Hello, I need a book cover for a Sci-Fi novelette that I am publishing
on the Kindle Store. It is a dark, violent story with outer space,
high-technology, dystopia and cyberpunk all as central ideas. The
book is targeted at adults so I would prefer it in a realistic style
as opposed to overly cartoon or comic style.
Plot description: DISCARDED COLONY
Shackled. Forgotten. Left for dead. Dean Ryder was unfairly deemed a
danger to society and sent to rot on a high tech island hovering in
the outer edges of space, a place run by sadistic guards and misused
technology. As his health and will to live starts to fade, a message
from the unknown gives him a sliver of hope of taking back control of
his life. Discarded by the Earth, Ryder has to forget his past to
determine his future.
Text for cover:
DISCARDED COLONY (title)
V.M. Gunn (author)
Dimensions: As specified by Amazon: "For best quality, your image
would be 2820 pixels on the shortest side and 4500 pixels on the
longest side". If in doubt, use your judgement for the size and
More details: The cover must be dark. Cool colours are preferred. I
think the "island" in space
where the book is set should be featured on the cover. In the story
they are described as: "Giant floating islands, built using
light yet strong metals and polymers, fused with genetic
qualities which blended man-made structure and organic plants and
fibers. They were
so immense that they generated their own atmospheres and blue skies."
The island is in-fact being used as a prison where the central
character is held captive. As such it is not a very nice place, at
least the parts that he has seen of it.
1. The story is violent. Prisoners get dismembered, splattered into
"blood purées". The place is run by sadistic guards and the prisoners
have no hope of every escaping. As such the cover must evoke the
appropriate emotions of fear, darkness etc.
2. The mood borrows from 80's/90's sci-fi and action films such as
Robocop, Moon 44, Demolition Man, Terminator, Fortress etc. Cool
colours like blues, greys and black are preferred because they look
metallic and futuristic.
3. It must scream Sci-fi by looking at the cover. Don't be afraid to
show planets, stars and ships.
4. If you're going to show the island/prison then it has to be a
sinister looking place. It is a massive space station but made with
advanced technology where they are able to fuse it with organic
elements. So, it is a living, breathing thing but must clearly be
man-made as well.
5. There nasty patrol drones in the story that monitor the island and
attack prisoners if necessary.
6. If you want to show the main character. He is a guy of about 40
years old. Shaved head. Strong build but looking weak because he is
dying of radiation poisoning.