Book Design

You’ve just spent 1000 hours writing a manuscript for a fantastic story. It’s time to turn it into something really special with custom book design.

Origami Graphics specialises in book design, book cover design, and typesetting for novels, books, photobooks, and eBooks. When you choose to work with me, you’re dramatically increasing the quality of your dream book and investing in your readers’ experiences. All of that directly translates to more profit from your hard work.

Why get professional book design?

Sell More Books

People judge books by their covers. A stunning book cover design with a thoughtfully laid out interior, great font and perfect margin spacing is going to sell more copies than a DIY book that used a generic template.

Show Off to Publishers

If you’re getting me to design your work, you’re self-publishing for now. Having a killer design makes your book more enticing to publishers, distributors and bookstores so you can make more money down the track.

Feel Proud of Your Work

After all the effort you’ve put into writing your book, you should finish it off properly. Let’s make it into something you’re proud to see sitting on the shelf.

What's the process for designing a book?

  1. First, you get in touch for a book design quote.
  2. I develop your quote by looking at your book’s page count and/or illustration requirements.
  3. You accept the quote, provide a copy (Word doc) of your manuscript, and fill out a brand questionnaire.
  4. I use all the information you’ve given me to make a design brief.
  5. You pay a 35% deposit and accept the terms of the design brief, securing your booking.


  6. We collaborate back and forth over email, over the phone, and/or in person with a coffee discussing rounds of design concepts applied to a small section of the book.
  7. You choose the design you like, and I apply this to the rest of the book over the following few weeks.
  8. You pay your project fees while I package the book up, ready for print.
  9. Your book package, including the source InDesign file as well as print-ready PDFs, is delivered to you digitally. Printing may then be arranged through Origami Graphics, if you like.

here's the investment for book design.

The price of book design depends on how long and detailed the book needs to be – but you’ll need to estimate a minimum of 2 hours for a cover, 20 hours for a novel and 40 hours for a picture book – plus value considerations based on your aspirations for the final piece.

Please don’t cut corners on this!

I’ve had several enquiries from would-be book design clients who decide not to proceed when they realise the investment is going to be at least in the early thousands. Book design is a huge process, especially if illustration is involved, and quality work is going to take a lot of time. Paying less on your novel produces a worse end result, sometimes meaning I have to stop polishing and finalising the artworks earlier than I would like, which is devastating to see after so many hours spent writing the book in the first place!


per hour


My standard rate used to calculate your minimum investment.

This is billed on all active design work, and compensates me for the unpaid hours I spend packaging, perfecting, emailing, calling, admining, going to meetings, and paying overheads like office space and super.


per hour


“My mum’s going to kill me if this isn’t done today”.

This rate covers whatever it takes to get your project done in half the time, like pushing other jobs slightly or doing late nights or weekends. 


per day

Day Rate

You’ve got a big job and need me full time for a day.

From 9am to 5pm I’ll be on your team.

Limited spaces available – I can’t vanish on my other clients too often.

But wait, there's more!

– These prices are the minimum benchmark. We’ll build value considerations into your quote, to make sure your design project does your manuscript justice.

– GST is included in all pricing, so you know the amount on your quote is what you’ll actually be paying.

– Credit card payment is available, and it’s managed through PayPal for that extra peace of mind.

– I’ve got payment plans available to help split your investment up into weekly, fortnightly or monthly portions that work for you.

– Check my FAQ for more info, including common prices based on these rates.

Ready to roll?

Fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you with a fully-custom quote on your book design, plus a timeframe to completion.