Services: 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. Include the name and web URL of your chosen press for a print edition. Cover design work is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, though we have several designers on staff.

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 print formats are designed together (largest to smallest), collective development is more economical than for individual variations.

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

How It Works

  1. After invoice and payment, you submit as much of the following as is necessary via email attachment or download link:

    • any imagery purchased [by our instructions];
    • filenames for NDAS stock to be used (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 needed.
  2. The designer confirms requirements specified during consultation and/or ordering.

    • For print, templates & specifications are acquired from your press. If not publicly available without a purchaser's login, you must acquire and deliver these; see Template [& Specifications].
    • For ebook, 3:2 is used for ebook-only projects; those with print editions use the largest print format front cover.
  3. Upon initial cover assembly, a half-size proof is provided for your review and submission of refinement instructions. Repeat as necessary upto 3 times. Refinement must be based on original instructions; deviation into a new design may require re-invoicing.

  4. Upon final approval, additional products/services ordered that require your finished cover (Social Graphics, Promotional Materials, Mock-ups, etc.) are assembled.

  5. Your cover and other products/services in the invoice are delivered at the same time.

PSD (Photoshop CC) Master File

  1. Included in orders totaling $200+ USD for all services in a single order.

  2. If the master file delivered includes NDAS stock images [1 or more], these will be merged with other graphic layers to protect our purchased stock rights.

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


  • Image elements you provide 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 provided by NDAS from its stock library are marked and not re-used for one year. You will not receive a copy of stock images licensed to NDAS.

  • 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

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 make templates and specifications publicly available. If these are not publicly available and a non-purchasing login account cannot be created to acquire them, then you must:

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

We will advise/help you as much as is possible. We will not use your press account to login, which is often illegal and may 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.

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