My first published books came out in 2007. I adored the cover of my first book.
I was appalled by the cover of my second book (no, I won't put it here. Read on).
I did everything in my power to get that cover changed but I was told that "covers aren't really all that important when you're in a digital world" and "nobody browses on the internet and buys a book based on a cover" (this is a publisher whose primary sales outlet was its own web site and not bookstores).
I argued for a better cover but was pretty much told to be quiet and take what I got. I waited out the length of contract to get that book back and when it was finally mine again, the first thing I did was get a new cover for it, rename it to something I liked (instead of the name I had to use) and I edited out all the things my editor had me change in the first place.
Yep, it took me five years, but that book will finally be released the way I think it should be. It had reasonably good sales in its first incarnation. I'm curious to see if a new cover changes the sales figures at all.
I'll post images here when the book goes live, later this year. But for now, let me say, it feels very good to know that the book will finally have a cover it deserves.
Hate/Love: they never grow old, and they never grow cold ....
(30 books and counting)