|Last time I went to a bookstore, sword hilts seemed popular.|
I mentally combined that concept with a wolf door-knocker we have at my house.
I decided this was a bad idea.
|First idea for a cover with a halfway-transformed henchman standing there, like a bro. |
Note that the wings are kind of like Devil May Cry swords.
|In this stage his wings turned into spider webs, and his face, due to difficulties working out the jaw, began to bear a striking resemblance to Raziel from SoulReaver. Also, note the pen name idea and inherent flaw.|
|In this stage his wings turned into umbrellas. |
You already know about the name issue.
|Aha! Now we have a fancy background texture! Thank you rock outside my house. And now the process is done.|
So there we have it: the very professional process through which I worked out the cover.