Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Fake Covers, Real Inspiration

If you want to make up a cover for your NaNoWriMo novel (or any other story) but aren't feeling particularly inspired by anything, trying playing with this Fake French novel cover art generator.

Three of my results:



I really love the broken window and the open-book pages designs, and armed with my own camera I know I can come up with something very similar (or even better.) I'm not a huge fan of using museum art for book covers, but #3 might work for a more literary writer.

If you don't have a camera or aren't interested in photography, you can always look for similar images on stock photo sites like Dreamstime.com, BigStockPhoto.com or DepositPhotos.com (I found the cover image for my NaNo novel Lord of Midnight there.) Prices vary, but it's possible to find something (like mine) that works for around $1.00. Dreamstime.com offers free images, too, so if you're cash-strapped you might check there.

2 comments:

  1. I like the book and like you I'd chose the art last. You take such amazing photos I'm sure you wouldn't have any trouble making your own cover.

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  2. My basic 101 French is really REALLY rusty, but for a moment I was thinking, "Those aren't any of her real titles...!" I tried it out and got "Sortie d'un giraffe" which I think means "Exit of the Giraffe." Could be a great story generator, including wacky bad Google translations.

    For Romance writers, I've stumbled across Period Images.com a couple of times for stock photos. Have no idea how expensive they are, but the photos are really great looking.

    I've seen mention of 123rf.com and photodune.net, though I've never used either. Deviant Art has a lot of great looking stock, but it can take a while to comb through to find what you're looking for.

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