Multiply each by 12 (as in, 12 months), and it becomes less random. Roughly $50k per year/$100k/$250k/$1M.Jena H said:Maybe. But the amounts listed (4,200, 8,500, 21k, 85k) seem pretty random.
As with any poll, it's difficult if not impossible to provide enough permutations and choices to where you're nailing down every situation for every author. It's more about who or what designers authors tend to go with most of the time. A rough approximation is the best any poll can hope for. It's meant to provide a sketch or a general outlook, rather than a specific, well-defined photograph of industry norms.kathrynoh said:I feel like there's a big flaw in this poll. You can't determine if someone is earning more because they are using a more well known designer or if they are using the well known designer because they are earning more.
Even if I was earning $84K+ a month, I probably wouldn't go with a big name designer because a lot of them are booked out over a year ahead. That would take way too much planning for me. I don't necessarily think the cover designer's fame correlates to the best possible cover for ME. There are some designers that charge top dollar and do fabulous work but the reason they charge so much is because they do things like custom illustration which wouldn't work for the genres I write in.
Even though I answered the poll, I tend to be all over the place with cover designers. If I find a $50 premade that works for me then I'll go for that. If I want covers for an entire series done at once, I'll use a designer that I know is reliable. I'd bypass a designer that i think is 10/10 for design skills (if you could possibly measure that objectively) for a designer who is 7-8/10 but who has good time management, is professional and knows the market.
I did actually figure this one out (x12), and assumed you meant net, though I'm supposing some people might have answered gross, which can be a big difference.Corvid said:Multiply each by 12 (as in, 12 months), and it becomes less random. Roughly $50k per year/$100k/$250k/$1M.
The $50k per year is set as the minimum, because in many (no, not all) cases that's considered one bar to clear that means you can do this business full-time. Obviously, yes, this will depend on a number of factors including where you live, how you manage your finances, etc. But, $50k per year seems a good starting point. The other annual incomes are useful benchmarks as well.
However, for the poll, I broke it down monthly for the added detail it provides, rather than the pat answer of the larger sum (the annual amount) that authors will tell you, and usually tend to be less accurate than if someone tells you what they bring in each month.
True, but hopefully some will find the answers useful.Kenneth Rosenberg said:I did actually figure this one out (x12), and assumed you meant net, though I'm supposing some people might have answered gross, which can be a big difference.
Yes, I found that interesting as well. And, I agree, SFF typically requires the highest degree of skill, design-wise. Might be best to hire it out if writing in those genres/subgenres.wearywanderer64 said:Interestingly, the vast majority design their own covers and are under the lowest figure. I like designing my own covers for fun. Otherwise, I'll go for a premade for under fifty dollars. Some are fantastic. I've seen some that are far more expensive and are meh! Fantasy and Science fiction covers seem to need the most skill sets.