The Tall Story Creative Process

This is just a brief example of what working with Tall Story might be like...

Once you have checked out my work and have decide my vibe is for you, you can contact me via email at ben@tallstorydesigns.com, on Facebook Messenger at www.m.me/tallstorydesigns, or via the Contact form on the Home page. It's a good idea to have a think about what date you would like to begin your project, and also if you have a publication date I should be aware of.

I will get back to you when I receive your expression of interest, with any answers to your questions and advise of calendar availability. My availability can vary greatly. Sometimes, I am available immediately and sometimes I'm booked out for a few months. It pays to ask though if your project is urgent, because I provide 'fit-ins' where humanly possible. This may incur an extra fee as I may work late into the night/morning to get your project done.

What I will then ask of you is a detailed description of your project. For example, if you require a book cover, I would ask for any plot lines that are of import, what genre your novel (mostly) fits in, character physical descriptions, story locations, etc.

Some clients like to do a 'Mood' board on Pinterest. Pinning things like colours, places, people, and symbols as a source of inspiration for the creation of the cover. Others like to send just a few pictures along with the book information via email. I will also need to know what things to avoid. For example, if you HATE green - I would avoid using that colour.

Whatever process works for you is fine by me, we all work in different ways and I really appreciate that. Some people are very visual, so pin boards work well and others are more information inspired so email is more their thing.

Some clients also like to select the image for their cover from their own stock image subscription service, or work closely with a photographer on their available images or even a custom photo shoot. Others are happy for me to be inspired by their descriptions, and find the images myself. Again, I am very happy either way. ☺

Please note that I do not need your final blurb for the project. This will only be required to complete your paperback file, at a later date.

Once I have all the information I need, we have agreed on a project start date, and we know where we are headed in regard to cover image/s. Then creativity takes over! I'm like a man possessed!

As soon as I have a first draft ready for you, I will email (usually, unless we are friendly on Messenger) the draft off to you.

Please be aware that this is just that, a first draft. This is in no way a final design. It is more a 'jumping off point'. It may be quite a way from what your vision was, and instead is my best interpretation of your requirements. Together, and with further edits, we would refine draft after draft until we get to something that both you and I love! Please be aware that I limit revisions to three drafts, thereafter I charge $20 per draft.

Once the final design is agreed upon, I take time to create your final digital files. Promotional images and social media images, as well as your final eCopy files for Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. For logo/branding design this includes final logo files and colour codes.

Upon completion of your digital files, I will invoice. Your invoice states that your paperback file is to follow, pending the preparation of your interior file. Once you have made payment, I supply you a link to a Google Drive folder where your files can be downloaded. Your files will sit on my Drive for one month only, so please download your files well before this time. If you get past the month and realise you didn't download you files, it is no trouble for me to add them to the drive again for you and supply you a new link for download.

If you purchase the eCopy and Paperback package, it will then be up to you to supply me with a final formatted interior page count, a final size requirement (e.g. 5x8), and what paper you like to print your books on (cream or white). Please be aware that the package price is for ONE paperback supplier only. I can create files for further suppliers at a cost of $50 per file.

Once your full wrap file has been supplied, this will be the end of the project. I of course would hope that you enjoyed your experience with Tall Story and that we have the opportunity to work together again! ♥

If you have any questions about working with Tall Story, or my creative process, get in touch!

Ben