Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Writing Wednesday: The Not so Artful Cover Art Dilemma
You have to have it. It's not like you can publish a book without a cover, right?
When you sign with a publisher, you cede some of your creative control. You get a "say" in the cover, but not final say.
When you self-publish, you theoretically get final say, but how can you know if the cover you're paying for is unique or special... or merely "borrowed" from elsewhere. Yes, a lot of cover art websites charge extra for "unique" or one-off covers, but what's to stop them from selling it again? Or manipulating the art to resell as "unique" a second, or third, time. After all, many of these artists use clip art or buy photographs from online sources.
How do you know what you're getting?
Case in point. My original cover for my second mermaid book, which I thought was unique and which came from my (then) YA publisher:
Sometimes the similarities are a lot more in your face. More recently, I read this YA book, set in NYC:
I've also seen a cover with the same foreground and trees instead of buildings in the background.
Limited number of good photos out there? Or limited imagination?
What's your take?
In the meantime, Happy Writing to all!