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The Dragon and the Stars anthology Cover [Jan. 19th, 2010|07:59 am]
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This was first discussed here.

As pointed out, no, the decision to include the editors' own stories is usually up to their own discretion, not the publisher,
who doesn't care what is delivered from Tekno. Though the inclusion of both editors is a bit over the top. This is actually not standard for most Tekno anthologies, at least within recent years. Out of the eleven Tekno anthologies from last year, and the six so far scheduled for this year, only two editors decided to go this route, Dragon and the Stars and Cthluhu's Reign.

I also think people are overthinking how much time goes into a cover like this . . .  if you type in dragon at fotolia.com, you can see where the original art came from. Most of the Tekno anthologies are done like this, and some of my own releases are also done this way. Though you could also search for Chinese dragon and find some matches. Either way, I would guess that the budget for art for the DAW anthologies is practically nonexistent, so this isn't that much of a surprise.
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[User Picture]From: benpayne
2010-01-19 01:10 pm (UTC)
It's certainly disappointing after that cool Zombie Racoon cover that everybody loved.
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[User Picture]From: marrael
2010-01-19 01:51 pm (UTC)
Was that DAW too? *headdesk*
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[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2010-01-19 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was. From last year.
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[User Picture]From: editormum
2010-01-19 01:19 pm (UTC)
I actually like the cover, but an oriental dragon would probably be more appropriate.

My bigger concern is the editors including their own stories. I know it's *not*, but it smacks of self-publishing...
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[User Picture]From: benpayne
2010-01-19 01:29 pm (UTC)
At least they didn't just put giant photos of themselves on the cover I suppose? That shows some restraint.
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[User Picture]From: marrael
2010-01-19 02:02 pm (UTC)
I pointed Jason to that page. He picked up on the editors' stories being in the TOC, while I, shallow judge-all-books-by-their-covers person that I am, thought the cover was a real wasted opportunity (even if there'd been budget constraints). Nothing about it really says "rich cultural heritage of China" except for the small print. I'd be disappointed if I were an author in that anthology.
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[User Picture]From: jayphoenix
2010-01-19 03:03 pm (UTC)
This is probably veering away from the topic, somewhat, but I didn't realise that you could 'take' images from a stock site like that and just use them as artwork.

My mind is boggled! :o)
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2010-01-19 04:05 pm (UTC)
That's the entire point of stock sites.
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[User Picture]From: jayphoenix
2010-01-19 10:52 pm (UTC)
My only knowledge/use of stock photography is in the fact that my place of work bought some for discreet placement in pamphlets and guidance documentation ... road signs, criminal justice related imagery (gavel, handcuffs, etc) and the like.

My degree is in art and design so was under the misconception (as stated below) that book covers were original/bespoke work ... my illusions have been shattered :)
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[User Picture]From: nihilistic_kid
2010-01-19 10:54 pm (UTC)
Often such art is original. Sometimes, like when you're packaging quick-n-dirty mass market original anthologies, you just slap any ol' shit on there.
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[User Picture]From: jeliza
2010-01-19 04:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, that's 95% of stock sales. There are some great book cover blogs where they frequently talk about good and bad uses of stock (and the great fun when two different books use the same image) -- I particularly like 100 scope notes and Jacket Whys

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[User Picture]From: jayphoenix
2010-01-19 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that - for some reason I never equated buying/using relatively cheap stock images as the basis for a novel cover. I had always thought (wrongly, obviously) that it would be bespoke artwork instead.

Live and learn.
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