When Whiskey Creek Press release "A Fair Trader" in November, I will have thirteen examples of cover art with the name, Amy Gallow, emblazoned across them, even if one of them is a romantic short story in a monthly woman's magazine.
The first six, with Rocky River Romances, adhered to the company pattern, with only the color and the details changing, and I was generally pleased with them, even if I had little to do with their development.
Then came New Concepts, with their detailed cover art form, and my expectations rose...only to be dashed by the cover of "New Blood". Dan Skinner was the artist and I have no argument with his skill, but the cover had nothing to do with the book in any detail or generally. I pointed this out with some restraint in my first response, but the correspondence quickly grew acrimonious and none of it was with the cover artist himself. In retrospect, I apologize for comparing cover artists to saturation divers, but things were a little heated by this point. My one regret remains that I did not pull the book and allowed it to be released. It isn't fair to blame the poor sales on the cover, for I had indulged myself and explored the subject of the book with all my love for the complexity of life, a trend I continued in the next two of the series, where the cover art was more relevant, but the sales still disappointing.
Whiskey Creek Press introduced me to Jinger Heaston, who listens to what I have to say and works magic. Her covers for "The Widow-Maker", "Snow Drifter" and "A Fair Trader" are superb examples of the art.
Eternal Press have continued that trend, Dawné Dominique and Amanda Kelsey listened and produced a striking cover in which every detail is relevant.
I've been lucky.