Tantillo Book Design I have been doing the design of award winning covers and interiors of books for many years and the main factor in cost has to do with how much a client wants me to do. My rates are based on $30 per hour.

Cover Design Only: Starting at $360

If you want a cover design only for your book, I would include the following: three original designs to choose from, consultation and preparation for Print-on-Demand printing. You would also receive a .jpg file (small file for use on your website, blog or used for you eBook). This does not include purchasing stock photography if needed or requested, or eBook submission.)

The Complete Book Package: $1,200

This complete book package would include the following: consultation of your book's POD choices self-publishing services available; discussion of the books editorial needs; three original cover designs to choose from; design of the interior of the book; Layout and formatting of MS Word into InDesign from fully edited final manuscript; eBook Kindle file (.mobi) included; Kindle version Table of Contents will have hyperlink; preparation of interior of the book in Adobe InDesign; output of files as PDF files for your choice of POD printer. I would also include a .jpg of the cover for your use in your website and/or blog.

This package includes two rounds of light edits of the interior text once it has been prepared for printing. You would be responsible for obtaining your own POD printer, your ISBN number and Library of Congress Control Number. This may well be included in your separate arrangements with your POD printer such as CreateSpace. (This does not include purchasing stock photography if needed or requested, or eBook preparation or submission. If consultation exceeds 4 hours, you will be billed on an hourly rate scale of $30 per hour).

Royalties and Distribution

If you choose to go through CreateSpace or LightningSource for printing and distribution of your book, there are many options for obtaining your ISBN number, and distribution and royalty arrangements they have to offer. They are only one of many quickly growing author resources for such services and it will save you money to handle this aspect of the project yourself. We can discuss this as part of our consultation work.


We are happy to offer a full eBook Kindle file (.mobi) of your book included in our package with a Kindle version Table of Contents hyperlinks. We will be happy to also make an eBook for Adobe Digital Editions (.epub) document that will work on all devices. There is an additional fee of $100 for preparation of .epub document for multiple eBook readers.

“Joe Tantillo did a superb job for the cover and design of my book Grade A Baby Eggs: An Infertility Memoir. Joe really listened to my input, and the visual he created for the cover was exactly what I had in mind. He also spent extra time on details such as graphics for the chapter headings, inside flaps and back cover. I would highly recommend Joe Tantillo!”
Victoria Hopewell