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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Indie Life: Free photos for your book cover!

Welcome to the second month of the Indie Life bloghop, where we indie authors talk about the trials and rewards of going independent in the tough world of publishing.

As I mentioned in my previous post asking How can I help you? I want to do what I can to help my fellow indies. I just realized that in addition to hosting guest posts and announcing reader news, there's another thing I can do.

As many of you know, I travel a lot. In fact, one of my day jobs is as a travel blogger for Gadling. I've accumulated thousands of photos from more than two dozen countries and while I've published many of them, many more are just sitting on my hard drive. Let's put them to work.

Some subjects include:

Medieval weapons and armor
Medieval manuscripts
African markets
Scottish countryside
Old English buildings
military hardware
graffiti art
Ghost towns
The Orkney Islands
. . .and much more

I've even done some rather silly experiments with horror photography and haunted graveyards.  

If you're looking for a photo for your book, I'd be happy to help. All photos were taken in the highest resolution and can be used for print as well as ebooks. All I ask in return is credit and a copy of the book.

I'm in Estonia this week adding to my photo collection so I may be a bit slow in replying to email at the moment.


  1. Wow! What a fantastic offer! And how awesome that you've been able to travel so much!

  2. Very cool. Thanks for the offer. I will definitely keep you in mind. Working on two new books and will need pics. I'll have to ask for more detail later.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  3. That's a very generous offer, Sean!
    Do you have one of a hyena wearing armor?

    1. Nope. I have a few of me feeding hyenas and I probably should have been wearing armor! :-)

  4. Very generous, Sean. Your offer sounds reasonable to me.

  5. That's really cool! Thanks for the offer. I might be interested in pictures of castles . . .do you have any of the castle in Edinburgh? Or any castles on a cliff? My first book Champion in the Darkness is already out, but I put off making a book trailer because I had hoped to use a picture of a castle in it and didn't have a good one.

    Have a great day in Estonia!

    1. I have lots of castle pics. I'll take a look through them next week when I'm back in my home office.
      I haven't been to Edinburgh Castle but I'm probably going in September.

  6. You're in Estonia?! Holy cow, you sure get around, don't you? I loved the reverse color images in your haunted graveyard collection. Cool! :-)

  7. Sean, that's a wonderful offer for such a small return. You rock!


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