My Lookalike Cover

Thanks to Lauren adding to her Goodreads to-read list last week, I saw this: mermaid






A near duplicate of my cover:








Both books are YA, due out in January 2010. 

Lookalike covers are pretty common.  A LOT of covers use stock photographs which are generally not exclusive.  Anyone who pays for it can use the image which means there are times when different publishers, unbeknownst to each other, coincidentally pick the same photo. 

Sometimes they're cropped differently or re-colored or have elements added that make them look a little different.  Alea at Pop Culture Junkie has a whole series of posts on them which I've always found fascinating.  It's kind of neat to see the different treatments. 

Needless to say, it's totally NOT neat to see a lookalike of your book.  Especially when you're as completely thrilled with your cover as I am :-(

Of course, I emailed my editor right away.  Bloomsbury was already on it, had seen Delia Ephron's cover (yes, of the very talented Ephron sisters) a few days before.  She said they're talking to HarperCollins (the other publisher) and coming up with strategies

NB: For anyone who doesn't know, it is almost always the publisher rather than the writer who develops, designs and approves the cover.  Sometimes the writer gives input, often they do not.

Not sure how this will play out, hoping for the best.