In response to the Spiderwork cover to-do, Alex Flinn has just posted this at her Live Journal blog:
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:22 pm Bewitching Cover Art to be changed
Thanks to some alert readers who alerted me to the similarity between the proposed cover for Bewitching and an e-book called Spiderwork by L.K. Rigel. As I indicated in my original post, the Bewitching cover is a work-in-progress. In light of the perceived similarities, my publisher has assured me they are creating a brand new cover for Bewitching.
Similarities do happen. Recently, two children’s novels were published with virtually identical covers. Two friends of mine had novels in the same season with stock photos which were, if not identical, at least of the same model in the same photo shoot. Of course, everyone prefers to avoid these similarities if at all possible.
Again, I would like to thank those alert readers and, indeed, Ms. Rigel herself for her classiness. I’m sure there will be an awesome cover for Bewitching, and you will see it soon. Watch this space and my Facebook.
I’m very excited about Bewitching, It’s a companion to Beastly, and about Kendra, my favorite character. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Yay! Power to the people!
This is wonderful news LK! The HC book publishers have obviously seen the futility of their use in the copied cover and that the copyright and infringement laws would be on yours, and Nahalia’s, side. Hopefully in the future they will remember this and will think twice about doing the same thing to other Authors and Artists.
I do like the “work-in-progress” comment though, way to try and cover their backsides. If it was a work-in-progress then it would not have been posed as a cover image for the press of the book. LOL. Some people make me laugh with the lies they try to tell.
I’m glad to see this. I started a discussion thread on the Bewitching page and there were already a few posts. Many people think HC does this more often than we know.
…..Bewitching page on Amazon. I left that out. LOL
I do give the author Alex Flinn the benefit of the doubt. It seems that authors with big publishing houses don’t have much say over their covers. She was pretty cool about it.
I’m so glad they decided, for whatever reason, to pull the cover.
Kudos to Alex Flinn for treating this in a serious and dignified manner. HC, are you paying attention? They seem to forget we are readers; noticing things is our business.
I’m glad it worked out so well (your cover is so much better!).
This is not horrible, and we’re glad to hear it. We came here looking for more information after reading about this on Facebook so we could write about the horrible behavior, but we’re happy to see the situation has been resolved and that someone has chosen to not be horrible. There is hope in the world, after all.
Wonderful! You, Alex and Nathalia handled this situation with both honesty and aplomb. Well done.
It was Bob Mayer’s comment that got ’em.
I don’t agree with you this time but I think I’m the one only who have to keep complaining about. I don’t think it’s “classy” from the author give a precocious opinion about an important subject like that.
Anyway, remove the “parody” is not a way to disappear with the problem to me.
actually it’s a way to show that nothing happened. cowardly
However I’m very glad everything is solved to you now.
It’s really nice.
Keep it up.
As I’ve said, at the very least Harper Collins owes you a public apology. I thought the author had nothing to do with them taking your cover, maybe I was wrong about that. Usually authors with big publishing houses don’t have control over their covers.
I think HC was hoping they could just make it go away by taking their copy covers down. They are finding out that they shouldn’t have tried to steal from Nathalia Suellen! Because they did take down those covers, the potential damage to Spiderwork has been averted.
But they did harm you, and they haven’t atoned for that at all.