There was someone searching for stock images on KDP for a story which was about parental abuse – they said they wanted to stand out from the crowd.. Quite a touchy subject. My response was this:
I would be incredibly careful when dealing with such a sensitive subject. “Stand out from the crowd” – seems to be the wrong tone, to my mind. What?! Your abuse is better than someone else’s abuse? A more shocking abuse? *Shudders*
Also, if I was to do a cover I would not use a child’s face – you can look on lots of the stock sites and search for ‘Child Abuse’ and there’s pictures of models (children) – who have signed model release forms. Or their parents have. But I would feel utterly uncomfortable using an image like that.
Take the hypothetical situation of your book really taking off and going ’50 Shades’ big – what sort of life do you think that child model will after such exposure. No, I think the pushy parent that wants their kid to be a stock model / little actress is ‘abuse’ enough.
A good designer will take these things into consideration before they find the perfect – abuse-filled image. And you should too.
There are other way’s of getting across the same feeling strongly.
Here are some ideas I came up with:
Am I breaking my own rules with the first one? I’ll let you decide.