stevemcmanuslit got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create a book cover for suspense thriller RED FLAG
Check out stevemcmanuslit's Book cover contest…
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Suspense/thriller writer's first independent trade release in print and ebook formats. RED FLAG is the first book in the CODA series about a 30-something crime blogger in drought-stricken, media-saturated 2019 Los Angeles who contributes to independent news website City of Angels/Dead on Arrival—CODA.com.
What's your vision?
Book cover for 6x9 Lulu dust jacket hardcover (front/back/spine), 6x9 CreateSpace wraparound paperback, Smashwords ePub, Kindle (so cover must be legible at small size too), along with 2400x2400 pixel version for a future audiobook. Your front cover design will incorporate 1) big author name "STEVE McMANUS", 2) big main title "RED FLAG", smaller subtitles 3) "City of Angels/Dead on Arrival", 4) "CODA Book 1". Your back cover design will incorporate 1) author photo, 2) blurb, 3) website address "stevemcmanus.com", 4) copyright notice "© 2015 Steve McManus", 5) space for the bar code (I own my own ISBNs if that matters at this step), 6) author photo credit Brandon Reece, 7) artwork credit YourNameHere. RED FLAG blurb: "Los Angeles crime blogger and courtroom artist Danny Kasho receives a tip urging him to get to Malibu where a wildfire has erupted. Danny’s blog RED FLAG is the preeminent source for news on a series of fires set by the so-called Angeles Arsonist that have laid siege to Southern California’s drought-stricken forests—and now killed five people outright in the mountains above Malibu. Danny discovers that the task force created to catch the suspect has fractured. A rift has emerged between the lead investigators who each secretly suspects the other of being the prolific firebug. Danny quickly finds himself caught in the middle of his own story—between uncertain loyalties, unceasing competition, and an obsessive killer with a homemade flamethrower determined to crown the bone-dry mountains around LA with flames. RED FLAG is the first in the CODA series City of Angels/Dead on Arrival." Below are links to published print format standards. Obviously I'll defer to experienced designers advice where necessary. 6x9 Lulu dust jacket hardcover: http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Cover-Formatting-Knowledge-Base/Recommended-Book-Cover-Image-Dimensions/ta-p/33279 6x9 CreateSpace wraparound paperback: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/ Also attached is a stock photo I own for use in the artwork, inspiration, or utter disregard. Up to you.
Prior to my burgeoning career as a writer I was the drummer for Darling Violetta, who released three CD’s, appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and performed the theme song to the hit spinoff series Angel. Now I write crime fiction and your cover is going to make people want to pick up my book. Next to the actual publishing this is the step I'm most excited about and I look forward to seeing your work. Thank you for your talent and your time.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
stevemcmanuslit collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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