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Design the cover for a black comedy/drama/erotica/paranormal story about a ghost who falls in love.
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My Own Desert Places
Biografie van de auteur
I have been writing in Spanish, my native language, for my entire life. I self-published a couple of books two years ago, although they didn't sell well. The book I'm commissioning the cover for is my first novel in English.
It follows Irene, who has been a ghost for twenty years. Hopeless and lonely, she falls in love with a living woman named Alazne, and haunts her place. Alazne's parents died when she was a teenager, and she has had to fend off for herself ever since, as well as handling her frozen grief and her clinical depression. The life of both our protagonist and Alazne worsens when Irene loses her only ghost friend, and Alazne loses her job, which has made her go over the edge and plan to kill herself. Distraught, Irene takes the chance to possess a recently fresh corpse, hoping to meet Alazne through it. However, our protagonist doesn't have a clue about the trail of misery that the original owner of her new body had left in his wake.
Adults who enjoy silly, raunchy, black comedies but with many heartfelt dramatic moments, as well as paranormal elements. There are some explicit sexual scenes as well for those who are into that kind of stuff.
I need a cover for a fiction book that I will sell on digital platforms, so the standard for a Kindle cover would apply. I originally wrote this novel in English for my WordPress site, and the entirety of it is online and will remain so, but the ebook version will obviously be fancier and more convenient to read. So any of you can read any extent of it in case you need some inspiration for the cover: https://jonurenawriter.com/gpt-3-fueled-novels/ Maybe I should clarify that although the story is finished, I'm working through the first full-length revision. The novel falls roughly in four distinct genres: black comedy, drama, paranormal and erotica. Plenty of it is silly, sometimes utterly ridiculous, but it features poignant moments, given that many of its characters suffer from numerous personal issues (depression, grief, lack of trust due to cheating, having killed themselves, etc.). In case it matters, the novel is entirely set entirely in the North of Spain, mainly in Gipuzkoa and Asturias. As a summary: the story follows Irene, a ghost who has been dead for around twenty years. During the first years of her new existence in the afterlife, she tried to add some color to her drab environment by travelling throughout Europe, but over the years the reality of spending an eternity without significant human contact set in, as other ghosts have enough with wallowing in their own regrets. In this version of the afterlife, ghosts have different “superpowers”: some can project their voices clearly into recording devices, some have poltergeist powers, but Irene can only possess people. However, she considers that she has gotten the short end of the stick, because possessing living people is a very nasty process, a constant struggle to remain in that body while the host tries to evict her. As our protagonist was roaming through Irún, a city in the North East of Spain, she hears a woman playing the guitar with such a desperate passion that Irene is drawn to meeting her. The protagonist ends up falling in love with this guitar player, whose name is Alazne, and is haunting her place as the novel starts. Alazne’s parents died when she was a teenager, and she never had a good relationship with them in the first place. She was left to fend off for herself while burdened with frozen grief and a clinical depression that she has suffered for years. She struggles to keep any job, which don’t fulfill her in any way, and at this point of her life her only ways of escape have been reduced to playing the guitar and masturbating furiously. In the first few chapters, our protagonist Irene loses her only ghost friend, as the guy manages to get over his regrets and vanishes into the beyond. Not only Irene finds herself friendless in the afterlife, but Irene also loses her job, and has had enough of life. Our protagonist witnesses Alazne planning how to kill herself, but Irene can do nothing to prevent it. One day, our protagonist comes across an accident in which a guy has lost his life. Irene meets him in the beyond and tells him that he should be able to return to his body, but the guy seems to have made such a mess of his life that he turns tail and runs. For the first time in her long life as a ghost, Irene tries to possess a fresh corpse, and she finds herself trapped in that guy’s body, having to live his life. However, Irene has no clue about the trail of misery that the original owner of her current body has left in his wake. In general, this is the story of two very, very dysfunctional people learning how to endure their problematic lives through caring for each other. I relied on this site to commission the cover for a previous book, and I thought I was sure about what I wanted, but a designer blew me away with what she did with the cover even though it wasn’t what I had envisioned. So this time the only notion about what kind of cover I want is that it should NOT be just the title and the author's name with some colors added. EDIT: I'm getting worried that I'm not receiving more submissions, and I suspect it's because I haven't specified anything for the cover, so I offer possibilities below. NOTE that if you have better ideas, they are welcome. I'm not a visual designer. -A composition that refers to the effect that meeting Alazne has on the main character. The protagonist had been enduring the colorless, odorless, tasteless afterlife for twenty years, but coming across Alazne's desperate, passionate guitar playing lightens the protagonist's heart, so maybe the composition would show her music adding color to the darkness or something like that, with the protagonist on the periphery. I suspect this would work better if it's depicted more abstractly, but in any case Alazne's general description is: very pale, freckles on the upper cheeks, bridge of the nose and around the eyebrows, and light brown hair. As for what she would be wearing, she usually played at home just in her panties, or wearing a hoodie and jeans. -A composition that features the main trio of the novel, as well as their particular abilities. The protagonist spends most of the novel wearing a man's corpse, because she's a ghost who can possess fresh corpses, so her main ability would be puppeteering others (however, the traditional image of manipulating a puppet through strings seems too cliché). The protagonist is only described in the novel as "pretty, with a uniqueness in her eyes", but she was born in Asturias. There's Alazne, who might be depicted as holding in one hand her guitar and in the other a sheet turned into a makeshift noose. And then there's Kateryna, an Ukrainian ghost living in the protagonist's house. She's described as having sunflower-colored hair, slightly slanted emerald eyes and full lips, and the protagonist considers her the most beautiful woman she's ever seen (when she was alive). Kateryna is a hardcore poltergeist user. -A composition that depicts the protagonist's main dilemma during the story, that of whether she has any right of deceiving whom she believes to be the love of her life by "wearing" a man's body. The protagonist suffers throughout for knowing that whenever Alazne looks at her, she's staring at the man's face, and the protagonist's real self remains hidden. The man would likely need to be depicted for this composition: he's in his late thirties, a big, tall guy with some greys. Kind of a 'dad' vibe, which Alazne is into. Regarding the tone of the cover, this story is first and foremost a dark, raunchy comedy, but there are plenty of heartfelt, tear jerking moments, so the cover should give some sense of balance. The texts the cover should contain are the title, "My Own Desert Places", and the author's name, Jon Ureña (notice the ñ). I don't care where they are placed as long as it looks good. However, if you consider it would be better to add text like "a novel" or something like that, I'm okay with it as long as it looks good. I suppose you know, but only the winner of the contest gets the money. I aware that it sucks if you do a great job but someone else does it better, or at least I like it more. That’s the nature of the game, I’m afraid. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. I intend to be monitoring the contest all the time. EDIT 1: I have something clear about the possible cover, though: it needs to feature some kind of composition, more than just the title and the name of the author. Also, remember that this is a contest for an e-book, so the formatting must be the appropriate. EDIT 2: the two main characters are fundamentally different in certain aspects. Our protagonist, Irene, who died twenty years ago, was the kind of person who could hardly sit still, who doesn't do anything she doesn't want, and who focused too much on short term pleasures, not caring about the long term misery she might be causing both herself and others. That's her main fatal flaw. Meanwhile, Alazne, her love/obsession interest (this story doesn't depict the protagonist's goal as a romance, even though she fully believes it to be; the protagonist is a bit unhinged after twenty years of despair as a ghost) is someone with unresolved grief from her parents' death, who in addition didn't have an easy family life, and is burdened with major depression. She's shy, withdrawn, and to top it off has what some would consider troublesome desires, for example a fetish to be overpowered and stripped of her agency. The main characters accepting each other's shortcomings, no matter how unhinged they could get, as they learn to grow as people is one of the main experiences of this tale. EDIT 3: I must emphasize that this is NOT a romance novel. It's, in order of its tone, 1) dark comedy, 2) drama, 3) erotica, 4) paranormal. It's about two very broken people learning to live again through supporting each other. The protagonist's love/obsession for Alazne is treated as the main character being somewhat unhinged, due to her stalkerish tendencies after twenty years as a ghost. Also, Alazne is a very withdrawn character that shortly after the story starts, she makes plans to kill herself. If she's to be depicted, I don't think that any hopeful representation of her would work, as she's beyond hope when we are introduced to her.
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Don't depict it as a romance story. It's a dark comedy > drama > erotica > paranormal.
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