I’ve bitten the bullet, bought image rights from istockphoto.com, and been playing around with cover images. This one is for The Maker’s Mask, from a photograph by Peter Zelei and a piece of concept art from loops7:
And this one is for The Hawkwood War, from a painting by Yaroslav Gerzhedovich and the same art from loops7:
So, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, I need about another two hundred and thirty-eight pictures to match the wordcount on the two books combined. 🙂
Word 2010, meanwhile, is trying to persuade me that the reason it keeps opening files from earlier iterations of Word as read-only is because of my settings, rather than its own settings that it imposed on me out of nowhere. I am not at all persuaded by Word’s attempts to cast me as the villain in this little drama, but I think I’ve got it to behave itself now.