techwritebos got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Book cover for military history novel set in the 1950s in Europe
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Uncle Sam's Kids
Randy Bartlett is a retired college history professor, the son of a naval aviator. As a Navy dependent, he lived on both US coasts, and in Chile, Denmark, and Germany. During the sixties he was an early Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, followed by three years as an Army medic. He and his wife live on Cape Cod.
This novel, based on true events, is a coming of age story about three teenagers who live in Copenhagen, Denmark, but must attend an American high school in Frankfurt, Germany. Two roommates, one with straight red hair and glasses, the other blond, short crew cut and an athletic build, love the most attractive girl in the junior class--beautiful, short dark curly hair, and warm smile. Themes running through the narrative are friendship, romance, living in post-WWII/Cold War Europe, and growing up in military families. Key incidents involve the school, its dormitory, a swimming pool, a DC-3 airplane, and kayaking on a river. It ends in a tragedy, so designs should reflect a somber tone rather than one that's upbeat or cheery.
50-70 year old military families, women, expats.
Book cover type
This is a somber memoir-fiction book that ends with a tragedy, so the cover should reflect that tone. As the last line above says, there are some key scenes that might be reflected in the cover. If there's a way to convey the different countries, too, that would be interesting -- Denmark, Germany, and the US base in Frankfurt are all central parts of the setting.
What to avoid
Please ensure that if any stock imagery is used it has all rights included. I do not want to pay extra or end up with legal confusion.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
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.
techwritebos collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
As a debutant author, it was quite scary about what cover I was going to have to create to compliment the books. The best thing I ever did was engage with AP Graphics. When you have this picture in your head of what you think a cover should look like and then be presented with such a professional and eye-catching one, it is quite frankly, emotional. I am glad I have published my first books and happy and relieved to have had AP Graphics do such an amazing job on the cover designs. Thanks, Alex.
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