Trying to find the right YA book cover image

My novella Mental Notes is feeling pretty good, maybe only a few more drafts away from completion, and so I’m looking for a cover image that’ll suit it. Which by the way can be pretty difficult. I’m not designer. I can’t take decent photos for shit and I’d probably frustrate any photographer that I’m too poor and cheap to never hire. But I can use Pixlr.com to put text over an already decent image I would have gotten from iStockphoto.com. Good enough 🙂

Currently I have a bunch of images saved in a folder sitting there waiting to be chosen for this task. But the problem is that some are decent pictures in their own context of implying young adult themes. Others are prefered by me subjectively, while objectively others might be better.

While looking online for advice on the best image for my book. I came across this little gem of an article. It talks about all the jobs an image and author has to do to convey what the book is about.

I’ve also put a list of sites that would help (or confuse) someone in regards to YA book covers.