I hope this doesn't come across as a rant but I think it's unfair that a major part of peoples first perception of a book, and therefore a big part of why they choose to buy it, (or do not!), is out of the writers control. Along with the title the cover design is one of the first things to catch the eye of a potential reader, and I believe the Writer should have some say in its design. Sure, the Publisher wants to sell the book, and they have the experience of what sells and have a big investment in the work. But a book is a very complex, personal thing. There are plenty of writers who are unhappy with the cover of the book they sweated over, but they have little or no input into how it will appear to the public. What say you?