PUBLISHING RIGHTS AND BRANDING
Artful Cover retains the right to use client’s name and book title on the Artful Cover website and to market and promote our services.
Artful Cover does not liaise or negotiate with third parties (such as printers, publishers, or editors) on our clients’ behalf, and ask that clients do not provide our details or email addresses to any third parties without our request or permission.
The client understands that they have no right to alter the final cover design in any way except to change size for printing or digital display. If the client desires any alterations, they will consult Artful Cover. The client understands that additional payments may be required to make these alterations.
The client agrees to abide by the terms of any license agreement for any images purchased by Artful Cover through a third-party image provider for use in client’s book cover design. Images used for client’s cover are royalty-free; however, the photographer owns the copyright to those images and they cannot be distributed in any manner other than in the book cover design.
Artful Cover retains the right to use client’s final book cover design, name, and book title in our portfolio and to market and promote our services. Artful Cover retains copyright and ownership of all design and draft materials.
If the client supplies Artful Cover with materials subject to intellectual property rights by a third-party, the client will secure the appropriate rights to use the materials and provide proof of rights before directing the designer to incorporate them into their project. Signed releases for any models depicted may also be required. Should any intellectual property dispute arise involving materials the client provides, the client assumes full legal and financial responsibility.
Book cover design by Mich Fisher of Artful Cover
Client will supply all assets, information, materials, and payments—and provide feedback and approvals necessary to complete the project—in a timely manner and in formats requested by Artful Cover.
Client is fully responsible for proofing the book cover design provided by Artful Cover. It is strongly suggested that client requests a proof from the printer before publishing or ordering any copies of the book. At no time will Artful Cover be held financially or legally responsible for any problems, costs, fees or expenses incurred by client as a result of using the book cover design.
For print cover orders, the client must provide an actual size template from their printer or publisher for Artful Cover to produce the print-ready file. Though Artful Cover may produce such templates by client’s request with client-provided printer/publisher specifications, they will do so only with prior agreement, and an additional charge may apply.
When ordering a print cover, client agrees to supply an ISBN bar code to be placed on the back cover, if needed.
The client agrees to abide by the terms of any license agreement for any images purchased by Artful Cover through a third-party image provider for use in client’s book cover design. Images used for client’s cover are royalty-free; however, standard license agreements may cover only limited print runs, with extended licensing required for greater numbers of print reproduction and distribution. Fees associated with these extended licenses are the sole responsibility of the client. Applicable license agreement(s) will be provided by Artful Cover upon delivery of project assets.
The remaining balance of project fees is due upon approval of the final design. Artful Cover will not release finished files to the client or other parties until final payment has been received. The final payment is also final approval of the project, and this contract will be considered fulfilled and thus, terminated.
Payment is due within 7 days of an invoice being sent. Deposit or premade cover payment invoices not paid within 7 days will result in loss of reserved time slot or premade cover design. Final payments not made within 7 days of balance invoice without prior agreement from Artful Cover will incur a 10% late fee for each week payment has not been received. Invoices not paid within 30 days without prior agreement from Artful Cover will result in suspension of the project and loss of any deposit fees paid.
Artful Cover retains the right to discontinue, withhold, or suspend services for any account should payments not be paid for a contracted job as specified in this agreement.
PREMADE BOOK COVERS
Upon the client’s submitted order inquiry, Artful Cover will consider the premade book cover design held for the client under a good-faith promise to provide feedback and approval for completed work within a reasonable time-frame and payment for that design with any requested adds and edits to the existing layout. By submitting a completed order inquiry, the client agrees to pay the resulting project invoice in full within 7 days of issue or risk forfeiting the design to the next interested inquiry.
IMAGE MANIPULATION AND RETOUCHING
Should the client exceed reasonable revisions for the budget range of their contracted project, Artful Cover will provide ample advance notice and a guideline of allowable edits under the original quoted project cost, as well as a firm rate for any desired additional work.
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
If the client should stop or cancel a project once it has started, the client agrees to forfeit the 50% non-refundable deposit. The client will have no rights to any mockups or design concepts sent to the client and agrees to destroy them.
If Artful Cover doesn’t send promised files by the agreed date, the client is entitled to cancel the project and will be refunded the 50% deposit. The client will have no rights to any mockups or design concepts sent to the client and agrees to destroy them.
We reserve the right to suspend any project if a client: interferes with excessive micromanaging, demonstrates a continued lack of trust and inability to move forward after showing more than a reasonable number of unique book cover concepts, behaves or communicates to or about Artful Cover in an abusive or demeaning manner, and/or shows reluctance in paying the final payment.
Notice will be given with ample opportunity to remedy the situation before Artful Cover will resort to project suspension or termination. Any suspension or termination will not result in any refunds, and all designs, concepts, and work developed remain under the full ownership of Artful Cover. Client will forfeit any rights to share/use the works created in any phase of the development and agrees to destroy any provided drafts/files.