I need a book cover for a high tech naval warfare novel titled ‘Sea of Shadows.’ The story centers around an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, and the crew who takes the ship into combat. The book is set four or five years in the future, so the look should be cutting-edge without crossing over into the realm of science fiction. The following text from the back cover should give you some idea of the plot…
THE ONLY WAY TO SURVIVE IS TO CHANGE THE RULES.
A minor accident at a German nuclear power plant, a Biological Warfare attack on the British Embassy in Washington, DC, and a secret arms deal combine to drive a trusted NATO Ally into an illegal alliance with a rogue Middle Eastern state. With the world hovering on the brink of war, a handful of U.S. Navy warships must track down and destroy a wolfpack of state-of-the-art submarines.
Their enemy is skilled in deception, and incredibly lethal. Out-gunned, out-maneuvered, and out-thought, the U.S. Navy crews must throw the rulebook out the window, and become every bit as devious and deadly as their enemy. If they fail, the consequences are unthinkable…
I’m providing a PDF of the current cover design as a starting point. I’m looking for someone to either take the existing design to the next level, or knock my socks off with a new approach. Many of my book sales are through Amazon, so I want something that will leap off the screen as a web thumbnail, as well as looking great on the full size printed book.
The cover should prominently feature a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke class destroyer at sea. You can find useable ship images in the U.S. Navy’s photo gallery at http://www.navy.mil/viewGallery.asp. The images on this site have been released for public use, but if you incorporate one or more into the cover design, please give me the registration number so that I can formally obtain the Navy’s permission for commercial purposes. (My intended use already falls within their public use guidelines, but I prefer to get confirmation in writing.)
Because we want to imply action/combat, I like the idea of superimposing high tech crosshairs or other cool looking targeting markers over the ship, but I’ll be quite happy if you find an alternate method of getting the idea across. As you’ll see, our current branding leans heavily toward reds, blacks, and golds. I’d like to keep those colors if possible.
The front cover should include the following blurb:
“A timeless warrior epic. Jeff Edwards spins a stunning and irresistibly-believable tale of savage modern naval combat.” —JOE BUFF, Bestselling author of ‘SEAS OF CRISIS,’ and ‘CRUSH DEPTH’
Both the front and rear covers must include the following disclaimer: “Originally published as TORPEDO”
The text on the back cover should be set as a separate layer, so that I can edit the wording as marketing strategies for the book change over time.
There are currently three books in this series, with a fourth in the early stages of development. When I find the right design ethic, the creator will be invited to design several additional covers, as well as an alternate format for the audiobook edition of each book.