Time-saving Tips for using stockphoto sites (plus casting for Fate Accompli)

Looking for stock photos is one of the fun parts of the publishing process, at least most of the time. I lucked out and have a great cover artist that I can work with even with the most challenging books, like Eyubea Girls. It’s tough to find people of color in certain contexts but we managed to do it and the result was stunning. For those authors who are on their own, this is a great article by MM Jaye which can help you to find a good place to look and what rights to get. Check it out

MM Jaye's HEAs

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I’ll start with a fact: I’m a cover junkie. Whenever I’m browsing Amazon, and my eyes fall on a great-looking cover, I find my forefinger’s pad tingling to tap the “Buy with 1-click” button. And then I have to force myself to consider my monthly book budget; if it’s the beginning of the month, I’m toast!

When I decided to go down the self-publishing route, I knew that one of the perks was that I got to decide what my cover would look like. No generic stockphoto images that screamed “hot romance” would do for me—an established practice for the majority of romance imprints. I needed the characters I created, nourished and came to love to find the perfect casting, and the Casting Director job would be mine and mine alone. Plus, having no big publisher promoting me, I needed the resulting cover to stand…

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