kshRox -- LOL, the point was that publishers use the color green in book covers on a regular basis and it's not discreetly hidden either. So I don't know where the rumor that they hated green got started, but it's incorrect. Anything someone tells you that all editors want or don't want or all agents or all publishers -- unless it's talking about a readable ms. that doesn't have a lot of typos, it is automatically incorrect. You can just toss it out right there. As for covers, artwork does vary a lot in cost. But if you have someone in your family who uses PowerPoint all the time, you might be able to come up with something more cheaply. Just be careful about using graphics that you can buy or are free for use and then use as you please, and be even more careful with stock photos and the credit owners therein.