Okay, I am editing this because two people have now shared that they a). aren’t in love with my cover designs and b). like the picture from my blog for the cover.
The picture on my blog is the one that came with the template, so I do not own the rights to it and cannot use it. 🙂
And, perhaps, since these covers don’t seem to “grab” people, this is why when a book is published, I’m told that the author is given no say in what the cover looks like. *LOL*
The cover choices I had posted here were for the copy I plan to print out privately for myself, before I submit it to publishers– just to see it as an actual book. Actually, the NaNoWriMo contest I participated in used to give you one free copy if you won (Lulu.com used to donate it, but not this year), so I was designing the cover for that.
As far as cover designing goes, it is hard to do it without infringing on anyone’s copyrights. The photos I use have to be ones I have personally taken (e.g. the lake), or drawn (the letter) or public domain images (the train). And if they are pictures of people, you’d have to have a). the people to photograph and b). their permission.
Here was my original cover design:
And here’s the most recent one:
Other suggestions that fall within copyright guidelines, I would be glad to hear, but it won’t make much difference in regards to how it looks once it would actually be published. 😉