When I made the cover for The Carnival Papers (Available NOW in paperback!) I bought like 20 credits or so from iStockPhoto to use. Since I only used 12 or so, I got an Email the other day saying I had 8 left that expire in September. That got me thinking that if I can’t find a publisher or anything for A Hero’s Journey, maybe I should find something to use for a cover before these credits run out. If I don’t need the cover later then I’m not really out anything.
I did a bunch of searches. First since my character wears magical armor and carries a sword I looked for armor and swords. Then I figured that if I went with a helmet or a sword people would think it was a fantasy book. So I tried looking up superhero stuff. A lot of them were really expensive, but here are a couple that might work.
I recolored the hair myself in my old Paint Shop Pro. I’d have to redo the coloring and fonts and stuff with the real picture, but this gives you a rough idea.
Here’s another one:
I had to do a little more recoloring with this one. She doesn’t actually wear a mask like this, but I think it gives a better idea of what to expect than an actual helmet like it’s supposed to be.
Neither one is really great, but which one is better?