Custom Book Covers


Based on time / processes / material involved—not a flat fee. Billed per 1/4 hour or portion ($7.50). Contact NDAS with details & needs for an estimate. Include name & web URL of chosen press for print editions.

If development time runs short of estimate, we guarantee you pay for only hours / materials applied. Development will never exceed 150% of estimate so long as client follows process requirements and does not change initial instructions mid-process. [Read “How” now and then ask questions.]

Cover Setup & Development

Master template is 600ppi / 3:2 ratio for quick adaptation to other formats, as well as for HiRes/­Retina-Ready ebook covers. Ordering for one different resolution and/or ratio does not affect price.

For ordering, payment and delivery, see “About >> Your Order.” When ready to order, contact NDAS.

See also Artify Your Book Cover!

How It Works

  1. After invoice & payment, submit the following via email attachment or links:

    • image stock purchased by our instructions;

    • filenames for NDAS stock to use (as selected from previously provided thumbnail PDFs); Ask about free use of 1 NDAS stock image per cover order.

    • font names by text element applicable;

    • all textual content in 1 word processor file (DOC, ODT, RTF, etc.).

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

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

    • For ebook only, 3:2 ratio; those with print editions use the print front cover [only]; both at 2048px vertical.

    • Title page graphic [paid option] looks better than text in print and ebook.

  3. Upon initial assembly, a half-size proof is provided for review and refinement instructions. Repeat upto 3 times based on your original instructions; deviation inot sorequires re-invoicing or work is halted.

  4. Upon your final approval or use of all 3 revision phases, additional products/services 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.

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