Whether you are publishing traditionally or self-publishing, getting the right book cover designer is important. If you are getting published traditionally, then your publisher will usually take care of the cover design for you. In fact, many authors have no say whatsoever in their cover design if they’re going with the traditional publisher. But if you are self-publishing, then you have the responsibility to make sure that you get the right cover design. That means paying for someone to design a professional book cover. This obviously cost money, but how much does it really cost? That’s what we’ll be exploring this article.
The first thing that you have to understand about hiring a book cover designer is that they often will charge as much as they can possibly get. That means that if they think that you have a lot of money, then they may charge a lot more than they usually do. On the other hand, if they think that your budget is limited, then they may be willing to give you their lowball price, and that can save you a great deal of money on your cover design.
You should also understand that you are paying for several different things when you pay for a professional cover design such as the stock photo, the software that is used to create the book cover design, and a few other factors. But what you are mostly paying for is the expertise of the designer. That means, it is more important than anything else that your graphic designer knows how to create quality book covers. They should have a lot of experience coming up with the perfect cover design for your genre. If they are familiar with other types of graphic design but they do not usually do book covers, then you probably want to move on to someone else.
You also need to understand that book covers can get really expensive if you go through 1/3 party. For example, suppose that you sign with the publisher that specifies the you have to pay for the cover design. The simple fact that you have been published by an actual publishing company may make the book designer charge a lot more for your cover design than you would have to pay if you approach them on your own.
Finally, be aware that there are lots of different levels when it comes to cover designs. You may be able to pay five dollars for cover design on Fiverr that is going to rival any of the designs that you get by going with the professional book cover designer. You definitely should explore the cheaper options first, especially if you are self-publishing. However, if you come across someone that is a professional designer of book covers at a reasonable price, then you may want to go with them because they will be able to provide you with the unique cover that fits your book perfectly.