FAQ

BOOK COVER DESIGN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PREMADES AND CUSTOM COVERS FOR EBOOKS AND PRINT BOOKS

How do you design a Book Cover?
BookCRITICO design book covers using and manipulating hi-quality royalty-free photographic stock images to create unique graphics with specialist design software. All images carry a CC0 License and are available to use for personal and commercial purposes.

Can I order an illustrated cover?
BookCRITICO does NOT offer illustrated book cover designs.

What information must I supply when I want to order a Book Cover?
Have handy; book title, author name, tag line, series/other, publishing platform. If you order a Premade the BC Cover Order Code as well.

What size will my cover be?
eBook Cover design specs meet the requirement of eBook publishing platforms. The master artwork is designed at 3125 x 4167 pixels (300 dpi). BookCRITICO supply a second file at 72 dpi, for the thumbnail which potential buyers see on online publishing platforms, e.g., Amazon, Smashwords, etc.

The cover can be rescaled to any size you need, as long as you specify it up front on the Order Form.

Print Wrap design specs must be provided by the author as this is different for each book, depending on the book size, number of pages, publishing platform, etc.

What is the design timeline?

  • Premade: 5-10 working days
  • Custom design: 10-15 working days

These are estimated timelines, as it depends on the BookCRITICO design schedule. If you need your Book Cover sooner, note it on the Order Form so that we can confirm if it is possible to facilitate a faster turnaround.

How many concept designs do I receive to choose from for my Custom Designed Book Cover?
When you complete the Order Form, it allows you to be as clear as possible about your requirements and expectations. One concept design is created and tweaked accordingly until it meets your approval. We appreciate, happy, satisfied customers.

Where do you source photographic stock images from?

  • BookCRITICO source hi-quality royalty-free stock images from numerous reputable stock photography suppliers. All images carry a CC0 License and are available to use for personal and commercial purposes.
  • The cost for stock photos from these sites is included in the total design cost of your eBook Cover.
  • If you require photos from other stock photography suppliers, these will be at an additional cost.
  • Photos supplied by yourself requires proof of ownership, and an official signed model and/or property release if any appear in the photo.

Are designs recycled?
No, once a cover is sold, it is removed from the BookCRITICO website. Premade or Custom designed Book Covers are once off creations. The same stock photos could be used on multiple covers but are manipulated in such a way that every design is unique.

Will there be any restrictions on using my cover?
Stock photography licensing allows you to sell up to 500,000 copies of your book without any restrictions. Should more than 500,000 copies be sold, the author is required to buy an Extended License for every stock photo used. License Agreements are published on the various stock photography sites used.

Do I have to credit BookCRITICO in my book?
It is an honour if an author credits the book cover designer, but it is not a requirement.  If you do decide to credit BookCRITICO in your book, use the following: “Cover Design: Luculle Stols (BookCRITICO)”

Should you wish NOT to credit BookCRITICO, please DO NOT list yourself or anyone else as the cover designer in your book.

Do I receive an editable design file when my cover is completed?
BookCRITICO do not supply layered editable design files as part of its Book Cover design service.

Orders and Payment
All orders are placed via the BookCRITICO website, by completing the Order Form in detail. Payment is facilitated via Pay Pal.

  • Complete the detailed Order Form in full
  • Submit Order Form
  • Receive confirmation of receipt and Pay Pal Invoice from BookCRITICO
  • Accept by paying 70% deposit securely via Pay Pal
  • Receive confirmation of payment receipt from BookCRITICO
  • Design process start
  • Final payment is due on approval of artwork
  • When the balance of payment is received in full by BookCRITICO, the final hi-res artwork is released

Does BookCRITICO have a cancellation and refund policy?

  • Yes, BookCRITICO does have a cancellation and refund policy.
  • If an order is cancelled before any payment is made and no work has been done the order will be cancelled with no cost.
  • If an order is cancelled after the deposit has been paid and work has already commenced a surcharge of 35% of the total order value will apply. This is to recover a portion of; work hours lost, stock images bought, refund transaction charges.
  • If work has been completed in full no refund will be issued, and the total order value will be due.
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