This is a story of winter, of giving, and tradition.
It is part of a fantasy world that I write in under another pen name, an older world with a high-fantasy setting.
The story is about Pippa, a young girl of about eight or nine. She lives on a farm out at the edge of the realm, on the very edge of the woods (think of Scandinavia in the pre-industrial age). Each night her farm is visited by the Tompte (which is my world's interpretation of a Tomte or nisse), and she awakens to find his footprints in the snow.
The farmhouse is small, with small windows. They have a barn and fields stretching to the woods. The Tompte lives in a cottage deep in the woods.
I want a cover that captures winter. The cold, the dark, the deep. But there is also warmth and tradition.
I previously envisioned seeing Pippa approaching the Tomte's cottage deep in the woods, seen from behind with her hood up to hide her, but now I really want to see what people come up with.
I've also envisioned seeing her at the window of her farmhouse, with tracks leading from the woods. But again, I'm not the artist.
Both of the examples above are more literal/detailed covers, but I also tend to enjoy looking at simple/mininmal covers as well. On this project, I'm open to both. I am more critical when things are more detailed.