In the beginning, I designed most of my book cover pictures in MS Paint using a regular mouse. Most people have never done this and had no understanding of the time and effort involved. I viewed it as a new art form, but most people thought my covers indicated they were books for children.
From there I graduated to using my own photos. I have bought some pictures, but can't afford to do that often and the purchase often has a time limit or conditions. I use PrintShop art for some of my covers.
Occasionally I rework a book. When I do that, I give it a new cover picture. I have sold copies of each cover, so some may be out there. Here are some past cover pictures for this book.
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