Book Cover - in a Vintage/Pulp Fiction Style

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Book Cover - in a Vintage/Pulp Fiction Style


author: Donna Laframboise (please note, I don't capitzlize the F)

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Organization name

Donna Laframboise

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I'm a book author publishing via



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I require a front cover image only for the Kindle edition that is a JPEG sized 600 x 800 pixels

I also require a single front & back cover image for a print-on-demand trade paperback. Dimensions: 10.875 inches x 8.25 inches, with a 0.125 inch bleed. (The book will be sized 5 x 8 inches and will contain 250 cream-colored pages. For more info see this link:…verPDF.jsp )

The back cover will contain only text blurbs under the heading "Advance praise for this book" laid out atop appropriately muted artwork that overflows from the front cover.

The title of the book is: The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert

I'm looking for a vintage, pulp fiction book cover. Please follow the three links that appear on this page for examples of the style I have in mind:

This book is an exposé of a United Nations body called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). For more than 20 years governments and the media have said this body is rigorous, transparent, and trustworthy. This view is so widely accepted that, in 2007, it was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

My book reveals that many of the things we've been told about the IPCC aren't true. For instance, rather than being written by the world's top climate scientists, many of its authors are 20-something graduate students. Others are employees of activist organizations such as Greenpeace.

Last year an independent committee concluded that there are significant shortcomings in every step of the IPCC's report-writing process, that its rules are being ignored, and that a conflict-of-interest policy is urgently needed.

We've been told this is a professional, reputable organization – a grownup in a pinstripe suit. But my research reveals a slovenly, delinquent teenager with lots of attitude who has trouble telling right from wrong. I'd like the book cover to display that teenager (perhaps with slicked-backed hair and a cigarette hanging from his mouth, in keeping with the pulp fiction milieu). He should look more menacing than cool - the sort of character who'd mug little old ladies rather than help them across the street.

I expect the majority of book sales to be in the Kindle format. Book covers get reduced to thumbnails in that sales environment, and most Kindles display only black-and-white images. I therefore have a strong preference for clean lines and high contrast colors that will reduce well. I appreciate that the entire title may not be legible in the thumbnail version, but hope the words "Delinquent Teenager" will be.

Somewhere in this design (perhaps as a headline in a newspaper box, a tattoo, graffiti on a wall, or simply as a banner across a corner) please include the phrase: "IPCC exposé" (without the quotation marks, but including the accent).

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