Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Landing a Cover with Harper-Collins

I can finally share some exciting news! I landed the cover of a novel with Harper-Collins! I had to wait until the book went through the approval process before I could share the news but it's all officially a go and I'll be receiving my galleys (and check!) in the mail shortly! The book is called "Kind of Kin" and it's the latest novel by Rilla Askew, scheduled for release in January 2013. Working with a big publishing company was great. They pay you for not only the hardcover run but also the paperback run and every country it's released in also has to license the image and pay me as well. It's a lot better financially than working with a self-publisher which is how my first book cover was done! And, you get a photo credit in the book too! Here is an image of Rilla's new book "Kind of Kin" featuring my image "Red  Road to Nowhwere":

You can pre-order your copy on Amazon here: Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew

Now, a little bit of info about my image they chose to use on the cover:

Red Road to Nowhere

This image was taken alongside my favorite stretch of highway in the Midwest...Hwy 283. From Dodge City to Oklahoma City, this two-lane highway is through the countryside, small abandoned towns, fields of sunflowers and farms featuring not only cattle but buffalo. Red Road to Nowhere was taken while on a day trip along this highway with my friend and fellow artist Missy Trent. We were hunting Bigfoot who has been spotted in Oklahoma around the Ada and Turner Falls area. We made funny videos about the search which you can see on this old blog post as well as the original, unprocessed image. The above image is a process called HDR, where you take three exposures: one underexposed, one overexposed and one with a perfect exposure. Then, using a photo-editing program you merge all those shots together. The result is a very detailed image that is sharp across the tonal range. I don't do those kinds of shots very often, but when I do I usually love the result. So, there you have it! A little history on the image. Now, go buy the book! :)

8 comments:

Luke A. Bunker said...

Laura, this is fantastic news!!!! Congratulations, my dear friend - I am so proud of and happy for you!!!!!!!!!!

Catherine... said...

Fantastic news Laura.... love that photo, reminds me of some the roads I've been on in Australia...Congratulations... :)

phoebe said...

I am so excited for you, this is all kinds of awesome :)

Nichole Renee said...

Speechless!! Huge congrats!!!!!

Naomi said...

So proud of you !!

Laura said...

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of my art! Love you all! xo

Jenny Wall said...

That is so cool! I'm so happy for you! Did you go through a stock agency or something?

Laura said...

Thanks Jenny! Harper-Collins actually contacted me after finding my image on Flickr through a Google search!