(I’ve been running a series on my MySpace blog called “Adventures in Indie Publishing” where I tell everyone how I made a muck up of it all so that they don’t have to. At the moment I’m exploring “How to Get a Cheap Cover” and, after a suggestion from Ruth, I decided to post it here as a series (because it’s a long, long post!)
So far I’ve talked about how to find specifically artwork or photographs to use for your book covers, but what if you’re not exactly sure what you want? Maybe you’re on the fence, or maybe you’ve decided which one you want, but you’re having a hard time with that licensing issue. Either way, the Creative Commons website might make things easier for you.
Through their website you can search flickr, yahoo, google, blip and others with an automatic Creative Commons License filter. You can narrow down your search results by ticking check boxes like “use for commercial purposes” or “Can modify”.
However, keep in mind that just because something is labeled not for commercial use, or not for manipulation, doesn’t mean the artist/photographer won’t let you, if you ask. For example, all of my work is CC licensed with no commercial use, however I’ve given permission to a company making brochures to use one of my photos and to a website designer as well. Technically this is commercial, but to me they aren’t making money off the photo, but the finished product, so more power to them.
Of note: To find specifically art try adding ‘”drawing” or “art” after your keywords.
You should still message the artist/photographer – even if this means making an account through flickr or whatever to talk to them! An email can go a long way!
Now that we have our image(s) I’ll be discussing how to get the cover put together next time!
Do you know of any other place to get images?