Updates, Quotes, and Cover Design Copyright

Fast Updates:


Wishing you and your families a safe and happy holiday season!

December events have been postponed – I will update event information when it becomes available to me. Unfortunately, there could be some conflicts when rescheduling occurs. I will do my best to participate in as many of the new dates as possible. Stay safe and keep being awesome!



readersfavorite.com will have two of my available books listed as prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If you are interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here:  book giveaway /Rise or/and here: book-giveaway/lost

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Upcoming Event Reminders:



Concealed Realms will be at Planet Funk Con! This event is taking place from June 25th -27th at The Rivercenter in Davenport, IA. To learn more visit: planetfunkcon.com

We are scheduled to participate at Raptor Con! The new dates for the event are August 21st and 22nd. This event takes place in Evansville Indiana. To learn more visit: www.RaptorCon.com

Postponed events:

(Events that were canceled outright are not included below- awaiting new dates for these postponed 2020 events)

Concealed Realms will be participating in the Dupage Mighty Con. This event takes place at the Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL on Saturday May 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Concealed Realms will be participating in Porter County Comic Con. The Porter County Mighty Con event takes place Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso, IN.

We will be returning to The Madison Comic Con! This event takes place Sunday, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Exhibit Hall, 1 John Nolan Drive, Madison WI.

Concealed Realms will be at the ST. Louis Mighty Con! This Mighty Con event will take place  July 18th  and July 19th at the St. Charles Convention Center.

We will be participating in Oddmall: Hallowondrous on October 16-17, 2020. The event takes place at Lakewood Masonic Temple – 15300 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, Ohio 44107.

We will be participating in The Milwaukee Comic Con! This MightyCon event takes place at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds Products Pavillion located at 640 S 84th St., West Allis, WI 53214 on (September 12th) October 10th.

Concealed Realms will be at Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan,  December 4-6, 2020. The event takes place at the Cultural Center for the Arts – 1001 Market Avenue, Canton OH 44702.

We will be participating in Quad Con on December 6th! This show takes place in Burlington, IA  at the Pzazz Event Center. To learn more about the Quad Con shows visit: quadcitycon.com.


Book Quotes:


“Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.” -William Feather


“Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled ‘This could change your life.’” – Helen Exley


“A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan


“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” – Ernest Hemingway


“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero


“Books are mirrors. You only see in them what you already have inside of you.” – Carlos Zafon


“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” –Stephen King


Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience. This is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain


 “If you love books enough, books will love you back.” – Jo Walton


“A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.” – Franz Kafka


Definition of collaborate:


Verb to work, one with another; cooperate, as on a literary work: They collaborated on a novel. www.dictionary.com

Merriam Webster.com

Verb to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.”merriamwebster.com


A Brief look at Copyright in regards to Book Cover Design:

Back in august I posted about working with freelance illustrators and I thought it would be interesting to do the same with cover design. I am sure that I have mentioned that there can be many benefits to outsourcing and incorporating freelancers into your strategy when publishing. Like the illustrators I choose to work with, I generally hire freelancers for cover design creation.

As such, I found that the article was very similar to the previous one and I decided to switch gears slightly in order to focus more on what I feel is the one major difference between the two collaborations, copyright as it pertains to cover designs.

It is one of main reasons that I prefer to hire a freelancer for cover design apart from cost of course. I like to keep my expenses moderate and maintain creative control. I also like to get as much use out of my cover as possible, meaning that I want to be able to apply it to different types of marketing items such as bookmarks, sticker, etc. Whether or not you can use your cover design for these types of things depends on the copyright.


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There are several ways to acquire a cover for your book. If you have the money to invest, you could buy a pre-made book cover or hire a book design company to do the work. Alternately, if you have a strict budget, you could create a cover yourself. There are certainly a lot of options available if that is what you want to do, just be sure to read the rules and limitations associated with using the design tools, weather they are free or paid services.

Note: Before you publish, make sure you understand who owns the copyright to the book cover and whether you or your publisher have secured the appropriate rights to use it.



The topic of cover art and copyright ownership is variable. Whether its the artist, the author, or the publisher that owns the copyright for the finished cover art depends on different factors.  A book cover has its own copyright protection, which is separate and in addition to the protection for the book itself.  Even when hiring a freelancer, it does not strictly fall into the work made for hire category, so it is important that you are aware of what rights you have and understand limitations  of each option on how you can use the art before you decide how you want your cover made.

Note: Review policy’s carefully and understand limitations before making a decision on how you want your cover created.


Examples of limitations-

  • Traditional publishing:

If you are intending to submit your text to a traditional publisher or literary agent and it is acquired by them, you most likely wont get much say in the cover design process, if any at all. In most cases whether a book is published through a large or small press, they will handle liaising with the cover designer and generally retain all rights to the cover. Therefore, If your contract is terminated with the publisher and you wish to republish elsewhere, you will likely need to obtain a new cover.

Note: Unless your contract with the publisher states otherwise, you do not own the copyright for the book cover.


Alternate Cover Created For “Lost”

  •  Freelancers

Many freelance designers use stock photography to create your cover. Third-party source materials, such as stock photos and design elements are copyright protected too. So unless the cover artist created the artwork and elements incorporated into the design, the person who designs the cover art needs to secure a license to use those materials.

It is best to be clear about how you plan on using your cover in the future so that the creator purchases the appropriate license’s for images. If you decide to use a marketplace to hire freelancers, be aware of the policy’s in their terms of service regarding stock images and commercial use licenses as it pertains to the sellers responsibilities.

Note: Make sure you know what rights the artist retained for underlying source material so you can be aware of any limitations in the use of the book cover.


  •  Services such as Canva

Canva offers formatted cover layouts using a choice of stock photos and also allows for customization of title and author information.

The copyright to book covers created on Canva and on similar services does not belong to the author that has logged on and created it. The copyright is owned by Canva and is licensed to the author. The downloaded file comes with terms limiting how the design may be used, even when the elements are free. What you’re allowed to do and not allowed to do is detailed in the license itself. These limitations vary based on which license you chose, whether you will print the design, and several other factors.

 Note:  Be aware of warnings such as this: “Cover Creator and covers made using stock images available in the Cover Creator tool cannot be downloaded for use outside the KDP website.”


Images created by freelancer for “The Blood Inheritance Quartet” and “The Warning Signs”


There are definate considerations to be had when deciding how to have your cover designed. Some services limit how many physical objects can be printed with the cover art or explicitly state that use is limited to publication only, meaning that it cannot be used for marketing merchandise.

Be aware of what rights you have when you decide how you want your cover made. Even when hiring a freelancer some rules differ, depending on how they are creating the design. It may not strictly be considered work for hire and if its not be sure that proper licences  are obtained and that the permissions available fit your needs.


This brief post should not be considered legal advice. If you have legal questions or need help regarding cover design contracts please consult a qualified publishing law attorney. More information can be found here: www.authorsguild.org and allianceindependentauthors.org.


Learn more about general book cover design:
The Happy Self Publisher, Creativebloq, Blurb.com


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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Rano Raraku says:

    I like your work


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