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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How do you come up with your prices?
A: I base them off of the average hourly rate for freelance graphic designers in the US, which is $30/hr. That factors in everything from years of experience to the ridiculous amount certain graphics programs cost. So, unless otherwise noted, the price you see is:
The minimum amount of time it would take me to complete a simplistic version of your project x $30/hr.
Also, I am willing to bundle. :)
Q: I’ve sent you an email/order! Now what?
A: Sweet! *High five* If your project fits my schedule and skill set, I will likely accept it. At that point, we’ll discuss expectations and create a timeline that works for both of us. Afterward, I’ll send you a (plain English) design contract for review. We'll both sign it, bask in the glory of our new-found friendship, and then I'll get to work.
Note: At some point, you'll probably receive a client packet. :)
Q: How can I pay you?
A: I’ll invoice you via PayPal.
Q: Do you take your own photos or use stock photography?
A: I use stock photography. It keeps costs down for both of us. :)
Side note: Since I'm an affiliate of DepositPhotos, I sometimes like to start there!
Q: Who do you recommend I print with?
A: Personally, I use Moo for business cards. You can get 10% off your first order here: http://www.moo.com/share/jrxrn9
Q: Do you design blogs or websites?
A: Negative. Not my realm of expertise. But I can tell you that I do all of my websites through Weebly. You can get $10 toward a premium plan here: http://www.weebly.com/link/SHBxyA
Q: What programs do you use?
A: I use Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe CS2 (Illustrator, Acrobat, etc.), Microsoft Publisher, CyberLink PowerDirector, Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum, Poser 10, and Soundforge Audio Studio—not to mention a subscription to a massive collection of PS actions for 3D renders.
Q: Why did you name your company “Forward Authority”?
A: Three reasons! Are you ready?
- Forward: I’m all about looking ahead to make sure your projects are fresh and relevant.
- Authority: I’m an author. Most of you are authors. It’s right there in the word! Plus, it shows a certain level of expertise... ;)
- Design: When you tack this on, it creates the acronym FAD. Fitting, right?
A: In what? Business? Yes. Marketing? Yes. Design? Not formally. That’s something I’ve picked up after years of research and selective skill acquisition.
Q: How will you come up with my design?
A: That depends. If you have something in mind already, we’ll talk about that first. Feasibility, marketability, etc. You may already have images, colors, and fonts in mind.
If you don’t have anything in mind, especially for a book cover, that’s okay. I’ll send you a questionnaire with the option to send an excerpt from your book—most likely, where the character is described—so I can get a feel for it. Or, if you’d prefer something less formal, you could just describe what you’re going for. Example:
You: “Think Madmen meets The Jetsons.”
Me: “All right.”
You: “But, with lipstick smearing out the title.”
You: “And an elephant! Could we have an elephant?”
Note: I don’t recommend said scenario.
Q: Could you make me something just like Book Title?
A: I could, but I'd rather not. It's a design integrity thing. We don't want overly similar covers floating around the Interwebz, confusing people. Your image should be distinct and memorable. :)
Q: What’s the secret of life?
A: I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.