If there is one universality of being a writer, it's that you get no professional courtesy. My publisher loves me and treats me far better than anyone has before, but the cover art process has still been schizophrenic at best from my end.
But I'm not here to complain. I'm here to entertain you with failed cover art ideas. See, the process starts with me throwing out a bunch of things I think would make a good cover. Then they grill me for details. Then they grill me some more.
And in this case, I go to my alpha-reader-slash-whatever-the-female-word-is-for-chump and get her to sketch up my various ideas, because it's very, very hard to describe picture composition in detail.
Then nobody talks to me for two weeks until they show me a finished cover version that has nothing to do with any of these. This will sound terribly harsh to regular people, but honestly, Curiosity Quills by leaps and bounds treats me better than anyone I've ever written for or tried to write for. Keep that in mind if you want to be a writer.