Pricing

Book Illustration

$25 mini sample page available.

Standard Children’s Books

I charge $18 an hour.

Average 12 pages fully illustrated costs around $500-800+ depending on time and quality.
Average 24 pages fully illustrated book costs around $1,200-$2000+ depending on time and quality.

I need 24 pages total to publish to softbound this can be whatever amount of illustrations vs text you prefer but I need to make sure I hit the minimum.

Book formatting is free, account setup is free for softbound. Around $7 print cost for softbound test print

Book formatting is free, account setup is $80 for hardbound. Around $15 test print for hardbound prints. Longer turn around time for hardbound so keep that in mind.

Tips for Faster Art

It’s really helpful if you include reference art/photos for your book or have some idea how you might like the pages to look. That can speed up my process and reduce time on your book.

It also helps if you have your book script nailed down and ready to go before production, while changes can be made at a later date, it becomes harder to make big adjustments and can delay your book.

I am faster at animals than humans currently so keep that in mind as well. My skillset is stronger in animals and nature.


What can I include?

An example of storyboards in progress
  • Discovery process – This is a few trial art pieces to nail down the art direction and style.
  • Online Storyboard – This lets you see the big picture, leave comments and compare art
  • PDF note taking – leave feedback directly on the final PDF
  • Revisions – This is how often I rework a page.
  • Character expression sheet – By default 4 expressions are included.
  • Full page color – All books are in full color.
  • Cover and backing – The colored cover and back pages
  • Copyright page & Dedication page – Feel free to adjust the copyright page and dedication page as you see fit.
  • Filler pages – Title, intro art, ending/the end pages
  • Print ready PDF – All books include a print ready PDF
  • Local print pages – For those who want to see a print on standard sized paper (8.5″x11″) so they can leave notes (Would cost you $20 bucks to print one copy at Office Depot!) Limit of 6 draft copies at a time but subject to availability. For more then 6 copies there is $5 fee.
  • One softbound print copy
  • Softbound published on Amazon
  • Marketing tips
  • Social Media Images – Set of 7 images you can use for social media marketing.

Trial artwork part of the discovery look
Designing a character and comparing colors

Designing a character and thinking about poses

Additions

All additions add up to around $3,150 total.

  • Additional Single Custom Character Design – includes 4-5 different designs with 3 color schemes a piece. Estimated around $300 depends on complexity.
  • Additional Color Scheme Sheet – includes a set of 5 color schemes for a character. Estimated $100 but depends on complexity.
  • ($100) Ebook setup + publishing setup – For
  • Promo Bookmarks – Promotional material you can give away to libraries, book shows etc. Estimated around $50 depends on complexity.
  • Promo Book Flyers – Promotional material you can hang up at libraries, book shows etc. Estimated around $200 depends on complexity.
  • Promo Business Cards – Promotional material you can hand out at book shows etc. Estimated around $200 depends on complexity.
  • Promo Mini Coloring Book – Promotional material you can give away to libraries, book shows etc. Estimated around $400 depends on complexity.
  • Promo Sticker Sheet – Promotional material you can give away to libraries, book shows etc. Estimated around $300 depends on complexity.
  • Editor Feedback – Get some feedback on your text with a review. Estimated around $300 depends on complexity.
  • Automated mini marketing campaign for book launch – 15 posts setup for any social media channel. Get your audience excited about your book! Estimated around $500 depends on complexity.
  • Local event – Show off your book at a local event, could include library events, bookstore events, depends on your preference. Estimated around $300 depends on complexity.
  • ($300) ISBN Inclusion – buy a bundle of ISBN’s for your books, only useful if you to adjust meta data/go with multi-publishers. Not recommended for first time authors.

Feel free to reach out to contact@smilingcatmedia.com for any other addition ideas!

Other Packages

Ask for a sample if you are unsure if I’m right for you!

Single Book Cover

Estimated around $500 depends on complexity.

For a chapter book and beyond

  • Full color
  • 2 revisions
  • Print Ready at 300 DPI please note higher res if required
  • Text formatted

Custom Character Design

Estimated around $200 depends on complexity.

For family photos, custom characters or anything else

  • Character sheet with 5 expressions
  • Full color
  • Transparent background 
  • Print or Web ready 

Product Design

Estimated around $500 depends on complexity.

For posters, stickers, mock-ups, and anything else.

  • 5 design options
  • 3 revisions
  • Vector or Raster format  
  • Transparent background
  • Print or Web ready 

Game Design and Prototyping

Starting at $3,000 (+$500 for 1 month delivery)

Game design and prototyping is not as straightforward as book illustration as it requires an understanding of different fields such as art, programming, design, writing, user experience and more.
That said, a simple prototype can tell you a lot on if your game idea is fun and will be successful.

One of the ways smilingcatmedia specializes in game design and rapid prototyping is by having a huge focus on scope. The game design package can be expanded out to full development but starts at $3,000. The package includes:

  • 40+ page Game Design Doc – This document includes marketing analysis and pitch, gameplay overview and stats, technical analysis and some art direction which covers characters, menu’s, items, game mood, sound design and more depending on the game genre. A schedule for projected costs and expected returns. This can be formatted in as an online wiki or online collaborative document depending on your needs.
  • A short 5-10 minute play-through prototype built on the specific scope

You can use this package for kickstarters, small investments or the beginning foundation for your game.

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