Q: How do I contact you about doing a custom cover/render or purchasing a pre-made?
A: You can email me here: lkjcovers (at) gmail.com
Q: How do I pay?
A: You pay half up from and the rest upon completion of the order. I work by PayPal. You will be sent an invoice, which you can click on to pay.
Q: How long does it take for a custom cover or render?
A: That depends on how busy I am at the time, and then the level of complexity as well as your revision requests. I will discuss my calendar/timeframe with you when you contact me, and then as we go along.
Q: How many revisions can I request?
A: For a pre-made, I will change the text to suit what you need. You may ask for a couple simple revisions, but I may not agree to do them. For custom work, I don't have a hard limit set, but if the amount and type of requests begin pushing into roughly equaling the work of doing another cover, I'll let you know and we can discuss settling the project as-is or adding further fees.
Q: What if I decide to cancel?
A: If I haven't begun work or have only done the very rough draft, I will refund your first payment minus the PayPal fees. If I have already done a noted amount of work, then I will not issue a refund but no further payment will be required.
Q: What if I have a really specific idea of what I want, but you aren't sure it's the best approach?
A: We'll talk about it. If you're really set on something that I think will come out to the standards I have and continue to develop, then I will let you know and you can find a cover artist more suited to your inspiration and mental picture with no hard feelings.
Q: What if I already have a cover image but need text added?
A: I can do that. We'll discuss the custom fee for the, depending on what you want added and how you want it to look.
Q: What if I already have a digital cover but need a print cover made from it?
A: I can do that too. Ditto to the above about a custom fee.
Q: What if we finish the project, but I need changes made later on?
A: We can discuss this, but understand that further fees may apply.
Q: What if my print proof's cover doesn't look exactly like it does on my screen?
A: This is pretty much always the way, because what looks one way in physical form is always different than a digital one. If the fixes are minor, I will do them at no extra charge. If they would for some reason require major changes, we'll discuss the custom fee.
Q: Who "owns" the cover art once it's done?
A: You, as the author, will have exclusive rights to use the cover as it is. It's not full ownership because if any stock photos are used, those are on specific license terms. If you sell more than 500,000 copies of a book with a cover that has a stock image on it or you want to have them printed on things for sale, an extended license will need to be bought for each stock photo used.
Q: What about taxes?
A: If you purchase more than $600 worth of services/products from me in a year, you may want to consider a 1099-MISC for US Tax purposes. However, as a freelancer, managing my taxes is my own responsibility.
Q: Is it possible to get the PSD (Photoshop) file?
A: It is possible but for an extra fee, depending on what you want to edit yourself. Remember that all covers out there and on books count toward my reputation as well as yours, so I reserve the right to maintain quality control as much as possible. The fee for an editable PSD ranges from $100 to $500.
Q: Do I need to credit you for the cover in my copyright?
A: Yes. Please include "Cover by LKJ Covers (lkjcovers.com)" on your copyright page.