Articles by Michelle Scott

Tagging is Everything

A lot of times when I visit Dreamstime, I don't exactly know what I'm looking for.And I don't want to wade through twenty-thousand photos in order to find the perfect one. Getting your picture in front of the buyer's eyes comes down to good tagging.Take this picture.The minute I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my urban fantasy romance, Straight to Hell.But I never would have found it if not for the tags attached to it.To find this picture, I entered two random words 'romance'... continue reading

Size Matters

I'd been warned, but I didn't pay attention.Or, rather, I paid attention, but ignored the advice.Here's what I'd been told: Never buy the extra-small size picture.Always go for extra-large.But although I was new to the cover-design end of writing, I figured I knew best and bought the smallest (eg cheapest) images for my first book cover.Big mistake.Here's the dilemma: you can easily make a large picture smaller, but you can't make a small picture larger without sacrificing the quality... continue reading

Part of a Series

I'm an author who can recognize her characters anywhere: in my neighborhood, my workplace, and even in the grocery store.Once I mentally connect a face to a character, the effect is indelible.I'll never forget them or think of them in any other way!Enter Dreamstime.There are thousands of models to pick from, and many of them resemble the characters I see in my head.However, because I write several series, I want the model on the cover of each book in the series to match the others.After... continue reading

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