U.L.Harper got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design book cover for literary and speculative/horror fiction novel.
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Katy of Clay
U.L. Harper is a speculative literary fiction author originally from Long Beach, California, but has found a home in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of the In Blackness series, and The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe.
It’s typical to acknowledge how your parents have shaped you. But what if they shaped you out of clay? When Katy visits her father, she questions why she can no longer remember the face of her mother who died nine years ago. What’s more is that recently her body has been going through strange changes. It’s these changes that force her father to reveal an old family secret—she’s made from clay and will be catapulted into another world because of it. Shortly thereafter, she finds herself in a frightening parallel world where ghosts indefinitely relive their deaths, a land where she will discover the secret that cost her the memory of her mother’s face, a place where she’ll journey to find the insidious truth about what she’s destined to become.
Literary, and speculative fiction readers would find this novel enticing. Some urban fantasy folks will appreciate it.
Book cover type
My protagonist, Katy, is a student artist who recently forgot what her deceased mother looks like. So, thinking she must look a little like her mother, she's using herself as a model and tries to duplicate her mother's face in a portrait. She can never get it right. I'd like to see the weird, rough draft portrait that's a bit like her, and maybe like an older her. Katy has her sides shaved and has a braided ponytail. She has dark hair, and eyeliner. Brown eyes. Red lipstick. Anything in that general idea. But it should look like an awkward, mostly failed self-portrait. All that said, I'd like it to feel kind of dark, and as mysterious as the title. I mean, she's made out of clay.
What to avoid
I don't want a picture frame or a reminder the cover is imitating a piece of paper or sketchbook. I prefer it appears like a self-portrait (with the author name and book title on it, of course), as in the background might be a sheet of paper of some light shade probably and there's a portrait on top.
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.
U.L.Harper collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Daniel got the vision I was going for immediately. He took themes into consideration, not only the genre. Easy to communicate with, but again he got the concept as a cover and not just a picture.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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