Book Cover Design – Karrie Ross

Custom Book Cover Design Services & Pricing.


I need you as much as you need me!

I am a professional book designer, one that loves the romance of the process… YOU are an author with a book that is something you just had to write… working with me will allow you to continue to be part of the process, to choose … while maintaining the high level of creativity and quality you are looking for… My goal is to give you a dynamic book … One that, not only you will love, but that motivates your audience— and I offer suggestions that keep your budget in mind for best value.


About the Customized Cover … keep reading!

I care probably as much about your Project as you do…!

With over 30 years in the business, I an eager to walk you through the process and answer your questions. My rates are competitive and I respond promptly to your calls and emails. This is a design service business and I treat all projects with the greatest attention…


Your custom book cover design begins with us having a detailed brainstorming creative discussion of concept whether you already have an idea or not (1-2 hours). I will guide the conversation and we will discuss creative possibilities, I’ll offer suggestions that will extend and enhance the unique design direction, allowing us to create a distinctive cover and title design for your book. Please contact me and lets see how we match up, you’ll be pleased you did.


ONE-ON-ONE Custom Cover Design from Karrie Includes:

Timeline is 7 to 10 weekdays to FINISHED Cover to send to
printer on most covers.

• Paperback/eBook: $650+

• Hardcover/eBook: $900+

• Both together $1,250+

  • Design of Cover / Spine / Back (and flaps for hardcover dustjacket)
  • In-depth brainstorming creative discussion (1-2 hours)
  • 2 layouts, 2 proofs: first set of cover proofs within 72-96 hours from when I have all items on checklist.NOTE:  I realize there are companies out there that talk up “unlimited” designs which can mean time and aggravation on both ends. I’ve been doing this for 30+ years and know that neither of us wants that. I have a way of working that condenses the process.
  • Cover image jpg files to use in display for advertising and website: both flat and 3D image files of the cover,
    • NOTE: the flat cover image can be used for an ebook so you are getting your ebook cover for free when the physical cover is made!
  • Free barcode is included made from your supplied ISBN
  • Print-ready pdf files supplied for printer
  • Facebook timeline banner for only $100 more (special offer with order of book cover)
  • Optional FREE: You’ll get a QR Code for you to place on your book or any other printed piece or website page that will link to a page for info. It can be amazon, B&N, facebook, twitter, your website OR any URL you want. Try this one and see how it works. Using a smart phone app.
  • Use your smart phone QR Code reader to scan and see how it works. I use the free QR Reader on my iphone
    Use your smart phone QR Code reader to scan and see how it works. I use the free QR Reader on my iphone
  • You own the rights to all work done once project is finished and paid in full
  • All for-print pdfs and source files are sent to you upon final payment received.
  • Design work is considered “work-for-hire”
  • Timeframe: allow 7 – 10 weekdays (depending on what is to be done)

Client supplies pre-edited and proofed front and backcover copy, ISBN, and one hi-res digital photo or specific realistic illustration image file. (see a-la-carte below)

A big part of the creative conversation is the two of us visiting the photo site. I will guide the conversation toward a variety of concept possibilities and how to find the perfect image for your book. I’ll spend time with you discussing the process for the search. For legal purposes, the client purchases the images from their photo-site account ( around $12 and up) once the final concept is decided upon. Note: some of the images and creative concepts we discuss might need photoshop blending to make it happen. (see below a-la-carte)


I offer you an “alternative option” of having me do the photo research, just in case looking for the images is not something you feel comfortable doing.


If your project needs an illustration: I do what is called a photo-montage / blending, manipulation, which is a combining of photo images to create the illustration for the cover. On my portfolio page on some covers I mention how many photographs were used to create the image seen. (if the photos can be found I can create the image, what I don’t do is hand drawn specific illustrations) Pricing is based on time and services to be used and is mentioned below in the a-la-carte list of add-on services.

NEW! If you have everything and just want me to apply my professional design touch to the layout, title and cover balance, this option might be for you. Flat Rate Services pricing and description

Cover for eBook: eBook front covers only.

I also offer book interior design and formatting services. Take a look at the samples.

Consulting SPECIAL: First 15 minutes are Free — use for confirming where you are in the process, what to do next. Time is a valuable commodity, this special offer is for assessment and advice on where you are at, what to do next and how to use my services.



Friendly service and helpful expert guidance.

We work together, you are a part of this process…and we will laugh!


Sites for royalty free photo images to assist in your photo search: / / / / and there are many others.


a-la-carte (otherwise known as “the add-on services”)

These are services that will add depth to the above cover design option. if you want to use more than one image; want an additional 3D image if you are getting both paperback and hardcover; and photo search, retouching and montage OR create a series look and branding for your books and products.

Add On Services for the above cover:

Photo Research – $150 per hour min: this service is for when you ask me to do extended creativity and find the images and save in a lightbox for you to review and purchase for your cover concept based on our creative discussion. CAN take from 1-4+ hours depending… Because sometimes you just want someone else to DO IT for you…!

Photo Retouching / Montage – $150 per hour min: this service covers when the photos to be used need retouching, blending, manipulation and color selection, vignettes, adding skies, filters or enhancing areas to create a cover image that pops! USUALLY takes no more than 1-2 hours.

3D (additional) display image made from existing cover image (300dpi file) = $95 each

a la carte pricing base is $150 per hour and a minimum. Pricing charged if I do photo research etc.

Create a Series look for your books Use this service for if you are looking to create a special look for a series of books. I walk you through the thought process and suggest alternatives that make a book into a series. >> Please Contact me with any questions and to discuss the TBD pricing.

Marketing Materials and Branding: I also design post cards, bookmarks, DVD/CD case and face, author one sheet, letterhead, website banner, media kit. Check out the Marketing Materials page and contact me for pricing.


More Information on my services:


I know the book cover design process can seem overwhelming at times.
I’m here to listen and answer any questions to ease your mind.
I’ll guide you through all the parts and specifications to your
book cover success… after learning the in’s and out’s from the
first book cover your next one will seem easy as pie!!

—Karrie Ross, Book Cover Designer


Complete Design and Consulting Services for your book, business, service & products.

Book Cover & Interior Design
Covers: paperback, hardcover/dust-jackets or casewrap, eBook
Interiors: design & layout of text and images.

Physical & InfoProduct Packaging
CD/DVD Covers, inserts, and booklets

Website set up and design

Self Promotion/ Marketing
— Posters
— Flyers / Product Sell Sheets
— Advertisements
— Postcards
— Newsletters

Branding / Corporate Collateral
— Logos
— Business Cards
— Stationery
— Brochures

Are You a Speaker
— Speaker Promotional Kits
— Bio One Sheets
— Educational Materials
— Design for any CD/DVD material you will be sending out for review.
— Banner: used as a letterhead for all material that you send out and website 2.5″ x 8″

TeleSeminar / Webinar
Materials for download or presentation. Training Manuals Workbooks, and Brochures


Description of Book Design Services:

Book Design Description:
Creative Discussion
Together we discuss your concept and come up with possibilities for use for the cover design.
FREE Barcode from your ISBN
Barcodes are made from publisher ISBNs that include price. This is an inventory tacking system.
Complete Ownership of Book Design. No hidden charges.
All rights to cover files created by Be It Now. Including title design configuration etc. Images from istockphoto are under separate agreement check their site for information.
Book Cover Design Layouts
Layouts created based on our discussion and the photos/images supplied.
Proofs of your cover where changes are made leading to final approval.
Cover jpg thumbnail image files (72dpi and one 300dpi)
Both flat and 3D jpgs of the cover image. Supplied to you in two or three different sizes and dpi resolutions.
Additional image added to cover ($TBD each image added)
This is a use/process charge for any additonal images that will be used on the front or back cover.
Production Files Delivered by downloadable zip

All source, print and jpg files zipped then uploaded to my servers available by link supplied to download and backup from your computer.

Production Files Delivered on two CDs
CDs that hold all source, print and jpg files
3D version of Cover (72dpi and 300dpi)
3D image, paperback or hardcover for used on website and promo materials.
Consultation included
Questions answered at a pre-arranged time that cover book design or other related subjects.
Photo Research
Research for images on the istockphoto site that will be within the creative concept for your cover.
Photo Retouching / Montage
Retouching of images that might need adjustment in someway to make them useable for your cover.
Files made into print ready pdf per printer instructions.
Final pdf files contain all elements of your book cover design in a format that all printers can read.
Length of time from receipt of items on checklist provided.
Prepress for first printing to be sure printer has all they need
Being sure your printer has all the files to their specifics.
Hardcover (instead of paperback)
Hardcover book needs a dustjacket and the files are more involved because they add flaps and board measurements.
Both Paperback AND Hardcover Book Design production files done at same time
When the author wants both paperback and hardcover dustjacket book cover designs done at the same time.


If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, please Contact me and lets start your project.

Not sure where to begin? Contact me for Extended Project consulting/coaching, marketing, advertising, promotion PR, organization and more. Learn more about my Consulting Services.