Friday, May 24, 2013

New Cover for A Kingdom's Cost

This isn't up on Amazon or B&N yet, but will be within the next day or two. I'm very pleased with the illustration from artist Mark Churms and the cover design from J. T. Lindroos.

When I had the original cover done, I used black and white royalty-free art to keep the cost down, but I came to feel the original cover didn't do the novel justice. So I hope other people like this cover as well as I do.


Anonymous said...


Can you tell us where to get royalty free art?

J. R. Tomlin said...

First let me define "royalty free art" which is a term some people may not be acquainted with, just so they know what we're talking about. From Wikipedia: "In photography and the illustration industry, it refers to a copyright license where the user has the right to use the picture without many restrictions based on one-time payment to the licensor." In other words we pay a fee that can range from a dollar to thousands of dollars once, and can use the illustration over and over again.

There are many places to find royalty-free art. Some of the popular ones are:

There are many others but those are three large ones.

For Public Domain art that are 100% free for use there are other sources. Wikimedia Commons hosts freely licensed images, sound files, and other media. Public Domain Photos at PublicPhoto.Org has photographs that are free for use. has a variety of times of images that are copyright free and may be used.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

Thanks J.R. Tomlin. That helps a lot.

Thanks especially for the clarification between royalty-free art and Public Domain art.

Anonymous said...

The new cover really "pops" out better than the black and white cover did.

J. R. Tomlin said...

You're very welcome. I think the terms are a bit confusing.

And thanks for the feedback on the cover. :)

Amado said...

This is cool!