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Entry #319 - Book cover design - by Chris.j.erasmus

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Book Cover Design for YA Novel about SIRENS

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by Ekiebel1279

Contest started Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:14:45 +0000

Last feedback Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:59:41 +0000

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1. Qualifying round

Designers enter their initial design concepts for feedback and direction.

2. Select finalists

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3. Final round

Remaining designers enter revised and refined designs.

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Organization name
Emily Kiebel
Description of the organization and its target audience

I am a debut author needing a book cover for my fictional YA novel, Serenade.

Industry

Entertainment & The Arts

Description

Book cover (front, spine, and back) to be published on Amazon, Kindle, e-books and paperback trade fiction.-I am looking for a book cover (PDF file I believe?) that will confirm to Amazon's Create Space publishing requirements (https://www.createspace.com/Service)
REQUIRED COVER TEXT:

Title: Serenade
Author: Emily Kiebel

TRIM SIZE: 5.5" x 8.5"
(13.97 x 21.59 cm

My novel, Serenade, is targeted to young adult readers. It is about a college age woman who discovers she is a siren and has certain powers. She is a caucasian with long, brown, slightly curly hair. Sirens, who have been misunderstood for so long, are tasked with leading doomed sailors to death, although they are not evil entities. They are beautiful, but normal human women, who transform somewhat when they are called to comfort the dying at sea by singing and leading them into death. When the sirens transform, their skin is luminescent and their eyes glow light green like seaglass.
The biggest themes are fate, music, the ocean, and the main character's self-discovery.

Words that I would use to describe my vision for the cover:
Mysterious, alluring (but not overtly sexual), feminine (but not girly), ethereal, mystical, timeless, subtly ominous, powerful, haunting

I don't want the cover overly cluttered. I just want it to be a striking image, something that catches the eye and is intriguing. I want the image of a woman, but I don't want discernible facial features. I would like to see music notes woven in, either in overlaid graphics or in the background. I like cool colors, and especially envision blues, greens, aquas, black, grey.

Some ideas that I have for the cover (though I am not completely tied to these) are:

A) The silhouette of a woman, from the back or the side, standing on a cliff overlooking the ocean and wearing a dress that is blowing in the wind and music notes are either woven into the dress or blowing from the dress in some way.

B) The naked back of a woman, waist deep in the ocean and the water has a magical or glowing quality, or waves colliding. (When the sirens are called, their transformation occurs because there is a magical force in the water that gives them their power).

C) A figure of a woman with a hand stretched out to the sea. Subtly magical in some way.

Things I do NOT want for my cover:
Zombies, Vampires, Super sexed-up women, NO MERMAIDS (Sirens do NOT have tails), anything that looks like a historical romance novel (i.e. Fabio).

Covers that I like: Impossible, by Nancy Werlin; The Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T Michelle, Mesmerized by Julia Crane.

-I tend to lean more towards photographic covers than illustrated covers (or cartoons)

-I have need the back book cover blurb to be included on the book. I've attached it here.

I am really open to your creativity and invite questions if you have any specific questions about the story or character or my vision. I can't wait to see your designs!

Thanks,

Emily

Notes

I can't communicate enough that this is NOT a MERMAID book. Please, no mermaids. Keep in mind also that the target audience is young women, ages 12 to 25.

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    Contest Discussion

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    1. User
      Tanya von Ness
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      Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:15:24 +0000
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      Congrats Chris.j.erasmus! :)

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      Ekiebel1279
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      Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:41:05 +0000
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      Designers, thank you for all of your amazing entries. There were so many strong and creative designs any of which I could have used and loved. Picking the winning design was very challenging. Best of luck to you all... You have a lot of talent! Thanks again everyone!

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      G E O R G i N A
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      Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:22:08 +0000
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      Yay... Its was 3am in Australia but I was able to get my latest drafts in but not sure I made it into the poll if there was one? :( Have added music notes... finally found some music notes that were interesting ;)

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      Zoe Shtorm
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      Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:36:48 +0000
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      #190 good idea from a ship!

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      Ekiebel1279
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      Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:57:48 +0000
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      Designers,

      I am blown away by the talent I've seen during this contest. Picking finalists was extrememly difficult and there are so many more I wish I could have been able to include. Thanks to all for your participation in this contest and your willingness to take feedback and criticism. Again, thank you all so very much!

      Rgds,
      Emily

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      Ekiebel1279
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      Wed, 26 Sep 2012 06:14:21 +0000
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      Hello! At this point, I'd love to begin seeing back covers if you have not provided them yet. And if you are looking for a way to incorporate music, I wanted to add that I'm open to images of sheet music as well, or maybe waves of sheet music, things like that. I am so blown away by everyone's creativity and talent.

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      Lily Dormishev
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      Tue, 25 Sep 2012 06:09:46 +0000
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      HELLO I AM ROLTIRIRANG PLEASE VIEW MY PROFILE IF YOU LIKE INVITE ME THANKS

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      Ekiebel1279
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      Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:52:25 +0000
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      Hi everyone! I am loving what I am seeing so far - you are all SO talented, and I am blown away by your creativity!

      Some notes that I'm seeing again and again: I am not wanting a very clear face for the figure on the front. A siloutte or a figure from the back or side is more what I'm looking for. My main character is 18 years old, Caucasian, long brown hair. This book is also for young adults, so please keep that in mind when dealing with very sexual looking images. Thank you for your work so far, and I can't wait to see what you come up with in the next few days.

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      Ekiebel1279
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      Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:18:46 +0000
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      Hi! To answer your question - No wings on the sirens. Again, my main character is a pretty 18 year old girl who just transforms in the water, but no wings or tattoos or anything like that. Her transformation is more just a "glowing". Good question though!

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      vanessanoheart
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      Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:16:11 +0000
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      Thank you for the invite!

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      Aminul72
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      Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:54:09 +0000
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      If the girl's back is naked with wings like sirens,would u like it?

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      Sam jeba
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      Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:32:39 +0000
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      hi, please check it #18 and #19