Born in Bristol, CT, Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. He obtained a Master of Arts in English from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY at the age of 24, going on to become a full-time professional writer in 2001. He is the author of Brothers' Hand, Jana, and Miles of Files.
Rides From Strangers is a collection of short fiction. The title story is what I want the cover to represent.
Literary fiction readers.
Self (via my own website only)
The two men in the car, the desert, the weird/scary/cartoony aspect...I want my cover to have this kind of feel. Abstract but not exactly a cartoon.
I like these reds and blues, and again, Steadman's weird/scary/cartoony feel.
This is a 1942 Studebaker. This is the style of the car, not the color I want.
Here is the city for the background: Amarillo circa 1942.
This is a baby blue or sky blue color. I want the car to be this color, not this style.
These are the current covers of my three novels. Although this new cover will have an illustration, not a stock photo, I would still like it to fit with my brand and sit comfortably alongside these three covers. Please put your design up next to these and compare before sending a design. If it does not fit with my brand, I cannot use it.
Here is my very rough sketch of what I am after. I want to see the car, see the people in the car, convey movement away from the city. The car should be a 1942 Studebaker style, baby blue. The passenger should be the white guy with military haircut, the driver a Mexican man.
The desert is a yellowish tan or beige, mostly sand. The city is rather colorless, as you see from the photo above. I want the primary colors of the rest to be reds and blues so that it fits with my brand (see Brothers' Hand cover). The sky and background should take up most of the cover illustration. Don't make it too literal or cartoony; make it a bit abstract and scary.
What colors do you want to see in your design?
Other color requirements
Beige (desert), baby blue (car), red (sky)
In Rides From Strangers, a man in the desert of West Texas has just arrived back from the war. He's in his mid-30s but looks young and has the short haircut of a military man. He gets picked up by a Mexican man in a baby blue 1942 Studebaker. There is some question as to whether the Mexican man is actually the devil. They take a ride in the desert near Amarillo, and it turns into 1940s Amarillo.
If you combined the themes and colors on those two covers with my description above, you should have a very good idea of what I'm looking for. Plenty of space, but also a baby blue 1942 Studebaker on a desert road with a small city behind it or in front of it. It can be just as scary/weird/cartoony as the samples I've listed, but please do not stray too far from my already-established brand, which you can find on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Michael-J.-S…PTN964/ref
What to avoid
Stock imagery. Colors other than blue, red, and beige.