1. Initial consultation:

  1. What is the book about?
  2. Mood, images you have, or have in mind. If you already have images, you can send those to me.
  3. Colors, fonts (bright? Dark? Monochrome? Bw?; fancy fonts? Blocky? Quirky? Jazzy? Fun? Etc.)
  4. Layout: simple – one image and text? Complex – blend of images and text? Do you need me to look for images? Photos or vector art? Literal or symbolic?
  5. Text for front cover and back cover
  6. size of book, number of pages

2. Pass 1:

3-6 rough comps. Pick and choose direction, narrow down to one look, request changes (color lightening, font changes, etc.)

3. Pass 2:

2nd round of comps: 2-4 depending on pass 1.

4. Pass 3:

One comp with changes requested in pass 1. Any further changes at this point are minor. Proof title, taglines, author name, etc.

5. Pass 4:

Final high res cover. Layout and design are final.

6. Pass 5 for PRINT  – if you need a full cover spread with spine and back cover:

Send me blurbs, bios, photos, etc for the back cover, and templates if needed.

7. Pass 6:

Layout of full spread with everything in place. Proof everything carefully and return to me.

8. Pass 7 and 8:

Any further text changes. No more changes after Pass 8.


75% due in the beginning. The rest due before work on final begins.

design fees