I feel like I’m writing a lot of posts about events in the book world as opposed to my typical book focused work lately. And I think it just goes to show how much is impacted by the book world and how much it influences. The most recent event that has come to my attention is that of a cover artist who has blatantly stolen someone else’s work and image in order to produce a book cover that they’d be able to sell. And wow, is it blatant.
It’s been almost a full day since Amanda posted to Twitter about her face being used and edited to represent the character for a book that came out recently and I have seen for quite some time now due to its popularity. I have to admit that I find this whole situation horrifying. Not only is it absolutely horrendous to have your work stolen and adapted by someone else (another artist) for a profit, but its also awful as the author because I cannot imagine writing a book, finding a cover artist, and then receiving plagiarized work only to find out what happened after it’s already been published and out for some time. I think, overall, the situation has been handled well. Those involved were made aware and it does appear as though steps have been taken to resolve the very problematic actions that the author took.
Of course, this whole situation is far from resolved at the current moment since EpicReads, who responded, can’t take much more action than to pass along the information further to those who actually make the decisions based on the information, but I think it’s good for everyone to keep an eye out. It’s absolutely awful that Amanda has to go through this and my biggest hope is that the matter is taken very seriously and she receives not only one giant apology, but that they take decisive action to address it.