About a month ago, I did a 24-hour writing challenge where I committed to writing a book within 24 hours. Of course, we were successful in doing that.
Now we’re deep in the publishing process. We’ve already edited, proofread, and formatted the content. We’re ready to get a book cover design.
I reached out to the fine folks over there at Fiverr and I told them the situation.
I needed a good book cover design and wanted to tap into the 5 different types of sellers on Fiverr.
- New sellers
- Level One sellers
- Level Two sellers
- Top-Rated sellers
- Fiverr Pros
It goes from the absolute newbie to the experienced pro.
Would these designers be able to capture my vision?
Would they be able to understand where I’m going with my brand of Self-Publishing with Dale.
And could they give me the best cover for my very first book based on self-publishing called Amazon Keywords for Books?
What I Needed on Fiverr
I wanted to find sellers with good reviews, a great history, and a decent price point most anyone could afford.
What I needed from them was going to be at a minimum:
- An ebook cover
- A print cover
- Ideally, an audiobook cover
- Any other bells and whistles like 3D images or social media things
I was mainly concerned about getting the three different iterations – ebook, print book, and audiobook – since I will be publishing all three versions here in the next month and a half.
So I needed to communicate my needs to each one of these sellers. I provided a folder with all of the metadata.
That includes title, subtitle, series name, author name, the book blurb, my headshot or the author bio, and my book logo.
I also needed to let them know what my brand is on YouTube. So they can get some inspiration about what exactly it is that I do.
Last but not least, I went digging into my niche.
I tried to find some of the best-performing self-publishing books in the market as a way to kind of model my books and just the book cover design in general.
I didn’t want anything copied. I just wanted to draw inspiration from the other covers.
Okay, it’s time to spend some money! We started out with a new seller, Agneslena.
She actually had a premium gig of $30 which includes one design concept, back and spine designs, and a 3D Mockup.
Now, it doesn’t include the ACX version. That’s not gonna be a deal-breaker for me. So, I placed the order $30.
Top Rated Seller
Let’s jump forward to the second gig, Pro_ebookcovers. The seller, Angie, has been on Fiverr for a very long time.
I actually got my first book covers done by her. My mentor introduced me to her gigs quite some time ago and so I thought let’s go ahead and give her a shot at the premium gig.
We get the high-res 2D cover, a source file (which means that I can go ahead and edit it later on if I want to), a 3D model and it’s print ready with unlimited revisions.
She says two days delivery, which is pretty stellar at about $40.
Level Two Seller
The next one up on the list is actually a level two seller, hubspot_pro.
And I just went ahead got him, after scrolling through the gig and seeing he has some great covers and excellent feedback.
I ordered the premium which is gonna include the front, back, and spine print-ready file with unlimited revisions. This one is set at about $70.
That’s almost twice as much as Angie’s, so it’s going be interesting to see if he can measure up.
I was looking through even some of the negative reviews on him, and there were only two.
It seemed a lack of communication was to blame for the low reviews.
He was super cool about it to the people even though they were throwing shade on him.
Level One Seller
Okay, so, our very next gig we grabbed was by agnesam who is a level one seller.
This is actually the next most expensive gig so far at $75.
So just about five bucks, more than the level two seller.
There are some beautiful covers in her portfolio.
For the premium gig, you get one design concept, back and spine designs, and jacket cover.
The jacket covers are really big especially if you’re looking to print a hardback with the jacket for something like Lulu or IngramSpark.
Then, here’s the cool one, ACX, that’s really awesome.
I was really excited about this one.
Now, this one is actually what’s considered a Fiverr Pro.
These sellers are hand vetted by the folks over at Fiverr for being the cream of the crop, the best of the best.
But prepare yourself, this is the most expensive of all of the ones and it’s probably the most I’ve ever spent on a cover before.
So this one is actually by marmarko. The unique premium design unlimited is $800!
His less expensive gig is $350, but the experience that Marco brings to the table is very extensive.
He talks a lot about his background with 20 years working in the highest-circulating daily newspapers, learning to manage the pressure of short deadlines.
A lot of you might be kind of going, “Oh, that’s a lot of money,” but the quality of work he does speaks for itself.
I was blown away by all his previous work. I wanted to see what he could actually do. Especially for $800, I was hoping he could deliver.
I was nervous about spending that much money!
All that was left – sit back and wait for all of the orders to come in.
Watch What Happened Next…
What do you think about this list?
How would you rank them?
A big thanks over to Fiverr.
I really appreciate that and in fact, actually, if you want to take a look at this curated list of sellers that I have over Fiverr you can visit dalelinks.com/fiverrcovers.
Hey, while we’re here, want a free copy of Amazon Keywords for Books?
Just stay tuned to my channel for details.