How much should it cost for book cover and page design? That depends on what type of book cover you require (hardcover or softcover, for example), and how complex your pages are (simple novel or complex nonfiction book).
Below is my standard pricing for book design, based on designing a typical book. Please review my design quotes and then you’ll have a good idea of what costs to expect for the design and layout of your book cover and pages.
As you shop for book design services, you’ll see that few designers offer such complete services for authors and publishers. Read what my clients say about my work, and be confident that you’ll receive prompt personal service and a book you’ll be proud of. Also know that my years of experience can help you avoid costly pitfalls.
I usually schedule new projects a few weeks in advance. If you choose to work with me on your book, please let me know in advance so I can be sure to set aside the necessary time for your book.
Please feel free to request a quote for your book specifically by using the form on my Request a Quote page. Tell me a bit about your book, and I’ll be happy to send you a quote promptly.
Below are my standard quotes. Click on a link to open the quote in PDF format, and you’ll see exactly what is included in each quote, including estimated fees and expenses. And if you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Book covers and dust jackets
Softcover (paperback) – $1,775
Hardcover with printed casewrap – $1,775
Softcover with flaps – $1,945
Hardcover with plain casewrap and dust jacket – $2,070
Hardcover with printed casewrap and dust jacket – $2,270
eBook front cover – $800 to $1,000
The quotes below are for typical books with 200 pages (some including 100 images). If your book has more or less than 200 pages and 100 images, then the time needed for typesetting, corrections, and placement of images will be more or less, and so will the cost of your mockup. But everything else will stay the same.
For a full explanation of the terms Simple, Complex Text, Complex Images and Full Layout, and to see design samples of those categories, please visit my Page design samples section.
Simple pages (novel, no images or special text treatments, black ink only) – $1,790 for 200 pages
Complex Text pages (nonfiction with headings/subheadings, reference materials, endnotes, glossary, bibliography, index, black ink only) – $2,790 for 200 pages
Complex Images pages (illustrated fiction or nonfiction, memoirs, art/photography books, coffee table books, full color) – $5,870 for 200 pages and 100 images
Full layout pages (books requiring special attention to each 2-page spread, such as corporate histories, technical reference books, manuals, special text and/or image treatments, full color) – $7,150 for 200 pages and 100 images
Children’s book quotes are based on 24 color pages and color cover, with print-ready illustrations supplied.
After your print book has gone to press, I can convert your InDesign file into an eBook. I’ll give you a firm quote on the cost once we know the final page count of your print book and how many images it includes. This service is only available for books that I’ve designed in InDesign.