How about each of the wenches posts their least favorite cover (or covers), one original, one from a translation? After all, none of them are our fault. They can hurt because our precious children are sent out into the world in stupid clothes, but we have so little say. My publisher does ask me for input on the design, both at the start and then when they’ve done a first pass at it, but there’s a limit to how much they’ll do to change it. And often it’s a really subtle thing which amounts to good art v bad art. Some, however are mind-boggling, and I’m not talking about straight-out mistakes like extra arms, or even the “we don’t care about the details” ones like wrong hair-colour.
Consider, for example, my first paperback cover for Lord Wraybourne’s Betrothed. Who in the world could even imagine that this man was the hero of a romance novel? Who? (Click on the pictures to see a larger version, if you can bear it.
Come on, Wenches. I throw down the challenge. Beat those if you can!