Book Covers FAQ

Information about my book cover design service


  1. Is each book cover unique?

    Yes, your book cover will be absolutely unique, but please note:

    • I use stock imagery in my covers, so it’s possible that the same stock image has already been used on another book cover.
    • I try to make sure that the images I use haven’t already been used on an existing book cover. But I can’t guarantee it. If you have your heart set on using a particular image that’s already used elsewhere, I can help you find another one — or design a completely different cover that’s even better.
    • I use different styles or decorative elements to ensure your book cover is on brand for your genre and market expectations. So you may notice some similarities with other book covers in your genre, but your cover will still be unique.
  2. Do you create illustrations or paintings?

    Sorry, no, that’s not my skill-set. My talent lies in creating montages and photo manipulation. If you want an illustrated or painted cover, you would be better off commissioning an artist. In the future I hope to offer partnerships with artists and illustrators, but for now you can checkout sites like Deviantart or Behance to find an artist.

    Of course, if you already have an illustration or digital painting that you want to turn into a cover, I can do that no problem. Get in touch and we can work it out. 

  3. Do you have different design styles for different genres?

    Every designer has a ‘signature’ style. If you look at my gallery, you’ll see that mine is often quite bold, with bright colours and large type. But this isn’t a given and I can turn my hand to many different styles. If you’re looking for something a bit different from the gallery examples, get in touch and we can discuss it.

  4. Is the cost of stock imagery included?

    Yes, my prices already include the cost of any stock imagery that is used to make your cover.

  5. Is there a discount if I already have an image?

    If you already have a cover image and have the rights to use it, I can offer a 10% discount on the cost of the design. This is because the cost of stock imagery is only a very small part of the design process: you’re paying for my expertise in bringing together imagery and text to create the right design for your book and your intended audience.

  6. Can I order an eBook cover now, and a printed cover later?

    Yes, absolutely. If you want to have a printed cover later, I can create that separately and bill you the difference. Even if you don’t want a printed cover straight away, it’s useful for me to know this up-front as I may need to take it into account during the design process.

  7. Do I have to credit you on my book?

    No, not at all. But I would really appreciate it if you did. Just add something like “Cover design by Matt Hill”. And if you added a link to my website, that would be lovely!

  8. How long does the process take?

    Typically the process takes 1-2 weeks from start to finish:

    • Once I’ve received your 50% deposit, and talked to you about the specifics of your book, I’ll be able to get you 2-3 rough concepts within 3-4 working days depending on my workload.
    • After you’ve chosen a concept, I’ll then work this up into a professional cover which takes a further 2-3 days. 
    • I’ll send you the work-in-progress, and depending on your feedback we may need a few more days to finalise and polish the cover. 
    • Once you’re happy with the final cover, you pay the final 50% and I send you the digital files.
  9. What’s the refund/cancellation policy?

    I want you to be absolutely delighted with the book cover you buy from me, so I offer a full money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

    Please note that I can’t issue refunds if you’ve already accepted the finished digital files. But don’t worry, if there’s any problem during the creative process that we can’t resolve, or you don’t want to complete the work, I’ll refund your deposit in full.

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