Book cover illustration and design


I provide a personal, bespoke artwork service, not an instant off-the-shelf cover design. All of my artwork is hand rendered using a graphics tablet, and will be unique to your book. The cover art is the first thing anybody will see of your book, so it is crucial to get it right, and that's what I'm here to do.

Firstly, I understand what a personal project writing a book is – and after months or years of typing away, it is now down to the designer to take the ideas and images that are in your head and turn them into the cover. So for me, it is not just another job – it is being invited on to a crucial part of your journey, and it is my aim to bring your story to life through the cover artwork.

With 20 years' experience as a professional graphic designer, I'll also handle the typography and layout, and will be on hand to answer any technical questions with regards to design or print. It doesn't just end with the cover – I can also produce short book trailers, flyers, advertisements or graphics for social media promotion.

How does it work?

First of all, we’ll discuss your book and its cover requirements by email, phone or Skype. I’ll also ask for a brief synopsis of the story or a relevant extract to read. For the cover illustration, I will usually provide a small number of rough concept sketches based on the brief, and take one forward for the final artwork.

Once the illustration is complete, I’ll provide design options for the layout and typography if required. The completed artwork will then be provided in all relevant formats required.

How much does it cost?

Every project is different. As a guide, prices usually range from £270 – £450. However, cost per project does vary depending on the complexity of the brief, amount of work/time involved and changes required.

E-book covers

The amount of work/time required to produce artwork for an e-book is no different to producing arwork for the cover of a printed book, other than in the case of e-books, the requirement is for a front cover only. The finished artwork will be supplied in the formats and sizes required by the publishing platform(s) you are using.

Paperback & hardback covers

Full illustration and design for front cover, back cover and spine (where required). The completed artwork will be supplied ready for print and at all required sizes for e-book and online formats.

Cover design based on an existing piece of my artwork

If you’ve seen a piece of my artwork on this website and would like to feature it as your book cover (subject to availability) I am happy to work this into a design for print and e-book formats. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements further.

Turnaround time

Project duration will vary according to how much time is needed on the original concept and the final illustration. I usually aim to have first visuals and drafts produced within a week, with final artwork produced within 10-15 days, depending on the brief and amount of changes required.

If you have any queries, please email me.