All sales are final. Flat fees and down payments are non-refundable unless I am unable to complete the work due to act of God or my cats eating me in my sleep. This policy applies to everyone; in order to check out, you much confirm that you’ve read my TOS, and you are not exempt from it because you didn’t read what you were agreeing to. If you change your mind about a service and no work has been started by me yet, you may apply that down payment or fee toward another service.

Once designs have been decided upon, formatting is complete, or edits are done, I will invoice for the final amount owed, less the down payment. The invoice contains a breakdown of the cost if multiple services were ordered, or by hours if editing was ordered. Final payment is to be made by PayPal in USD (or e-interact transfer for Canadians) and after it’s received, final files will be delivered.

Unless we’ve worked together several times in the past, I will not start work without a down payment in place, and I will not deliver final files without the invoice paid, so please don’t ask me to change that policy for you “just this once.” If this is a problem, I am not the right designer for you and wish you the best of luck elsewhere.

By contracting me, you are agreeing to my ToS and paying your full final invoice in a timely manner. Unless I am unable to complete the work and we mutually agree to cancel the contract and what the partial fee is, you agree to pay all fees associated with contracting me if you chose to cancel after work has already been started.

Late payments: Given that this is how I make my living, invoices must be paid within five business days of when they’re sent. After that time, a 5%/day late fee will apply. This means that if your bill is $100 and you are three days late, that’s an additional $15 owed; five days late, and that’s an additional $25 owed. I strongly dislike doing this but, again, late payments mean I can’t pay my bills, which does not go over well with my landlord. There are price ranges listed for all my services–even hourly-based things like editing have averages listed–so please do not book work if you can’t pay in a timely manner.

I understand there can be extenuating circumstances. If we’ve worked together several times in the past and you’ve always paid on time, please let me know if you find yourself in a difficult financial situation when your work is delivered. I am happy to work out a payment plan with you. This is offered ONLY to long-time clients in good standing.

 

Terms of Use

All artwork is copyright Skyla Dawn Cameron. Until you have paid the final invoice for your cover, you may not use the design in any way, commercial or non-commercial.

Your Rights

After you have paid for a book cover, you are free to use it for ONE title (ebook, print, etc, at long as it’s the same book) and on advertising material (bookmarks, etc), however please credit either Skyla Dawn Cameron or Indigo Chick Designs where applicable (such as a copyright page in a published book). You may not reuse it on other books, even sequels. If you need sequel book covers, you must purchase them. Slapping another title over my design to reuse the same cover again and again is in violation of this license. If you would like to reuse a cover for a bundle release, contact me. (This isn’t merely my own policy; the stock photos used on covers are typically licensed for ONE title, and reusing it requires re-buying the image.)

All designs/layouts are copyright Skyla Dawn Cameron. If you would like to purchase the design/layout and have another designer create sequels for you, may do so for $350 – $500 USD–please contact me if this is your wish, and I will deliver the layered PSD file for you to give your designer.

If a third party would like to license your cover art for additional publications, please contact me about pricing.

You may use your cover on promotional materials–bookmarks, posters, etc.

My Rights

I retain the copyright to my designs, unless you wish to specifically purchase it (prices above).

I retain the right to display all covers and designs in my portfolio, including but not limited to my website, Facebook page, and Pinterest. I respect your promotional plans and will strive not to share your cover until you’ve made it public.

I retain the right to decline clients. If you have previously violated my ToS, been late with payments, or sent harassing messages, I may choose not to work with you in the future and you will be banned from my shop.

 

Turn Around Times

Always plan for delivery to be on the longer estimate of the turn around times I list here and on the product pages. If I say 2 – 8 weeks, for example, it’ll likely be in the middle range but plan for the 8 just in case. And if I’m not able to start work for two weeks (example), that period is not factored into the turn around time.

I give those estimates because my workload varies from month to month and I usually have anywhere from 6 – 12 clients–sometimes with a couple of projects each–at any given time. I endeavor to deliver things sooner than needed, however illnesses and emergencies happen. If the date you require something is sooner than the date range I give, you are welcome to contact me about adding a rush charge to your order.

If I think a project might be late, or if I need clarification, I will contact you about it. You are welcome to check in with me before the estimated turn around time is up, but please note that I work normal business hours, and my time is best spent working on projects rather than talking about work on projects. During particularly busy periods of time, it may take me a few days to get back to you.

Please inquire if you are interested in a service not listed here.  Occasionally I do flyers for businesses and other types of designs. Flyers are $100; other designs are based on my hourly rate of $40/hr, typically falling in the $80 – $120 range.

 

Privacy

When you use PayPal, I will have access to your real name and often your address/phone number or whatever you have on file. I do NOT share that information with anyone. I display pen names only for the list of manuscripts I’ve edited and never, ever reveal real names. I will also never share your email address with anyone; if we decide I’m not the right person for you, I will point you to some other options but it is up to you to contact those other people.

 

Final notes: I will not work on covers you already have another designer contracted for. If you decide to go in another direction with a cover, please severe your contract with the existing designer working on the cover before hiring me. This does not apply to different covers–you are not required to work with me exclusively, obviously. But it’s unprofessional and bad form to have two people working on the same cover at the same time. I am upfront about my terms, turn around times, and rights; I expect clients to be upfront with me as well.

You must be eighteen or over to contract my services; I will not work with minors on their own. If you’re a parent whose minor wants to hire me as a cover artist or editor, contact me and we can discuss whether I’ll be a good fit, but understand my contract and payment terms will be with you and not with your child.

 

Updated March 18, 2016