Something An Author Never Wants To See

Or, What Happens When You Use Stock Photos For Your Cover

matching covers

During my recent book tour for Spell of Vanishing a reader pointed out the male model on the cover of Spell of Summoning is the same as on the cover of HP Mallory’s Sinjin. And then during the same tour I found an almost identical cover for Vanessa Waltz’s High Stakes as the Spell of Vanishing cover I paid a designer to put together for me.

Insert forehead smack.

But what’s an indie author to do? I can’t afford to photograph my own models or hire artists to create covers from scratch, so I have to use stock photos. Just like almost every other indie author. I suppose, with only a few stock photo sites, it’s inevitable that two authors will choose the same model or graphics. But it still stings when I see it happen.

Are you feeling my pain? lol

<3 Anna

 

2 thoughts on “Something An Author Never Wants To See

    1. I have thought about taking my own photographs, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I’m sure some college kids would be thrilled to model for a book cover.

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