I'm going to attempt to make my own cover. Instead of plunking down several hundred dollars to have a "professional" create my cover, I've decided to potentially endure hours of frustration learning a photo shop program, before discovering that I can't get it to give me the look that I want.
I imagine of all things that people may outsource to a third-party, it would be their cover design. Not this guy! Let me start out by saying I know nothing about photo shop programs, and even less about cover design. However, I downloaded a free program called Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/), and have been trying to familiarize myself with its features.
The title of my book is based off of an expression I saw on a t-shirt. Since I didn't have a picture of the actual shirt, I ordered one. Getting a custom t-shirt made from a company called SpreadShirt (http://www.spreadshirt.com/) cost me $26.90. Now I just need to take a picture of the shirt, load it onto Gimp, and photo shop it in front of a backdrop of city lights. We'll see what kind of quality I can bring out.
In order to create the cover I've been referencing an informative post appropriately titled 'How to Make a Book Cover in GIMP' (http://selfpubauthors.com/2010/03/08/how-to-make-a-book-cover-in-gimp/).
I plan to put the cover photo together within the next week. Once I do I'll put a picture up. That way everyone can JUDGE it!
Oh yeah, bonus points to anyone who can tell me what movie I referenced in the title of this post!