Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cover Me

I was reading the good old Facebook this morning and noticed this picture of author Joanne Brothwell's new book and the cover of another book by Loren Manns.

The books are of course not related outside of both in the modern paranormal genre. But I thought it might be fun to imagine one.

This is not uncommon for many indie and newer authors to use stock art for covers.   Sometimes you can even find them.  It is interesting though to see what a difference Photoshop makes.

It even happens in our publishing.
Here is a cover of a game you might recognize, and it's doppelganger.


Obviously mine and one called Magic & Miracles for the D6 system.  In this case though both of us are using the famous John W. Waterhouse painting.  I make no excuses for that, I love the Pre-Raphaelite style.

I'll have to go over this alternate version of the witch in detail.

I know they say you can't judge a book by it's cover, but sometimes you can use that cover for some fun!


Rivetgeek said...

Just out of random curiosity, is the use of the stock art typically noted in the credits? Or is it something that - in the case it was used without permission - is dependent on the artist becoming aware and saying, "I never said they could use that."

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your post very much and was very interested in the subjects.


Timothy S. Brannan said...

Wil, for my book I did put the names of the artists. That is what was done in the M&M D6 book as well.

In other cases where I have bought art I have put "Cover Image Copyright XXXX Getty Images, Used with Permission" or something like that.

I tend to be a stickler on these things and want to be sure I am WAY above the board on this.

Yvonne, Good to see you back!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the post, Timothy!

Wil, in the book published with Crescent Moon Press, the only notation was the artist's name. I expect this was all that was required from the stock image licensing agreement.

In my self-published novel, I included everything - all stock images and the cover artist. Like Timothy, I want to be way above board on it, too.

Joanne Brothwell said...

Okay, I don't know what happened there, but that "anonymous" comment was from me!

Brett Slocum said...

I'm willing to bet that this happens a lot on self-published works. You're just lucky I guess, Tim.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Joanne! Thanks for stopping by. I really want to check out your books. I had written something about Indigo Children myself a few years back but it is all caught up in some work for hire stuff.

Brett, yeah I should not be surprised, that is a great bit of art.