More or less, I'd like a blog post(s) to walk through the writer's decision making process on how to get a cover together and what they learned from that experience.
I don't think there's a right pathway so I would like to hear about them all, even the ones that an author ultimately rejected.
For me, I just started by asking my readers. I have a very odd sell in terms of genre and they firmly rejected at least one style x). (That said, I don't have a cover yet. I have to find time to either commission a really good artist or do it myself Dx.)
If it helps to have a few points in mind while writing a post, here's a bunch of questions/prompts to get you started. And I'm open to multiple guest posts . As I said, I don't think there's a right way to this at all!
1) Describe your process for deciding on a cover, e.g., (I knew my genre so looked at othe rsamples)
2) Describe your concerns or worries about picking that right cover
3) If you reissued your work with different covers, why?
4) What things came up along the way that you wished you had thought of in advance? (e.g., typography, logos, getting rights to high resolution images)
5) How did you find your cover artist? Did you use any specific freelance directories or art sites to find your artist?
6) If you did your cover yourself, why? Would you do it again?
7) What are the five things you wish you could do over?