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How To Work
With An Artist
Provide any and all input possible up front. Then shush. Unless the proof copy contains obvious errors, accept it and go. Here's why.
You're an author. Your forte is painting pictures with words that fascinate readers. You are not a graphic artist. So regardless of your abilities to evaluate art, don't intrude.
When you wrote your book, you undoubtedly addressed a specific audience. That is, you wrote so this audience would appreciate your story and the way in which it was written.
A good artist has the same objective in creating your book cover. That is, he or she will seek to please your potential customer. You'll be way ahead of the game if you let the artist have a free hand.
If you intrude, as in requesting size or color changes, the artist almost always tries to accommodate your input. But in doing so, the overall concept in the design may be weakened, or even destroyed.
Using Another Artist
We work with Charles King, for in our opinion, he's the best available. However, you are free to work with anyone. But there's a problem in this.
We are not artists. We can not judge the quality of any presentation. Or whether or not the demands of our printer have been met. So we pay an outside consultant to assure all is ready for printing. If there's a goof, you'll have to do it all over and pay additional fees, perhaps even to your artist.
Click here for the cover requirements at Lightning Source. Then click on File Creation at the top of the page. From there, click Digital Cover Creation.
The back cover of the book should begin with a
statement as to the type of book this is, such
as: Action/Adventure. To the right of this statement,
include the price provided in an easy-to-read size.
The bar code at the bottom left of the back cover
must include the ISBN and the price provided.
For best image results, use the cmyk files. The
small logo for the spine may work for you as a .GIF.
But it may be best to resize fp_Back_Cover_cmyk.tif
Be sure to include
to the right of the logo beside the bar code. Or beneath
it. This choice likely depends upon the graphic layout
of the page.
The invitation sticker should be cocked at an angle
above the bar code so it looks like something pasted
onto the back of the book. Slant it slightly upward
or downward to make it seem more a sticker. And again
let your choice be a function of the graphic layout
of the page.
For a copy of the files you need, download:
That "Vanity Press" Label
If you publish your book on the Web, you've "earned" this label. No matter how great your work. No matter how great the publisher.
As a reminder, this label popped up years back, long before the Web
even existed, when small presses began asking for fees from authors, or took on a title without paying an advance. All who talked of such operations needed a label to distinguish between such houses and the majors. "Vanity Press" was invented to make this distinction. And this label is applied to all web-based publishers.
Even if you receive a reasonable advance, and the publisher pays all costs, it simply doesn't matter. You are "guilty" of the grand sin of turning to a "Vanity Press" when your work is released by a web-based publisher.
We urge authors to exhaust all possible offline options before turning to the Web. Not because of this label. But because even grand success on the Web is unlikely to lead to the fame and bucks possible when your work is produced by a major offline publisher.
But if you have taken the shot offline, and still believe in your book, then by all means turn to the Web and accept the label. And, of course, we hope you'll turn to us.
We'll by happy to answer any question you may have.
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