Ooops, He Did It Again

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 . . .



2 thoughts on “Ooops, He Did It Again”

  1. I just shared my experience recently…only mine wasn’t a claimed “custom cover.” Oh, no. Mine was much, much worse. My cover was created with artwork stolen from another, little known artist. Ironically, I never would have found out if I hadn’t had to hire ANOTHER artist to do the back cover because the artist I had hired was “unreachable.” She thankfully informed me that the work was not created by a man, but a woman, and sent me to the correct artist.

    So, several hundred dollars later, I have permission from the original artist to use the artwork. As you may have guessed, I haven’t heard from the cover artist I hired since requesting a refund. How sad it is that some people are willing to step on anyone just to make a few bucks.

    1. Hey there, for some reason I missed this post. Sorry about that.

      Wow! No words to express how haunting of an experience. Sorry to hear that. It’s such a tough thing finding a designer, and what’s worse in there are people entering the design world that shouldn’t be.

      You said it . . . How sad it is that some people are willing to step on anyone just to make a few bucks.

      Quite simply, it’s plain wrong….

      Thank you for commenting.


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