New copyright terms (effective immediately) have been added. These cover more legal ground, as well as flesh out the terms of copyright use for you, the customer. Be sure to read through those here.
Also, due to some recent issues I've run into, new regulations have been added in regard to custom designs. Keep reading for the details.
IN REGARD TO REVISIONS:
Limitations to revisions are flexible. If you are NOT certain on the design even after we've discussed it, please request a mockup, as one free mockup will also be included upon request. IF YOU DO NOT REQUEST A MOCKUP AND AN ENTIRE DESIGN IS SCRAPPED, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR 50% OF THAT DESIGN. Once verbal approval has been made, there will be a $10.00 fee PER alteration thereafter.
IN REGARD TO PAYMENTS:
Payment by Paypal. Above prices subject to change at any time. 50% of payment is due prior to beginning of services, and is NON-REFUNDABLE. Final 50% of payment is due upon verbal approval of final design. By making payment all clients agree to and are bound by the copyright agreement.
I've added a section on the Pricing Information page to help you understand and be better prepared for what I need in order to create your custom design, and have a better understanding of what you're looking for.
Don't forget! On January 1st, ALL paperback prices (custom & ebook) will be increasing by $10.00 (trilogy paperback prices will be increasing by $30.00). This includes the combo packages. This amount is to cover the cost of an actual printed edition of your book. I purchase every published paperback design to add it to my physical portfolio. It's become too pricey. Instead of raising all of my prices, I've chosen to simply tack on this small extra fee. Please note that this amount may be refundable under certain circumstances.
Last but not least, I want to mention once again that your designers (myself included) are human beings. The amount of time they spend on your design is part of their job, and they should be compensated for it. If you have ever has a design worked on, whether it was completed or not, and chose to find a new designer because you weren't satisfied with the design, you are still expected to pay for the work done. You don't have a roofer start your roof, then switch roofers because you weren't satisfied with the speed in which the first was getting work done, and NOT pay the first roofer for the work. It doesn't matter if you weren't happy with the speed, you still pay. If you don't want to pay, you better expect to discuss it in a legal setting.
My prices are intentionally low so that striving authors who can't afford hundreds of dollars for a sharp cover can still afford it. To say I'm frustrated would be a drastic understatement. In the last few months, I have had several authors attempt to take advantage of me and my low fees by trying to get certain services done free. It's extremely rude and disrespectful, Yes, you still need to have manners in a professional setting. Secondly, don't ever tell a designer that you've "worked with other designers before and they did this and this". I'm not that designer. If you prefer the way they did business, there's nothing stopping you from going back to them for continued services. I apologize if this information seems rude or snippy, but I don't appreciate the treatment, and neither does any other designer. Guaranteed.
Before I forget, there is one more thing. Facebook is changing their regulations again. Surprise, surprise. They're making it essentially impossible for followers (likers) to see posts in their newsfeeds. Unless you visit my Facebook page on your own, or I pay to boost/promote every single post (which I cannot afford), you will not be able to see any updates. Because of this, I have started a Facebook group so that you have a higher chance of seeing my posts. Everything will be posted in both locations. Also, I've joined TSU and would be thrilled to have you friend/follow me there. Lastly, if you have not done so, consider subscribing to my newsletter. I only send one out a month, so your inbox will not be bombarded. The only exception to this rule is if there are updates that are pertinent, such as the copyright terms (legal, hefty duty stuff).
If you have ANY questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Rachel A Olson
Single mother of one, published author, southpaw, paranormal enthusiast, nerd/dork/geek/unicorn.