I am excited to offer a contest for my new, eBook novel’s cover. I have another book written, more in the process, and hope that this will be but the first of many contests.
1. It must be formatted to fit Amazon’s submission requirements
2. Design: Front and Back Cover with Spine (Book Face: 5 ¼ “ X 8 “)
3. The cover must “pop” when reduced to postage stamp size.
4. Title must be large and legible.
5. Author’s Name must be large enough to be visible at postage stamp size.
6. Image should be simple enough as not to compete with or overpower the Title, and the Cover must be equally as identifiable (readable) in black & white as it is in full color.
7. This is an adult book; not intended for audiences under 18 years old, so the Cover must avoid any childlike images or type fonts.
I have no preconceived ideas for the overall Cover design or the Title’s placement. See the Back Cover sales description text (below) for plot, mood and tone of the book.) This novel is a suspenseful drama taking place in the 1990’s, sultry and sensual, set in the fast paced art world of New York City.
A. I prefer primary colors (avoid soft pastel look)
B. You may consider the use of art supply images or illustrations. I.e., paint brushes, palette knives, pencils canvas, palette, etc., but avoid an elementary school look. Instead, go for a coarse, gritty, starving artist, Bohemian look. Also, you can consider incorporating blackmail associations that the protagonist uses such as a manual typewriter (not antique) and/or a reel-to-reel audio recorder.
C. And the use of MONEY in some fashion (large denomination, USA dollars)- loose bills or wrapped in sleeves (bundled) is highly recommended.
D. If you choose to use the young protagonist woman’s image (23 years old), avoid features or characteristic details that would identify her. (Consider a sketched, diffused or silhouetted figure.)
Back Cover Text:
How powerful is Art?
How elusive is Fame?
How seductive is Money?
Enna Maxwell finds out.
While struggling for recognition in New York City’s fast-paced art world, Enna’s dreams are shattered when her roommate and mentor commits suicide. Using her artwork as camouflage, Enna fashions a foolproof blackmailing scheme to avenge her friend’s death and yield the wealth and fame she craves. Cloaked a canvas of lies and deceit, Enna constructs a faux life, rich with artistic successes and opulent delights, but her picture perfect world rips apart when her blackmail enterprise erupts in murder.
How haunting are Memories?
How fragile are Dreams?
How important is Love?
Enna Maxwell discovers the answers, but is it too late?