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Okay... I have been looking into this. There are people advertising premade covers here in the Writers Café, and also in the yellow pages - I think there's a sticky with links at the top of this forum.

A Google search produces lots of sites of different kinds. I like this one, GoOnWrite: https://www.goonwrite.com/

But there are tons of other sites and most offer covers for single use only.

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There are a lot, lot, LOT of people who make premade covers. I haven't looked into all of them, so I don't know about the "use only once" guarantee. I'm not sure the Kboards "yellow pages" is the best place to look.... I don't know how old some of those posts are or if some of the people are even still in business. Obviously we have current KB "regulars" who sell covers, including premades, and I'm sure any post about cover art will have a number of them replying.

I've gotten two covers from James at GoOnWrite, and am pleased with them. He does very nice work.

The problem with premades in general is that you will likely not find exactly the image that you have in mind, so your expectations may need to be a little flexible.
 

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Any reputable premade artist should guarantee they'll only sell the cover once. I've seen cover artists use the same stock photo on more than one cover but in a completely different way.

It's difficult to recommend a general premade site. I've got a bunch bookmarked that I go through if I'm looking for a cover but they are all romance and/or UF focused. It might be worth asking who is good in the genre you write. James at Goonwrite and Rocking Book Covers are both good and cover a range of genres (no pun intended).
 

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Most sites state use only once guarantee or they'd soon be out of business.

There are lots of good sites, it is finding the cover relevant to your story in the first instance that is the biggest task. Best way is to search say military thrillers to start with as there are hundreds of premade sites but not all have a military theme.

Rockingbookcovers is a member here. He is great to deal with. I had at least 12 covers from him for short stories at one time. It depends on if he has what you are looking for. He is thriller and horror oriented.

If anything, searching the sites might inspire you to do your own, or give you an idea to put to a designer
 

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Ancient Lawyer said:
Okay... I have been looking into this. There are people advertising premade covers here in the Writers Café, and also in the yellow pages - I think there's a sticky with links at the top of this forum.

A Google search produces lots of sites of different kinds. I like this one, GoOnWrite: https://www.goonwrite.com/

But there are tons of other sites and most offer covers for single use only.

[/size]Also worth trying: [/size]Fiverr
DeviantArt
Etsy
Thanks Lawyer
 

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Jena H said:
There are a lot, lot, LOT of people who make premade covers. I haven't looked into all of them, so I don't know about the "use only once" guarantee. I'm not sure the Kboards "yellow pages" is the best place to look.... I don't know how old some of those posts are or if some of the people are even still in business. Obviously we have current KB "regulars" who sell covers, including premades, and I'm sure any post about cover art will have a number of them replying.

I've gotten two covers from James at GoOnWrite, and am pleased with them. He does very nice work.

The problem with premades in general is that you will likely not find exactly the image that you have in mind, so your expectations may need to be a little flexible.
Thanks Jena. Yeah, I'm growing accustomed to the idea if the cover says my genre I should be happy with that.
 

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Any reputable premade artist should guarantee they'll only sell the cover once. I've seen cover artists use the same stock photo on more than one cover but in a completely different way.

It's difficult to recommend a general premade site. I've got a bunch bookmarked that I go through if I'm looking for a cover but they are all romance and/or UF focused. It might be worth asking who is good in the genre you write. James at Goonwrite and Rocking Book Covers are both good and cover a range of genres (no pun intended).
Thanks kathrynoh. I'm sure you're right that some premades use the same stock photo in a completely different way, but I've seen quite a few that look awfully similar. I'm sure that depends on the seller of course.

Loved the pun (intended or not). :)
 

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Most sites state use only once guarantee or they'd soon be out of business.

There are lots of good sites, it is finding the cover relevant to your story in the first instance that is the biggest task. Best way is to search say military thrillers to start with as there are hundreds of premade sites but not all have a military theme.

Rockingbookcovers is a member here. He is great to deal with. I had at least 12 covers from him for short stories at one time. It depends on if he has what you are looking for. He is thriller and horror oriented.

If anything, searching the sites might inspire you to do your own, or give you an idea to put to a designer
Thanks Declan. Good suggestion on searching for military thrillers. That will narrow things down. And yeah, I need to look at more premades (I've already looked at a lot on Zon) which may give me a generic theme.
 

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Some more good premade cover sites, that were not mentioned before:

http://www.thecovercollection.com/
www.damonza.com (but not many and very expensive)
https://www.bookcoversart.com/premade-book-covers/ (strong at thrillers too but some premades bit overpriced)
https://epicbookcovers.com/premade-covers
http://thecovervault.com/

Most designers don't have a big selection but don't be afraid to contact them to talk about maybe turning a cover that is somewhat similar to a more fitting one. It's totally possible quite often.

And designer should guarantee to sell cover once only. Mixups might happen and stuff but it's easy to fix and not sell 2nd time etc. I think most designers are guaranteeing it tho.

P.S. Thanks a lot for the mentions @Decon and @Kathrynoh!
 

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Go on Write is okay and affordable. If you go with them, make sure to stipulate that you don't want sudden font or style changes. My last two covers from him had my author name capped (I didn't want it that way and it didn't look like that in the premade) and in a different font from what I'd seen in the original premade. I had to ask both times for it to be changed.

Just make sure what you see is what you get.
 

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Some more good premade cover sites, that were not mentioned before:

http://www.thecovercollection.com/
www.damonza.com (but not many and very expensive)
https://www.bookcoversart.com/premade-book-covers/ (strong at thrillers too but some premades bit overpriced)
https://epicbookcovers.com/premade-covers
http://thecovervault.com/

Most designers don't have a big selection but don't be afraid to contact them to talk about maybe turning a cover that is somewhat similar to a more fitting one. It's totally possible quite often.

And designer should guarantee to sell cover once only. Mixups might happen and stuff but it's easy to fix and not sell 2nd time etc. I think most designers are guaranteeing it tho.

P.S. Thanks a lot for the mentions @Decon and @Kathrynoh!
Thanks RBC. That was really helpful. I've looked at your site and it's really quality stuff and very reasonably priced. I'm still a little leery (not of your site and this example is not from your site) but of stuff like this, where the guy on the cover just turns in a different direction and they're both considered to be unique covers.



And a question. Is it considered okay (like you can from stock photo sites) to take a screenshot of a premade, erase the typography (as effectively as possible), put in my typography and then workshop it here in Kboards? (There doesn't seem to be any watermarks on premades like there are on stock photos.)
 

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Moe D said:
Go on Write is okay and affordable. If you go with them, make sure to stipulate that you don't want sudden font or style changes. My last two covers from him had my author name capped (I didn't want it that way and it didn't look like that in the premade) and in a different font from what I'd seen in the original premade. I had to ask both times for it to be changed.

Just make sure what you see is what you get.
Good to know, Moe. Thanks.
 

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RBC said:
Some more good premade cover sites, that were not mentioned before:

http://www.thecovercollection.com/
www.damonza.com (but not many and very expensive)
https://www.bookcoversart.com/premade-book-covers/ (strong at thrillers too but some premades bit overpriced)
https://epicbookcovers.com/premade-covers
http://thecovervault.com/

Most designers don't have a big selection but don't be afraid to contact them to talk about maybe turning a cover that is somewhat similar to a more fitting one. It's totally possible quite often.

And designer should guarantee to sell cover once only. Mixups might happen and stuff but it's easy to fix and not sell 2nd time etc. I think most designers are guaranteeing it tho.

P.S. Thanks a lot for the mentions @Decon and @Kathrynoh!
Thank you very much for the links @RBC. I have been trawling the net and the choice is overwhelming.
 

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Thank you very much for the links @RBC. I have been trawling the net and the choice is overwhelming.
It is, I've not even scratched the surface of all designers I've seen doing them :D But it's also a good thing because it means there is choice for authors in all prices and styles.

You're very welcome. Hope you'll find what you need.
 

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Thanks RBC. That was really helpful. I've looked at your site and it's really quality stuff and very reasonably priced. I'm still a little leery (not of your site and this example is not from your site) but of stuff like this, where the guy on the cover just turns in a different direction and they're both considered to be unique covers.



And a question. Is it considered okay (like you can from stock photo sites) to take a screenshot of a premade, erase the typography (as effectively as possible), put in my typography and then workshop it here in Kboards? (There doesn't seem to be any watermarks on premades like there are on stock photos.)
No problems! You're welcome!

Those two covers are unique and they are similar because they are in a series. Series covers have to be unique but at the same time, similar and recognisable. It wouldn't be fair to consider these 'unoriginal' or 'unique' for that reason. But there are definitely covers that could be done better, I've made the mistake of rushing some designs myself. There are times where there are no needed stock photos and that makes us designers do stuff with the same stock etc To manage to work within a certain budget, there will be limits. We can't produce insanely good and uniue stuff all the time, in all prices. Premades are a great mix of value and price.

As far as other question, since it's not a final product and not gonna be used commercially, it would be ok.

But in either case author shouldn't really be workshoping it in public. Just get in touch with designer and ask for preview. You two then see what is what and work out the thing to fit the needs. Then as you're coming to a decision, ask 5 authors who are in your genre to see what they think. That's it. Getting too much feedback is an issue, because you can't please everybody. Getting feedback from tight, focused and relevant group tho, is crucial.

To be completely frank, it is a bit disrespectful to designers to workshop a premade of theirs yourself and then tell them how to make it. It looks like you don't trust the particular cover creator etc. You wouldn't want a reader come in and workshop your story and change it's ending to fit better and then say 'Yeah, I'll buy this'. It might be well intended for yourself to make a good cover, but for some peoplethe issue is letting go of some control and that's not great. This is a thing with many self-employed individuals tho, me included, just at different things. Control freakiness is good to certain level, but telling people who are better than you at what they do is not a great way to retain control.

Even if you end up buying a premade, you are not REALLY losing control anyway. You have no obligation to buy after seeing a preview (unless you promised to, which you don't need to). No designer will just throw a cover at you without feedback, without making it work and that doesn't work in general. I think most of us are interested in making best cover possible and sometimes even stand up to authors to not make them worse (due to author wanting some bad design thing, typography often being an issue).

In general, be forward with designers and ask questions, ask about certain design things etc, when buying custom or premade cover. Part of our job IS to be a guide/consultant. Kind of a doctor... And most of us are happy to collaborate. Just with some boundaries. It should be enjoyable process for both sides. And hopefully start and continuation of partnership.
 
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