Cover Art

Stumbled on this today. It’s a nice blog about book covers, mostly in the YA field that I saw, but other fields as well. A whole blog about that! But it made me think about cover art.

There’s been a trend lately that distresses me a bit, moving away from fantasy artwork on the cover and toward cheaper photos, often dressed up with text elements or blur effects in Photoshop. No doubt, with the abundance of stock photos available and the prevalence of editing software, that’s hugely, unbelievably cheaper. So I have every expectation that it will continue. And it’s not like Michael Whelan is going to be out of work. But still. I like fantasy art.

It used to be the prevailing belief that cover art was chosen by the publisher. The author had no say, couldn’t pick from a lineup, no choice. (For reasons of not wanting to pay for 12 pieces of art and only use one, no doubt. I’m not saying it was unjust.) I’d like to know if that’s still the case. Does anybody know?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thewritingrunner
    Sep 09, 2008 @ 08:13:04

    95% of authors have no say about their covers and most, in fact, see their cover for the first time on the publishers website or even when the review copies go out! Sometimes you are really shocked by how little the cover has to do with the story you wrote, but sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised because the publisher totally nailed it. Usually the cover looks NOTHING like you expected (even though sometimes the publisher will ask for your ideas — which is nice, even if they don’t use ’em most of the time), but sometimes that’s a good thing. Mostly you just cross your fingers and hope for the best!

    If you’re a “big enough” author, you might get cover control, but if that has happened, you’ve really made it!

  2. asherose
    Sep 09, 2008 @ 17:10:11

    Thanks, that’s helpful! 🙂

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