nathan.p.shields got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Creative cover for an edgy young adult novel
Check out nathan.p.shields's Book cover contest…
The Secrets of Faith
Michelle Shields is an English teacher in Sycamore, Illinois. She has always had a passion for young adult literature and enjoys connecting with her students about books. She spends her free time taking walks with husband, Nate, and her kids, Calvin and Savannah, binge watching TV shows on Netflix, and re-reading her favorite Jane Austen novels.
Everyone has a secret. “You’re not as good as you think you are.” Faith considers this. Never before would she have given Sebastian’s words a second thought, but the beginning of her junior year has her reevaluating her values. Good and bad, right and wrong...all of a sudden these concepts aren't as clear as they were when Faith’s Christian family was intact. The depressing quality of her empty home compels Faith to accept an invitation, and that night she agrees to do a favor for a new friend. The favor is stealing Vicodin, and Faith discovers that by using both her ingenuity and her good girl reputation, she can acquire enough prescription pills to go into business and beat out Sebastian, her competition. It’s dangerous, but danger is more fun than she expected. As Faith struggles to maintain the daytime status quo, her nightlife gets more interesting, and she begins to realize that she’s not the only one with a secret. It seems everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not.
14-18 year old girls
First of all, everything needs to be in gray scale. The title would be centered with the words The Secrets of at the top, Faith centered right below it, and my name (Michelle Shields) at the bottom. I want it to be kind of scratchy but with sharper edges. And I’d like the “t” in “faith” to be in the shape of a cross, but still fit in with the other lettering. Here is the description of the pill bottles from the book: "I liked the idea of a symbol, but nothing too obvious. Perhaps a shamrock? I doodled mindlessly and settled on a gothic-type shamrock. Very edgy. A ‘do my drugs’ shamrock. I found a black fine point marker and drew the shamrock on each bottle." I want the bottle laying on its side and pills falling out in black and white. The shamrock should look like a sketch (hand-drawn).
What to avoid
Anything that looks too bubbly or childish. This is an edgy book.
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.
nathan.p.shields collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
This was a wonderful experience! All the designers are so talented and polite. They totally understood my vision with just the minimal feedback I gave them. I would recommend this to anyone. I wish I could have picked more than one logo, but it isn't necessary for by business model.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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