I thought I’d write a bit about my criteria for listing cover artists. Some folks have contacted me that I have not listed, and I’m feeling kind of bad about it, so I’m going to try to ease my guilt a bit by trying to pin down for you what I’m looking for. It’ll still sound all woo-woo and arty I’m afraid, but here goes.
Right now, I am looking for cover artists that when I look at their work, it takes my breath away. It doesn’t have to be original artwork (it can utilize stock art really well), though the two artists I’ve listed so far do original work. It does have to be compelling in some form; original, eye-catching, dramatic, quirky, different. If it makes me say, “wow, I wish I was that talented,” it’s in. I’ve received some submissions which are good but haven’t quite pushed the “wow factor” button for me. I will go back and revisit them later, and may end up adding them. It doesn’t mean I think they are bad! It just means that for right now that work is not exactly what I’m looking for.
If you know an artist that might make me go “Wow,” I would love to hear about it. I’d especially love to see some YA, Mystery and Sci-Fi cover art; so far we’re covering fantasy quite well.
Another important point. I am listing these artists as a resource for authors (and for the artists too of course), based purely on my own opinion of what I think is good, which may vary from those of you reading here. I do not know these artists personally. I do not have any input on their pricing or schedule (except that I hope they price their work what it is worth and I think it’s spectacular). Any contact between any author and artist are beyond my control, and listing them here in no way warrants or guarantees their work or timeliness in any way, shape, or form. Artists and authors should contact each other off-board to get more information. As of now, I am listing people for free, and links will always be free (if this blog takes off I may consider adding display advertising in the future). This is a courtesy and resource.