Many writers wish to include images or photographs in their work. This is fine of course but a few things need to be considered first.
Before you use an image, make sure that the image falls into one of the four categories:
- Own work: You own all rights to the image, usually meaning that you created it entirely yourself. In case of a photograph or screenshot, you must also own the copyright for all copyright-protected items (e.g. statue or app) that appear in it
- Freely licensed: You can prove that the copyright holder has released the image under an acceptable free license. Note that images that are licensed for use only on Wikipedia, or only for non-commercial or educational use, or under a license that doesn’t allow for the creation of modified/derived works, are unsuitable. When in doubt, do not use
- Public domain: You can prove that the image is in the public domain, i.e. free of all copyrights.
- Fair use: You believe that the image meets the special conditions for non-free content, which exceptionally allow the use of unlicensed material, and you can provide an explicit non-free use rationale explaining why and how you intend to use it
For us to use an image we will need it in jpeg format and as large as possible. We can then edit, crop etc. for use in your book.
Do not insert images into your Word document and email us that (apart from illustration purposes) as we will need to check each image for size and quality before using.
The quality of an image is very important when it is to be reproduced in print form (or even on an e-reader / kindle device). We need the highest quality possible, i.e. 300dpi.