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mollysnow

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Stock Image Sites
Posted: May 2, 2012 7:54 PM
 
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I really need a handsome, blonde, clean cut, late 20s guy for the cover of a contemporary romance novel. I have looked through sxc.hu, istockphotos and Microsoft Office with no success.

If you have any other sites you have used in the past and can recommend, please list them :-)

Thank you.
cheapliterature...

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Posted: May 2, 2012 8:04 PM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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Be careful of putting people on the covers of your books ... read this ...

http://humblenations.com/2012/04/12/14-tips-for-good-kindle-cover-design/
blakemet1

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Posted: May 2, 2012 9:24 PM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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gwythyr

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Posted: May 3, 2012 8:10 AM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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I mostly use Fotalia and have never had any problems.

Also you could try www.shutterstock.com
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Posted: May 3, 2012 8:27 AM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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I'm a writer and photographer, and sell some microstock on the following sites:

istock.com
shutterstock.com
fotolia.com
bigstockphoto.com
dreamstime.com

I also purchase stock images from the various sites.

Good luck!
darkdawn389

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Posted: May 3, 2012 9:38 AM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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pond 5 is good too and it's about the only one that hasn't been mentioned on here yet.
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Posted: May 3, 2012 9:42 AM   in response to: cheapliterature... in response to: cheapliterature...
 
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While you give some very good advice cheaplitaturesmith, a romance novel ALWAYS has people on the cover. ALWAYS. I have never seen a romance novel that hasn't.
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Posted: May 3, 2012 10:00 AM   in response to: darkdawn389 in response to: darkdawn389
 
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Yup, I agree with putting people romance covers.

The best advice for any cover is to look first at what sells books for that genre, then apply good design concepts to the style that resonates with the readers.

And as for stock photos...sigh. The good people pictures are never free. : ) Not that you asked for a free picture, I was just moaning about having to pay for the good stuff. ; )

Traci
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Posted: May 3, 2012 10:10 AM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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I use photos.com. They have great professional-quality photos and, after you search and find what you want, you can purchase a single image for US$1.99, or an image pack of 5 images for 7.99.
mollysnow

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Posted: May 3, 2012 11:59 AM   in response to: blakemet1 in response to: blakemet1
 
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Thank you all for the references! I will save the list in a doc. I look forward to finding something. It's harder than I thought it would be.

Traci, the good thing is stock images can be really affordable :0)
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Posted: May 3, 2012 12:28 PM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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It's true, Molly. And in reality, stock photo sites do for photographers what kindle does for us so I am happy for them. : )

Traci
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Posted: May 4, 2012 4:50 AM   in response to: darkdawn389 in response to: darkdawn389
 
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While you give some very good advice
cheaplitaturesmith, a romance novel ALWAYS has people
on the cover. ALWAYS. I have never seen a romance
novel that hasn't.

Indie publish romance novels ALWAYS have people on the covert - ALWAYS.

And it's ALWAYS WRONG for the reason that I stated in the article.

Off the top of my head one of the biggest selling Romance novels of late was that David Nicolls book - One Day. I seem to remember it didn't have people on the cover. It was simply typeset from what I can remember. Something bold and colourful.

But there again that Mills and Boon stuff ALWAYS has that nasty painted couple thing on there. Utterly dated. Utterly cheap looking. If that's the mood you're going for then fair enough. But even stuff like Jilly Copper or Jackie Collins have covers that sets the mood.

Personally if I were to do a cover for a romance novel I would still us a mood setting type thing and NEVER insult the reader's imagination. Hand-holding maybe if you wanted to be clichéd. But better, a motif from the story itself that set the mood. For example the 35 Shades of Grey book has a tie on there. It stands out against other books. It's an iconic cover. And that's what it's about - standing out. Not looking like EVERYTHING else.

Just because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right. It just means there are a lot of people that are NOT designers making their own covers that have LITTLE imagination - or at least in a design sense. They might be fantastic writers but they're not designers.

A cover should employ the three M's - Mood, Motif, Metaphor. And as I stated before should ALWAYS stand out. When a potential reader is looking at pictures of couples to decide if they want to read your book. What is it? Is it a competition to see which couple are the prettiest, most handsome, the one's they want to go on a date with the most? Is that what the readers should select a book on? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Sorry.
darkdawn389

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Posted: May 4, 2012 8:47 AM   in response to: cheapliterature... in response to: cheapliterature...
 
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mollysnow

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Posted: May 4, 2012 9:55 AM   in response to: mollysnow in response to: mollysnow
 
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Thanks to everyone for their thoughts. I'm still leaning toward having the man on the cover. Here is an example. Oh, and I found the image on Fotolia! Thanks for the suggestions, again!
cheapliterature...

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Posted: May 4, 2012 11:44 AM   in response to: darkdawn389 in response to: darkdawn389
 
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That isn't even the half of it. JR ward and Kresly
Cole have been doing this since I was a teen and all
of the above make more money in a day than any of us
on forum will make in the next year.
Sorry, I just don't agree with you. I read romance. I
should know what is on the cover of the books I read.

Just because people do it doesn't mean it's right. As a reader what gives you the right to 'know' how covers should be designed. You're not a designer. That's like saying that you defecate in a toilet so you should know how to plumb one in in.

Good design is about something standing out from the crowd - not looking all the same - but if you buy books because they have something comfortable on the cover - i.e. a style of image - then I'll leave you to continue purchasing the same sort of ill thought out stuff.

In a word - clichéd cover = clichéd content = clichéd experience.

But I am sure if the same story over and over again then Mr. Right will eventually come along.
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