This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event.
ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more!
ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines.
Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks
Panelists: Rachel Eliason, Michael Koogler, A.R. Miller, Terri M. LeBlanc
Panel Description: Learn how to go about finding and using images for your website, blog, or book cover.
Things to be aware of when using photos from the web
Copyrighted vs. Copyright free vs. Royalty free vs. Public Domain
When in doubt don’t use it, or ask legal advice. Some photographers will allow you to use their art if you ask, the conditions will vary, such as payment.
Where Do You Find Your Images?
You can also hire a photographer, but this entails extra cost. Remember to consider everything from the models to costuming to setting.
How Do You Edit Your Photos?
When it comes to using the items as book covers you’ll want to use templates for the design. You can purchase templates from a variety of online sources, build your own, or use CreateSpace’s free templates.
When in doubt, hire a cover artist. Check out 99 designs. It’s a great source for finding cover artists.
Other Great Resources and Articles
- Free Blogging Resources to Perfect Your Perfect Post via Parajunkee.com
- Great Sites for Free Stock Photography via Parajunkee.com
- How I Edit My Bookstagram Photos Using Picmonkey via Paper Fury
- 10 Tips on Copyright—What You Need To Know via Parajunkee.com
- Don’t Be an Evil Content Thief—Stop Stealing Images via Parajunkee.com
Resources and text compiled as a joint effort by Rachel Eliason, Michael Koogler, A.R. Miller, Terri M. LeBlanc.