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Killing the Perfect Cover
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:07:24 AM »
Some of you, especially those of you who design their own covers, might find this interesting; I did.

http://lithub.com/when-you-have-to-kill-the-perfect-book-cover/

(Ecco is a HarperCollins imprint.)

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 09:14:48 AM »
Thanks for this. Most interesting.

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 09:17:16 AM »
Very interesting. Amazing how much thought and effort can go into a cover that's "just" typography over a photo. FWIW, I like the image they ended up with better than the one they were denied.

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 09:19:45 AM »
FWIW, I like the image they ended up with better than the one they were denied.

Literally about to say the same thing! ha!

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 09:21:43 AM »
FWIW, I like the image they ended up with better than the one they were denied.

Same here. I also quite liked the one with the lipstick-smudged cigarettes.

There's also a cautionary tale here about making sure you have all the rights to use the pictures you choose.

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 09:29:59 AM »
Same here. I also quite liked the one with the lipstick-smudged cigarettes.

There's also a cautionary tale here about making sure you have all the rights to use the pictures you choose.

Yup. Perhaps especially important if the book's subject matter might strike the artist, photographer, or model as controversial. It would suck to get your heart set on an image and then discover that the model or photographer doesn't want to be attached to a book with explicit content, political advocacy of one stripe or another, or whatever else.

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 10:00:13 AM »
Please note they used Florence & Nicolas (source of the original photo) when they reshot essentially the same image with a different model.

Making a knockoff of an image may or may not be a copyright violation, depending upon numerous variables, but doing so won't make those involved any friends in the art community. Like writers, photographers (and other artists) are territorial about what they create, and copying their work is no different to them than someone running your book through a synonym grinder and calling it their own, so take care (as Ecco did) in any quest for substitute "perfection."

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 10:46:12 PM »
Looooove the cigarette concept, wish they'd gone with that. But yep, thems the ins-and-outs of book design!

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 11:45:01 PM »
Looooove the cigarette concept, wish they'd gone with that.

I'm afraid it had the opposite affect on me. It conjured up dirty ashtrays with their resultant disgusting smells. That cover would have put me off any further clicks  ::).

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Re: Killing the Perfect Cover
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2018, 09:40:46 AM »
Life is so much easier for writers - 'all' we have to do is put the right words together...


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