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The cover of ire'ne lara silva's first Saddle Road Press book Blood Sugar Canto is based on a painting by her brother Mois├ęs. For that cover, though, I wasn't able to use the entire painting.

 

Happily, I was able to use this painting -- "Bloodsong"  -- in its entirety.

 

One interesting problem it raises is what to do about subtitles. A cover where the cover art is an insert causes subtitle placement issues in ways that an overall cover (see Whale Fall & Black Sage) doesn't.

 

Here, the art plays a central role not just figuratively, but literally. So a subtitle that's placed next to the title takes up valuable real estate -- in this case, forcing ire'ne's name to the top.

 

 

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Cuicacalli / House of Song