A book cover for your horse novel or non fiction book is extremely important. Often, this requires getting a horse photo or drawing that fits in with the book’s topic. A book cover and the title are often the first things that people see of your work.

Horse Book Covers - Gaining Appropriate Horse Images @equineauthors

Horse Book Covers – Gaining Appropriate Horse Images @equineauthors

The title and the cover need to capture people’s attention! If you’re writing a series, it can be great to make them easily identified. This is often done by authors having the same design for each book, just a varying title or cover image. However, the layout is the same.

Once you’ve completed the hard work of writing the book, having it formatted and creating a blurb, you still need a cover to capture readers’ interest! I know of many horse books that make use of stock photo sites for their covers. This can be a great way to access professional photos at minimal cost, without having to take them yourself!

So here’s a list of some stock photo sites with horse images that may be of benefit to you. Some are even free!:

  1. https://www.pexels.com/search/horse/
  2. https://www.shutterstock.com/search/horse
  3. http://www.gettyimages.com.au/photos/horse
  4. http://www.thinkstockphotos.com.au/royalty-free/horse-pictures
  5. http://www.kimballstock.com/horse-stock-photos.html

As you’re developing your books, be sure to keep a list of valuable resources that can save you time – and perhaps even money! Who are we kidding? Time is money!

If you know where exactly to go to find appropriate, quality images for your book covers, then this is a valuable detail to make note of! And while you’re at it, why not share the information with other budding authors?

Personally, I am blessed to have many photos from my work as a stud hand and stable hand. And even better, I have a horse fanatic friend who is a budding photographer. This makes it easier to link photos with what I write about. If you don’t have access to this however, stock photo sites are a great resource. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not chase up a photographer and make specific requests? This is another option.

On a side note, if you have a passion for photography and horses, why not turn this into a side income? You can offer your skills to other equine authors!