To design a new book cover for a spy thriller called 'The Fulcrum Files'
The final image needs to be an RGB image at least 500 pixels wide x 800 tall, and no bigger than 1000 wide x 1600 tall.
The cover only needs to include the following text - the title (The Fulcrum Files) should be the focus:
The Fulcrum Files
The cover must be an attractive sales pitch as a thumbnail on Amazon.com. So bold imagery with depth and clarity even at the small size.
I've attached the opening chapter, as well as a short synopsis of the book.
The book is set in 1936, which was a very evocative pre-war period and I'd like the cover to capture this. So possible imagery from that era that connects to the book includes the Spitfire fighter plane, the rise of Nazism with all its symbolism of swastikas etc. There's also a very important 'femme fatale' character who's described in the opening chapter (attached as a PDF).
The sales pitch to the reader for the book is as follows:
Ben Clayton was one of Britain’s brightest young boxing prospects; until he slammed a near-fatal blow into a rival. Sickened by what he had done he turned away from the ring, found solace in the arms of the beautiful Lucy Kirk, and looked for a new challenge.
Across the English Channel, after almost two decades of peace, the German military machine is rising from the ashes. And now Hitler orders his troops into the industrial heartland of the Rhine, in direct contravention of the treaties.
The British aristocratic elite watches anxiously, still battered and exhausted by the toll of the Great War, the Empire held in a fragile grip. The threats and rivals are many, and now history is balanced on a knife edge. One tiny nudge could send it spiralling towards war or peace, victory or defeat.
The politicians and spymasters manoeuvre desperately for advantage, but advantage is an elusive thing when no one is sure who is an enemy, and who is a friend.
Then Stanley Arbethwaite is killed in a bizarre and brutal accident. Arbethwaite is one of England’s leading aircraft designers - and Ben Clayton’s closest friend and colleague. Now Clayton is tipped headlong into the swirl of plot and counter-plot as the Nazis battle to blunt Britain’s fangs, and others work to sharpen them.
Ben Clayton must battle not just to survive, but to hold onto what he loves and holds dear; Lucy, and a principle.
Some examples of other books in this genre are:
The theme of the book is in the title - it's about a finely balanced moment in history when things could have gone one of two ways. History sat balanced on this fulcrum, and the actions of a handful of people were decisive. It would be nice to include some kind of imagery to bring this out, but I appreciate that this is the hardest part of the brief.
I should add that the use of sailing boats in the image is a negative in terms of books sales. While there are boats in the plot, they are a small part of the overall story.