|David Friedman, not to be confused with Tom Clancy|
I am almost finished with Brothers, my third novel, and since I plan to self-publish I need a cover...-Robert Wenzel
One possibility is to hire the illustrator who did the cover for my first novel. The argument for that is that he is not only a skilled artist, he is someone who did a good job of designing a cover for that novel. Multiple details that didn't matter were wrong (the women, for instance, should be wearing mail, not plate). But the overall feel was better than anything I could have told him to do.
The argument against is that doing it that way is expensive, probably more than the total income I will get from the novel—writing novels is not how I support myself.