Most authors and book marketers know that covers are important — and that it can be worth spending money for a professionally designed cover. After all, a book’s cover design has a proven impact on sales.
But where can you go for help with your book cover design? We’re always on the lookout for useful resources, and we compiled this list for anyone seeking cover design help. We tried to include a variety of designers and premade cover options so you can find the best match for your genre and budget. While we haven’t vetted these specific resources ourselves, we hope they’re good places to start and make your search for cover design help less overwhelming.
Book Cover Designers
If you want a cover that’s truly customized to a book and its characters, you may want to consider hiring a professional cover designer. A seasoned professional can provide a unique, eye-catching design tailored to your book. Here are a few designers available for hire, with examples from each so you can quickly get a taste of their work.
Lawston Design offers ebook, print books, and picture book design services. You can read more details here.
Cormar Covers offers design services for ebooks, print books, box sets, audiobooks, and more. You can see pricing details here.
Najla Qamber Designs offers design services for book covers, logos, and swag. They also have some premade book covers available. You can see what packages they offer here.
Steven Novak offers custom book design services, and also has a few dozen premade book covers available for purchase here.
Elderlemon offers design services for ebooks, print books, and audiobooks. They specialize in horror, mystery, thriller, and crime. You can see their pricing details here.
Nathalia Suellen is a commercial illustrator offering beautiful custom cover designs. For more details, her contact information is available on her website.
Designer Elaina Lee offers ebook and print cover design services at affordable rates. You can see details on pricing here.
Lisa Amowitz offers custom ebook and print book designs and illustrations. You can see more details on her offerings here.
Alchemy Book Covers offers ebook, print book, and box set design services. You can see details on pricing here.
Bespoke Book Covers offers both ebook and print cover designs for self-published authors with unlimited edits and lots of customization. Find more details here.
Premade Book Cover Designs
If you’re looking for an option that might be less expensive, you can purchase a premade book cover design. These are customizable cover templates you can tweak yourself, and many of these websites also offer custom design services if you need additional help.
GoOnWrite has hundreds of book cover designs available across dozens of genres and topics — and at $50 per cover with discounts for multiples, the pricing is excellent. James, the designer of all of these covers, offers custom design services as well.
Get access to hundreds of book cover templates plus some extras, including formatting layout templates, an ISBN Barcode Generator, and 3D renderings of the cover once it’s ready. Packages include tutorials and start at $197.
Damonza offers dozens of premade cover designs for $195 each, which includes minor changes to the font or colors. They also offer custom design services.
Paper & Sage offers dozens of designs across many different genres, with prices starting at around $70 per cover and going up for print + ebook bundles. They also offer custom cover designs.
Littera Designs has dozens of covers across many genres.
Cover Shot Creations offer premade covers in romance, YA, new adult, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller/mystery, and western categories.
Kingwood Creations offers premade covers for a wide variety of genres, with the majority in the $50 to $200 range.
Ready to speak with a cover designer? Here are 12 questions to ask when hiring a book cover designer.
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This post was originally published on September 7th, 2016 and has been updated with new resources.