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Subject: CD Cover Design...
Hello my name is Tammy, my cousin Pammy* is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville. Her name is Pammy. Well her CD was just finished, BUT...we need a CD cover (artwork). Hopefully we can work with you. I seen some of the stuff you have done in the past-looks good!!!! Well I better get! Thanks
I'm certainly interested in working with you and Pammy on that, Tammy. If you can give me some more details as to what you want, I can write up a proposal and give you a price.
Hey Pink Shoes, thanks for your reply to my email! We are basically looking for something with a ''photo'' theme, since the name of the CD is Snap Shot! If you know what I mean! Just something really fun, exciting, and eye catching. I have attached a picture of a CD Cover we have done in the past, but we want something more creative! So, nothing really in mind, just something fun, eye catching and to go with the Snap Shot theme! So, Please get back to me with the prices!! Thanks
[The photo attached was of a CD cover that bore an alarming resemblence to Shania Twain's Greatest Hits, but with Pammy.]
That's not a bad cover. I would be happy to work on the latest.
My price for the front jewelcase cover and spine (for the side of the jewel case) together is $200. It would be an additional $200 for design of a back cover, to include elements from the front cover and text information such as a song listing. A design for the CD label will be $100, again to match the others, and using much the same images and text.
Do you already have some photographs you want featured as "snap shots," or ideas of what the images should contain? My fees do not include any custom photography work. Let me know if you need for me to hire a photographer.
Will any of that work for you? If so, I can write up a formal proposal/contract.
Because you are a new client and out of state, I would prefer payment up front. If you want to mail a check, I will give you my address. Alternately, you may send the money via PayPal to [email deleted].
Hey that would be great. I do not have PayPal...and do not plan on getting it! So, I will send you a check. If you could give me your address, I will send it out ASAP. I was also wondering if you could do me a sample...something I could see-but you can put in big letters across it SAMPLE!! LOL If you know what I mean. I just wanna see how it would look before I pay for it. Thanks!
I can understand that you would want to see what I could do before sending payment, but even creating that sample mockup would take hours of work on my part.
What my proposal will include, however, is three design mockups to choose from. That is, once I receive payment. You will be able to choose one of the three and make revisions to it as you see fit before I deliver the final files to you.
Do you want all three: the front cover, the back cover and the label, for a total of $500?
Again, do you have some photographs in mind for the "snap shots"?
My mailing address is [address deleted].
Yes we do have ''snap shots'' already. But...Pammy is doing another photoshoot in the next few weeks-therefore, the photos we want to use are not all done yet!! It has been a while since her last photoshoot, and she doesnt want the old pics out there! So, shes doing a photo shoot in Florida next weeks!
And that was the last I heard of Tammy.