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Innovative book cover needed for YA sci-fi/fantasy novel (series)
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Dawn of Dreams
Two strangers, one terrifying beast that only they can see and no answers. As dawn breaks on the harsh reality of what they must do, can they accomplish their mission before falling victim to the beast as so many others before them have?
Young adults/new adults ages 14 to adult, both male and female. Location is irrelevant since this is a fantasy world (a lot like earth) in the near future
I am looking for a young adult sci-fi/fantasy book cover design. It’s important that the cover “pops” or stands out and catches the eye quickly. It is SUPER important that the Amazon shopper can see the title on a thumbnail size of 90 to 125 pixels wide. This novel will be the first in a series of four. Specific requirements are as follows: • The background should show dawn in some form – perhaps the sun coming up to silhouette the beast, with a lot of smoke/haze around the beast. (The specific scene in the book this is loosely based on has the landscape around the viewer on fire) • The beast’s silhouette should show the body vertically, with the wings stretched out to each side and a side view of the face showing the beak glinting in the sunlight. You can choose to show the tail curling up to the side or not. A full description of the beast is attached. • A tall, dirty-blonde haired young man and a petite, curvy, long blonde haired young woman can either be shown on the cover or not. They should not be the focus of the cover. They may be shown off to the side, but should not take a central position. • The imagery should make the viewer feel threatened. Dawn of Dreams would be more accurate if ‘dream’ was replaced with ‘nightmare’. • For the two short stories introducing this series (see https://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Malice-Destiny-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01N5GVYEI for the first short story), the font that was used was Bangers. However, I found a lot of people complained that the writing was too squashed. So I am open to suggestions! Font type should be in keeping with the sci-fi/fantasy genre. • I have no specific requests at this time regarding font color. You will most likely be more able to choose a suitable color based on the cover you create. • Bearing the previous two points in mind regarding font, I will need a medallion to replace the ‘o’ in ‘of’. A basic rendition of what the medallion should look like is attached, along with a written description thereof. This will be the symbol of the series. Some sample eCover images that I like are attached. Please use these as inspiration, but don't plagiarize or rip off any existing designs. I have a zero tolerance policy for copyright violations and piracy. If you use images you do not create, please explain/summarize your acquisition and licensing process.
What to avoid
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.
bleroux100 collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Life Kung-Fu was absolutely amazing. He has a great eye for style, and his design was extremely sophisticated and professional. He also went far and above the mere minimum needed to make the design satisfactory, and worked with me diligently (and provided multiple versions and iterations), until it was perfect. I highly recommend him, and hope to work with him again in the future.
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