As an indie with a small budget, I couldn't afford the cost of a graphic artist to design my cover. Plus, my degree in art should guarantee a dramatic design. Unfortunately, I'm more of an art director than a painter.
So, where do I find a cover to draw people to Martha's Sister, Beloved Prodigal?
If you follow this blog, particularly the separate page, First Century History, you notice that I like classic art. The research I did for the book invites old art, fitting for a historical book.
I hope it also keeps me out of copyright trouble because those paintings are in the public domain. And the greatest artists in history created them.
I Googled the images for Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalene (many people believe she washed Jesus' feet contrary to John 11:2). I found a wealth of pictures of Mary as she washed the feet of Jesus.
Did I choose one of the classic paintings? N o o o o. I fell in love with a picture from the late 20th or 21st century. The woman in the picture looks more Spanish than Mediterranean Jew, but I hoped readers wouldn't notice.
I started a search for the artist. I knew I couldn't afford him or her but I decided to talk to him or her. However, the great king of all knowledge (the internet) refused to give me this information.
The artwork you see on this cover is a small part of that picture. It should pass the Fair Use clause of the copyright laws.
Is it the right choice? Please comment. Take a moment to answer one or all of these questions.
- What do you think this book is about?
- What is the genre of this book?
- What is the tone of this book?
- Does this book look professionally designed?
- Is the text on this cover easy to read?
Do you respond to it?