I am just a passionate amateur photographer who only takes the sort of photos my soul tells me to take, but, I must admit, one of the most satisfying, exciting, inspiring and flattering things in my photographic life are image sales for book covers. There are not many of them, and I know there will never be many, but I don't mind and am quite happy with just the few that come my way. In the last quater I have sold rights through Trevillion Images for as many as four book covers which is more than I have ever done in that space of time. The interesting thing is that three of the sales are based on the same image! And that very image had already been used once in the past so I've got four very nice sales out of the same image!
This is the winning photo. It certainly is one of my best images, and I am very pleased that it has been rewarded by repeated license sales. First it was used last year for a new novel by a famous German crime writer Charlotte Link, "Die Betrgene" (literal translation "The Betrayed"), and now a new license has been bought by the German online magazine "Spiegel Online", presumably to advertise the novel.
The image has recently sold twice in the United States too for the title "Growing Older and Wiser" by two different authors, one of which is Jack Kuhatschek and the other's name is still to be confirmed. At this moment in time the images of these two new book covers don't seem to be available online as yet.
This is a photo of the Castle Hill and Victoria Tower, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire I took back in 2009. I liked the isolated, windswept location and the starkness of the tall, narrow tower, and thought I'd turn the shot into a brooding, dramatic and somewhat eerie image by adding birds and moody skies and textures in post processing. Rights have just been sold for the book cover of the novel "Ecos del Pasado" by the Spanish author Diana Gabaldon. The image of the book cover doesn't seem to be published on the internet yet. From what I can see I presume it will be for a new edition of the already existing title coming out in December.
I shall post un update as soon as I have more information on these book covers.
Update 1. 9. 2016 - Last night I remembered I was still to find on internet images of three of the four book covers of mine I wrote about in this post. I did a quick Google image search and was pleased to come across two of them:
One of the two "Growing Older and Wiser" titles - ebook and paperback. It's nice to see they used the entire image (apart from a little crop from the top) and have not changed it all.
The book cover (paperback) with my image of the Castle Hill and Victoria Tower on it. It has been lightened and made less moody and eerie. It is a nice book cover; I like the peachy tone.