There are sites where it is, apparently, great fun to publicly poke fun at the covers of books. I landed on one once with the original cover for Wish In One Hand. It was humiliating. Especially considering I'd paid a supposed artist a heaping helping of money to create that cover. It wasn't what I wanted, but I allowed myself to be bullied into accepting it. I was backed into a corner, with my release date fast approaching, so I went forth with a cover I was not proud of.
If you saw it, I apologize. Once I finished licking my wounds and refilling my coffers, I paid another artist to create the covers you see now for it and it's sequels.
I create my own covers for the non-fantastic books I write. They're not bad. Okay, maybe a couple. Oddly enough, Accidental Death is the first cover people point to off my bookmarks and say that's the one they're interested in reading. Doesn't sell well online, but in person, it's da bomb. It's sequel is also not a great cover. :shrug: Maybe someday I'll do new covers for them now that I'm better at it.
Of course, now, I have a fantasy novel in the works. And I'm trying to do the cover myself. I made a dragon. She's pretty cool and I'm proud of the effort. Unfortunately, every time I try to incorporate her into a cover, she looks like a bad photoshop job.
I worked on it for about 2 hours last night, so maybe it was staring at it for all that time that finally made me throw my hands up. I'll try again today.
Oh, I could probably find a cover artist for this. My other artist, the one I like, is super busy and fantasy ain't her bag anyway. There are others. But 1) I'm gun-shy after my encounter with the dude who shall remain nameless (mainly because I'm repressing that and because I do not wish to get sued at this late date). And 2) I want to do this for myself.
But yeah, the fear is there that I'll end up on another one of those sites that pan bad book covers. That can't be good for sales. Nothing like being the target of ridicule. Woohoo.
Of course, I've also been working on titles. I'm leaning toward Shroudlands: The Battle for Kingshead, but again, I spent so much time looking at that in various fonts that I now kind of hate it. Or maybe I just need to rename the city. Or maybe I should've just spent last night reading a book.
It's so much fun being an author. Derp.