FAQ and Tips for Authors
Frequently Asked Questions about graphic designs
Q – Is the cover I am purchasing for Print?
A – Not unless you specify that as what you need. We offer High Resolution covers and can create a print cover for you using specific measurements through sites such as Createspace, Lightning Source, Got Print, and Vistaprint. Print covers start at $80.00.
Q- Who owns the copyright?
A – Because it is an artist’s work, the copyright remains with the cover artist. That said, you are allowed to use the cover to promote your book. The only limitations are the amount of print items you can create with the product, and that depends on the image license from the photostock site. Visit here: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/~troys2/tutorials/copyright.html for more information on the subject
Q- What are the limitations that come with my book cover?
A – Photostock comes with certain print limitations. Each photostock site has its own set limit. If your cover/business cards/trading cards/postcards/bookmarks, etc… are going to print, please request the number of maximum print copies you are allowed and do not exceed that limit.
Q – What changes am I allowed with each cover?
A – For the most part, the artist and author will go back and forth many times in an effort to get the cover looking how the author wants it. That said, there are limitations to the cover artist’s ability and availability. Once the cover is finalized, we charge $25.00/each new modification. It is best to use a cover art form, and to fill it out in as much detail as possible.
Q – Can a cover be used for more than one author’s book?
A – No. Once a cover, premade or custom designed, has been sold, we take it out of our inventory. Most Photostock image licenses do not allow for multiple uses, but we also feel it is better to have an original cover for each book.
Q – What do you do with mock up covers that an author doesn’t choose as the final custom design?
A – Most often we do up one or two versions of a cover. A fair amount of work can go in to each version, so those more than likely will be altered to some degree and placed in the premades section. Most of our premade covers stem from inspiration – having seen two or more images that work well together.
Q – What the various sizes are good for:
100×150 = Avatar
200×300, 300 x 450, & 432×648 = amazon/goodreads/blog posts
750×1125 = Barnes and Noble
1800×2700 & up = Mostly publisher use for ebook and print.
2400 high res – Smashwords
2500 high res- amazon
Just a quick reference list of things we’ve learned along the way. Please feel free to add to this list (Email us or leave a comment and we’ll credit you by placing your name next to it).
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– Tag your book. On the page listing your book, there will be a small section for tags. Just type in words that describe your book. Add your author name, the genre (in a variety of ways), the title, etc…
– Find author buddies who will click your tags for you in exchange for clicked tags. (What are clicked tags?) click on each tag description and open that page. Boosts popularity.
Tags Anywhere, basically. If you want, send us a list of words that you think best describe your book, and we will add them into our post with your cover. It gets hits.
Tricks to get more promo coverage –
Enter your book cover at the You Gotta Read Covers site: http://yougottareadcovers.blogspot.com/
Figuring out the physical side of things:
For those concidering a tangible book, I have stumbled across a site that details the important measurements of books (word count to pages calculator). That can be found here: http://www.writersservices.com/wps/p_word_count.htm
Kindle Formatting (tip thanks to Teresa Wilde/IndieRomanceInk) – http://kindleformatting.com/book/files/KindleHTMLtags.pdf
Canadian/British/US spelling of words – http://www3.telus.net/linguisticsissues/BritishCanadianAmerican.htm
Interesting reading for Authors:
Blog graphics – http://www.webweaver.nu/