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I don't understand how the Quickie Custom cover works. Can you explain it again?

Sure. You don't pay me up front. I design an original customized cover for your book using manipulated stock images and typography in one to three hours (depending on my daughter's willingness to let me work). I send you a copy of the image with a "watermark." If you love it you buy it for $50. If you don't love it, you pay me $0 and it becomes one of my pre-made covers (after I take away your author name and change the title a bit). That's it! No revisions, no changes, just one shot at a very affordable, customized cover.

What if I love everything about the quickie custom cover except for ____?

If you really want to use the cover I design for you as a quickie custom cover, but you would like to make changes to it, then you can pay the $100 (instead of $50) for an ebook cover with full revisions and we will get every little detail just the way you want it.

What is your average turnaround time?

I'll be frank. I have a 1 year old and I work from home. She's pretty good at entertaining herself for a while, but there are days (or weeks) where she decides that me ignoring her is the worst thing ever, or that naps are for chumps, or what have you. So, my turnaround times are variable, because my available working hours in a given day are variable.

That said, I can generally get an initial cover design to you in a single day, and an initial formatting design to you in three days. Then your responsiveness factors greatly into how quickly we move on from there. Expect a print cover layout to take a full week, and a print formatting job to take two from start to finish. Ebook only jobs can be done much more quickly, but the more complicated the design, the longer it takes. For formatting, once I have your manuscript in hand, and know what you want, I can give you a pretty accurate estimate of how long it will take me to get things done.   

Why do I have to pay half of the cost of booking upfront?

The short answer is: because this is the internet, and not everyone is nice. The long answer is: I'm sure you're a lovely, trustworthy human being. However, not everyone is, and I cannot afford to spend time on design work that is going to go unpaid. (That's why quickie custom covers that aren't purchased turn into pre-made covers--someone will buy them eventually.) I have bills to pay and a daughter to feed, and charging half of the cost upfront allows me confidently start work on your project as quickly as possible. 

If you have ANY questions about a project before you decide to book it, please e-mail me at virginialamcclain@gmail.com or use the contact form on this website. I am always happy to answer questions, and I don't want you to feel like you are risking your hard-earned money.  

How do I order a pre-made cover?

Next to the pre-made cover gallery you will find an order form for the pre-made covers currently available. Please fill it out and then make your payment with PayPal. The pre-made cover will be tailored to your title and author name and then will be delivered to your e-mail address by the end of the following business day.

Why do I have to book a time and date? 

The booking system through the app I'm using requires start dates and times, and, while dates are useful to me, times are largely irrelevant. So, you have to book a time to keep the booking system happy. Meanwhile, the date you choose will be the start date for the project for me. The time will have no bearing on when I start, so go ahead and pick whatever. The date matters, the time does not. Sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. I am looking into other methods for ordering my services, but haven't ironed it all out yet. For now this works reasonably well. 

Affordable, professional designs for your book, inside and out.

Welcome to Virginia McClain Designs

Whether you're looking for a pre-made cover for your latest webserial, an affordable ebook format for your standalone novel, or custom print covers for your eight book series, Virginia McClain Designs has got you covered.

Print & eBook cover design

priced for indie budgets

premade or quickie custom ebook cover

$50

Custom eBook cover with full revisions

$100

Custom Print & Ebook design with full revisions

$250

Print and ebook formatting

for the indie budget

Starting with a basic template with customizable options, and topping out at a completely customized interior book design with every detail hand picked for your book alone, every level leaves you with a professional book interior for print or digital formats (or both).

Ebook Only formatting

Starting at $75

If you aren't planning to print your book at all these options are for you. The simplest, genre-appropriate layouts start at just $75.

Print only formatting

Starting at $150

Only need print formatting? Then these are the packages for you. Simple, genre-appropriate layouts start at just $150.

Print and eBook Formatting

Starting at $195

For the indie author who plans to publish in both print and digital formats.

Testimonials

"If you're considering Virginia McClain for your graphic design needs then you are making the right decision. Virginia guided me through a three-week creative process to create six new ebook covers for my crime series. I've worked with dozens of graphic artists over the years and Virginia is the best of the best. She has the unique ability to listen to my needs and ideas -- and then use her special talents to generate covers that exceeded my expectations. The fact that she is also a writer means that she has first-person understanding of various book genres and sub-genres. Furthermore, she works very quickly. I am SO glad that I found her [...] and I certainly will be coming back to her for all my future needs."

~D.F. Bailey

1/1

Virginia provided me with an AMAZING book cover... Really well designed and thought out. 

~Elliott Killian

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