I don't think they have to be dark. Mine sure isn't. If I can find the info I just got on what's selling lately, I'll forward it, but it's not dystopian. (Agent Mary Kole says we are in a "trend valley" right now).
I'm about halfway through a revision o Snark and would be happy to exchange. I have two more weeks of teaching and dealing with students and then I will have time for the first time in a long time to actually get to this writing thing. I'm getting my first five pages critiqued at New England SCBWI conference today and a critique from an agent tomorrow, Hopefully I'll be energized to get this writing going -- and not demoralized. (Even so, I would still help if I can!)
Hi! Thanks! I did do them, though I'm not a graphic artist by any stretch. Whenever I find myself procrastinating on my writing, I try to do something in that universe, be it a blog post or a cover or even "casting" my characters on a stock photo site. It keeps me in the mind set even if it's not actual words on the page. I'm definitely going to try and get an agent. I'm not cut out for doing all the behind the scenes work for my own writing.
Thanks for all your help so far and yes, let's keep helping each other!