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jackdear

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Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:48 AM
 
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OK, I've written a book, novel or story containing, what some might describe, erotic material. The best way to market such a piece is, obviously, with an eye-catching sexy book cover. Problem. I am in a job that requires me to have an exemplary character and, whilst I meet lots of attractive young ladies in the course of my work, to ask any of them to pose or model for me would be professional suicide!
How the Hell can I create a sexy book cover without the necessary raw material?
Any helpful advice would be much appreciated.
mollysnow

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:55 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Buy a stock image. No need to flag down girls :)
lendr

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 6:55 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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There are stock photo sites like photosearch.com or istockphoto.com where you could purchase a picture that you could use on your cover.

How do you envision this cover? I know a few photographers who might be willing to give you something from their stock...

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c_har2u

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 7:01 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Go to shutterstock.com and type in sexy females in the search box. A ost of attractive possibilities will pop up. Search and buy the image you want for less than 5 bucks. I created the cover for this story using images from shutterstock. I'm no graphic artist, but it came out ok.
There are other sources for images also. just google to find them

Betty's House
http://amzn.to/vHqqKe

1001nightspress

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 7:27 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Buying an image from one of the royalty-free stock sites will run you a few dollars. That's way cheaper than any model's fee, and--no slights to your abilities or anything, but--will probably look more professional than what you could do on your own.

Tons of erotica-appropriate images on iStock and the like. Search for things like nude, erotic, sexy, lingerie, etc.
andresanthomas

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 7:42 AM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
 
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What they said, plus, scroll all the way through the list of photos. Don't just stop at the first one because that's probably where a lot of other authors did stop.

And, if you have an image to maintain at work, I seriously recommend a pen name given the genre you're writing.
joshlanyon

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 7:50 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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I truly think it's worth investing in a top shelf cover. Too many KDP covers look like the author was trying to save money.

Plus I think if your book contains erotic content, it's all the more important to have a classy cover.

If you hire a good cover artist she or he will take care of finding the photo and selecting the right text, etc. And there are lots of excellent cover artists working for very reasonable rates.
jackdear

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Mar 8, 2012 11:54 PM   in response to: joshlanyon in response to: joshlanyon
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone. You have all given me plenty to consider and, I imagine, scrolling through lots of sexy pictures will be a chore I might enjoy!! (if my wife isn't looking over my shoulder, that is! )
Now, if I can only fathom out how to work a photo editing program, I might be in business.
Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Sep 1, 2013 10:40 PM   in response to: joshlanyon in response to: joshlanyon
 
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Hogwash he he. Seriously play around in photoshop. You can make a quality cover yourself...just apply yourself :) (I do all my own covers and get good feedback on them)
Don.Dennis

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Re: Erotic Book Cover
Posted: Sep 2, 2013 12:20 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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Digital camera, mirror,a bed, a whip, some chains...

A blow up doll...

Crikey use your imagination....
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