I designed this cover, and I don't like how it turned out. (see attached file). Although the image was of a real model, the eyes aren't clear, and I can't seem to fix them. I need a cleaner illustration and one that will attract readers, which I don't think this one is doing, which is why I'm here. I've also been told that the cover is too busy.
I want a setting similar to the book, with all the important elements that follow:
The characters need to be as described. See the file to get a visual. Jessie: an African American girl, nine years old, wearing pink pajamas. She's kneeling in front of her caucasian father, early thirties, dark hair, Greek/Mediterranean appearance. He's lying on his back, dying from a gunshot wound to his gut. Please don't make it too graphic. Maybe have him covering the wound with his hand to obscure. Darker clothing would also mask blood. Jessie is holding his hand and singing to him. Around her neck is a heart shaped locket. In the background is a New York City-style brownstone home on fire. It can be obscured. the main focus is father and child.
Their appearance can be seen in the attached file if you need a visual.
I'll handle the typography and back cover. i just need the front redone.
Please note: I would like a high resolution Photoshop file - at least 6.5x9.5 at 300 DPI. Amazon does show pixel res for paperbacks.