Right to the point: I'm curious about prices to say when people want to commission me. At the moment a friend of mine is trying to get one of his stories published and he wants me to design the cover. If I take this job, it'd be my first time getting payed for a drawing and I'd be credited as the "illustrator".
I honestly don't think I'm a high enough caliber artist to actually have myself in the public eye, let alone work on a book cover. However, all he's looking for is a simple design: coffins laid out to form a G. This, I can do. I'm more worried about what amount of payment to ask for. If I were to go along with it, how much do I ask for my services?
If your friend is trying to get his book published by a real publisher, he shouldn't be worrying about the cover, the publisher will take care of it (and probably won't want him involved at all, writers take care of words, design and marketing take care of covers).
If he's self-publishing, nobody's ever going to make any money on this anyway, charge him whatever you're comfortable charging and he's comfortable paying. This is not really a professional situation.
Last edited by Elwell; June 17th, 2012 at 01:46 AM.