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How Book Covers Get Added To INABC

Full transparency.

How Book Covers Get Added To INABC

Full transparency.

Every month, thousands of books are published. To ensure a highly curated and enjoyable experience for our visitors, we carefully select and upload just 50 covers on the site each month (that’s over 600 covers a year). If a cover or book does not fall under the parameters described below, it will not be added.

The majority of the covers added are hand-selected by the site owner and are not being pulled from the free submission queue. Submissions are accepted, as explained below, but again, the only way to guarantee that a design is added quickly or added at all is by using the pay-to-post option.

Submitting work to this site:

If you would like to submit a cover to be considered, simply fill out this form. Submitting designs is free. All submissions are added to a queue and, if accepted, will be uploaded in the order they were received.

There are, on average, between 100-150 book covers waiting in our queue at any time. Since we add just 50 covers per month, if a submission has been approved you might have to wait about 3 months until it is posted. We kindly ask that you do not write an email following up about a specific cover submission. Rest assured that the submission was received as our submission form has yet to malfunction. A submitted design is either still in the queue or has not been accepted.

The only way to guarantee that your cover appears on INABC is to use the pay-to-post method, which is explained below. If you paid for a cover to be added and you do not see it posted within 24 hours, then yes, please write us to inquire about your submission. Maintaining and improving INABC is a costly endeavor and we appreciate anyone who chooses to support the site by utilizing this option.

Book Parameters:

This collection is limited to English-language editions. The site specifically celebrates covers from Adult genres (fiction, literary fiction, nonfiction, self-help, memoirs & biographies, food, poetry). We do not post many covers from certain niche fantasy or sci-fi genres, or from graphic novels. We do not showcase Children’s Books and are highly selective about posting a Young Adult book, sharing those with a cover design that straddles the adult look. This site focuses on trade books rather than mass-market editions. The covers featured are mostly from the twenty-first century.

Designer Parameters:

The designers featured on this site are seasoned professionals who have devoted years, sometimes their entire career, solely to book cover design. The profile section of the site lists designers with highly established reputations who regularly design for major publishing houses in North America, Europe and Australia. Although there are tons of amazing cover designers out there, the designer listing section specifically highlights designers who are currently working for major publishers or have experience working at major publishing houses. As of February 2024, we are not adding new designers to the site. Please sign up for our newsletter to learn when this freeze will be lifted.

Pay-to-Post:

If you are a designer, author, or publisher and would like to ensure that a specific cover is uploaded, you can pay for it to be added ASAP. By paying, you are jumping the queue. To learn about our Pay-to-Post model, view or download this PDF here:

By paying for a post, you are helping to cover ongoing costs such as monthly hosting fees, SEO optimization, the annual domain fee, WordPress plug-in updates, and general developer maintenance costs. Things add up! So thank you. To pay for a cover to be added, follow this link here.

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