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eBook cover for latest novel from Apport Press

BEastonfield needed a new book or magazine cover design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 99 designs submitted by 25 freelance designers.

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Some of the designers who made it happen

Winner - G E O R G i N A
I had actually seen Georgina's work on a couple of other book covers in the past and started thinking about how great it would be to get her to design something for me. About a year later, I decided to re-do my book design and I came to 99Designs for that service. I had initially remembered Georgina and looked to see if I could find her, but didn't, so I posted one of her covers as an example to other designers of the type of covers I really liked. A couple of days into the contest I noticed that she had started watching so I immediately invited her to the contest and never looked back! I have been really happy with the quality of work she produced, as well as the depth of options she has provided. I definitely recommend her skill to anyone!
- KCreech
Finalist - ChristineMariePGH
Christine grasped exactly what I wanted from the get-go, and was more than willing to help with slight tweaks (colors, fonts, etc). Fantastic experience working with her, and would be happy to engage her into CharlieDoggie's future.
- Paul.natland
Finalist - Sherwin Soy
Sherwin is REALLY good. This is a high end business book and he has a very good feel for complex design elements. We were after some subtle messaging in this design and he pulled it off. Also, we are a very detail oriented hands-on company, and he worked really well with a lot of very specific back and forth modifications.
- tim67
Finalist - DHMDesigns
DHMDesigns is a wonderful designer to work with. She worked very hard to give me everything that I asked for and created work that I can use as both my book cover and in all of my marketing. I am very, very happy with her work.
- mattoduncan

How BEastonfield started their book cover journey

Organization name

Apport Press

Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach

Publisher targeting readers of quality fiction.

What industry do you think your business is most related to?

Entertainment & The Arts

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
Book cover for eBook to be published on iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Sony, etc.

REQUIRED COVER TEXT:
Title: A Merchant of Virtue
Subtitle: Book One Of The Real Victorians
Author: Brett Eastonfield

PROMOTIONAL BLURB FOR THE BOOK:
Elias Wharton is a self-taught man with a keen eye for a deal living in Victorian England at a time when such men were changing the world. Both dashing and explosive, fair and vengeful, he plies his unusual trade in London, and pursues his obsessive interest in the beautiful Elizabeth. She has loathed him since a child for his lack of social status and meddlesome ways. When Elias agrees to find a gentleman a wife, and help Elizabeth’s father with a debt, he sets in motion events which threaten to destroy them all. Intrigue, deception, occultism, and sex entwine to set the stage for the stunning conclusion.

GENRE: fiction, literature, historical fiction (not erotica or romance)

COVER IMAGE REQUIREMENTS:
The reader’s likely first contact with the cover will be browsing an electronic bookstore. They will see a thumbnail size image and the promotional blurb above. If they like what they see, they can click on the image to enlarge. Therefore, the cover must be appealing enough in the thumbnail size image (not too much detail) to attract their attention and make them want more. For examples of the types of covers that have done well in this area, see
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/
Should the book go to print, the same image should be able to be used for trade paperback or hard cover. No images or fonts requiring additional permissions or licensing should be used.

COVER IMAGE SUGGESTIONS:
I am open to any design which appeals to potential readers. There is plenty of sex in the novel, so conveying this to the reader is both acceptable and appropriate. The cover image should reflect the period of Victorian England in 1860, London being the primary location. Elias is the central character in the novel; tall, handsome, blond, and would be characterized in literature as a ‘dangerous lover.’ Think a less savory Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Two other women figure prominently, one beautiful, one plain, and of course, Mr. Hawksworth, the villain. Any images of people should reflect period dress.
Other possible content from the novel that might be reflected on the cover (not required); trains, London Bridge, manor houses (not castles), brothels, or the Thames River. Also, Elias’ well-appointed office with a globe, crossed swords hanging on the wall, a marlinspike, a tea service, two chairs near a window overlooking London, and his oaken desk.
Central scenes from the novel which might be reflected on the cover:

• Elizabeth confronting Elias in his office, in which he forces her to hold a sword (foil) at his chest.

• The chase through London in a horse drawn cab to save Elizabeth’s life.

• A formal dress house party (ball) featuring the central characters.

• A séance featuring the central characters.

The overriding guidance should be: What would make the average reader want to read this book?

MEDIA REQUIRED:
type: electronic file
Format: both high resolution jpeg and tiff image
Size: 500 x 800 pixels

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