I need to redesign the cover for one of my books. The first cover is a
stock photo compilation and I personally like it, but my sales are
extremely low and I think the cover has something to do with it. I
recently had a cover to one of my other books redone and the sales
reflected that change, I’d like to see if I can do that again with
this other title. This cover will be used on digital eBooks (Kindle)
and paperback book through Createspace. So I will need a front,
and back to the image.
The book is a zombie story that follows four children through their
apocalyptic world. The story takes place on another planet but the
reader doesn’t know that until the end. Because of that twist, I
avoided having any zombies on the cover at all because the zombies in
the book were actually alien zombies. Now I realize that my cover
needs to be more about zombies to draw in that crowd of readers. I
still can’t give away the twist, so if there are zombies on the
cover, they will need to be human in appearance.
The story is told from the point of view of the oldest child. He is
14, there is a girl 13, her brother 10 and other brother 8. None of
the kids have names in the book. The 14 y/o tells the story and uses
nicknames for everyone so he doesn’t get attached. The girl is the
Angel, the next boy is the Hero, and the youngest is the Prince.
this is a world that has no zombie lore so the kids didn’t know
to call the creatures and started calling them demons until they
find out what they really are.
I have two full chapters from the book on my website and you can read
those chapters to get a scene idea for the cover. I will also happily
provide a free copy of the book to anyone who wants to read it in
order to prepare a better cover. It is a quick read, just under 300
pages. The excerpts on my site are here: http://wp.me/P2L3Vu-5t
The book can be found on Amazon here ( http://goo.gl/8oQQC8 ) and this
is the book blurb from there:
Birthdays are supposed to be one of the best days of a person’s
year; but when your father is eaten alive in front of you, all that
happiness goes right out the window.
On the day a boy is supposed to become a man, his entire world is
turned upside down as everyone he knows is transformed into
flesh-eating monsters. In an attempt to save his mother and sister's
life, he flees their home to lead the cadaverous creatures away. The
boy's act of gallantry won't be his last as he embarks on a journey
fraught with danger, death and sacrifice. To become a man, the boy
will have to face these challenges while protecting and leading a
group of child-survivors through the nightmare that has become their
If you have any questions, please let me know. This is the cover that
won my last contest and I am extremely pleased with the work and I
believe it has been instrumental to the high sales of my book:
http://goo.gl/z0Afpj - Thanks B-ro!
You can also view my last contest to get an idea of what I liked and
didn’t like. I don't have anything particular in mind as far as
stock photos versus original art, I just need to see what people come
up with and we can refine it from there.