I'm looking for a cover for my novel, Deep Space Accountant. I require a full paperback format: front, back and spine, plus an e-book version suitable for Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and generic e-pub. Deep Space Accountant is the first of at least three books in the Sphere of Influence series. The tone is science fiction light humour. I have a mental image of what I would like, perhaps best described via an excerpt from the first chapter, where the protagonist is shown an advertisement in an accounting magazine which provides the springboard to forthcoming events:
<<There was a picture of a handsome young man in a red space suit (yellow was the Space Corps suit colour but artistic licence was in abundance here). His helmet was tucked under his arm. His hair, star-bleached, was blown backwards by the electron wind. In his hand he carried an ancient and preposterous leather briefcase. He was taking a step towards a cliff edge on what was clearly an alien world, for the sky was red and boasted a veritable menagerie of suns, moons and ringed planets. And there were alien trees. Red, of course. The trees were the clincher, because there were no trees, of any colour, anywhere in the Sphere. This was truly a unique and tantalising world.
Splashed across the top of the page, in red-and-yellow Buck Rogers font, were the words:
DEEP SPACE ACCOUNTANT
Walther stabbed a finger down on the page.
“This is for us, Elton. Look at it. Deep space. You’d get your ACRA letters with this gig, that’s for sure. Isn’t this why we came here, to Tsanak? Picture yourself in that spacesuit, on that hilltop. Think of the girls you could pull in an outfit like that.” >>
I have no idea what the 'Buck Rogers font' might look like. I'll go with whatever fits best. Elton is the book's protagonist, and towards the end of the story the scene from the advertisement is played out for real, on a far-off alien world. In the later version there are small differences: Elton's hair is actually black, the spacesuit would be yellow, he is holding an ancient calculator, there are no trees and not so many planets in the sky. The cover could illustrate either the earlier ad or the later scene or have elements from both.
I'm looking for something approaching a photo-realistic image, not cartoon/comic book, and while I've described the scene from the book in detail, I'm happy for it to be interpreted with plenty of freedom, so long as it captures the essence of a heroic spaceman/accountant.
Deep Space Accountant will the first in the Sphere of Influence series. The second book is written, in first draft form, and a third is in the pipeline. Given a strong cover design, I would be keen to work with the successful designer on each of the follow-up books in order to maintain a consistent style.