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Hooded Girls on Covers

on November 2, 2012

One of the questions I get asked when I present workshops is: Who are the people on your WEAVING MAGIC cover?

When a cover artist designs a cover, he/she has the option to use what is called, stock photos. These are photos that are in the public domain and can be used for things such as cover art without a charge. A publisher also has the option of purchasing stock photos for use with cover art.

However, one thing which happens with the use of stock photos is the same stock photos are being used for multiple covers of different books published by different publishing houses.

So, for example, take a look at the following covers..recognize the hooded girl?

If you want to take a look at more Hooded Girl Covers, check out this  Pinterest called, “Look Alike Covers Hoods.”

There is also a posting of look alike covers at Goodreads here.

Is this a bad thing to have the same photo on multiple covers? Weigh in your thoughts in the comments below!


3 responses to “Hooded Girls on Covers

  1. JoelleWalker says:

    No doubt, the hooded girl is stunning, very eye-catching, but for that very reason, does it concern you that some might gift the cover a perfunctory glance and think, “I’ve already read that”?

    • Not necessarily. On my cover, there is the boy and I think he takes up a big chunk of the space and I’ve never seen him anywhere, so I don’t worry too much about the “I might have read it.” But, on the other covers that are the girl directly the same–um, yea….

  2. JoelleWalker says:

    …”give the cover…” =)

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