One moment of joy can be like a shield against the world and all the hardships and adversity that seem all too common these days. That moment can sooth the soul and replenish the heart if we let it.
In the end it is our choice if we let it. Do we let go of the anger and hatred and negativity? Or do we cling to them and cloud our hearts so that we cannot see that single moment that could offer us a safe harbor?
The world may be harsh.
But we choose how we respond and what we keep in our hearts.
There are some issues writer’s need to understand about artwork they use to make their book covers. Just because a site says the artwork is royalty free doesn’t mean it is. People put images they find onto sites and say it is free to use but they don’t own the image so, while you might think you have something free it also might come back to bite you in the butt if you don’t have permissions from the creator or company that owns the copyright. Even if you think you are free and clear it can still result with you owing money to people you never knew existed.
A lot of sites offer images for purchase and you might think you are free and clear with those as well. Fact is you have unlimited digital distribution with most of those purchases but limited physical printed versions for sale. Many have a limit of 1500 or 15000 physical printed copies before you have to pay for an expanded license from the owner. This can end up being problematic if you don’t know about that little clause and the owner comes back and sues you for copyright violation after you surpass the limited use mark.
Most limited use contracts have a clause that allows you to use the image(s) purchased in composition of digital artwork. This is the sweet spot for writers. If you get an image, clip out the subject, add it to a digital background and modify it to be part of a larger piece (i.e. a cover design) so that the original piece comprises no more than 20% or so of the whole or that you have modified by 5 steps of digital manipulation, you have an original piece of artwork that you own the rights too.
Look into the copyright license of any image you use. Read the fine print and make sure you know what you can and can’t do with it. If you just work off faith that someone on some website knows if the image is free, you may end up paying much, much more than you would have getting a custom design done to start off with. Even some of the book cover service sites just use bought limited use images. Make sure to ask for the full copyright use agreement. You want to sell a gazillion books? Make sure something small like cover art is not going to cost you big time down the road.
Was hoping to get feedback on the design. It is a transparent Steam Punk Picture Frame for 8×10 pictures at 300 dpi. It is free to use for non-commercial purposes and you are welcome to link to it for others if you’d like. Let me know what you think.
I tried my hand at carving spoons today. I have to say, I am really happy with how the first try came out. The cypress wood gives it a really cool swirling grain to it. Best of all. . . .no Blood! Not a single cut. . . .which for me, trying a new type of carving, is something of a miracle.
Trying to back on track writing my novel but. . . it can be hard to pick things back up again. Working on a cover design. . .that usually helps me find the mindset again. Focusing on one image that would speak for the story helps me strip down what the idea was to start off with and get back to the basics of it all.