I have watched with growing excitement as the world of self-publishing has come into its own, offering exciting opportunities for authors, both new and veteran, to control their own work and how it gets published. It only recently occurred to me that this explosion of literary activity must have a great need for visual media and formatting skills. After assisting my good friend B.C. Laybolt with cover art and ePub formatting for his books, I decided to put my name out there for any other writers who are looking for similar services.
In this age of intellectual property rights, having an original piece of cover art is crucial. Commissioning a cover artist can be tricky, especially when you are not dealing with people face-to-face. Artists can be difficult about criticism, or formatting their work for a specific platform, so its important to find someone with professional publishing experience, who understands the basic rule of business: ‘the customer is always right’. While a writer may not be a visual artist, they are still a creator, and their opinion matters! One of the advantages of self-publishing is control of the work, and that should extend to the pricing and cover. As a designer, it’s important for me to have an informed opinion and share it, but at the end of the day it’s not my book.
Writing a book is a creative act, requiring discipline, willpower and vision. Getting it into the right format and uploaded to an ePub service is another thing entirely. For some people, it’s no big deal, but others can find the task daunting. Formatting is another service I can provide, which involves getting your manuscript uploaded to the host and handling any of the technical issues that may come up along the way.
The above images are commissioned covers I did for B.C. Laybolt, and as you can see, the full artwork is designed for a wraparound front/back cover, and can be used for promotional pieces like postcards or posters. Over the next few months I will be posting some ‘off the rack’ pre-made book covers, organized by genre. These will be available for a lower price, with an extended fee structure for extra services such as artwork changes, media formatting, archival services, and promotional materials. In the meantime, I am available for commissioned covers starting at $200 CDN.
Any interested parties should contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dylan Edwards is a writer, designer, animator, teacher and illustrator living in Halifax NS Canada. Dylan has worked in the graphic design, video game and television industries for 20 years.