Tuesday, September 18

Cover me!

Before you think this is just another shameless plug for my book, it's not! 

It's a post about book covers.  I didn't initially like mine when I first saw it. This guy doesn't depict Derrick at all. But, after a time, I grew to like it, then even love it.

Imagine my surprise when, after I posted it on my author page on Facebook, another author told me we had the same cover guy.

I didn't realize we had the same picture. Hers is on the right, but otherwise it's the same guy, same pose. Her background is light.

I think I might have the same guy on my debut book, Wild Horses, as my friend Sara Walter Ellwood does on her western, Gambling on a Secret. But it's not identical, like the cover of Shot is with the other author's.

So, here's the question. Is your cover model(s) on another author's cover? Do you care?



32 comments:

  1. I do share the exact same stock image with the lovely and talented Cindi Meyers. My story Pinocchio Syndrome and her story Always A Bridesmaid share covers. I can't imagine two books being more different with the same covers, but I'm happy to share with her.

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    1. Casea! I just remembered! I think I share this guy with Cindi, too!

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  2. It's possible they are, I don't know. My cover models are very real women, who have been professional models for at least the last 8 years. I have a whole collection of photographs of these ladies that I use for inspiration. It is very possible that they are on other covers, as a number of them have appeared on magazine covers in the past.

    It doesn't bother me in the least. I put them on my covers to thank them for their inspiration. Why shouldn't the rest of the world enjoy their images as well?

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  3. It hasn't happened to me, but I don't think it would bother me--they always make sure there are differences. I think. :-)

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    1. That's because you have those lovely quilts that are so stunning!

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  4. Two days before my first novella, Hog Wild, released, I found out that Christine London was releaseing a book that had not only the same woman on a motorcycle on her cover, but she had the same TITLE for her book as well. This being my first book I kind of freaked, but haven't thought much about it since. I like my cover better, anyway. LOL

    I like both of your covers, D'Ann. :)

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    1. Thanks, and that is AWFUL! OM gosh, I would have been so upset.

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  5. I have the same people on my cover for The Sky Pirate's Wife as Sara's alter ego, Cera Dubois. I actually see that couple pretty frequently. I'm tinkering with another cover, but it'll have to wait until after my book tour is over. It's not uncommon for self-published authors to change covers though.

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    1. Hi, Allie! I didn't know that. In a way, I think it's kind of cool! I love your cover!

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  6. I see tons of books with the same model(s). The models on the cover of my novel are used in MANY others. I tried to purchase a picture/pose that isn't used much--lol.

    Anyway, no, it doesn't bother me as long as there are enough differences on the cover to make each book stand out on their own.

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    1. I had never noticed before I became pubbed. Isn't that funny?!!!

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  7. My cover for Obsession is the exact same cover for another RS author. At first I was disappointed but then I just had to shrug my shoulder. I've been told that images are expensive and the publishers only have so much money.

    I was reading a post by Linda Lael Miller a few months ago and she was on a cover shoot for her book. Apparently you have to be REALLY BIG for a publisher to create a cover just for you.

    Someday....

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    1. I'd say you were on your way, lady! Don't forget us when!

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  8. My cover model? None other than Jimmy Thomas. Need I say more?

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    1. Nope! You said a mouthful! He's so hot!

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  9. Very interesting. I'll have to see what happens when I get published.

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  10. I don't have these kinds of covers, so can't comment.

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  11. Yes, Sexy red's cover model is shared. Doesn't bother me.

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  12. I'm not published, but I probably wouldn't mind at all. :)

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  13. The Life After cover is a shared cover. Different background, but otherwise the same. The woman on the Dreamers cover is shared. I share her with Stephanie Morris and a young adult author. Bothered me at first, but not so much now.

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    1. That is a beautiful cover, lady! I see why it would be used more than once.

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  14. And what's funny is that I found the stock photo of the guy on Shot on one of the photo sites when I was looking for cowboy photos to buy for my websites.

    As Allison already pointed out, I have the same couple on A Hunter's Angel as she has on her Sky Pirate's Wife. And mine was done by the cover artist for The Wild Rose Press.

    I also saw the same couple that I've used on my self-pubbed short story, Bloodwine, used on a published book.

    Jimmy Thomas (the guy on my Gambling on a Secret, Sheri Fredrick's Remedy Maker, Jenna Jaxson's Only Scandal Will Do and your Wild Horses) is on something like 3000 romance novels.

    I really don't mind the same models being used, or even the same poses, but it does throw me at first when I see it.

    I love all of your covers, D'Ann!

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    1. You are seriously blessed by the cover gods, woman! Jimmy T. is EVERYWHERE!!!

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  15. I haven't found either of my covers (yet) on another book...with the number of books being published these days - both traditional, small press and self-pub - it's bound to happen more often, though.

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    1. You've got great covers! It's only a matter of time.

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  16. My cover artist told me that she was using the same cover art on my cover as a previous one she'd done, but was changing it to make it look completely different. I love my cover--it's perfect for my novel. I'm okay with the same stock image being used, then altered. No biggie for me.

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