I've just had an email from my lovely Avalon editor asking for cover art suggestions for my June release The Tangled Web. Cover art is always a tricky issue. I believe with Avalon we're very lucky and I've been delighted with my four covers to date.
Because two of my stories were about orchestral string players the cover artists chose to feature violins. The Tangled Web is also about string players. Tess, the heroine, is the Principal Viola player and David, the hero, is the new Concert Master (lead violinist) in my fictional City Symphony Orchestra. I guessed there'd be more violins on the cover but I suggested something different this time.
It must be a very difficult job. They couldn't possibly read every book so I imagine the artists get a blurb or short outline of the story --but maybe not--plus the editor's and author's suggestions. Not much to go on! I admire the imagination and talent that comes up with such beautiful artwork for us.
Getting the cover art email is one of the most exciting parts in the publishing process, I think. I haven't been disappointed by the Avalon artists yet. Fingers crossed for The Tangled Web.