Process and Rates

Design absolutely matters.

It’s said that design can make or break a title. It’s not a joke.

A World Without Reality, pages 20-21 (commonly called a “spread”), 8.5 x 11″ interior design, Bill Paxton, pub.
Note: If you’re an author looking for a designer or new to publishing, read about how book covers are usually designed with this overview at Penguin UK. If you’re self-publishing, we’ll work directly together. 

  • 2-4 design drafts submitted to client after project begins, following schedule established at outset.
  • Unlimited revisions. You read that correctly: it’s impossible to limit revisions to one or two rounds. We’ll work together to get it perfect.
  • Proofs delivered to client in PDF form. Printed proofs available at an extra charge.
  • Final files uploaded to cloud, or optionally burned to a flash drive and sent to client. (Giles will upload press-ready output files directly to your printer.)


  • Covers start at $750. That’s a 6×9 trade paperback, with all imagery and a clear design direction supplied by the publisher or author.
  • Jackets start at $1000. That’s a hardcover jacket with flaps, plus design for the unjacketed book’s spine (with design for the unjacketed book’s front and back cover available at an extra fee), with all imagery and a clear design direction supplied.
  • Optionally, I’m happy to provide assistance in finding the best image and/or design direction. Charges vary.
  • Interior design depends entirely on the project; rates range from as little as $500 for text-only titles to $5000+ for long and/or complicated projects. (A World Without Reality, pictured above, was in this latter category — see more from that project.)

Optional Extras

  • Custom photography. Take your project to the next level with custom photography for cover, jacket or interior. Prices vary.
  • Marketing materials. Need print ads or online banners? Available for a low, per-item fee.
  • Author or publisher branding. Especially useful for self-publishers, this allows you to present professionally. Available items include logos, brochures, advertisements, and much more. Prices vary.
Notes regarding payment
  • Cash or personal or business checks welcome. Some businesses and educational institutions use purchase orders, which are also welcome.
  • Electronic payment is often easier, but there will be a 3–5% extra fee, depending on the client’s preferred method of payment. Apple, Square and PayPal accepted.

Questions? Want an estimate? Get in touch today.