by August Wainwright on July 30, 2013
You want to know what the problem is with using stock photography for your book cover?
How amazing is that? Almost too good to be true.
This is the main issue with stock images – anyone can use them. And on the surface, each of these authors was probably either:
1. Outwardly happy with what their publishers did with the cover, since they really don’t have much of a say anyways
2. Super excited when their cover designer came back with such a dark, foggy, noir cover for their super unique, super well-written, soon-to-be bestseller that is just so darn… super.
If you’re a self-published author who actually has some say over their cover, I implore you to try something different. If you hire a cover designer, talk to them about where they get their images from, how often they re-use the same image – just talk to them. Make them prove their worth.
Their are a lot of cover designers that are springing up that have no problem taking your $100 and selling you a crappy cover… and then using the same image a week later and selling another version to someone else.
Take the time to find a well-respected PROFESSIONAL. They are out there (more on this later).
Images sourced from Buzzfeed.com