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I am going to get these books confused next summer

November 22, 2011

covers of Dark Companion by Marta Acosta and Dark Destiny by M. J. Putney

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  1. November 22, 2011 2:21 am

    No, no, Trish, see, your Dark Companion lives in Teh Woods. And when you go to your Dark Destiny, you have Teh Swingier Hips. You’ll totally remember. Totally.

  2. November 22, 2011 2:36 am

    Ay ay ay.

    (Which is also ya ya ya spelled backwards.)

  3. November 22, 2011 7:53 am

    Yikes! You and me both.

  4. November 22, 2011 10:44 am

    Oh wow, that’s craziness! I’ve seen the same image used on covers before, but that’s a bit uncanny with the general cover composition + the title.

  5. November 22, 2011 12:09 pm

    Trisha, I’m going to get confused by the covers! I knew that there was a bit of competition for the photo used for the cover of my novel, Dark Companion, so I was glad MacMillan Tor was able to buy exclusive US rights. (The same photo is used for an Aussie book and a UK book.)

    But the similarity of photo and title is striking. And you know what is is funny. (Not funny ha ha, but funny WTF?) Both books are being published by MacMillan — MJ’s book will be released by their St. Martins’ imprint and mine will be released by their Tor Teen imprint.

    Tadmack, it’s those swingy hips that bring teh dark destiny on!
    -Elizabeth, ai, yi yi is right.
    -Sarah, my book is in hardback, which means you can throw it at someone’s head and hear a rewarding THUNK. Dark Destiny is better for softer, gentler head-bonking.
    -Ashley, that sound you hear is me having a mild freak out. I’ll recover.

  6. November 22, 2011 7:47 pm

    Wow! Same release date, even. Weird.

  7. November 22, 2011 8:11 pm

    @Tanita – I’m definitely going to need some kind of mnemonic device to remember which is which.

    @Elizabeth – lol. Which, um, spells lol backwards. 😉

    @Sarah – If I do figure out how to keep them straight, I’ll let you know.

    @Ashley, @Shari – I know, right? Dark {Something} as the title, same release date, and very similar covers… What are the odds?

    @Marta – I realized after I posted that both were Macmillan titles, which made this even stranger. And I didn’t know publishers could secure exclusive US rights for images used in book covers. Thanks for dropping by!

  8. November 24, 2011 7:54 am

    Trisha, yes, most photos rights can be made exclusive, but MJ’s book cover is a different image of the same model in the same dress.

    Identical shots can be used when the publisher doesn’t get exclusives or when books published in another country. Check out the gorgeous cover shot for Lilith St. Crow’s The Hedgewitch Queen and Ruth Frances Long’s The Treachery of Beautiful Things. But at least those titles are different. Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Novels had a really funny post some time back where readers submitted dozens of covers that all used the same photo of a model’s amazing legs.

  9. November 24, 2011 8:59 am

    I’m morbidly curious about the straps on the dress. They added thicker straps when taking one of the photos (it looks like the dress has spaghetti straps in its original form) — maybe even sewed them in. So if it’s a stock photo, they must plan for customers wanting to choose from images with slight variations.

    I’m really sorry about this, Marta. I know how frustrating it is to have such little control over the cover and title. But what’s important is what’s between the covers!

  10. November 24, 2011 9:20 am

    Hi, Elizabeth, I was also curious about the changes to the dress. The photographer is Yolande de Kort and she’s got lots of beautiful images at Trevillion, and some seem familiar from book covers. The original image looks as if it’s photomanipulated to get that glow in the distance.

    The thicker dress straps were photoshopped in by the art department as was the small castle in the distance. Here’s the link to the original photo.

    If you’re curious about covers (and I’m obsessed by them), Orbit has a fun video of how Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate covers were created.

    Lauren Panepinto, who’s the art director at Orbit, also has a blog about how the photo shoot and design of a Jaz Parks novel from Jennifer Rardin, who passed away and is much missed. I love that Lauren takes the time to share design information with those of us who get excited by the artwork.

    • December 26, 2011 2:24 pm

      Thanks for those links, Marta. Fascinating stuff! I have my own cover story, which is part of my obsession with the topic. And thanks for sharing Jennifer Rardin’s work. She wasn’t on my radar, which is ridiculous, considering the volume of work she produced in such a short time.

  11. November 28, 2011 7:10 am

    Also, one is hardcover and one is paperback. That should make it easier.


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