LDS Publisher announced last Friday that she would be choosing the best ten covers from those posted at her LDS Fiction site during 2009. I liked the idea and went through them myself. I'm attempting to post this at the same time hers goes live. At any rate, I finished and scheduled it days ago. And I'm sure if mine goes early, it won't imply she copied me. Oh ho ho.
Now, many of the book covers had good concepts but were lacking something in the execution --- usually the type treatment. There are some people out there treating type very badly indeed.
(And yes, I did include The Fob Bible. Because its cover is awesome.)
I will say that overall the covers weren't as bad as I had assumed they would be. But, as you can tell by looking over my ten, we've still got plenty of room to improve. Plenty. (Lady Steed probably won't endorse this list.)
It's also notable that a much higher percentage of these books are from national publishers than the original pool I had to choose from.
Anyway, in no particular order: