When I wrote my first book, I had in my mind exactly what the cover should be. The story was set in a small fictional town in south Alabama. A lake surrounded by weeping willows would be in the background. My heroine would be seated under one of the willows, staring pensively in the distance. Summer wildflowers would cover the ground and birds and butterflies would be fluttering around. Actually that sounds kind of boring now, but at that time, it sounded perfect.
In later books, I never gave the covers a thought. I was too concerned with finishing the darn things to think about what should go on the covers if I ever sold them.
Recently my editor asked me if I had any suggestions or ideas for my covers. I was thrilled to be asked. Ballantine always does a fantastic job, so whatever they choose, I know I'll be happy with, but to be asked was a treat. Problem was, I still had trouble coming up with ideas. I went to the bookstore and perused for hours. Some covers appealed to me, many didn't. I really couldn't define what worked and what didn't. I did send some suggestions, but I'm glad experts are working on this and not me. I just couldn't make up my mind.
How about you? Do you know what the cover of your current manuscript should be? Describe it for us!