I really need help when it comes to book covers. I know I am drawn to black and white photos, but I don't like when you can see the faces of characters. Like the Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens. Or, E.K. Blaire's covers. Those are really beautiful.
Then there are other captivating covers that are favorites for many on the book cover lists. This is coming from Goodreads.com 'Best Book Cover List.' I'm going on the 'judge a book by the cover' and what people are drawn to with these next images, which I admit I was drawn to just by the cover.
I also like subtle. I want to imagine the characters for myself when I read a book, and that's hard to do when the characters are on the cover. These covers portray something meaningful to the story. However, going through a list of books just to find these covers, I realized there is a high number of covers with persons, so is that what everyone wants?
So here is where you come in. How do you describe what you want on your book cover when you don't know? Complicating, I know.
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.