Your e-book is almost complete, and you realize that you need impressive coverage to promote it. The problem is that you do not have the skills or software to create one. It’s time to look for a graphics expert. Buying a product is no different than purchasing another product or online service. You want a designer who is reliable and can truly reflect your vision for a price you can afford.
Here are some tips to help you find a good graphic designer that fits your needs:
Do you know someone who has already used a designer? Ask your restricted circle, support teams, friends, and colleagues first. It is likely that some of these critical people you report cover at some point, and they would like to share their resources with you. Forums are also a great place to look for references. Not only do you have an idea of the style of your designers, but they can also give you some ideas as you create your vision.
Use search engines to find graphics experts. Enter some keywords or phrases and start looking around. You might have to spend quite some time to see everyone, but in the end, it’s worth finding the right person for your requirements. It isn’t a bad idea to check out Fiverr or Freelancer as well.
If you are looking at a designer website, read the reviews. If you have a link to the customer’s site, follow this. Do not be afraid to contact the site owner and ask if their statements are valid. I have received numerous requests for information on products and services that I have recommended in different places. Also, try to see the cover on their site. You have an idea of how it fits your website.
When reviewing testimonials, ask if they have purchased other graphic elements from the same designer. Sometimes it is evident that the rest of the graphics on the page are the same. In other cases, it may not be so apparent if the customer has purchased graphic elements for various websites or products. If you are not sure, ask.
The option is to find a designer to prepare the cover without paying in advance. The tests they perform include watermarks to prevent theft of images. However, you can see the results before you pay them. However, not all designers offer this option “without risk.” If you choose a designer who requires an upfront payment, be sure to negotiate a comprehensible money back guarantee or a new design if you do not like the final image.
Does the designer have a portfolio or pattern on his website? A review of the work already done will show you if they are doing quality work. Every designer has his style. When looking at the designer portfolio, look for the names of the authors. If you see a lot of graphical elements created for the same author or website, it’s often a sign of activity repetition. That is a good thing. There are also graphic designer that specialize in certain niches. If you are running an adult site it doesn’t make sense to have a graphic designer who specializes in cartoon graphics. If you have a general adult forum such as TNABoard
Other supporting graphics
Does the designer create other graphic elements that support your cover?; Things like a page header, an order button, a wallpaper, etc.; these other graphics are often grouped for a better price and are designed to work with your cover.
Order form options
Look at the order form before ordering. See what the questions included are. Are you asking him the age range and target market you want to reach? Your color preference? More available options? Does the order form provide areas where you can post comments, ideas, or other instructions you need to know? When you ask these questions, you want to design a cover for your market and a cover designed to sell your product.
Customer service is the most important thing. Does the site specify the straightforward approach to get in contact with the graphic designer? Do they react in time to your emails? Can you call them?
Frequently asked questions
Does the designer page have a frequently asked questions section? If so, read it! You can find answers to some or all of your questions without continuing.
You have a deadline. What is the standard delivery time for your project? Will the designer work with you to finish your project before it expires? If they want, it means that they are ready to work with you and want the best for you.
Are designer prices listed on the website and easy to find? If not, do they send it by e-mail? Can you pay what the designer charges? If you need more than one design, can you expect a discount? Do you offer special packages or other offers? Although the costs are indeed a fact to think about, this should not be the only consideration. Good designers can cost more, but in the end, you’ll get a higher quality image that will increase your sales.
You can spend days, weeks, and months gathering information about which graphic designer to use for your project. It can be a daunting process. It does not have to be; sometimes you have to trust your instinct and follow it.