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Behind the Scenes – Seducing Sir Gwain

This is a cover for Melange Books.

I’m really pleased with the overall effect of this cover. Given that my first couple attempts at this cover were… less than fruitful… I had a little more success when the publisher suggested I try looking at Romance Novel Covers for a stock model. (http://www.romancenovelcovers.com/) Since the stock site specializes in romance, it was a bit easier to find a couple t fit the description of the cover. Then I did my usual search through current popular covers in time travel romance, erotica, and romance in general, and got a bit of an idea of a style I wanted to try. I chose texture stock from Dreamstime, played with the coloration (including the dawn-light coloring on the text) and this is the end result. It’s a style I’ll definitely keep in mind for the next cover of this series. 🙂

ducing Sir Gwain - Book Cover

Stock images from Dreamstime:


Couple stock image from Romance Novel Covers.

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Premade Cover Design and Stock Sites

Alert to cover designers using stock sites (nothing too horrible, just thought you might want to know):

I’ve been looking into the idea of doing premade book cover designs, and have thought about picking up a subscription plan at a stock site to do so. However, I was recently alerted to terms in several stock sites that make this a less feasible option. Subscription plans (at least at Dreamstime and Shutterstock) only include the basic or Royalty Free licences. Premade book covers are often considered “merchandise made for resale,” even if you plan to only sell them to one client. Different sites require different licences, so be sure to check with the site (possibly contact them directly, which I did), to check their terms of use.

I try to note any special terms (like number of copies permitted, and what an image can be used for) in my contract. 🙂

Just a heads up, whenever you’re planning on using stock sites, be sure to check their terms, and verify the terms that may be an issue for your work. For example, be warned that some stock sites don’t want their models being used on erotica book covers. You may want to go to a site specifically based on selling romance covers for models in this case. Same goes with “sensitive subjects.”

Either way, it doesn’t hurt to ask, and if you’re using your own photography or collaborating with another artist, premade covers shouldn’t be a problem. 🙂

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