First things first, cover last?

I start all my books by designing my cover first. That way I’m inspired. I also don’t have to pay me to do a cover. If you’re insisting on creating your book cover before you write your first chapter, remember that focusing on the “pretty” or the “inspiring” can also be a way of procrastinating. It’s not right or wrong to create a cover at the beginning, end or somewhere in the middle. The question to ask about anything related to your book (like choosing an editor, writing the dedication or acknowledgements, or whatever) is, “Am I doing this because it’s needed and necessary at this stage? Or am I procrastinating around doing the actual writing? I would say 95% of writers are procrastinating. I’m not the procrastination police, but if you’re serious about starting and fininishing your book, you’ll be honest with yourself about it.