I want to get a good quality cover, but does that cost a lot? I am a how-to author in Australia.
That all depends on who you know that designs great covers! Cheap Fivver designers sometimes give covers that are too low in resolution, are the wrong size, or with incorrect font styles that don’t match.
An experienced US book cover designer whom I use charges about $150 USD or $200 AUD for a print book cover ready for IngramSpark, which includes 4-5 versions and revision. Author provides an image. An experienced Australian book cover designer (NGirl Design) charges around $220 – $330 AUD. Ask to see the designer’s portfolio.