Lynne Hansen Design: Blog en-us Lynne Hansen (Lynne Hansen Design) Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:15:00 GMT Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:15:00 GMT Lynne Hansen Design: Blog 113 120 Where Did You Find A Picture Like THAT? - Part 3 Here's another entry in my "Where did you get a picture like THAT?" series. (I just love showing where different images came from!) Enjoy!

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Where did you find a picture like THAT? - Part 2 Another entry in my "Where did you find a picture like THAT?" series. This one is for the thriller Reference to Mayhem by Michael A. Hodge. (I'm particularly fond of the disappearing handcuffs!)

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]]> (Lynne Hansen Design) Lynne Hansen Design book cover horror paranormal romance stock art Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:43:38 GMT
"Where did you find a picture like THAT?" - Part 1 I work with stock photos to create my book covers, so most people assume that I scour different vendors to find just the right image to purchase, add the title and author's name and POOF! the cover is done. Alas, no.

"But where did you find a picture like THAT?" authors ask, thinking that somewhere there is a single stock image that is perfect for his or her book cover.

My book covers almost always involve multiple images, and even then, I rarely use the images as they appear on a stock photo site. Let me give you an example.



It's almost like a "Where's Waldo?" picture, right? Oh, look, there's that one blood smear, and there's where that bit of fur on the werewolf came from. I love creating something from bits of nothing!

I've created a few more of these, so in the weeks ahead, I'll add some more. Hope you enjoy!

]]> (Lynne Hansen Design) Jeff Strand Lynne Hansen Design book cover design stock art Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:42:47 GMT
Does Your Cover Tell A Story?  

I’ve written seven published novels for teens, and I think that background really helps me when I approach a design project because, a good cover really boils down to good storytelling. In order to be effective, a cover has to evoke the tone and mood of the genre, and must pose a question. (Or if you’re lucky, several.)

It’s important to point out here that the questions your cover evokes aren’t always identical to the ones your readers ask as they move through your story. As long as the questions resonate with your ideal reader, you’re okay. Your book will do the rest.

Here are some of the questions I hope potential readers ask when they see these book covers. (You can click on each cover to see more detail.)


Genre: Horror novel with a crime feel.

- What’s behind those bars?

- Why do they need to keep it locked up?

- Why is the fur so big compared to the bars? Whatever is in there must be HUGE!

- Um…why is there blood on the padlock?


Genre: Young adult paranormal romance

- Why is she holding that cat mask?

- What is she trying to tell me?

- She’s in some pretty scary woods. Why isn’t she scared?


Genre: Humorous horror

- Why is that zombie wearing a top hat?

- Why is he grinning at me like that?

- He’s really creeping me out.


Genre: Crime novel

- Who is that kick-ass woman?

- Do you think she’ll go out with me?

- Who is she about to shoot?


Genre: Young adult mystery novel

- Why is that girl sneaking around?

- What is she hiding from?

- Is she going to get caught?

- Now she’s kind of got me wondering what’s in that room, too.


Genre: Giant monster horror novel

- WTF is up with an ant casting a shadow that big?

- I mean, really, those pincers look like they could take my head off.

- It looks kind of ticked off. I’m outta here.


What questions does your favorite book cover ask?

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