Feb 17, 2015

Don't sweat the small stuff

by Marsha Ward

Somebody on a Facebook Group for authors recently mentioned how tormented he/she was to see their cover art used on another book. That's the breaks of using stock images.

I've seen the exact image my designer used for Spinster's Folly, maybe on a website, or maybe it was a cover for somebody's Facebook Page. Here's an example I saw this week of someone else manipulating a specific element for cover art. It doesn't bother me. It's a totally different cover/look.


As you can see when you compare the two images, the other designer flipped the image of the girl, changed the skirt, changed the face, moved the arm away from the body and added a hand. Nice work!

One of my mother's favorite sayings was "Don't sweat the small stuff." By that, she meant to say that there are many things in life to deal with, but the "small stuff" is certainly less important to waste brain power on than big things. Another way of putting this would be "Pick your battles."

So what if another author or cover designer also buys the same image that shows up on your cover! Just make sure that each book you write is outstanding!


  1. Covers are not the reason I pick up a book. Does that make me weird?

  2. Not at all, Terri, but it sometimes bothers the authors to see an image repeated on the front of another author's book.

  3. I would think that if one was that worried about seeing an image repeated, one would create a custom image of their own. Otherwise, free photo stock is just that. I wouldn't have recognized that the examples above were taken from the same photo. Pretty cool! and you're right - just write a great story!


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