Custom Cover Design

Please Note: Custom Cover Design is included in select publishing packages and cannot be purchased separately. This page is designed to give you more information about the service and why it is important for your book.

All books published via the iUniverse standard publishing packages receive custom-designed covers, produced in full color. Unlike most self-publishing companies, iUniverse does not use basic template designs for books that will be distributed in the channel. Nor do we charge extra for custom-designed covers.

When you publish a book with iUniverse, our design team will work with you—incorporating your photos, graphics, sketches and ideas—to create a unique book cover that exceeds your expectations and beautifully represents your book's contents.

I have been more than pleased with the services as well as the communication between myself and your staff. You have been professional, helpful and a pleasure to work with. I have recommended your services to a number of people who have been gun shy about leaping into the world of publishing. iUniverse has made everything a cinch!

- Brienne Joelle, author of Cupcakes & Cocaine

Cover Design Guidelines

Front Cover

When we design the book's front cover, we will include the book's title, subtitle (if any), author name(s), and any additional marketing copy (if applicable), along with the graphics needed to create the cover artwork.

If you have ideas and sample graphics or even complete cover designs that you would like our design team to use or incorporate, please include these with your submission.

Cover graphics that you submit to us must meet the following requirements:

  • TIFF (.tif) file format
  • CMYK colorspace
  • 300-dpi resolution
  • Match the dimension of the final trim size, plus an 1/8" bleed on the top, right and bottom sides (i.e., a cover for a 6" x 9" book would need to be submitted at 6.125" x 9.25")
  • Copyright permission from the creator (artist, photographer, etc.) to use the work on your book cover
  • Sample graphics and other illustrations that will only be used as ideas or guidelines for the design team can be submitted in any format.

Back Cover

When your book cover is created, you may choose up to four of the following items for inclusion on the back cover:

  1. Author bio (no more than 50 words) *
  2. Marketing copy (no more than 200 words) *
  3. One to four published reviews (no more than 50 words each, including the credit)
  4. A photo of the author. If submitted, it must meet the following requirements:
    • TIFF (.tif) or JPEG (.jpg) format
    • CMYK colorspace
    • 300-dpi resolution
    • 600 x 600 pixels (if JPEG)
    • 2" x 2" printed size

* Items marked with an asterisk are required.