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Vince524
12-23-2011, 05:37 PM
I just got offered a contract for my MS from a e-publisher. They will supply the cover art if I don't.

I'm thinking about trying to do so myself. Is this a normal practice?

What specs would be needed in general?

I've poked around here a little. I see some have gone to sites and done their own. I have a friend who's an artist I can ask to help.

I was thinking something very simple. Any advice?

Sargentodiaz
12-23-2011, 07:09 PM
Cover art is very important.
If you are an artist or well-versed in graphics, by all means, give it a shot. All the publisher can do is tell you they have their own - and will certainly provide you with one or two options.

Step back and think about how you decide which book to buy.
Is it the cover?
Is it the genre?
Is it the author?
Is it the title?

In my case, my publisher asked me to provide images I thought would work with my novel. They then gave me a couple of options. We are still working on it.

Heck, ask the author what they think or want. It can't hurt.

BubbaB
01-24-2012, 05:10 AM
Well If you need help with cover art you can try me I can help out as much as I can if you want I can post examples of my work.

Vince524
01-28-2012, 06:48 PM
Here's a pic I sent my artist that I found on deviant art that I think is nearly perfect.

http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs13/f/2007/102/3/a/Dead_End_by_miltbrand.jpg

If the eye were a little "prettier" & the shadow maybe slightly less human. Or kept as is and not holding something. And the eye should be hazel.

That's what I want.

I haven't heard from him in a week. I don't want you to do anything because he may have something he hasn't sent me, but is that something you can see yourself doing?

nitaworm
01-28-2012, 08:44 PM
Wow, the eye is a bit close up, it may throw some potential readers off. Although the person inside the eyeball is way cool. What is the publisher proposing for a cover?

dpaterso
01-28-2012, 08:54 PM
Don't mean to intrude or anything but I'm guessing you're linking to that pic just as an example of the kind of thing you'd like to see, rather than suggesting using the pic in a cover without the owner's permission. See this thread (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223734) in Self-Pub/POD Covers for a list of public domain/royalty free image sites.

-Derek

Vince524
01-31-2012, 04:42 PM
The publisher hasn't suggested anything yet. They want to use their in house person to do the cover, although many have used their own art. She just doesn't know what my guy does.

Which I just got a letter from him, saying he doesn't think he has the time to do it, so he's bowed out.

And to dpaterso, yes, I was just using that pic to show what I wanted. I wouldn't want that exact thing either, but just the idea of it. An eye, with a close up like that, and you see a reflection of a shadow in it.

I'm now on my own. But at least I don't have to check my e-mail everyday to see if I've gotten any new drafts from my friend.

veinglory
01-31-2012, 08:01 PM
To me, a publisher asking you to supply cover art would be a huge red flag. You are subsidizing their publishing costs and doing something that you are probably not accomplished at (to a professional level).

Vince524
01-31-2012, 08:20 PM
Well, they want to do the cover at no cost. I guess I just want control.

veinglory
01-31-2012, 08:42 PM
If they want to do the cover at no cost that is just another red flag. Good covers cost some money--sometimes a fairly modest amount, but still some money. I mean why would you expect the artist to give you free art when you and the publisher are getting royalties?

Vince524
01-31-2012, 08:49 PM
The deal is, if I supply the cover, he gets a % of the profits. So I guess there is a cost. Just not out of pocket.

veinglory
02-01-2012, 02:00 AM
Just suggesting you make sure you publisher is earning their share. Because if you can put together a good cover via this route, you might do better via self-publishing than with these guys. For a start you won't be limited to selling only via their website.

Vince524
02-01-2012, 02:17 AM
They sell on Amazon and on Barnes and noble.

But thanks

veinglory
02-01-2012, 02:33 AM
They sell on Amazon and on Barnes and noble.

But thanks

Either not writer's exchange, or what is on their website is out of date re: "In return, the version that we edit is ONLY to be sold from our website and any promotion should link to our website."?

Sargentodiaz
02-04-2012, 09:06 PM
Mine, Bluewood Publishing, has done three nice covers for my trilogy. They worked very well with me and I'm pleased with the results.
All three have a bell tower to indicate missions while each has a different theme - Sonora Desert, Monterey lone pine and the inside of a mission chapel.

Check out - http://bluewoodpublishing.com/Coming2.html
http://bluewoodpublishing.com/Books/B-SailorAndCarpenter.html
http://bluewoodpublishing.com/Books/B-KingsHighway.html