On Friday I took some time to proof our upcoming Winter 2010 catalog copy. I’m getting really excited for some of the releases, especially Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Unseen and Enchanted BeingsÂ by bard extraordinaire, Kenny Klein. The cover is gorgeous – a bewitching Faerie Queen with rich, jewel-tone wings. Dark and seductive, just as requested. It was done by an amazing artist, Esao Andrews.
We wanted the new cover to echo the beauty and personality of the previous book (above), so it had a blonde Druid priestess whose eyes were covered by a hood, her eyes not visible but clearly downcast in contemplation, fear, or reverence. However, the stock photography outfit we were to buy the photo from did not have a model release for the photo, and thus, we’re not able to use it!
What does a publishing company do at a time like this? We start furiously looking for other stock photography featuring young blonde women wearing druid-like robes or hoods (not easy) and contingency planning – looking for a model (here on staff at Llewellyn?) who is blonde and can stand in. Hopefully Photoshop will do the rest!
Ah, deadline joy.