I thought you might write too. Your covers look good and distinctly your own artistic style (I sometimes find that with people’s artwork). I find the more you do, the more they level up and the quicker and easier they become to create. I’ve been doing mine for about 3 or 4 years now but they’re not where I want them to be just yet.
Neostock is pretty amazing and they have so many things (and a lot of useful videos). I used to be an Elite member but I was short of money one month and decided to end my subscription. I’m still allowed to use the free content I downloaded and I’ve been back to buy an image or two since then. I expect I’ll sign up again with them in time if I can (I heard they were closing the program to new members, but I’m a former member so they might let me rejoin it).
I’ve noticed that the cheaper your commissions are, the more jobs you generally get. However, that isn’t always the case and some people charge a lot and still get a lot of them. I guess it depends on what you’re creating and how you’re advertising them. I’ve noticed cover designers on Facebook who create romance, RH, PNR and Urban Fantasy covers seem to sell the most.
Some of the covers on web sites tend to be pretty expensive. 50% is an awful lot for them to take, but I can see how it might be worth it. It could be why some people are charging so much for covers too.
I created a Facebook group for covers and put some on there, but I haven’t done much with my group and it’s just sitting. I just have so many different social media things and stores, I can’t keep up with everything, so I’ve let Facebook go a bit. I know it works as a main method of advertising covers and things for some people.
As for the ones I’m on, one is an author forum with a paid subscription, which seems to be closed to subscribers right now (I know some people were targeting the forum a while ago and now there’s no signup link). The other one’s a roleplaying forum.