Big thanks to the Haddixes and Streetlight Graphics for doing the work on Skater's cover. I asked for a cover that had some Steampunk elements but would go light on corsets, blimps, and gears. The metal frame around the blue background really did the trick.
Then the classic buildings with snow in front gave a feel of Borschland in winter. The color palette of blue, white, and grey felt very right for this winter's tale. In fact, I was inspired by one of the covers of Mark Helprin's 1983 novel, Winter's Tale.
That novel, a fantasy about New York City at the turn of the 20th century, feels similar to Skater; so does John Crawley's Little Big. But both of these are more ambitious and classically literary. I am impatient both as an author and as a reader. I like my stories less sprawling.