a tangible first impression of how readers picture the story
You may assume I know the answer to the question at left. I don't. Not even in a broad sense. I do know what I gave the publisher as a few ideas, but not which, if any, they picked. I told them the only feature I considered critical was that the cover art express the supernatural nature of the story. I also said I liked the notion of a ghostly figure, as I had used on my unofficial placeholder "covers" on this site. But ultimately it's up to the publisher, they know much better than I do what sells books. And t's fun and flattering to have a professional cover artist involved with your work.
I'll be content with anything they do. I don't know if the artist reads the book first, or at least any passages that reflect the cover's content, but that would be really cool. Seeing the art in that context would provide a tangible first impression of how readers picture the story. But it's fine either way. I'm just happy to be in this position. :)
Yesterday the publisher introduced me, and the book, via their social media outlets. It's a fun time to be in their stable. :) - Mark