Do I have to tell you if I want a printed hardcover or dust jacket before going ahead or can that come later?

Do I have to tell you if I want a printed hardcover or dust jacket before going ahead or can that come later?

Ideally, we’d prefer to know about a printed hardcover or a dust jacket from the outset.  It’s not necessary, and it wouldn’t hold us back, but the process for designing a hardcover or dust jacket is very different from paperback – there is a much larger area to cover with hardcover, and more still with a dust jacket.  If we design a paperback cover first, without knowing that a hardcover version will be required, then it’ll involve a lot more work to create your larger cover.  If we know from the outset, however, then we will design your cover while taking the additional room at the top, bottom, and either side into consideration.  Retrofitting a paperback cover into a hardcover version requires considerably more work than it would if both were being designed at the same time.