So here is the deal. I am a HUGE reader and just all around fan of my fave authors. So when I read a book, my muse gets happy and I want to try to show my friends and other fans what I see through my art. I do this for FREE… to help promote the book, the author and encourage more people to pick the book up. If I am excited about a book, I want you to be excited too! I DO NOT sell fan art. I know it is copyrighted to the author, the characters are their babies.. I totally respect that.
Yes, I am a cover artist, but I do not have the time to read every book I do a cover for, nor do I promote every book I do artwork for. If I happen to receive a cover commission for a favorite author, you will know it! I can’t help but scream to my friends.. this is a book to read! If I am friends with the author, then even more so. Really because I know they are awesome inside and out.. and would treat you the reader/fan with respect and love. They are humble, excited with the readers and all around grateful for each and every reader/fan they receive. If they are my friend, they should be yours too!
Now, there are some authors who seem to take for granted their fan base. They forget who got them where they “are” now. This makes me sad…….. upset…. and all around cranky.
On the other hand, there are some books I just really love, but the author is one of those “take for granted” types. This is where I have a huge conflict… Book -VS- Nasty Author…. I have to battle my muse who really wants to make love to the characters, and my heart that says… NO do not help promote them. Normally the muse wins.. the bitch…
This time though…….. I am putting my foot down. From here on out…….. If you see any “fan art” it is because that author, is an all around great person, their book is fantastic and you really need to buy the book.
Sorry about the little rant, but I felt the need to put it out there… I am a very honest person. You all know I never talk bad about anyone. Even now I won’t…. but I felt the need to express my stance on this issue tonight. Sorry if anything is offensive.