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    A question about cover art

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by struggler, Jul 8, 2012.

    So I'm writing a book and if I get published I was wondering who decides what the front cover of the book looks like? Is it solely the publishers choice or does the author get some input? I happen to have a friend whose dream is to make cover art for books. They've graduated from uni with a bachelors of graphic design and works as a graphics designer full time so they do know a bit about creating that stuff.
     
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    It's the publisher's decision. They may or may not listen to your suggestions or wishes on the matter, and they will almost certainly make their own choice of artist/illustrator.

    It's a business and marketing decision, and selecting a friend for the job is a questionable business practice (cronyism). Don't expect to win.
     
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    yup!... that...
     
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    I imagine the publisher will decide all that. Be glad they'll even let you write the story. ;)
     
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    For a first time writer, just give them the MS, sign the contract and walk away. Later on if you get a third or a fourth deal you can get a say on what goes into or onto your book.

    Unless your contract specifies otherwise, assume that you won't have a say in marketing and publishing.
     
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    Yeap. I googled it. Everybody else is right. I'm waiting for the next post to agree with me again.
     
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    I have something in mind that I'd like to see on the cover of my book, but will leave it up to the experts. I'm not exactly a pro when it comes to graphics.
     
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    So we're all in accord? Leave it to 'em? Their choice?
     
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    Yes, the publisher will likely have artists in mind, but may take suggestions, especially if they're a small publishing house.

    If your friend is intested in doing your cover (if/when you find a publisher), it would benefit him/her to get some experience, creating covers for small publishers and even some self-published authors. If nothing else, it will provide a sort of portfolio to point to and demonstrate the type and quality of covers your friend can produce. Plus, your friend could earn some money for the effort and experience.
     
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    What if you want to draw the cover art of your own book? (assuming you are a good and at least semi professional artist, so not stick people)
     
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    That would be something to take up with the publisher. But as others have said, the cover is a marketing decision, which they will almost certainly decide is their ambit rather than yours.
     
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    Ooh thanks Banzai. I don't fully understand the self publishing either; would that lead your story to get lost in all the others?
     
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    Self-publishing gives you control over it, so you could use your own artwork, but there are serious drawbacks to self-publishing. The arguments are many, long and tiresome for me to relate them all here, but if you delve back into older threads in the Publishing forum you're sure to find discussions of its merits and problems :)
     
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    Its far easier to state what you would 'NOT' want to see on the cover of a book and have the publisher agree to it then what you want it to be. Some books have particularly bad covers. Really bad ones which show up with a google search for them. Couple of the memorable ones are covers of 'Everyone Poops' and 'The Rifleman'. 'The Rifleman' cover made me laugh for about 15 minutes straight when I first saw it. That an Trixie Belden #1. As long as it isn't like those, I'd be happy. For me, its no inexplicably placed penil puns or visual puns on a serious book. Preferably double-checked with a ten year old boy before production begins, if they find it hilarious then you know you've got a problem.
     
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    I just googled Rifleman and yeah, that is pretty funny stuff. Hahaha
     
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    Hi,

    I'm sorry for your friend but its the publisher committing himself to the project and taking the financial risk. He's also the one hopefully, with the knowledge of what will catch readers' eyes. Go with him. But if he says yes, there's nothing to stop you taking whatever your friend has come up with and if you think its cool, suggesting it to the publisher.

    Cheers, Greg.
     

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