Guys, with the understanding that I’m not wonderful, not even close to the best at this — the best at this is Kevin J. Anderson, which is a good example of people getting natural gifts when (theoretically at least) they don’t need it — if you want to post your covers here, and your blurbs, and have me critique them and maybe change a few of them to show how to improve them, feel free.
Again, ideally, you’d have a designer do this. And again, ideally, the person offering to do a clinic wouldn’t be someone like me, still struggling with it. But sometimes the partially blind helping the partially blind works — witness my first writers’ group and all their ignorance and yet together we all managed to get published… eventually.
I hope Mark Alger, if he’s around, will pitch in on the comments. Again, I’m not an expert, but between Goldport Press and now Naked Reader Press, I’ve designed a lot of covers. Below are some of them in more or less chronological order:
Update: I redid my With Unconfined Wings and Callan Primer’s (did I screw up the spelling?) Indigo novel covers. (BTW, Hunted is doing obscenely well. For it I tried to copy Paranormal Romance covers (Which it is.)