Look at the title. Now look back at me. Now, look at the title again. Back at me! I’m on a rant about how authors get cover art, but don’t look to see who else is using their photos. I don’t know where this trend started, but it’s very common to see similar cover art for indie artists.
I think what happens is these authors purchase photos from a website that looks nice and they hire someone to do the graphic design. So they take generic photos without having full licensing rights and add them to their novel.
Sure that works in a perfect world, but you and I both know that you’re not going to choose the worst cover…you know, the cover that no one else wants. You’re going for the coolest one out there that just so happens to look like your main character. But where will that lead you?
I think it takes you here:
See that? That’s what happens when you share photos. I personally love the story in one of these novels, The Soulkeepers. But seeing the art shared with others means you didn’t put enough time in finding a worthwhile cover artist. I’m sure everyone did their very best, but I would prefer a decent, unique cover versus having the same exact model and clothes on other books. If I saw someone else with my cover, I’d feel like my presentation was generic.
I have a list of cover artist on my website that can help authors out and there are many other websites in the world for you to discover. Whatever you do, don’t purchase a photo without an assurance that you’re the only person that can use the photo.