Title- Confessions of a Prison Top
Author- Brad T. Kemph
Cover emblem- “A Random Fat Guy Story”
Cover design ideas-
Concept #1- Doyle (main character and prison inmate) lying on a psychiatrist’s couch. He’s dressed in prison clothing- gray t-shirt or shirt and gray pants. He is very muscular, dark hair, beard, good looking. The psychiatrist is a woman and sitting in a chair “listening” to Doyle in therapy. She looks like a naughty librarian- sexy, hair up in a bun maybe, “doctor” glasses, short tight skirt, tight blouse, moderate (not too big) of breasts. Looking over Doyle on the far side of the couch (behind the couch) are 3 figures. Benjamin Franklin, a young/pretty waitress and a horse. The scene can be in a psychiatrist’s office or just in “white space.” The horse should not be white, any brown color is fine but it should be an average looking horse. The waitress should be a diner waitress, she works around truckers and cowboys; she does not work in a fancy restaurant. Ben Franklin must be recognizable as Ben Franklin but not an old man (see image).
Concept #2- Doyle (main character and prison inmate) is on one of those prison telephones. The one where you sit behind the glass in a booth and talk to your lawyer or family on the phone. He’s dressed in prison clothing- gray t-shirt or shirt and gray pants. He is very muscular, brown hair, beard, good looking. He should be talking to someone. The other person is a good looking younger man. Fresh faced, dressed in a “farm-themed” t-shirt, western style shirt or plaid shirt. He could be wearing a John Deere cap.
Back cover concepts- prison yard, image of prison cells, inside a prison cell, image of just hands hanging out of prison bars, chain link fence with concertina wire, mug shot of Doyle with the sign in front of him and the height marks (Doyle is 6’4”),
Color schemes- black & white, darker or muted colors, not bright colors, maybe black/gray/red. The only bright color I can see using is red (there is blood in the book since there is violence in the story).
I spent a lot of time on finding images that are “right.” I have named each image according to concept or character.
I will only accept original artwork or images that are free and not copyrighted.
Back cover quotes (3)
Doyle knew the value of being muscular and looking good in prison. He never had to beat a prison bitch down to get what he wanted. Lines of volunteers formed, he was in the business of making men.
Dr. Eve knew she had the best job in the world. She had gotten off on criminals as long as she could remember. With a stolen life, she had access to one of the nastiest “pig” sties in the West.
Warden Barney and Marlene. Two clueless people put on Earth to remind us, “It could be worse.”
Cover design specs (must be exact)
• Cover image must be centered vertically and horizontally in landscape-oriented 17” x 11” PDF document
• Trim width of 5” x 8”
• At least 1/4” bleed on all sides
• CMYK color specs
• Spine width- 0.311”
Must be print-ready as a final product.