With Bleeder on a fast track for summer publication, some proto-types for the cover art have already been produced and I'll post them here.
With my previous two novels, I wasn't really consulted at all about the cover. The cover is a marketing tool, and as such, it's the marketing and promotion people who make all the decisions. For The Throne of Tara, the art people phoned me to ask about my main character. For Relics, I had no input at all. In fact, the titles themselves are up to the publishers; Crossway chose The Throne of Tara and I suggested Relics, a title Thomas Nelson decided to keep. For Bleeder, I offered a few alternative titles (though Bleeder was my first choice).
What's your take on these proto-type covers? The figures are from stock photos; the publishers are hiring a model for the real cover and any exposed hands will wear fingerless gloves a la Padre Pio. Here are two of four I've seen. Any comments?