My name is Jonathan Bryant, and I’m preparing to publish my first book through Westbow Press. Entitled, ‘Relentless’, my book will be a heart-racing thriller intended for teens and young adults who are looking for lots of action, suspense, and interesting twists in plot. I want my design for my front cover to communicate danger, loads of suspense, and almost TRANSFER the adrenaline from the shown character into the veins of the viewers; the design should be very artistic and bold, drawing all who see it to pick up the book and want to find out what it’s about.
Let’s take a look at my idea:
Take a look at the first image I've uploaded entitled, ‘Book Cover Idea’. This is the first picture that needs to be glanced over; ‘ground zero’ for my cover idea, if you will. This is the initial setup of the idea. I want my name written across the top and the title written across the bottom, as shown in this picture. Use the font, ‘Blackadder ITC’ for both of these; as for the colors of the words, you use whatever seems appropriate with the design itself; it’s not a big deal, just try to make it look the best you can with the design. I also want some sort of light behind the words, as if the letters are glowing; feel free to diminish/expand font sizes to your preference... whatever you think looks best! Also, I want ‘The Ringbearer’s Trilogy | Book One’ written as they are here, using the font ’Arial Narrow’. Note that there are TWO spaces between the word ‘trilogy’ and the vertical bar, and TWO spaces between the vertical bar and the word ‘book’.
Now, let’s move on to the design. First of all, the design in this picture—that is, the ‘Book Cover Idea’ picture—is pretty close to what I want for my book cover; this image gives you a good idea what I’m wanting. But there are some differences between what I want and what you see. Here’s what I need for my book: I want the setting to be in a CONCRETE hallway, unlike the one in this picture, which looks like metal all around. I need it to be CONCRETE all around; not cement blocks, just solid cement walls. Now, I want light to be shining just as brightly at the end of the hall as it is in this picture; we’ll probably stick to the same color scheme as well, that cool bluish-cyan color. Now, here’s some things I want different: firstly, I want less wall shown on the left side of the image; it takes up almost half that side, and I don’t like that, so less of a wall on that side. Now, instead of a MAN coming toward the viewer, I want it to be a WOMAN in a red dress that flows to her ankles… I still want her to be silhouetted so that you can’t see any details, but I want the light to be reflecting off the side of her dress just enough for you to make out a red color. The woman should have long wavy hair, but no other details are visible. She should also be gripping two large automatic weapons on either side of her, not raised up but hanging limply from her hands, pointing toward the ground. Also, I want the woman a bit closer to the viewer; not too much, but maybe just enough so that she isn’t lost in the white glow around her. (And, because there are many different kinds of wavy hair--you know, the UGLY waves, LOL--I included a picture of a woman with the hairstyle that she should have **the girl with the guitar**).
Now after that, I want several men to be coming toward the viewer at the very back of the hall; be careful not to add too many! Five or six at most. These men I want to be almost completely enshrouded in the light so that you can just make out their dark forms… I want some to be a bit closer than others so that some are darker, or more distinguishable, than others. Still, all of them should be silhouettes, just black figures against a bright white light.
Finally, I want a man facing the viewers on the right side of the book, this time so close that you can only see his head and neck, and I want only half of his face to be visible. This man should look just like the man in the picture named ‘Derrin’; hairstyle, facial features…everything. Most importantly, though, this man should have a look of terror written across his face; his eyes (which, by the way, should be vibrantly green) are opened wide, and he’s looking in his peripheral vision toward the woman and the men following him (I've attached another picture that portrays the fear-filled eyes I'm looking for... It's entitled, 'fear'). Don’t have his head turned, though; he should be completely facing the viewer, but should give the indication that he’s terrified by the people behind him. Though it’s a pretty terrible drawing I did myself, you could take a look at my sketch of the entire idea. It’s the picture called, ‘Book Idea sketch’. NOTE: I forgot to give the woman automatic weapons, and I didn't draw the man's features, but you get the picture! I was just trying to draw a quick sketch of the basic idea for the cover.
Now, on to the spine and back cover. I don’t really have a set idea for the spine; just the title, my name, the words, ‘The Ringbearer’s Trilogy | Book One’ again, and an image from the front cover that you think might draw attention. The closest man’s frightened eye, for instance, or maybe his whole face. I want these words to kind of glow, like there’s a light behind them or something as well. My intention is to catch the eye of the passer-by, make them WANT to see what the book’s about. You guys are the artists; do what you have to do to make the cover stand out; surprise me! Have fun with the spine, and don’t worry about it; enjoy!
Now, the back cover art is very simple to describe; just make it as if you’re looking at the front cover, only from the other side of the scene. In other words, the viewer should see the hall as if he’s directly behind the silhouetted men in the light and furthest away from the man they’re chasing. Make it look as identical as you can to the surroundings on the front, except for this one thing: the woman’s automatic weapons are now lifted toward the man she’s chasing, and the weapons are firing. Don’t worry about book description on the back or anything—the design team who will be working to publish my book can do all of that. Just focus on the design; I want all of it to look realistic. I want all the people to look real, etc. as if the viewer were really witnessing what is happening on the cover! Just have fun, and know that I'm not a difficult person to please. Just as long as these instructions are followed (and as long as the image looks professional, like something you'd find on a new young adult thriller book cover), you'll do just fine!
Added Note: The setting for the cover design is inside a hall in a huge underground facility made of concrete... there are lots of intersecting hallways, attached rooms, ascending/descending metal staircases, etc. throughout, so if you like you could try to incorporate one/a couple of these into the design, but try not to crowd the design too much, because most of the focus should remain centered upon the characters and mood of the cover.
Update: Hello to all my designers! Just wanted to announce that you can use other fonts that you think will work better with my book as well; just submit seperate designs with the Blackadder ITC font too just in case I still like it better than the others. Enjoy!
Update 2: I've attached another picture called 'fear' that portrays the fear-filled eyes that the main character, the closest man to the viewer, ought to have. Also, this man is in his early twenties--try to make him look like a young adult. Thanks!