Ever wondered what the current book cover design prices are and how to find the right balance between price and quality?
Disclaimer: the purpose of this blog post is not to tell you how to distribute your budget but rather to educate and explain what options you have.
Let’s talk numbers!
Truth be told, the book cover design cost will vary and depend on the designers’ experience and the type of book cover you’d like to get. As a self-published author, you need to consider all the pros and cons, set your budget, have clear demands on design techniques, and do some research.
First, let’s take a closer look at how much it’ll cost you to get a stock-photo based, not-illustrated custom book cover design. In a nutshell, you’ll be dealing with either talented newcomers and freelancers or experienced professionals or high-end designers. Dive in!
You’ll most likely be working with professional designers who might lack experience in the book cover design field itself. These guys might be looking for ways to improve their portfolio and expand their design expertise. Sometimes they are just at the beginning of their design career or have an intermediate skill level and see book cover design as a part-time gig.
Warning: ask for the designer’s portfolio, and discuss your collaboration details before getting started. Be aware that some designers in this target group might be using questionable or overused free images. You don’t want to have issues with copyrights halfway through the process, do you?
Average price: $5 – $150
Where to find talented newcomers and freelancers for your next book cover design? Check out this list:
The experienced designers provide more than decent design quality, have a professional approach, care a lot about their reputation, and are willing to network. If you decide to seal the deal with a book cover design company, you can expect many in-house designers, years of experience in the field, and a thorough understanding of the current market trends.
Average price: $ 150 – $800
Take a look at this list of experienced professional book cover design companies:
Welcome to the natural habitat of superstar designers! You can expect royal treatment, an awe-inspiring portfolio and resume, and excellent design quality. These designers are the people behind the world bestselling books and, of course, the covers.
Average price: $1000 – $2000+
Here are a few heavy-lifters in high-end book cover design field:
Many authors keep asking us what’s the deal with an illustrated book cover design, is the high price justified, and what are the benefits of getting the illustrations.
So welcome MythBusters: illustrated book cover design edition!
Let’s start with the basics. There are three types of book cover design out there:
Now, we’d like to explain why the cost of an illustrated book cover design is higher compared to the other options.
So next time you see a higher price for an illustrated book cover design, don’t get too intimidated. Trust us: it might be exactly what you need!
Average price: $300 – $2000+
Another confusing term in the world of book cover design cost is pre-made covers. Everything you need to know is right here. Keep reading!
Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to book cover options is pre-mades. They are exactly what the name suggests: book covers that have been already pre-designed.
They are cheaper than the custom-made covers, more convenient if you’re working on more than one book at a time, and save a lot of time. At the same time, as you might have already guessed, pre-mades might not always match your story and genre well enough since they were not crafted to fit your book specifically.
Why are the prices lower, you ask? As simple as it is, it takes designers less time to create a pre-made book cover. It also leaves enough space for creative freedom since there are fewer revisions and interference. Makes sense, right?
Average pricing: $50 – $500
Last but not least, you can always try to design a book cover yourself. There are plenty of DIY book cover makers out there, so if you are willing to deal with the learning curve, you might as well try to do it yourself.
Our top choice of DIY book cover makers:
How did you like our financial guide on book cover design prices? Jokes aside, hope we managed to show you that you can find a designer to fit your needs, expectations, and budget without sacrificing quality.
Which option do you usually go with? And how important is the price of book cover design for you?