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August 14, 2019
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Stock Photos for Fantasy Book Covers

This week, I point out a few good galleries of stock photos for fantasy book covers. Some of these photos may require a bit of Photoshop […]
August 6, 2019
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What would you like to know about book cover design & illustration?

I’d like to know what you guys want to know! Drop a comment below, or if you’d rather remain anonymous, here’s a Google form that doesn’t […]
July 31, 2019
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Where to Find Stock Photos for Book Covers

Here's my spreadsheet of vendors of stock photos for book covers, along with notes on costs, genres, and licenses. You're welcome.

July 24, 2019
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Classic or Cliché? The Science Fiction Spaceship Cover

Got a science fiction book to market? Slap a spaceship on that there cover and boot it out the door! The rubes will eat it up! […]
July 17, 2019
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Time of Daughters: Making a Digital Fantasy Book Cover Illustration, Part 2

The conclusion of a walkthrough of my process in creating a fantasy book cover illustration for a novel by Sherwood Smith.

July 11, 2019

Stock Photo Horror Story: Why You Should Always Check for Property Releases

A national magazine buys a stock photo for their cover and discovers that it infringes copyright after publication.

July 10, 2019
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Time of Daughters: Making a Digital Fantasy Book Cover Illustration Part 1

The first part of a walkthrough of my process in creating a fantasy book cover illustration for a novel by Sherwood Smith.

July 3, 2019
5 reasons not to use free stock photos on your book cover.

5 Reasons Not to Use Free Stock Photos on Your Book Cover

Stock photos are ridiculously expensive if you don't buy a large credit pack or a subscription. And there's so many free photos and photos listed under a Creative Commons license on sites like Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, and Flickr. Why not save money and use a free stock photo on the cover of your book? STOP RIGHT THERE! Here are 5 things you must know before you click that download button.

June 17, 2019
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Links: Interview with Me at Productivity Alchemy and Stock Photo Model Posing Ideas from Norman Rockwell

Productivity Alchemy Earlier this spring Kevin Sonney of the Productivity Alchemy podcast recorded an interview with me that was released in March, while he and his […]
June 12, 2019
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Art assistants are so helpful

Cat's gonna cat.