Spittyfish Designs – Policies, Tips, and FAQ

Time spent on project and alterations

Creating artwork takes time and care. We try not to push “rush” projects ahead of others, and if we have a heavy work load, we will give you our best estimate as to how long it will take to get your finished design to you. We now charge $20.00 to rush an order through, and will send an email after one month to clients who have been inactive, or let the project drop without notice, informing them their project is about to expire and go online as one of our premades. The materials and designs Spittyfish Designs purchased for the project may then be used for future projects. In the case of premade designs, we will now only hold a cover for one month. In the case of purchased premade covers, we hold it for Two years (computer willing).


Spittyfish Designs owns the copyright to the artwork. That said, you are free to promote your cover/artwork freely, while remaining within the maximum print license limits. All photostock images have a copyright, and a maximum print run. That includes bookmarks, print book covers, postcards, labels, rack cards, business cards, etc… any printed material using the images designed by Spittyfish Designs. If you do not know the maximum amount you are allowed to print, just ask us, and we can give you the details. If you know ahead of time that you will need a very high print run, please, let us know at the photostock searching/purchasing time and we can choose a license that fits your needs. High print run licenses my alter the cost of the design (most often, this is not the case as most photostock licenses are very generous.)
These policies take effect starting today, March 8th, 2013

FAQ, useful resource links & tips for authors and designers

Frequently Asked Questions about graphic designs

Q – Is the cover I am purchasing for Print?

A – Not unless you specify that as what you need. I offer High Resolution covers and can create a print cover for you using specific measurements through sites such as Createspace, Lulu, Lightning Source, Got Print, and Vistaprint. Print from scratch covers start at $80.00 and they include an ebook.


Q- Who owns the copyright?

A – Because it is an artist’s work, the copyright remains with the cover artist. That said, you are allowed to use the cover to promote your book. The only limitations are the amount of print items you can create with the product, and that depends on the image license. Visit here: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/~troys2/tutorials/copyright.html  for more information on the subject


Q-  What are the limitations that come with my book cover?

A – Photostock comes with certain print limitations. Each photostock site has its own set limit. If your cover/business cards/trading cards/postcards/bookmarks, etc…  are going to print, please request the number of maximum print copies you are allowed and do not exceed that limit.


Q – What changes am I allowed with each cover?

A – For the most part, the artist and author will go back and forth many times in an effort to get the cover looking how the author wants it. That said, there are limitations to the cover artist’s ability and availability. Once the cover is finalized (Author approved and sizes sent), we charge $25.00/each new modification. It is best to use a cover art form, and to fill it out in as much detail as possible.


Q – Can a cover be used for more than one author’s book?

A – No. Once a cover, premade or custom designed, has been sold, we take it out of our inventory. Most Photostock image licenses do not allow for multiple uses, but we also feel it is better to have an original cover for each book.


Q – Does Spittyfish Designs upload my print files to the print press?

A – Nope. Never done it. Wouldn’t know the ins and outs of it. I’d probably make a bigger mess of it than you would.


Q – What the various sizes are good for:

A –

200×300, 300 x 450,  &  432×648 = amazon/goodreads/blog posts

750×1125 = Barnes and Noble

1800×2700   &   up = Mostly publisher use for ebook and print.

1600×2400 high res – Smashwords

1699×2500 high res- amazon

3000×4500 high res Amazon NEW.


Just a quick reference list of things we’ve learned along the way. Please feel free to add to this list (Email us or leave a comment and we’ll credit you by placing your name next to it).

Enter your cover in a cover art contest. It is good publicity. Some contests are here:


Website, Logo and Graphics- https://www.facebook.com/enthusiastudio/

Social Media Icons – I have had a hard time finding some icons, so, I’m collecting them here for easy searches.



– Tag your book. On the page listing your book, there will be a small section for tags. Just type in words that describe your book. Add your author name, the genre (in a variety of ways), the title, etc…

– Find author buddies who will click your tags for you in exchange for clicked tags. (What are clicked tags?) click on each tag description and open that page. Boosts popularity.

Tags Anywhere, basically. If you want, send us a list of words that you think best describe your book, and we will add them into our post with your cover. It gets hits.

Editing/Book Formatting

Need help polishing your manuscript or help with self publishing? Here’s a great resource.

Great places to list your book(s)- this might be dated


All Romance Ebooks.


Library Thing

Coffee Time Romance


Romance Wiki

Tricks to get more promo coverage –

Enter your book cover at the You Gotta Read Covers site: http://yougottareadcovers.blogspot.com/

Figuring out the physical side of things:

For those considering a tangible book, I have stumbled across a site that details the important measurements of books (word count to pages calculator). That can be found here: http://www.writersservices.com/wps/p_word_count.htm 

Kindle Formatting (tip thanks to Teresa Wilde/IndieRomanceInk) – http://kindleformatting.com/book/files/KindleHTMLtags.pdf

Canadian/British/US spelling of words – http://www3.telus.net/linguisticsissues/BritishCanadianAmerican.htm

Interesting reading for Authors:




Blog and author Resources:

Logos https://placeit.net/logo-maker

Blog graphics – http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/free/free-backgrounds.html?start=72

Blog graphics – http://www.webweaver.nu/


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