So for me, my book covers are always something that I think reflects the story well, whether it has the main characters or shows an event that happened in the story. The thing is to make something that will stand out – something that will make someone in a bookstore pause to at least glance at it and be prompted to pick up the book and read the back.
Now, there are a lot of people who can make book covers, but the thing is not to limit what you want on it. They’re working for you. If you can’t find someone who can do what you want, it’s my opinion that you should move on. Don’t compromise unless you love what they did more than you loved your original idea.
In my line of business here, I’ve come to know many cover designers, all who make very beautiful things, but there are also some out there who will fool you and take a stock image, slap on some words and be done with it. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO! Every stock image, no matter how it looks, should be slightly edited to give it some originality. The issue is that with stock images, many people could have the same one and you want to give it a little something to be original to your piece.
Only publish with something that you are proud of!
Some cover artists that I have worked with or seen amazing work from –
Mae I Design – Regina Wamba (original stock images available for purchase)
Steph’s Cover Design – Stephanie Hobbs (premade and original work available)
Kate’s Ye Olde Booke Cover Shoppe – Kate Marie Robbins
Below are some samples from each artist –
Regina Wamba –