So, after yesterday’s debacle of discovering that ‘custom’ covers aren’t always quite so custom, I came to learn that Mr. Neil Jackson has done it to more than just one. How many? Only time will tell.
The great Billie Sue Mosiman got scammed, as well.
You see, I’m a nothing compared to her greatness. She’s a woman I look up to very much, both as a writer and as a person. I’ve enjoyed every single book I’ve read of hers. In my opinion, she’s the Queen of the Indie World.
Same story, and it goes like this. She was promised a ‘custom’ cover. Here, take a look:
I like it.
But wait a minute . . . hold on!
Mr. Neil Jackson’s ‘one-of-a-kind cover’ he promised wasn’t all that original.
Don’t believe me? Here, take a look:
I mean, REALLY???
How many seconds did it take to adjust some colors?
That ain’t custom, folks. Not by a long-shot.
I’m disgusted by this. How many more have been scammed? Hopefully, this outrage from the Indie Community will shut him down. We’ll be keeping a careful eye, because new authors pop up daily, and all are targets for such scams.
Mr. Neil Jackson, this could be a simple fix. Apologize publically. Say you’re sorry, clarify to authors that you’ll re-use their covers, and this would be over.
Thing is, you probably won’t.
Why? Because no author would want their cover repeated.
I’m wondering if Mr. Jackson figured he’d sell more of his own work riding the coat-tails of Billie Sue Mosiman. Perhaps. Or, perhaps he’s just lazy. I don’t know.
So, while we wait for the apology (and I’m the forgiving sort), I would like to share something.
A good friend of mine created a true CUSTOM cover for my next book. I paid handsomely, and it was money well spent.
Here, check it out:
Wait a minute . . . something looks familiar . . .