I'm Michael—not Michelangelo. I won't call myself an artist.
I went to art school on Saturday mornings for two years when I was in grade school. I was good with still lifes, vehicles and architecture, but lousy with people pictures. Our teacher told us that an adult human male should be 6.5 heads tall. No one in my family looked like that.
Over the years I won prizes in art classes in school, and enjoyed working with actual art directors when I was an "award-winning Madison Avenue advertising copywriter." Later, without any art directors to partner with, I designed packaging, posters, brochures, websites, ads, logos and book covers.
When I started Silver Sands Books back in 2008 I initially planned to publish one book and I found a convenient, talented and reasonably priced artist to work with.
Later on I started doing most of the cover designs myself. I won't say that they're better than what Carina Ruotolo produced previously, but they're good enough—and I get what I want with unlimited variations and there's no charge for revisions.