A Friendly Note to EC

Dear Ellora’s Cave:

I know there’s a shortage of great images for covers lately, and to be frank, your covers have been MUCH more attractive than the glut of dead-eyed Poser males that used to flood my inbox.

But if I might be permitted a kind word of advice: if you are going to use a close up of the same model for two covers in the same month, it might be a good idea NOT to place those two covers next to each other in your promo lineup. It’s barely noticeable otherwise, but in that context, it looks almost like a series.

[Thanks to Anonymous for the heads up.]

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  1. 1
    Cat Marsters says:

    You’re not wrong about the dearth of decent stock photos.  I’ve been searching for something to send as a nudge to the cover dept. for my next Changeling novella—because yes, Changeling does photo covers now!—but I just can’t find anything that’s not so generic I can’t even distinguish it.

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    Suze says:

    And check this out, the same image has been used for Herendeen’s book [url=
    Phyllida]http://www.amazon.com/Phyllida-Brotherhood-Philander-Ann-Herendeen/dp/0061451363/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231622668&sr=1-1]Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander[/url] and Heyer’s False Colours.

    Boy, I hope all that linkage worked.  I’d paste the images, but I don’t know how.

    Anyway, they cut one of the men off on Heyer’s cover so that you can’t tell they’re not twins.

    It made me sad.

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    Teddypig says:

    I guess they need a couple more classes in photoshop. They only got as far as cut and paste.

    Layers? Filters? What’s that?

  4. 4

    *cringes*  Yeah, when I saw they’d used the same shot for another cover releasing the same day as mine…I thought to myself “I always wondered what it felt like for those authors the Smart Bitches show with duplicate covers…now I know.”

  5. 5

    That said, I do *adore* my cover for this book.  :D It’s beautiful.

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    mirain says:

    Y’know, if it WERE a series, that might be kind of an interesting cover concept—have the same photo, but gradually showing more and more.

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