While that age-old advice might serve us all well when it comes to human interaction, it’s difficult to follow when it comes to preparing a book for publication. After all, the cover is a reader’s first impression of an author’s book. With the right models, textures, colors, and font, you can send a loud and clear message about what lies within your book’s pages.
For those of us who strive to write diverse stories, creating beautiful, impactful cover art can be difficult. All it takes is a few hours of combing stock photo sites for couples of color, interracial couples, or plus-size models, to learn the harsh truth: there are slim pickings out there for authors writing about non-white characters, or those who do not fit within societal standards of beauty.
This is why Mosaic Stock strives to ensure that each photoshoot we conduct results in high-quality images of a diverse range of models. We have made it our mission to do our part to bring diversity to the publishing world. What better way than by providing much-needed tools for authors and publishers who wish to display on their book’s cover just how special it is on the inside.
The process of planning a Mosaic Stock shoot is very painstaking. We begin by placing model calls on model forums and websites, where many industry professionals can find each other and collaborate. We make sure to let the models know that we take our commitment to diversity very seriously, and consider models of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientation, or body type. For any given model call we may receive anywhere from 50 to over 200 model submissions.
From there, we consider each model based on what is needed for our site. We accept feedback from many authors who let us know exactly what they want to see, and we keep this in mind when selecting models. Next, we decide on 1-3 themes to be shot in a single shoot, to ensure that our time is well-spent, and that our shoots are focused.
Typically, 8-15 models will be chosen, and broken down by genre or theme, based on what their look suggests they might portray best. And while we hope to serve all genres, being aware that romance is one of the most popular sub-genres of fiction, we incorporate quite a lot of it in our shoots. We take special care to portray couples of color and interracial couples as sensual, loving, and beautiful, to help serve a gaping need in the romance novel industry.
A typical Mosaic Stock shoot lasts for 6 hours or more, with models working hard along with our photographer to portray the correct emotions and motivation befitting the theme. Professional hair and make-up artists are enlisted to help our models look their very best. Our photographer’s ten plus years of experience in photography, photo editing, and graphic design ensure that we offer our customers the best product possible.
Our models are a valuable part of the Mosaic Stock team as well, and we do everything we can to ensure their comfort during the shoot. Even inexperienced models are considered, and we are happy to help coach newer models through the process of creating art and bringing untold stories to life.
Each photo is inspected individually for quality before being uploaded for sale on our site, each one handpicked for its potential for book cover greatness. It is our hope that the landscape of the publishing world will be greatly impacted, as other special stock sites take up the same mission of true diversity and offer authors the images they need to make their distinctive stories shine.
At the moment, our galleries include the following genres and sub-genres: Romance (contemporary, suspense, interracial, bridal), Young/New Adult, Men & Women in Uniform, Cultural, Kids and Multicultural families. We also offer professionally-designed premade covers using our own stock at reasonable prices. Coming soon to our site will be various historical eras (to include historical romance), as well as various sub-genres of Fantasy and Sci-Fi.
For more information on Mosaic Stock and all we have to offer, visit www.mosaicstockphotos.com. Earn 20% off your first purchase when you visit our homepage. Information on custom photoshoots and exclusive image purchases can also be found. Check out our suggestion page to let us know more about what you’d like to see. We want to fill the needs of our customers and can only do that if they let us know what’s needed or missing. Together, we can make diversity so commonplace that it no longer needs to be discussed.