I've had book covers done in the past and wasn't given a choice on the design. I didn't like them at first because they weren't what I envisioned; however, they grew on me and now I can't see anything else on the cover. Well, that's a partial lie, but it doesn't matter these days. Do I do the same this time? Just tell the artist what the book is about and let them design the cover carte blanche? How do other authors decide what their cover is going to look like?
I'm always holding to the 'expect the worse and wish for the best,' so how can that happen if I were to specify what I want and get nothing near it?
~ Rambles of a frustrated and tired of looking through cover artist's portfolios writer.