Three Authors, Three Books, One Cover

The problem with stock images

Here is my latest book next to Jonathan Maberry’s and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s latest books.  This kind of thing is bound to happen with stock photos.  If you’re keeping score, my book came out three months before the other two. The weird thing is I now feel obligated to read the other two books.

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Alternative Design for Lost Days Cover

Needs fine tuning, but I'm leaning toward having a "face" on the cover.

Needs fine tuning, but I'm leaning toward having a "face" on the cover.

The publishing industry seems to think that people buy more books with faces on the cover.  In particular, they think the reading public (something like 58% of which is female) likes female faces on the cover.  I’m not a fan of faces, but I’m not a female.  The protagonist is a 15-year-old girl, so in this case I think it makes sense.  I have some work to do on the image, some blending and lighting, etc., but I’m thinking this may be the direction I’m going with cover for Lost Days.  The back is not included here, of course, but you get the idea.  Any thoughts?

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