What is an ebook designer?
An ebook designer will ensure that both the cover and the text of your ebook looks professional and is formatted properly for EPUB (the file type used for Android, iOS, and most other devices) or MOBI (for use on Amazon devices and distribution via Amazon.com). A capable ebook designer can be found on Upwork and will either work from your digital manuscript file or convert the files of a print book into an ebook format.
How do you hire an ebook designer?
You can source ebook designer talent on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in an ebook designer.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview ebook designers. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of ebook designer you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire an ebook designer?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced ebook designer may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their ebook design services more competitively.
Rates typically charged by ebook designers on Upwork are:
- Beginner: $20 per hour
- Intermediate: $36 per hour
- Advanced: $65per hour
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How do you write an ebook designer job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample ebook designer job post titles:
- Help me turn my 200 page business book into an ebook
- Need graphic designer familiar with digital publishing
- We need a designer who can create digital books for sale on Amazon
An effective ebook designer job post should include:
- Scope of work: From digital formatting to graphic design, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, software, or formats, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Ebook designer job responsibilities
Here are some examples of ebook designer job responsibilities:
- Design appealing covers for my ebook titles
- Configure various manuscripts into digital formats for sale on Amazon
- Convert an EPUB file to MOBI format
Ebook designer job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in ebook designer. Here are some examples:
- Minimum 3 years experience in graphic design for digital formats
- Understanding of different ebook formats
- Track record of designing graphic novels for EPUB or MOBI formats