Help! Figuring out a book cover concept

I want to work on my book covers for the Nome Chronicles Trilogy series I’m writing but I have no idea what they should look like. I reached out to a designer who kindly sent two ideas and that sent me into a panic because…I don’t know what I want.

The series has 2 MCs – a girl, Neith, and a boy, Invier. They’re in a secret relationship and the only way to make things official is for the boy to ‘win’ the right to be with her. He now has to participate in a competition against a set of interesting characters who have their own reasons for being there.

The book is YA and a look at covers in that genre suggests faces on the cover. Many trad published books have images of symbols instead. I’ll note that symbols play a significant role in my series as the families to which the participants belong to all have family emblems.

My original idea, was to put symbol(s) on the cover but as an indie, my cover has to work hard to attract readers and give them a clue of what to expect.

And so, here I am, unsure what my covers will be and hoping … no, PRAYING for some insight.

Source: http://www.clipartbest.com/clipart-7TaKK77TA

Wondering what the character Neith looks like? Check out this article here. An introduction to Invier is here. Meet another character, Landen Sohr, here.

If you are a writer, how have you come up with your book covers? Do share.

UPDATE: The cover for THE PURSUAL is done. See it here.

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