Stunning solutions at affordable costs

Custom Design Services for Authors

Looking for gorgeous, eye-catching swag or graphics to help promote your book? You’ve come to the right place. Before transitioning into full-time writing, I worked as a designer and art director, helping brands meet their marketing needs. My background in design has continued to serve me well, allowing me to promote my books effectively and efficiently. I want to help you do the same thing.

As an author, I’m uniquely aware of the challenges writers face—from budgeting and timing constraints, to making a book stand out in a crowded market (and busy social media feed). I’m excited to be offering my design services for the first time. Let’s take your book promo to the next level!

Included in Every Project

Custom Design

You provide the book covers. I work my magic. Maybe you want bookmarks for your upcoming title. Perhaps you just need some snazzy insta graphics to promote the amazing blurbs you have. No matter your needs, my designs are always custom, created just for you.

File Delivery

I will always deliver digital files to you when a project is complete. For physical swag, you are responsible for your own printing, but I’ll provide a guide that walks you through uploading/ordering through my preferred vendor to help ensure that your swag arrives looking as gorgeous as possible.

 

Collaborative Process

Every design project includes a revision round so you can weigh in and request changes, followed by a final proofing to ensure everything is just right before I hand off files. You’ll also fill out a client survey before the project kicks off so I can get a better idea of your goals/wishes. Expect email exchanges, too. We’re in this together. 

Flat Fee Pricing

Many of my design services start at just $100 or less. Costs may be higher for bundles of multiple services or select jobs with unique challenges, but one thing is certain: I will always quote you a flat fee, not an hourly rate. (I know how important budgets are for authors!)

Available Services

Please note that these are starting prices and costs may be higher for jobs with unique challenges.

Bookmark Design $100

Title-focused or author-branded bookmark design, with color on front and back. Digital file only. You are responsible for printing.

Insta Story Template $50

A book-themed instagram story template designed to engage readers and promote your title.

Postcard Design $75

Design for promotional postcards, launch party invites, etc, with color front and blank back. Digital file only. You are responsible for printing.

Custom Package $150+

Combinations of any/all services. Contact for personalized quote.

Graphics Bundle $50+

Social media promo graphics (eg: teaser quotes, blurbs/trade reviews, tour dates), author branding (eg: twitter header image), and other digital graphics. Contact for personalized quote.

Please note that I am not taking on web design work at this time.

Ready to work together? Not sure which services will meet your needs? Let’s chat and work out the details.

Questions and Common Concerns

I don’t see exactly what I need in your available services.
Drop me a line anyway. I do custom work all the time. (The only thing I’m not currently taking on is web design projects.) We’ll discuss your needs over email and see if there’s a way I can help!

How long does it take to receive final files?
Like you, I’m an author, so my turnaround times will vary depending on my current writing schedule. We’ll discuss a delivery date before you have to commit/pay for anything.

Is there an option to rush a project?
Yes, within reason. If you need files very quickly, we can discuss rush fees.

How is payment handled?
I will send you an invoice via paypal after we’ve agreed to work together. Design on the project will not begin until payment is received in full. 

Is my money refundable?
Once design is underway, the payment is non-refundable. But we’ll discuss your goals/wishes for the project before I begin designing, and there are also revisions baked into the flat fee so that you can provide feedback and see changes made based on that feedback. I want you to have a product you love.

What if I’m not happy with the design even after the included revision rounds?
Additional rounds can be added for a flat fee of $50/each. If design requests are large/sweeping, a rush fee may be added if you still need files by the original due date.

 

Where should I print my bookmarks/postcards?
My preferred vendor is GotPrint.com. Their bookmarks are high quality at an extremely reasonable price. (I love them so much, I use them for most my own bookmark and postcard designs.) Your final file is yours to use however you want, but I design to GotPrint’s specs/dimensions, meaning I can’t speak to how the file will print elsewhere. I’ll supply a printing guide that walks you through ordering via GotPrint to help ensure that your bookmarks arrive looking as gorgeous as possible.

I’m worried about production costs of print materials.
For printing and shipping estimates, use GotPrint’s calculators.
STEP ONE: Click here for bookmarks and select 2x8in for size, vertical for orientation, 14pt gloss cover for paper, and full color both sides for color or click here for postcards and select 4x6in (standard) for size, horizontal for orientation, 14pt gloss cover for paper, and color front, no back for color.
STEP TWO: Play with the drop downs for quantity and enter your zip code to see your estimated costs.

You didn’t answer my question!
Scroll down and hit the button to get in touch. I’m happy to answer more questions via email.

Testimonials

Erin has a brilliant eye, and she is quick, creative, and wonderfully responsive. I can’t recommend her design services enough!

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Jessica Spotswood
author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Erin was such a delight to work with. She has a keen artistic eye and an incredibly savvy design sense. Her knowledge of the publishing industry and her experience as a creative professional are an added bonus. She is friendly, efficient, and thoughtful, and knew exactly what I wanted after only a brief email interview. I will absolutely be referring all of my friends to her when they need marketing materials designed. Thank you, Erin!

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Claire Legrand
New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

Graphic design requires both keen technical know-how and an artistic eye. Rarely can you find someone as adept at both as Erin Bowman.

Beth Revis
New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe and Star Wars: Rebel Rising

Ready to Work Together?

I’m currently booking projects with delivery dates of 5/1 or later. 

Click the “get started” button to answer the pre-client questionnaire, which will give me a better idea of your design needs and goals. Please note that you are not making a commitment to pay for any services at this junction, nor am I agreeing to officially take on the design job at this time. I will be in touch via email to provide a personalized quote, and so that we can discuss details and decide if we’re a good match.

 

Legal:
Erin Bowman is not liable for violations of copyright for any images/graphics that the client provides for use in design(s).
Erin Bowman is not responsible for any issues—printing, technical, or otherwise—that may arise after digital files are delivered.