- Cover Design and the Self-published Author
- An International Cover Story
- Designer Brief from Self-Publisher
- The mental image of a character : the influence of covers
- Female images : the message on romance covers?
- Designer Stubble: the Bane of Regency Book Covers
- Making Covers Work for You, the Author
- Covers: should images be historically accurate?
- A Close Shave (or the gentle art of Pogonomotomy)
Historically accurate costumes?
Those who follow this blog will know that I often bang on about cover failings. I want my covers to be historically accurate. For me that means: no Regency heroes with beards or designer stubble; no twirling round the dance floor wearing knee-high boots; ladies in Regency costume that isn’t swathed in a tablecloth (see left); and hairstyles and accessories appropriate for the period.
It also helps if the cover models look vaguely like the characters in my story, but that’s a rant for another day 😉
Historically accurate backgrounds?
I’ve recently been mocking up a cover for a book I’m writing. It’s set in London in the period between Napoleon’s exile to Elba in 1814 and his return the following spring. My hero is a serving soldier who’s enjoying his first leave for 5 years.
I thought it could be good to show uniformed soldiers in the background on my cover. I found the image shown right.
Great image for a Regency cover, yes? Continue reading