Custom Covers

Prices & Rates

Price is based on time, processes and/or material involved; not a flat fee. Query us with your details and design needs for a price quote. Include the name and web URL of your chosen press for a print edition.

Cover Setup & Development

Our master template is 600ppi / 3:2 ratio for quick adaptation to other resolutions / ratios, as well as for HiRes and/or Retina-Ready ebook covers. Ordering for a different resolution or ratio on a single print format does not affect price.

NOTE: Ordering multiple print formats for the same publication requires re-rigging for each additional one and thereby affects price. However, when multiple formats are designed together (largest to smallest), collective development is [much] more economical than for individual variations ordered separately.

For ordering, payment and delivery, see “About >> Your Order.” When ready to order, see “Contact >> Submit Query.”

Cover Service/Products
Frequently Asked Questions

For a cover's text content, why not have me send it in an online form or email?

There are two reasons:

  1. Online forms are limited. You may need to use optional characters and/or text formating. Most online forms cannot handle all of these, if any.

  2. Email—plain or WYSIWYG—often has the same above limitations.

An attached word processor document gives you the freedom and ease to show us formatting and special content you require for any part of your cover's textual content. It also provides a verifiable document of record showing your exact instructions.

About Fonts…

Can I choose fonts for my layout, cover, ebook, etc.?

Yes. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web address to see it in use. Do no send a font image sample until requested.

If we do not have the font in our library, we may be able to acquire it or suggest a close match. We recommend FOS [Free Open Source] fonts wherever possible; NDAS specializes in this.

ATTENTION: Free and/­or public domain fonts are not the same as FOS fonts; this is a widespread misconception. The former may have limitations on commercial use.Some at Google are not FOS; we will help you with the difference:

Fonts used in the NDAS site are from [Open]

Can I show you a font I want used, even from another book?

Perhaps. Provide the font's name—not “file name”—and [if possible] a web URL address as a way to see it in use. Do no send an image sample until requested. If it is a commercial font not in our library, we may recommend a close match in a FOS [Free Open Source] font.

Can I send you a font I want used?

No. It is illegal to redistribute commercial fonts. This may include ones pre­-installed with Windows or OSX, which are generally neither FOS nor Public Domain.

If the font is public domain or FOS [Free Open Source], then we may already have it. Supply the URL where you found/­acquired the font, so that we can verify its licensing by the current version.

WARNING: All fonts have versions and licensing can change by version like any other code/­software.

About Images / Graphic Elements…

Do you have images that I can use in my print and/or ebook cover?

Yes. NDAS maintains its own growing library of stock imagery. Before purchasing products or services, supply upto five keywords for an image search, which must be run overnight. Pertinent results will be provided in a thumbnail preview PDF.

Use of 1 NDAS stock image is included in most cover orders. NOTE: you will not receive a copy of any image files from the NDAS stock library.

Can you purchase images I pick out online and add the cost to my invoice?

No, and you do not want this. If NDAS purchases an image, the purchased rights of use list “N.D. Author Services“ as the controller; such rights of use are not transferable by re-sale unless purchased at a higher re-sale price. Billing you for the image—even at the original price—counts as re-sale, which is illegal.

All contrary claims elsewhere are false, including in the general self-publishing community.

Exception: when working with orders through third party systems which offer imagery internally for purchase, such are from the third party system by its own arrangements.

If you wish to retain purchased usage rights to the image, then you must purchase and deliver the image(s) for designated use. We will assist and advise you.

Can I provide image elements to use in my print and/or ebook cover?

Yes, with requirements. Provide verifiable documentation that you own and/or licensed correct rights for use in a commercial product. A PDF print copy of your purchase receipt or signed letter of release from a photographer/illustrator or purchase through a third party ordering system will be enough. This is for your legal protection as well as ours.

You must also provide image(s) at suitable resolution / size for the designated work. Consult with us first before purchase—either from a stock vendor or artist—and we will advise you. We have an “upscaling” process superior to “resizing” useful in some situations when an image is not available at the necessary resolution.

How It Works

  1. After invoice and payment, you submit the following via email attachment or download link:

    • any imagery purchased [by our instructions];

    • filenames for NDAS stock to use (as selected from previously provided thumbnail PDFs); NDAS offers free use of 1 of our stock images per cover order;

    • font names by text element applicable;

    • all other front/back cover textual content in a word processor document (DOC, RTF, ODF, etc.).

  2. The designer confirms requirements specified during consultation and/or ordering.

    • For print, templates & specifications are acquired from your press. See Template [& Specifications] for further details.

    • For ebook, 3:2 ratio is used for ebook-only projects; those with print editions use the print front cover reduced to 2048px vertical.

  3. Upon initial assembly, a half-size proof is provided for review and refinement instructions. Repeat upto 3 times. Refinement must be based on your original instructions; deviation into a new design requires re-invoicing.

  4. Upon your final approval or use of all 3 revision phases, additional products/services ordered requiring your cover (Social Graphics, Mock-ups, etc.) are assembled.

  5. Your cover and other materials in the invoice are delivered at the same time.

PSD (Photoshop CC) Master File

  1. Included in single orders totaling $200+ USD.

  2. If NDAS stock images [1 or more] were used, they are merged with other graphic layers to protect our purchased stock rights.

  3. If only 1 NDAS stock image was used, it will be merged with text layers to protect our purchased stock rights.


  • Image elements provided by you are never reused by NDAS, though they are archived with your project for 1 year from completion should you need additional products/services related to the cover.

  • Image elements licensed to / provided by NDAS will not be included in delivered materials.

  • NDAS does not guarantee against stock image elements being acquired/­used by other cover designers, authors or anyone else. No cover designer working with stock imagery can legally make this guarantee.



NDAS covers require attribution at the end of the copyright page of any and all print and/or ebook editions in which they appear:

Cover Design by
N.D. Author Services [NDAS]

If you purchased other services related to the specific format of a publication, then combined services applicable (Editing, Print Layout, etc.) must appear in the first line of the same attribution.

Templates & Specifications

If your press templates and specifications are publicly available, we will acquire them or may already have them. Many print-on-demand (POD) presses do so. If not publicly available through a non-purchasing login account, then you must:

  1. acquire templates/spec.s through your own login account, and
  2. deliver them to NDAS.

We will always advise/help you as much as is possible. We will not use your press account to login, which is often illegal and can result in the termination of your account, as well as:

  1. expose your private information in the press system to others, and/or
  2. make NDAS a suspect for criminal use of your account by others, and/or
  3. subject you and/or NDAS to civil/criminal prosecution by your press.