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Answering some Questions on

Book Cover Design, Typesetting

Self Publishing


What is book cover design? Is it important?

Book cover design is the art of creating visually appealing covers that attract readers and effectively represent the content of a book. It plays a crucial role in grabbing attention, conveying the genre and tone of the book, and influencing purchasing decisions. A well-designed book cover can significantly impact a book's success by increasing visibility, reader engagement, and sales.

How to design a book cover for Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing / Ingramspark?

Designing a book cover for Kindle Direct Publishing KDP, Ingramspark and other self publishing platforms, involves adhering to their specific guidelines for image size, resolution, and file format. I ensure that the cover design meets Amazon's requirements for optimal display across their platform, including on various devices like Kindle e-readers and tablets. With my expertise, I create captivating covers that attract potential readers browsing through Amazon's vast catalog.


How to design a great book cover?

Designing a great book cover requires a combination of artistic creativity and understanding of the book's genre, themes, and target audience. I begin by thoroughly researching the book's content and audience demographics. Then, I develop multiple design concepts, focusing on visual impact, relevance to the content, and uniqueness. Through collaboration with the author or publisher, I refine the chosen concept into a polished cover that effectively communicates the essence of the book and entices readers.

How much does a book cover design cost?

The cost of a book cover design can vary depending on factors such as the designer's experience, complexity of the project, and whether additional services like illustration or photo licensing are needed. As an experienced book cover designer, I offer competitive pricing tailored to the specific needs and budget of each client.

The cost also depends on:

  • Genre of the book

  • Publishing deadline

  • Design style that you’re looking for


What makes good book cover design?

Good book cover design incorporates elements such as:

  • Strong visual impact that grabs attention and communicates the book's genre and themes.

  • Clear typography that is legible, appropriate for the genre, and enhances the overall design.

  • Cohesive composition that balances text and imagery to create a compelling focal point.

  • Originality and uniqueness that distinguish the cover from


What is the difference between a hardcover and paperback?

Hardcover and paperback are two common formats for book binding. Hardcover books have rigid covers made of thick cardboard or paperboard, typically wrapped in a decorative material such as cloth or paper. Paperback books have flexible covers made of thinner paper, often coated for protection. They are lightweight and portable, making them ideal for casual reading and mass distribution. Hardcover books tend to be more expensive than paperbacks due to their higher production costs and perceived value.


I provide two kids of Hardcovers: 

  • Hardcover (Case Laminate)

  • Dust Jacket (front + spine + back + flaps)

Where to find book cover designers? / How to hire a book cover designer?

Book cover designers are available through various channels, such as online freelance platforms like Reedsy, professional directories, and referrals from authors or publishers. 

When hiring a book cover designer, it's essential to research and evaluate based on portfolio, experience, and client testimonials.

I offer a comprehensive portfolio across diverse genres. Authors can easily reach out to discuss their design needs and receive personalized service tailored to their project requirements.


How to choose a book cover designer?

When choosing a book cover designer, it's essential to consider factors such as experience, style, and communication skills. Authors should review the designer's portfolio to assess the quality and suitability of their work for their project. As an experienced book cover designer, I offer a personalized approach, collaborating closely with clients to understand their vision and deliver custom designs that exceed their expectations.

How long does it take to design a book cover?

The timeline for designing a book cover can vary depending on factors such as project complexity, client feedback, and the designer's workload. Typically, the process involves initial concept development, revisions based on client feedback, and finalization of the design. As an efficient and dedicated designer, I strive to deliver high-quality covers within a reasonable timeframe, ensuring timely completion of each project.



I usually work on 2-3 (or more) cover ideas in 3-4 business days.

If you’re happy with the covers and you decide to move forward with one of them:

  1. We finalise the winning design

  2. I will get the Ebook cover files + 3D covers + social media banner ready and send them to you

  3. We work on the paperback cover (front + back + spine)

How do I self publish my book?

Self-publishing a book allows authors to retain control over the entire publishing process, from manuscript preparation to distribution. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to self-publish a book:

1. Finalize Your Manuscript:

  • Ensure your manuscript is polished, proofread, and edited to the best of your ability. Consider hiring a professional editor or proofreader if needed.


2. Choose Your Publishing Platform:


3. Design Your Book Cover:

  • Create or commission a professional book cover design that accurately represents your book's genre and content.

  • Ensure your cover meets the size and formatting guidelines of your chosen publishing platform.


4. Interior typesetting:

  • Prepare your manuscript by formatting it yourself or hiring a professional typesetter. Ensure it adheres to the specifications outlined by your chosen publishing platform.

  • Make sure you have the suitable file format, such as PDF or EPUB, compatible with ebook or print-on-demand (POD) publishing.


5. Set Your Pricing and Distribution Options:

  • Determine the pricing for your book, considering factors such as length, genre, and market competition.

  • Choose distribution options, including ebook, paperback, and hardcover formats, as well as digital and print distribution channels.


6. Sign Up to Your Chosen Self-Publishing Platform:

  • Sign up for an account on your chosen self-publishing platform and follow the prompts to upload your formatted manuscript and cover files.

  • Enter metadata such as title, author name, description, keywords, and categories to optimize discoverability.


7. Review and Approve:

  • Review digital proofs of your book and order a proof copy before publishing the book, to ensure formatting, layout, and content are correct.

  • Make any necessary revisions or corrections before approving your book for publication.


8. Publish and Promote:

  • Once you're reviewed and approved the proof copy, publish your book and make it available for sale on your chosen distribution channels.

  • Implement a marketing plan to promote your book, including social media promotion, book launch events, author website, email newsletters, and outreach to book bloggers and reviewers.


9. Monitor Sales and Reviews:

  • Track sales and royalties through your self-publishing platform's dashboard.

  • Encourage readers to leave reviews and feedback on your book's product pages to boost visibility and credibility.


10. Iterate and Expand:

  • Continuously monitor sales data and reader feedback to refine your marketing strategy and improve future book releases.

  • Consider expanding distribution to additional platforms or formats to reach a wider audience over time.


What is interior typesetting?

Interior typesetting involves the meticulous formatting of the interior pages of a book, encompassing elements such as text layout, font selection, spacing, and alignment. As an expert in  typesetting, I meticulously arrange content to create a visually appealing and reader-friendly layout that enhances the overall presentation of your book. I ensure that every aspect of the interior typesetting reflects the professionalism and quality of your work, effectively conveying your message to your readers.

How long does it take to typeset a book?

The timeframe for typesetting a book varies depending on factors such as the manuscript's length, complexity of the design, and the proficiency of the typesetter. Typically, the process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks for a standard-length book. As an efficient and experienced typesetter, I prioritize both speed and quality, ensuring timely delivery of your professionally typeset manuscript.


Here’s my typical typesetting process:

Step 1: I receive the final edited and proofread manuscript and I create a sample interior PDF (paperback - print file).

Step 2:  the author reviews it and approves it.

Step 3: I work on the rest of the interior (print version) | 3-4 days.

Step 4: the author reviews it.

Step 5: (if needed): we’ll make changes, if needed. I provide two free rounds of changes.

Step 6:  the author approves the interior paperback PDF.

Step 7: I convert it into en Ebook | 2-3 days.

How much does it cost to typeset a book?

The cost of typesetting a book varies based on several factors, including the manuscript's length (final word count), complexity of the layout, number of footnotes/endnotes and images. I offer competitive pricing that is tailored to fit each project's specific requirements and budget. 


The files I provide are: 

  • Interior paperback PDF

  • Interior ebook EPUB

  • Interior ebook for KINDLE only

  • Source files


Typesetting rules for books

  • Consistent use of typography for headings, body text, and other elements.

  • Proper alignment, spacing, and margins to enhance readability.

  • Clear hierarchy of information through font size, weight, and style.

  • Adequate leading (line spacing) and kerning (spacing between letters) for optimal legibility.

  • Integration of images and visual elements to complement the text without overwhelming it.

  • Attention to details such as widows, orphans, and hyphenation to ensure a polished layout.

  • Compliance with printing and publishing standards for the chosen format (e.g., print, ebook).

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