The title isn’t quite fitting of the issue, but for the life of me, I cannot think of the phrase that best describes my current problem. So I went with whatever came to my fuzzy, pain-medicated brain.
All right, I find that I am in a quandary, one of which that is not easily resolved. I am in the polishing edit phase of my manuscript, and since I’m going to attempt to self-publish (in print and electronically), I need a cover. Rather, I need cover art, and I have no idea where to go or what to do.
I attempted to work with an artist, but since she has not read the book, nor has she any desire to do so, generating artwork that would carry on the theme for the story would be difficult at best. The other problem I have is that I cannot afford to pay much for said artwork, but the aforementioned artist owes her mother a great deal of money and the work would be done in lieu of monetary payment of said debt.
The publisher I would like to work with will knock two-hundred dollars off the fees if I supply my own art, or I can have them do it for me. I’m torn. They are professionals, they know what they’re doing, they know what sells, they know what looks ridiculous on book shelves and they know what motivates people to give that tome a closer look. I, however, know only what catches my eye but I do not have the skills to accomplish the scene…or…whatever.
So, now I must divide my time between completing the editing and finding suitable cover art. Any suggestions?