A while back, I spotted a photo on the web, and I fell in love. This image exactly represented a character in my current novel-in-progress Saving Gracie.
But it was too beautiful, too professional, too perfect to be something I could possibly afford to license. Even so, I couldn’t help myself—I had to try, right?
Using the photographer’s copyright notice, I tracked down his website, and from there, I found his facebook page.
The image had just won a contest, and it was posted on his wall along with many congratulations. I added mine, and I said it would be perfect for the cover of my book.
Two minutes later, my comment had been liked…by the model and her mother.
Then the photographer replied saying this was something we could talk about.
My heart about jumped out of my chest.
I made sure to tell him I’m a nobody and unlikely to generate much exposure. He said that was okay – he’s a nobody, too. We worked out the terms, and…WOW. This is going to be a cover I can be proud of. I’m still astounded every time I look at it.
Here’s a mockup of the cover. I’m so excited—I can’t thank photographer Vladimir Morozov enough for making this possible. And a big thank you also goes to the model Megan O’Malley. Wonderful work, both of you!