This is the first cover that my artist brother, Rod, made for me. Not bad as far as old-time sci-fi novels go.
After some wrangling, he updated and greatly improved it with the following version that I like a lot. I think you’ll agree.
Update: Well, I finally changed that cover. I kind of liked it, but there were aspects that I didn’t like too, namely the unclarity of the countries (which was done purposely for legal, copyright reasons), and the print book version of the cover was kind of bad in my opinion. The ebook cover above that I brightened was a take on his print book cover, and was much better. But that still left the print cover, which was dull and unclear. That cover I couldn’t improve.
Finally hired the cover designers at miblart to do the whole thing over. They were very patient and professional. I highly recommend them. Most cover designers limit you to 3 revisions of what they design, and if they have their own ideas of what your cover should look like, you might find that it can be very far from your ideas. Then they’ll charge you to remove parts of what they dreamt up and tell you that in removing them you’re using up your 3 revisions and that it’s going to cost you more (to design it your way). Hmm. Miblart didn’t pull that stunt, and I greatly respect them for it.
And the cover itself? I think it’s beautiful.
Oh, if you’re wondering, yes that’s actually me hiking in that lovely place you see!