I’m looking for an e-book and print cover design (CreateSpace) for a science fiction novel (the first in a series).
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Spine Width Estimate: 0.75 inches
Subtitle: Book One of The Fringe
Author: Tarah Benner
This book is set in the future after the nuclear apocalypse. Survivors of the attacks live in compounds, one of which is in the Utah desert. These compounds are tall skyscrapers encased in six-inch thick glass. Think of tall glass boxes the size of two city blocks. Some of the people (including the two main characters) in this society have the job of venturing out into the radiation zone to do “recon” for the compound.
I’m open to a variety of things on the cover, but here are two ideas:
Idea 1: Heavy-duty silver airlock doors opening up to reveal the rugged, burnt-orange terrain of the Utah desert. The landscape is very dramatic, so a great visual here is a must. I picture this as a very harsh beauty since the land is so inhospitable. Somewhere either on the door or off to the side, you can discern a radioactive symbol.
The text “Recon” would be superimposed over the desert scene.
Hugh Howey’s cover of his book “Sand” was my inspiration for this (attached), although it would need to be daytime/daybreak on my cover, and I’d like the typography to look more sci-fi and intimidating (sans serif). I also think the colors should be more saturated than the palette used here, and it does not have to be distressed-looking. I know what you're thinking: So you want something that looks nothing like this? I just included it because I thought it was a good example of how a simple landscape could be a visually stunning cover. I want this to look epic.
Idea 2: Heavy-duty silver airlock doors open up to reveal the rugged, burnt-orange terrain of the Utah desert. In the center, we see a tall, fit young guy with his back to us. He’s wearing gray fatigues and combat boots and has short dark hair. You may or may not be able to see this, but he’d have a gas mask on to keep from breathing in radioactive particles and perhaps a rucksack slung over his shoulders. He’s the hero of our story.
***The most important thing is that this cover looks good in thumbnail for the Amazon store and that the title is still readable.***
No silhouette covers or cartoon-y illustrations, please.
Mandatories: Title, subtitle, and author name on front cover. Book summary on back cover. Title and author name on spine. Bonus points if you create a simple vector hawk for the spine that can be used on each book in the series.
Optional: If there’s a good place for it that doesn’t crowd the cover, you can use the tagline “The truth doesn’t set you free. It gets you killed.”
Book Summary (MUST BE ON BACK COVER):
Eli knows corruption runs deep within the compound. But when your job is to go out into the radiation-soaked Fringe so that others can live in peace, you don’t ask too many questions.
For Harper, the bid system works just fine. She’s the best developer in her year, and she's confident she’ll be chosen for Systems.
But when an upset in the bidding changes the course of Harper’s future, she unknowingly puts a target on her back. In her search for answers, Harper will learn that in the compound, the truth doesn’t set you free. It gets you killed.