Balboa Press Design Services | Custom Cover Creation

Custom Cover Design


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Note: The Custom Cover Design is already included in every package. This page is designed to give you more information about the service and why it is important for your book.

If you want people to pick up your book and start reading it, you need to have an engaging cover. Ask yourself what kind of cover would draw someone in to read your book? With the Balboa Press cover design service, our experienced design team will create a cover that perfectly fits your book.

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We work with you to incorporate your ideas, photos and graphics to give you a one-of-a-kind cover that fits your vision. Your cover will include your book’s title, subtitle (if any), authors name(s), additional marketing copy and your customized artwork, if you choose to supply that to us. We offer stock photos for authors who do not have custom artwork they would like to supply.

If you wish, you may submit your own cover images. To ensure that any cover images you submit to us come out clear and crisp on your cover, please follow these requirements:

  • Submitted separately from your manuscript as a TIFF (.tif) file format
  • CMYK colorspace
  • 300-dpi resolution
  • Match the dimension of the final trim size, plus an 1/8” bleed on the top, right and bottom side. (i.e., a cover image for a 6” x 9” book would need to be submitted at 6.125” x 9.25”)
  • Written copyright permission from the creator (artist, photographer, etc.) to use the work on your book cover.
  • Exception to the requirements: sample graphics and other illustrations that will only be used as ideas or guidelines for the design team can be submitted in any format.

Read our FAQ for more information about how to properly submit your images.

You may also include the following items with your submission for inclusion on the back book cover. All of these items are optional:

  • Author bio (no more than 50 words)
  • Marketing copy about your book (no more than 200 words)
  • One to four published reviews (no more than 50 words each, including the credit line)
  • A photo of the author. If a photo is submitted it must meet the following requirements:
    • TIFF (.tif) or JPEG (.jpg) format
    • CMYK colorspace
    • 300-dpi resolution
    • 600 x 600 pixels (if JPEG)
    • 2” x 2” printed size

One round of corrections or adjustments to your cover is allowed after receiving the first proof copy. The first round of corrections is free of charge, but any subsequent changes will result in a corrections fee.

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Our custom cover comes standard with every publishing package. This service ensures you will receive a book cover you can be proud of. Call 877.407.4847 for more information about this service.