This book is a romance involving angels. There was a great angel picture on the net that would be perfect but it would cost at least $120. That's without checking licensing. Some pictures I found, after checking the fee for book cover usage, were outrageously priced. Most romance covers have hot guys or girls on the cover but actually, I don't want to pay that much money at this point. My first book isn't making that much money so I'm on more of a shoestring budget right now. I think I can generate an adequate cover on my own. (okay, make that HOPE I can generate an adequate cover)
What do we need when looking at a cover? Bold title? Eye catching background? What's your way of designing a cover? What's the first step?
I look at the cover designer that Konrath uses. He does great work and is reasonably priced. Maybe someday when any of these books generate some money I'll invest in his covers.
So I come here for a vote. Pick your favorite? Or tell me I'm totally off base here and none will help sell the book. It's okay, I need advice!