Wednesday, 29 January 2014

MWYA Random Ramblings ~ Cover Conflict


Hey Everyone

Welcome back to another Random Ramblings post where I get to talk about stuff that grabs my attention bookish or non-bookish. This post has been on my mind for a while... It all started when I saw the cover of a book I absolutely loved. I basically read the book because of the cover and it was a good read! See my review here

I looked up the series on Goodreads and fell in love with all the covers! 

Every day / week I receive freebie emails about books that are on promotion - I love looking at the covers and grabbing the great deals from Amazon or Smashwords. In my opinion, the cover of a book is just as important as the story. 

I couldn't believe it when I saw the same girl, with the same pose and the same background on another cover! All that had changed on the cover was the title, author and the font. I actually saw this girl with the same post on a third book (but with a different background), but couldn't find the it when I went to go an look for it. 

Here are the covers I feel in love with:



These covers my attention immediately as I love the effect with the girl in the black dress - it has such a beautiful paranormal feel to it. 

Here is the other set of covers I discovered:



I was quite disappointed when I saw this. A cover that stood out to me so completely and beautifully was duplicated. I cannot even explain why I had this emotional reaction. In the end I will associate the covers with the first author and story I discovered. I just found it a bit silly that there are so many options out there and maybe these authors don't even know that they have identical covers.

What are your thoughts on this ramble? I'd love to hear from you! 


Love

Chanzie

29 comments:

  1. I found a model on one book, appear on another book I had...albeit in a different coloured dress! I will always associate the cover with the book that I first encountered with it, but I can understand your distress! However, having gone through the (rather complicated) process of getting my own cover.....as an author you can end up paying hundreds of dollars for exclusivity....which....if you're a fledgling author, can be hard to justify. Amazing covers bring a great book even more alive....but it's not everything. As a writer, I think a great cover is worth putting your time and investment into. As a reader.....let things be, and recall what you liked about that book in the first place. A random but ever enjoyable post from you Chene!

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    1. I completely agree John! I agree it's not everything, as a reader with so many options of books to read, the covers tend to play a bigger role if you don't have a referral. I have made the mistake of judging a book by it's cover, a colleague suggested it to me after I had overlooked it a few times at book club, this book ended up being an all time favourite of mine and I ended up buying the entire series for my collection. I also agree with you that it is tough to justify but is a great investment at the same time :) Thank you for taking some time to give some input! I always enjoy your feedback :)

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  2. I'm afraid that the model you're talking about is one of the most used. I've lost count of how many times I saw her on different covers and on other kind of designs, too. And trust me, the same has to be applied for 'big' names as well... Unfortunately, if you don't pay for an exclusive, this is what happens. Then, paying for exclusivity costs you a lot (as John pointed out), so what should be done instead? Play some magic! Put an image on a cover as it is and choose a font doesn't do the trick at all. Play with the background, make some manipulations... Make the image unique and then, even if you see the same model on another cover, it won't change the fact that the cover you've created is an original, catching and unique piece. Who doesn't love that?
    I'm telling you this from a designer perspective ;)

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    1. I completely agree! Play some magic and make it your own :) I think what struck me was that it was identical in basically every way. Thank you for your comment from a designer perspective, it's what makes these posts interesting <3

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    2. That's totally understandable, the same thing bothers me a lot as well.
      A pleasure <3

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    3. Agree. Magic has to be put into this kind of thing...especially of you look at an image and think 'oh - that's the ONE' only to learn that other writers thought it was the One as well! It's just that to use a real model costs (pick a number and triple it!) a lot of corn, and well, writers who are just climbing the ropes learn this all too quickly. Unless of course they have tonnes of cash to spare :)

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    4. Experience is worth millions :) The beauty of once you learn is that you know better next time!

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  3. Stock Graphics! I am a cover whore and yes it bugs me when I see identical covers on books. I am not a designer but I know that you can take a stock image and make it your own (change the hair color, the clothes color, the backdrop). That being said, I understand that sometimes it is a cost thing but as a reader it sometimes causes me not to buy either book and disappoints the heck out of me.

    Caveat: I only get upset if they are within the same genre. I think it would be hard for authors to search out similar cover art in genres different than theirs.

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    1. Exactly! I agree about it being ok if it is in different genre's, both of these books fall into the Fantasy / Paranormal category though :(

      I will still finish the original series by Amy Miles, but probably won't look into the other. I associate the books with their covers and try to see the meaning of the cover choice with regards to the story too. Thanks for your feedback Felicia :)

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  4. It really bothers me when multiple authors pick the same stock photo. I mean I guess I get it, if it is available for purchase, they'll get it if they like it, BUT I think a stock photo should go out of commission when it is used by someone. I too associate the photo with the first author's book I read, and the other books are just wrong to me lol.

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    1. All of the above are valid points. What I am discovering is that if you purchase a stock photo, it doesn't go out of commission....because if it can still make money for the original image owner, I suppose it is fair enough that they can do this. As a writer, I am learning how expensive a truly unique and exclusive a cover can be, but I look at it like this....if my previous book has sold well enough, funds from that can go to the cover of the new book. I think readers appreciate an all 'new' cover, but stock photos will remain available for use again and again, until someone changes the rules. We work with what we've got!

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    2. I agree Julie, or at least go out of commission once it has been sold X amount of times. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts :)

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    3. I do agree that is is fair enough to make as much money as possible from one photo, but maybe they could list saying 'It's been sold 100 times'. I don't really know how stock photos work but I hope it is open to editing and manipulating so that you can make it your own. Indeed, we work with what we have got!

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  5. Oh yes, I have stumbled with several authors with the same book covers. It's a little bit weird because when I get to pick them up, I sometimes expect a similarity between them besides the cover, but most of the times they turn out to be quite different from each other. Either way, I do agree upon authors being more selective towards their cover if they don't want to face this, at the very least, to change it up a bit more and make it unique. That's possible, right? :)

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    1. Yeah it is a bit weird when you 2 books + same cover = completely different story! Yip it is possible like Silvia said!

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  6. It is really expensive to have an exclusive cover, so I understand why people starting off in their career use stock photos. At the same time, I feel bad when I bypass a book, because I think that I have already read it because it has the same cover!

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    1. Yip, I have learned just how expensive covers are from a dear author friend of mine! I do feel bad too but this knowledge should help future writers from a readers POV I hope :)

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  7. Yeah, that's not right is it... copied the same, no colour changes really. They should do more research about covers I think!! Great post!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. I agree, if it was just 1 that was the same, fair mistake.. but 2 the same and in the same order and the same genre...

      Thanks for stopping by Naomi :)

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  8. Yeah, these pictures of the girl are probably stock photos that separate authors bought. I still love the covers though. I do hate repeat covers but who can deny the beauty of these.

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    1. Yip I still love the covers too, definitely gorgeous which was the reason I grabbed the freebie in the first place!

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  9. I've seen it happen to. It always pisses me off that someone could rip off another cover. :/
    At some point I've even mistaken books for being a sequel because of the similarities in the cover. Ugh.

    Great Post, Chene!

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    1. Thanks Rashika! I agree it can get very confusing :(

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  10. This makes me cray-cray...I have been confused and bought the wrong book because of covers that are almost identical!

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    1. Oh no! I hope the other book was at least good :)

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  11. Wow!! I have heard of authors using stock photos for their covers but this is crazy!!!

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    1. Yip, I didn't know it happened that often though. I really thought maybe once or twice, here or there!

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  12. Here I come with another example: http://www.amazon.com/Silencing-Breath-ebook/dp/B00BS14OFM/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363056955&sr=1-2

    I, too, am bothered when I see almost identical covers. I think the key is to find a good designer who, even though using the same stock, will create something unique and original. It's not only a matter of just altering colours.

    Another example I can tell you about, is the couple on JLA's Lux series. They're overused. When I see them, I don't think of JLA. I think about Abbi Glines' Existence (lol, or any other book with them, haha), because it's the very first time I saw those two. :)

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    1. Wow I checked out your example! At least they changed it as much as they could, added some effects and a hatty thing. I will have to go and check out JLA and AG's covers! Thanks for sharing stopping by and leaving a comment :)

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