And it's pretty darn nice!
All thanks to Tania from Miblart! I feel like my Vella will perform better, now that I have a professional cover.
I originally had something slightly different in mind, such as adding Meike's silhouette. I didn't want to give people the wrong idea about the story, ya know? Since Pickles is a side character, and all. But I feel like this gives the cover more an air of mystery, plus people love a cute dog, so. If it gets them to click on and check out my Vella, why not?
I'm still going to use my old cover, but only for some promotional images and on site, because it feels on brand. I commissioned some promotional art as well, which I'll mostly be using. But I like my plant cover! Alas, what I like doesn't always draw other people in. Story of my life, heh.
And, while it was short lived, I did receive my first crown! Almost makes me wonder if I received one in the past, but since these come and go so fast (unless you have an eager fanbase or get a boost from fellow authors), it's likely Fluid Bonding had one at some point. Either way, I'm satisfied with this minor victory.