How many of you authors out there have original cover art for your book(s)? Even if you are self published, did you have a cover drawn by an artist you know, an artist you found online, or maybe you drew it yourself?
I was recently told that all major book titles that go through traditional publishing houses do not get original cover art. Their covers come from royalty-free, stock photo websites. Does that mean that the covers for Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga came from such a website? I find that hard to believe.
The cover art my vanity press supplied me, however, was on one of those sites. It was disappointing, of course, but the thing that really bothered me was being told no one uses original cover art anymore. Is it only us self-published people who spend more than $0.20 on cover art? Don’t you feel like your original cover art is special, and sets your book apart from the rest?
Yes, I love the cover art I was given for my Billy the Kid book, but part of me is sad that there are other books out there with the same cover mine.