It has become apparent to me that I will never hear back from some agents. I guess they too are busy - really, aren't we all? The point is to keep your head up no matter what, to keep trying, to keep working, to keep SUBMITTING, because eventually, something's got to give. This is going to have to become my mantra I think.
The above image is one I play around with when designing a self-publish cover. I'm still not sure if I will go that route, I have a few other options to explore, but it's definitely a fun exercise. Personally, I believe that covers make or break a book. I will randomly grab a book at Indigo if I love the cover. I will order gorgeous cover art online (and the free book it comes with). I will borrow beautiful pictures from the library (and read them too). More often, I pick up a book for what's on the back cover, but the front cover must catch my eye first. It is one of my many hopes that WHEN I get a publisher I will also get a designer of gorgeous cover art.
Meanwhile, I'm open to ideas. What does the title "Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch" say to you? What should be on my cover?