mquinten.oneill got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book cover for dark fantasy/post-apocalyptic novella
Check out mquinten.oneill's Book cover contest…
M. Quinten O'Neill
M. Quinten O'Neill grew up in California, an avid reader of fantasy, science fiction, mythology, and philosophy. He's inspired by the works of Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and a great many others (too numerous to list).
Stagnation is death. For the sojourner—trapped wandering the territories of his dying world—this notion rings especially true. But survival means leaving his world for another. A world much like his, where cataclysm has rendered existence down to the darkest parts of human nature.
The primary genres are Science Fiction and Fantasy, with sub-genres in a post-apocalyptic and dystopian setting. The content is relatively violent and adult in nature, thus the target market is men and women between 18 and late 30s.
Book cover type
I would like dark imagery of a post apocalyptic urban city (more abstract impressions of technology - pseudo-cyber punk). Through the middle of the city would be a large black road running through the center (this is a central location in the story, referred to colloquially as the "black river"). Alternative to a cityscape, something a bit more abstract, but grungy/worn would work as well (designs akin to Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" book cover or the main poster for Mad Max Fury Road - but without characters).
What to avoid
No pictures of people (as seems to be typical on the cover of post-apocalyptic books). I'm open to any interpretation - though my preference would be grungy dark grays and blacks and browns.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
mquinten.oneill collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Mama Guska delivered an outstanding design for my book cover and made all the corrections and edits until I was satisfied. Easy to work with and professional. Love the cover and would definitely use again!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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