I've had four book covers done so far, all with the same artist. I give her a rundown of what the book is about, the feel of the book, the main characters, and then let her go to town. She always comes back with amazing designs. I've chosen to work with freelancers for art design, editing, and interior layout rather than do it myself, though. I just do the writing and publishing. :)S.L.Armstrong left this as a comment on the previous post.
I'm going to do the same with The Guns of Pleasure and Death.
Let's see, synopsis.
16 year old Matilda Raleigh is deep in the Amazonian rainforest, searching for Manoa (El Dorado) with her father. When they finally find the lost city, their entire party is killed by savage jungle tribes. All of them except Matilda, who commits unspeakable evil to save her life.
72 year old Matilda Raleigh is dying from consumption. After a lifetime of fighting evil, of trying to atone for her past, she is faced with one last quest; the evil magic wielded by those jungle savages has resurfaced, this time wielded by a power hungry madman, and she is the only one who can stop him. But to stop him means committing an act so evil it will damn not only her, but 1500 innocent people to an eternity of Hell.
The book has a steampunk setting, but the general tone is very much sword and sorcery, a la Conan.
Matilda Raleigh is a chain smoking, kick-ass Victorian behemoth, a woman who will not stay down and out for the count, wise-cracking, pistol-whipping, big-jacket-wearing old-style Hero with a capital haitch.
Now translate that into an image.